Texas State faculty member to launch new lecture series March 29
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.
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.
The Last Lecture series is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. There is no charge to attend the Last Lecture.