Popular ASC professors present at "Last Lecture" event

(08-31-2011)

Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy and Armando Valdez were selected by students to answer the question, "If this was the last lecture you would ever give, what would you share?". The Adams State College Autumn@Adams "Last Lecture" event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Adams State Porter Hall room 130. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Adams State parking lots are not ticketed after 5 p.m.

In April 2011, Adams State surveyed on-campus students, who selected the two professors, from past and current Presidential Award recipients, to participate in the event.

In her talk, "A Life for Imagination", Guerrero-Murphy, a published poet, plans to explain how creating and experiencing the arts may relate to social and environmental justice. In her experience, literature, which involves curiosity, the scientific process, self-expression, imagination, and empathy, is necessary to human survival, as well as being a source of joy and purpose.

Valdez, a San Luis Valley native, said his decision to teach did not come naturally. His talk, "I Fell Into Teaching...Best Decision I Never Made!", will explore a world of multiple realities and discover how unexpected paths can lead to exciting opportunities and unbelievable happiness. Teaching is much more than just disseminating information. Teaching connects perspectives and experiences with theories and models which lead individuals on a journey to success.

Adams State Autumn@Adams Last Lecture event is modeled after Carnegie Mellon University's Last Lecture series, which became nationally recognized in 2007 when Dr. Randy Pausch was selected to give his lecture. Pausch, a computer science professor, conceived of his lecture after he learned that he had terminal cancer. His lecture has been viewed by millions since and is incorporated into school curriculums worldwide. For more information on Pausch's lecture visit www.TheLastLecture.com

The goal of the Last Lecture event is to connect students, faculty, and community in an informal setting that will encourage reflection on the everyday convictions, actions, and challenges of a life journey. There are no predetermined standards or boundaries for this program which is designed to be entertaining, emotional, and inspiring.

Each of the professors will speak for 30 minutes and share insights about what matters most in life. The 2011 Adams State College 2011 Autumn@Adams Celebration, "Honor Your Story-Discover Your Possibilities/Honre Tu Historia- Descubre Tus Posibilidades" is an opportunity for community and campus to experience art, literature and food. For a complete schedule of events, visit adams.edu and click on the Autumn@Adams icon, or call 719-587-7827.