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Friday, February 29, 2008

The Last Lecture

In September 2006, Randy Pausch, a 47 year-old Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He pursued a very aggressive cancer treatment that included major surgery and experimental chemotherapy; however in August of 2007 he was told to expect a remaining three to six months of good health.
Pausch delivered his "Last Public Lecture", entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", at CMU on September 18, 2007. This talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical "final talk", i.e., "what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"

Here is a short version of Pausch's lecture on Oprah:

You can visit Pausch's website here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I must say.. this is amazing!!
seriously.. i'm out of words, i wish i can be as strong as he is.. amazing


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