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.

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.

The 2021 IUPUI Last Lecture will held on Monday, November 1, 2021, from 2–4 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following.

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2021 Last Lecture

"Lessons for Life from a Lifetime of Learning"

This year's Last Lecture will be given by Erv Boschmann, professor emeritus of chemistry in the School of Science and former associate dean of faculties at IUPUI.

"Others have helped me, taught me English, shown the power of active learning, and illustrated the power of great mentorship.

I am with C. S. Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less. It seems a higher power always steered me in the right direction."

–Erv Boschmann

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 Florence Wagman Roisman, William F. Harvey professor of law and Chancellor's Professor in the Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Video of Lecture).

Last Lecture by Eugene R. Tempel, Ed.D., 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 (Video of Lecture) 

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 Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D., professor of medicine and geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine at IUPUI (Video of Lecture)hool of Medicine at IUPUI (Video of Lecture)

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)

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)

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)

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 Robert Einterz, M.D., professor of clinical medicine, IU School of Medicine (Video of Lecture)