Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Mayer Community Hall, Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
6 pm Lecture, Reception to follow
After receiving nominations from you, this year’s Last Lecture will be delivered by history professor Räni-Villem Palo. Save the date on Wednesday, April 11 to hear his lecture:
“Back Story, Love Story”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
(Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018)
Fake news—or even worse, half-baked news—disproportionately dominates our increasingly fractured, tweetified and fragile social-media driven political and cultural landscape. We ignore history—the back story—at our peril as we frantically try to find answers to “what gives?”. Context is ever more and alarmingly absent from any possible meaningful discourse. Resolution of crux issues appears frighteningly elusive. Sadly, in an “Information Age” information itself is in rapid free-fall. Multi-tasking and its concomitant partner the 45-second minute degrade one of the cornerstones of human advancement—reflection.
It’s not, however, all gloom and doom….I self-identify as a human and an optimist. This literal “Last Lecture” of my professorial career will show my students—current and past—considerable love and profound appreciation for teaching me and trusting me and making what may have been—or become—a job…..but it has, rather, been an ongoing labour of love.
Alumni & Community Members please register with Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or (780) 679-1626.
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 a 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 lecture is both a response to that finding and an opportunity to connect students with alumni around a shared appreciation for educational quality.