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Last lecturer gives lessons learned from the Vikings

April 1, 2011

The University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans is sponsoring its third annual Last Lecture on Sunday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. John T. Sebastian, Ph.D., associate professor of English and former director of Loyola’s University Honors Program, will present “All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned from the Vikings.” The event will include a reception and a forum for questions and discussion.

According to Chris Wiseman, Ph.D., associate vice president for development and interim co-director of the university honors program, Sebastian was selected for this year’s lecture by a vote of honors students.

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?” Faculty lecturers are chosen each year by students from the honors program 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 with pancreatic cancer. Pausch’s lecture became a YouTube sensation and a best-selling book before he succumbed to the disease in summer 2008.

For more information on the Loyola Honors Program, contact Wiseman at cwiseman@loyno.edu or 504-861-5499.

To schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.

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