Around Campus: The Last Lecture

Texas State faculty member to launch new lecture series March 29

Laura Duhon

By David King

Laura Duhon didn’t have to think long for a topic when she was chosen for the first installment of a new lecture series at Texas State.

The series, called the Last Lecture, will feature respected faculty members delivering a lecture as though it were their last. The topic is up to the faculty member.

“’Smile’ is the title of mine,” says Duhon, who will launch the series with her lecture on March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater.

“I want to discuss all the things in life to smile about — especially the lessons and experiences learned in college, here at Texas State.”

Duhon is a Texas State graduate, senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and co-director of the Teacher Fellows Program. She was chosen because of the large number of senior graduation letters written about her.

“My college years were very formative to who I am today, and I want to share how every Texas State student has the opportunity to do great things with his or her experiences as university students. “

The Last Lecture is a longstanding tradition at universities, but it was made famous when the lecture delivered by Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University became a sensation on YouTube. Pausch, who had terminal cancer when he delivered his last lecture, went on to write a book and deliver his lecture at several other institutions.

“This is such an honor and privilege,” Duhon says. “I have been familiar with the Last Lecture series for quite some time.

“I became so invested in the book because I share the same love for teaching university students as Randy Pausch.”

The Last Lecture series is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. There is no charge to attend the Last Lecture.

One response to “Around Campus: The Last Lecture

  1. Kelly Spencer

    Laura, I am so excited for you and happy to hear that you have been honored with this opportunity! When I began my teaching career in Lockhart ISD, you were always there to help and inspire me. Thank you for taking a new teacher under your wing! You were and are a blessing to so many educators!
    Truly blessed to have had you as a mentor,
    Kelly Spencer

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