About The Last Lecture Series
The Last Lecture connects students and faculty at Saint Martin’s University
in an informal setting which encourages reflection on the everyday
convictions, actions, and challenges of a life journey.
One faculty member, chosen by the students, will be invited to
reflect upon their personal and professional life. The Last Lecture will
focus on issues that faculty choose based on the premise, “If this were the
last lecture you would ever give to students, what would you say?” There are
no predetermined standards or boundaries for this program which is designed
to be entertaining, emotional, and inspiring.
The Faculty in Residence Program seeks to strengthen the relationship
between faculty and students through involvement and program offerings. The
following objectives are implicit in the planning for The Last Lecture:
- Students will see learning as co-created through
experiences inside and outside the classroom.
- Student and faculty will form meaningful, reciprocal
- Students will better understand the diverse interests
and passions of faculty.
- Provides students and faculty with the opportunity to reflect
upon their own identity, life journey, and values.
The concept of a Last Lecture became nationally recognized in 2007 when
Dr. Randy Pausch gave his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch
conceived of the lecture after he learned he had terminal cancer. Pausch’s lecture has been viewed by millions since and is incorporated into
school curriculums worldwide.
For more information on Pausch's lecture visit