Last Lecture Series

2016-2017 Recent Lectures

Wednesday, February 22nd – TERRY THIBODEAUX (Communication Studies) - 2:00 Lecture in the LSC Theatre

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Thursday, April 20th – MATT FULLER (Educational Leadership) - 2:00 Lecture in the LSC Theatre

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If This Were Your Last Lecture, What Would you Say?

On September 18, 2007, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science, human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered his last lecture entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". When Dr. Pausch stepped onto McConomy Auditorium at Carnegie Mellon, he had been fighting pancreatic cancer -- the deadliest of all malignancies -- for nearly a year, with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Pausch died on July 25, 2008 but not before leaving a legacy that continues to inspire millions.

Following in the foosteps of Pausch, Dr. Robert Maninger was inspired to start a Last Lecture series at Sam Houston State University.

"I've been contemplating doing a last lecture since the day I first saw Randy Pausch present his last lecture," says Maninger, who teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

"I have long respected the colleagues that I have in all the colleges on the SHSU Campus, and I truly believe that they all have spectacular things to say in a Last Lecture."

  • My Last Lecture
    Richard Watts
    Dr. Richard Watts

    November 17, 2016
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    Dr. Richard Watts is a professor at SHSU, teaching Counseling Education.

  • My Last Lecture
    Bob Maninger
    Dr. Stacey Edmonson

    April 11, 2016
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    Dr. Stacey Edmonson is Dean of the College of Education at Sam Houston State University

  • My Last Lecture
    Bob Maninger
    Dr. Robert Maninger

    November 19, 2015
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    Dr. Robert M. Maninger is an associate professor at SHSU, and received his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.