Last Lecture

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.

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The 2021 IUPUI Last Lecture will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021, in the Campus Center Theater.

2020 Last Lecture

View the virtual 2020 Last Lecture below.

"Is My Place in the Galley Still?"

The 2020 Last Lecture is presented by , William F. Harvey Professor of Law and 2011 Chancellor's Professor.

Learn how the title chosen from a poem by , "Negro Hero: to suggest Dorie Miller," relates to the lecture's central thesis: white supremacy and its cognates are the most destructive force on earth.

The lecture focuses on the most important task for all of us: to eliminate every trace of racism, misogyny, homophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism – every notion that because of some immutable characteristic one human being is worth less than others.

2020 Last Lecture Photos

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Professor Florence Wagman Roisman presenting the lecture, Dr. Marianne Wokeck giving the history of the Last Lecture and its involvement with the Senior Academy, and Dr. Kathy Johnson welcoming the viewers.

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The 2020 Last Lecture plaque, Dr. Karen Bravo introducing the speaker, and Dee Metaj presenting the honorarium.

Past Presentations

Links below lead to the biography of each past speaker, a copy of his or her Last Lecture, and a video of that event.

* All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Last Lecture by , professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, founding dean emeritus, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, special assistant to the chancellor of IUPUI, president emeritus, Indiana University Foundation  

Last Lecture by Miriam Z. Langsam, Ph.D., professor emerita of history and associate dean of students affairs for the School of Liberal Arts (Video of Lecture)

Read the Last Lecture by  professor of medicine and geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine at IUPUI hool of Medicine at IUPUI 

Read the Last Lecture by professor of law and public policy, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs 

Read the Last Lecture by 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 

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

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)

Last Lecture by Jan Shipps, Ph.D., professor emerita of history and religious studies, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts (Video of Lecture)

Read the Last Lecture by  professor of clinical medicine, IU School of Medicine