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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Bill Carrigan to deliver Rowan's 'Last Lecture'

Date: December 11, 2013


Bill Carrigan, chairman of Rowan University's Department of History, will have the honor of delivering his hypothetical "Last Lecture" (which is being rescheduled from its original date of December 10th).

A tradition at many universities, the "Last Lecture" is the lecture a professor would give as if it was his/her final opportunity to speak to the University community. Traditionally, the "Last Lecture" provides life lessons not usually taught in the classroom.

This fall, Rowan's Student University Programmers collected nominations from students and staff on which professor should present the University's fourth annual "Last Lecture." Carrigan prevailed.

A native of the central Texas town of Chalk Bluff, Carrigan teaches a host of courses in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, including classes on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American West and the history of New Jersey.

Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States, 1848-1928 (Oxford University Press), is his new book, co-authored with Clive Webb, a professor of history at the University of Sussex in England.

The "Last Lecture" was made famous by the late Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch, whose lecture after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book.