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"The Last Lecture" tradition comes to Loyola on Sunday

March 27, 2009

The University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans is sponsoring its inaugural “Last Lecture” this Sunday, March 29, at 6 p.m., in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Student Center, on Loyola’s main campus. Professor Conrad Raabe, Ph.D., a longtime political science professor in the College of Social Sciences and founding director of the Honors Program, will present “The Joy of Depression.”

The “Last Lecture” is a tradition at many universities, in which a professor is asked to prepare a lecture guided by the question: “If it were your last chance to give a lecture to students, what would you say?”

Raabe emphasized his talk will follow in that tradition and continue annually with faculty lecturers chosen each year by Honors students as a way of recognizing the outstanding faculty who have influenced them.

In 2007, the late Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, popularized and gave new meaning to the “Last Lecture,” by discussing his childhood dreams, which was made more poignant by his ongoing battle against pancreatic cancer. Pausch’s lecture became a YouTube sensation and a best-selling book before he succumbed to the disease in summer 2008.

The event will include a reception and a forum for questions and discussion. For more information on the “Last Lecture,” contact University Honors Program Director Constance Mui at cmui@loyno.edu or by telephone at 504-865-3050.

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