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Petracovici to Present 'Last Lecture' Nov. 7 at WIU

October 25, 2019

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MACOMB, IL -- The College of Arts and Sciences Student Council at Western Illinois University will present a "Last Lecture" presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in Morgan Hall, room 109.

WIU Associate Professor of Mathematics Boris Petracovici will present his "Last Lecture" titled, "Lifelong Lessons: What Learning Math Taught Me, and What I Learned from Teaching Math."
The Last Lecture presentation will provide an informal occasion for Petracovici to share reflections from his life's journey and to speak to students as if it was his last lecture ever. He has been teaching mathematics since 1989 and came to WIU in 2004. Petracovici's research area is applied mathematics and analysis, with a focus in partial differential equations and their applications.

The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. 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 U.S.

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