University of Richmond 2013 Last Lecture Series

The second University of Richmond Last Lecture Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, in the Jepson Alumni Center.

One University of Richmond professor will be asked to present a lecture based on the following criteria: If you were to deliver a lecture that would be your last, what would you say?

In January, over 550 students nominated professors who have served the University of Richmond community over a significant duration of time, demonstrated sincere dedication to student development, and contributed significantly to the academic culture at the University. The professor who received the most nominations was Dr. Rick Mayes

University of Richmond Speakers

Rick MayesRick Mayes, R’91, is an associate professor in the University of Richmond’s department of political science. He is also the faculty director of the University of Richmond’s Sophomore Scholars-in-Residence program, an experiential living-learning program, and is the director of the global health major at Richmond where he enjoys taking groups of students to Peru and the Dominican Republic on healthcare and community service trips. He has published several books and many articles on healthcare, mental illness, and public policy. 

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2000 and he attended a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral traineeship at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health from 2000 to 2002. From 1992–93, he worked on Medicaid policy in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for George H.W. Bush and thereafter on health insurance and Medicare policy at the AARP during the health care reform effort of 1993–94. 

Dr. Mayes received the University of Richmond 2012 Excellence in Student Advising Professor of the Year, 2000 and 2007 Faculty Member of the Year Awards, and the 2007 Distinguished Educator Award.

Joe Hoyle Joe B. Hoyle gave the first Last Lecture at the University of Richmond on April 7, 2009. Professor Hoyle challenged his audience to dream big, do good deeds, get excited about life, meet as many people as possible, and do something bold. “Think of some way that you’re going to make a difference in this world, and I’ll tell you to go for it,” said Hoyle during his lecture. At the conclusion of the lecture, Hoyle asked his audience to spend a few minutes conversing with a stranger in lieu of applause. “Everyone wants to make a transition tomorrow, heck, I want you to make a transition right now … I want you to walk out of here having made a new friend because that’s the way we make a transition.”

Joe B. Hoyle has been a professor at the University of Richmond since 1979. Dr. Hoyle received his B.A. in accounting from Duke University and his M.A. from Appalachian State University and has since published numerous leading books and academic articles. Professor Hoyle has been recognized for his outstanding performance as an accounting professor with numerous awards, including being named one of the Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential Members of the Accounting Profession in the United States, 2007 Virginia Professor of the Year, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top 22 Favorite Undergraduate Business School Professors in the United States, and University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award.


History of the Last Lecture

The “Last Lecture” has become a common practice at colleges and universities across the country. Professors are asked to answer one question: “If you were to deliver a lecture that would be your last, what would you say?” This practice became extremely popular in 2007 when Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was invited to give a last lecture only weeks before he discovered that he had just a few months to live. Pausch delivered his last lecture on September 18, 2007, on the topic of “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” which has been transformed into The New York Times bestselling book, The Last Lecture.

Since 2007, hundreds of last lectures have been delivered on campuses across the world. Lectures ranging from “Bedtime Stories” to “How to Get Over Yourself and Join the Circus” have imparted wisdom, advice, and meaning on thousands of spectators.

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