College of Arts and Sciences

The Last Lecture Series

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Council presents the "Last Lecture" presentation November 1, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Morgan Hall 109. Dr. Ginny Boynton, Professor, Department of History, will present her "Last Last Lecture Poster. Lecture" entitled, "We are still in the process of becoming": Grappling with the Promise and Reality of America.

Did You Know?
  • Professor Boynton has been teaching women's history, American history, and historical methods courses at Western since 1995, where she also coordinates the History Department's Teacher Education program.
  • She is one of the Faculty Advisors for the Associated students of History, and enjoys taking day-long trips with the ASH students each semester to places of historical interest in our region.
  • Despite having grown up as a dog lover, she is now proudly owned by her family of cats. She's an equal opportunity animal lover! She has lived in Michigan, Colorado, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois.

The Last Lecture Series provides an informal occasion for student-nominated faculty to share reflections from their life's journey and to speak to students as if it were their last lecture ever. Faculty members speak from the premise, "If you knew this was the last lecture you wold ever give, what would you share with students?" The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave his "Last Lecture" speech on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Pausch's best-selling book by the same name was chosen as WIU's First Year Experience reading selection for 2010-2011. Since Dr. Pausch's presentation, the "Last Lecture" concept has been popularized and offered on college campuses throughout the U.S.

Contact Information: 

Dr. Kyle Mayborn, Associate Dean and Student Council Advisor
email: KR-Mayborn@wiu.edu