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 2017 Last Lecture date and application materials will be posted by early fall.

The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by the IUPUI Senior Academy, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the Indiana University Foundation.  For additional information, contact Academic Affairs by completing our contact form.

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. 

2016 - Read the Last Lecture by Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D.,   Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine at IUPUI (Video of Lecture)

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, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI (Video of Lecture)

2012 - 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 - 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.