Twenty-five years ago I was asked to deliver a Last Lecture as part of a Student Entertainment and Lecture Fund program at Ouachita. As a thirty-five year old, I was a bit perplexed at the prospect of preparing a last lecture. Egad, why would a thirty-five year old professor be delivering a last lecture? Several thoughts went through my mind. One might be disenchanted with educational institutions; one’s health might be in decline; one might have developed personal or philosophical differences with the administration that require relocation; the list goes on. Now, I am sixty, a last lecture has more meaning, although even now, my retirement is not imminent. In part, I offer this qualifying comment because of the ribbing my colleagues have been giving me since Susan’s email last Monday announcing the last lecture.
Jeffers, Joe, "My Last Lecture: Science, Aesthetics, and the Liberal Arts Education" (2005). Presentations and Lectures. 20.