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McIlvaine-Newsad to Deliver 'The Last Lecture' March 30

March 28, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences Student Council will present "The Last Lecture" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in Morgan Hall 101B.

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, a professor in the WIU Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will present her "Last Lecture" titled "Travel Not to Escape Life, but for Life not to Escape You. "The Last Lecture" presentation will provide an informal occasion for McIlvaine-Newsad to share reflections from her life's journey and to speak to students as if it was her last lecture ever.

In addition to teaching at Western, McIlvaine-Newsad regularly leads short-term study abroad courses to Germany, India and Puerto Rico. She teaches anthropology courses about how people relate to their physical environment, their food and each other.

The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Randy Pausch, who gave his "The Last Lecture" speech on Sep. 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 2010-11. Since Pausch's presentation, the "Last Lecture" concept has been popularized and offered on college campuses throughout the U.S.

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