Monday, April 7, 2008

The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch

Have you seen or heard Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture"? No? Then you don't know what a gem you've missed.

Here's what this weekend's Parade Magazine had to say. "At many colleges, professors are asked to give a 'last lecture.' In this talk, they ruminate on what matters most to them. As they speak, audiences mull the same question: What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"

This Carnegie Mellon University professor is dying of pancreatic cancer. He is married and has three young children. His lecture was meant as a legacy for his children, but over 6 million people have viewed it online.

Here are some links to learn about this remarkable man:

http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/ - Randy's home page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HqdnjgkExY - The complete lecture on YouTube

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch - Wikipedia entry

http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture/ - Carnegie Mellon University entry

Randy's advice to all of us:

*Always have fun
*Dream BIG
*Ask for what you want
*Dare to take a risk
*Look for the best in everybody
*Make time for what matters
*Let kids be themselves


Leora Kemp, Librarian, UNT Dallas Campus

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How inspiring Randy Pausch is! If you liked "The Last Lecture", another fantastic memoir I just read and highly recommend is "My Stroke of Insight" by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Her TEDTalk video (ted.com) has been seen as many times as The Last Lecture I think, and Oprah did 4 shows on her book, so there are a lot of similarities. In My Stroke of Insight, there's a happy ending though. It's an incredible story! I hear they're making it into a movie.