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Past Last Lectures

1st Annual – 1976
Garth Lee, Chemistry – “Ideas on Teaching”

2nd Annual – 1977
F. Ross Peterson, History – “No Exit: The Contemporary Search for Historical Reality”

3rd Annual – 1978
Irving Wassermann, Music – “Making Music and Musicians”

4th Annual – 1979
M. Judd Harmon, Political Science – “A Few Options”

5th Annual – 1980
J. Clair Batty, Mechanical Engineering – “On Agonies and Ecstasies of Academic Acclimation”

6th Annual – 1981
Warren Burton, Music – “Straight Shooters Always Win”

7th Annual – 1982
W. Farrell Edwards, Physics – “To Honor the Individual”

8th Annual – 1983
T.Y. Booth, English – “Humanism”

9th Annual – 1984
Kenneth C. Farrer, Secondary Education – “Beyond Basic Mastery to Something More”

10th Annual – 1985
James J. Kennedy, Forest Resources – “Staying a Student of Trees and People as Your Hair Turns Gray”

11th Annual – 1986
Richard B. Powers, Psychology – “Alternatives to the Lecture”

12th Annual – 1987
Ross Allen, Secondary Education – “U.S. Education: Committing Hara-Kiri?”

13th Annual – 1988
Howard Carlisle, Business Administration – “America’s Leadership Crisis”

14th Annual – 1989
Charles Lutz, Business Information Systems – “Education: The Last Odyssey”

15th Annual – 1990
Larry Cannon, Math – “Who Grades the Graders”

16th Annual – 1991
Jim Macmahon, Biology – “What I Was Hired To Do Is Not Part of My Job”

17th Annual – 1992
Chuck Johnson, Philosophy – “The Gong”

18th Annual – 1993
Richard Sherlock, Philosophy – “The Three Journeys of Humankind”

19th Annual – 1994
Joseph Morse, Chemistry – “Life is a Growth Curve…(?)! It’s Chemistry!”

20th Annual – 1995
David Lancy, Anthropology – “Succor the Children”

21st Annual – 1996
Norman Jones, History – “Evil and the History of Virtue”

22nd Annual – 1997
Ken Brewer, English – “The Beautiful Changes: Poetry at the End of the Century”

23rd Annual – 1998
Last Lecture was not held this year

24th Annual – 1999
Carol O’Connor, History – “Freedom Crashed Down on Me”

25th Annual – 2000
Anne J. Anderson, Biology – “Research: Both Crystal Ball Gazing and Detective Skill”

26th Annual – 2001
Craig W. Johnson, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning – “A Tale of Two Communities: Managing the Ordeal of Change in the Intermountain West”

27th Annual – 2002
Tom Peterson, Interior Design – “If It Speaks to You, Listen; If It is Mute, Move On”

28th Annual – 2003
Randy T, Simmons, Political Science – “The Tyranny of Good Intentions”

29th Annual – 2004
William L. Furlong, Political Science – “Academic Freedom & Political Correctness: Teaching Controversial Topics Constructively”

30th Annual – 2005
James P. Evans, Geology – “Utah 2050: Oil, Milk, and Water in a Land of Plenty (of People)”

31st Annual – 2006
Mark Damen, Theatre Arts/History – “‘Look There! Look There!': What’s the Past Imperative?”

32nd Annual – 2007
Patricia Gantt, English – “Waiting for the World to Change: Reflections of an Aging Hippie”
You can download a copy of Patricia Gantt’s Last Lecture here.

33rd Annual – 2008
David Peak, Physics – “Complexity and the New Academy: They Put My Office Where?”
You can listen to Dr. Peak’s Last Lecture here.

34th Annual – 2009
Ann Berghout Austin, FCHD – “Children: My Least Common Denominator”
You can watch Dr. Austin’s Last Lecture here.

35th Annual – 2010
Charles Swenson, Engineering -“We Choose to go to the Moon”
You can download Dr. Swenson’s Last Lecture here, or stream the video here.

36th Annual – 2011
Joyce Kinkead, English – “Standing on Boo Radley’s Porch: The Importance of Story”
You can watch Dr. Kinkead’s Last Lecture here, and read an article about it here.

37th Annual – 2012
John C. Allen, Sociology – “The Role of Community in a Civil Society”
You can listen to a podcast of Dr. Allen’s Last Lecture here.

38th Annual – 2013

Phebe Jensen, English – “I’ll drown my book: Shakespeare’s Last Lecture”

You can view a video recording of Dr. Jensen’s Last Lecture here

39th Annual- 2014

Nat B. Frazer, Environment and Society- “Teaching Fast and Slow: What Have We Done For You Lately?”

You can view a video recording of Dr. Frazer’s Last Lecture here