After receiving nominations from you, this year’s Last Lecture will be delivered by physical education professor Yvonne Becker. Save the date on Tuesday, March 28 to hear her lecture:
“Nevertheless, she persisted”: Lessons in Perseverance
Although these words were recently uttered to Elizabeth Warren and have become a battle cry for resistance in a hot political arena, I want to consider the persistence that has been required in a very local sense in the thriving existence of Augustana. This persistence is a hallmark of those in Augustana’s history and those who walk the halls today. I want to illustrate how perseverance is modelled every day and how it is very important that all of us, students, staff and teaching faculty, are mindful of the effort required to collectively sustain this community.
About Yvonne Becker
Yvonne received a Bachelor of Physical Education and a MA from the University of Alberta, and did her PhD work at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her work focuses on gender issues in sport, human growth and development, research methodologies and fitness and health. Her research areas include post-structuralist theory, female athletes, feminism and sport and gender politics.
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About the Last Lecture Series: Inspiring Education
The Last Lecture Series asks a speaker to answer one question in the form of an engaging public lecture: “If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them?” This is an opportunity for a favourite Augustana faculty member to share his or her reflections beyond the bounds of syllabus in a fun, informal setting.
Last Lecture is a celebration of the incredible work done by U of A Augustana professors.
The concept of a Last Lecture became internationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave his “Last Lecture” speech on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon.
The Augustana Alumni Office, in partnership with the ASA, hosts our own Last Lecture to give students and former students an opportunity to celebrate the instructors who have made their UAlberta Augustana education unique and outstanding.
The U of A’s Alumni Impact Survey found that when asked which U of A experience had the greatest impact on them, the overwhelming response was experience with faculty. This is both a response to that finding, and an opportunity to connect students with alumni around a shared appreciation for educational quality.