Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Professor's Final Lecture

Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University reprises the final lecture of his career and his life. His words are inspiring, poignant and full of wisdom. And they are affecting me especially deeply this week, as I just turned 47....Professor Pausch is 47 and is dying of pancreatic cancer. What would my final lecture be if I knew I were dying? What would your final lecture if you knew you were dying? (This video takes 10 minutes to watch and is worth each minute). Also see his webpage. (With gratitude to Suzanne who sent me a version of this video).

2 comments:

katie said...

My last lecture would be, like Randy's, for my children and it would be: love one another. How to do that? I'd tell a LOT of stories. mostly about how I hadn't done it well... and how they will need God on their side to do it every darned day.

angela said...

If you wish to see the entire almost 80 minute lecture as originally given at Carnegie Mellon in September 2007, check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

Aside from the huge testament to humanity in this lecture, as an undergrad science major at a research institution, I found Dr. Pausch so inspirational. What a great contribution he has made in teaching and mentoring others in the sciences.