Last Lecture

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Craig McDaniel

Craig McDaniel is a professor of fine arts at Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI. Professor McDaniel’s past positions at Herron include serving as chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 2003 to 2005, associate dean from 2005 to 2008; director of graduate programs from 2008 to 2013; and interim chair of the Department of Visual Communication Design from 2010 to 2011. His publications include essays, experimental fiction, and artworks published widely in journals. McDaniel also co-authored three volumes with Jean Robertson including Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Arts after 1980 (Oxford University Press). His artworks have been featured in over 20 solo exhibitions. McDaniel received degrees from University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University, Drexel University, and University of Montana. A primary focus throughout McDaniel’s career is exploring relationships of visual and verbal modes of expression.

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Jean Robertson

Jean Robertson is a Chancellor’s Professor at IUPUI and a member of the art history faculty at Herron School of Art + Design where she serves as inaugural chair of the A3 Department (Art History, Art Education, and Art Therapy). She joined the IUPUI faculty in 1995. Previous positions include serving as founding co-director, with Craig McDaniel, of the Southern Ohio Museum and as associate curator at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Her specialization is contemporary art history. In addition to publishing numerous exhibition catalogues, essays, and art criticism, she has co-authored three books with Craig McDaniel, including: Spellbound: Rethinking the Alphabet (Intellect, U.K./distributed University of Chicago Press, U.S.); and Painting as a Language: Materials, Techniques, Form, Content (Cengage) with translation into Chinese. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 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.


2018 Last Lecture

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Dr. Eugene Tempel presenting his lecture, posing with Executive Associate Dean for Academc Programs Dr. Patrick Rooney, and engaging with audience members.

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Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson welcoming the audience, IUPUI Vice President for Development Dee Metaj giving Dr. Eugene Tempel a hug after presenting him an Honorarium, and Christy Tidwell posing for a picture with Dr. Eugene Tempel and his award.

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Enjoying Dr. Eugene Tempel's Last Lecture with food and company.