Past Last Lectures
1st Annual - 1976
Garth Lee, Chemistry - "Ideas on Teaching"
2nd Annual - 1977
F. Ross Peterson, History - "The Contemporary Search for Historical Reality"
3rd Annual - 1978
Irving Wassermann, Music - "Making Music and Musicians"
4th Annual - 1979
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 Lectures"
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 Mankind"
19th Annual - 1994
Joseph Morse, Chemistry - "Life is a Circle Spiral Stairstep Exponential 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 B. 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 - "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.
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