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Kalantari to Deliver "Last Lecture" April 14

April 10, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University Department of Mathematics Chair Iraj Kalantari will deliver the 2015 Last Lecture, "How Probable is Possible (and, Can You Tell What the Film 'Groundhog Day' is About)?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in Morgan Hall 101B.

The Last Lecture presentation will provide an informal time for Kalantari to share reflections from his life's journey and to speak to students as if it was his last lecture ever.

Kalantari began his career at Western in 1978, and he has received numerous awards during that time, including three outstanding faculty awards and an outstanding researcher award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 by Randy Pausch, who gave his "Last Lecture" speech on Sept. 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch's best-selling book by the same name was chosen as WIU's First Year Experience reading selection for 2010-2011.

Since Pausch's presentation, the "last lecture" concept has been popularized and offered on college campuses throughout the United States.

The lecture, which is open free to the public, is sponsored by the WIU College of Arts and Sciences Student Council.

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