Dr. Ron Sitton, an associate professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was selected to give a “Last Lecture” at UAM on April 18.

Last lectures are a common practice in which a university professor is invited to give a lecture under the premise that it is his last chance to share his wisdom with the world. The practice gained national recognition in 2007 when Dr. Randy Pausch gave his “Last Lecture” speech at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch’s Last Lecture has been viewed by millions.

Sitton will give a lecture entitled “A Last Lecture: The Education of a Red-Headed Stepchild”,  at 7 p.m. on April 18 in the MCB auditorium on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Admission is $4 for the general public and $2 for UAM students with an ID. Those who take a canned food item will get a $1 discount on the price of admission.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Last Lecture Series, sponsored by the UAM Journalism Club, features a current or former UAM administrator, faculty or staff member who is asked to reflect over her or his career before giving a Last Lecture.

Some speakers utilize the Last Lecture as an opportunity to pass on insights learned over an educational career while some take the opportunity to explain what drew them to the profession they love. Others use the opportunity to enlighten their audience on an issue they strongly support.