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Hope’s Last Lecture Series to feature John Shaughnessy

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

The public is invited and admission is free.

Shaughnessy will be speaking through the “Last Lecture Series,” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the national Mortar Board honorary society to feature members of the faculty. The chapter will give away copies of the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” to the first 100 in attendance, as well as copies of the “Last Lecture” to audience members following the address.

The title of the lecture series, which the chapter initiated during the 2008-09 school year, is rhetorical. The lectures are not literally presented as the last that the speakers will deliver at Hope, but are meant to highlight the advice that they would most want to share if the event was indeed the final opportunity for them to address the college’s students. The professors are being asked to reflect on their careers and lives, and to think deeply about what matters to them and about what wisdom they would like to impart.

The concept was inspired by the “Last Lecture” delivered at Carnegie Mellon University by Dr. Randy Pausch on Sept. 18, 2007. Pausch, a member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty who had terminal pancreatic cancer — a fact known at the time that he spoke — presented “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” He died July 25, 2008, at age 47.

Shaughnessy has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1975. He teaches research methods, practical aspects of memory, Senior Seminar and advanced research lab. His favorite professional activity is collaborating with students on research examining how to improve people’s memory for names.

Also during the Nov. 17 event, Mortar Board will be selling items through two fundraising projects, offering hand-carved walking sticks for $9 and hand-carved marshmallow throwers with marshmallows for $6. There will also be a free-will donation box to help support the costs of the Last Lecture Series and other Mortar Board service projects.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., at 11th Street in Holland.

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