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Loyola hosts Last Lecture by Dr. Ted Cotton

Loyola press release - March 15, 2010

The University Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans is sponsoring its second annual Last Lecture on Sunday, March 21, at 6 p.m., in the Danna Student Center St. Charles Room. William “Ted” Cotton, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English and former director of the Loyola Honors Program, will present “Life Epigraphs.” The event will include a reception and a forum for questions and discussion.

Cotton has shared his passion for and insight into Renaissance poetry and the works of Milton since joining Loyola’s faculty in 1968.

"Surviving his course on the classical epic has been a rite of passage for Loyola honors students since the program’s inception thirty years ago," said Constance Mui, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and director of Loyola's Honors Program.

He has served as the long-standing director of the English department’s thesis program and moderator of "The Reader’s Response," the department’s journal of outstanding student literary criticism.Cotton was recognized with Loyola’s highest honor for faculty, the Dux Academicus Award, in 1990.

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.

Alumni who want to RSVP can contact Kay Clouatre in the Office of Institutional Advancement at clouatre@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5500. For more information on the Loyola Honors Program, contact Director Constance Mui at cmui@loyno.edu or 504-865-3050. To schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.