From Chalk Bluff to Glassboro: History Professor Bill Carrigan to deliver Rowan's hypothetical 'Last Lecture'
Bill Carrigan, chairman of Rowan University’s Department of History, will have the honor of delivering his hypothetical “Last Lecture” on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro.
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.
Carrigan’s "Last Lecture" originally was scheduled for Dec. 10, but had to be rescheduled for February due to inclement weather.