Lessons for Life from a Lifetime of Learning

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life's lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. The featured speaker shares the wisdom he or she has gained through academic pursuits and life experiences; distilling a life of inquiry, reflection, and service into advice for successive generations. 

The 2016 Last Lecture is planned for Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 speaker. All current and retired IUPUI based faculty, administrators, and staff members are eligible for nomination.  All IUPUI faculty, retired faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations by midnight (EST) on November 20, 2015. Nominators should click on the link below to submit a brief description of the nominee along with a short justification why his or her nominee deserves consideration.

A committee of the IUPUI Senior Academy will consider all nominations and select a pool of candidates by mid-December. In January, selected nominees will be invited to submit a synopsis of their proposed presentation. 

Click here to submit your nomination


Click here to view the Call for Nominations

All nominations must be submitted by midnight (EST) on November 20, 2015


For additional information, contact Academic Affairs by filling out our contact form here.

The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by IUPUI Senior Academy, IUPUI administration, and Indiana University Foundation.

Past Presentations

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained, and distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into important guidance for successive generations.  Links below lead to the biography of each past speaker, a copy of his or her Last Lecture, and a video of that event. 

2015 - Read the Last Lecture by Sheila Suess Kennedy, J.D.,  Professor of Law and Public Policy, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Video of Lecture)

2014 - Read the Last Lecture by David Stocum, Ph.D.,  Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Biology, IUPUI School of Science; Senior Fellow, Indiana University Molecular Biology Institute; Past Director, Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine (Video of Lecture)

2013 - Read the Last Lecture by Oner Yurtseven, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, IUPUI School of Science (Video of Lecture)

2012 - Read the Last Lecture by James A. Lemons, M.D. (Video of Lecture)

2011 - Read the Last Lecture by Angela Barron McBride, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Distinguished Professor, Dean Emerita of Nursing, IU School of Nursing (Video of Lecture)

2010 - Read the Last Lecture by Jan Shipps, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of History and Religious Studies, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts (Video of Lecture)

2009 - Read the Last Lecture by Robert Einterz, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, IU School of Medicine (Video of Lecture)

* All times are Eastern Standard Time.