Top professors are often asked to give talks on the hypothetical theme: what wisdom would they impart to the world if it were their last chance to do so? Watching healthy teachers consider their demise and ruminate over subjects dear to them can make for an intriguing hour. But a recent speech by Dr. Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old father of three has pancreatic cancer and is not expected to live longer than a few more months. His last lecture was a rollicking and riveting journey through the lessons of his life.


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  • Guri

    What a gift to the world. This was an exceptional story. Thanks for posting this video.

  • Ng Kui Choo

    Profesor Pausch has taught me a valuable lesson about living life. I am touched and inspired and I would like to share this with my students too!

  • Connie Lake

    What an inspirational video! I would like to see more of these types of videos because it inspires me to be a better person.

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  • Writer Sally Ann Flecker shares the first chapter of Randy Pausch's book, "The Last Lecture" in her tribute to Pausch.
  • Inspired by Randy Pausch, the University of California at Santa Cruz has developed their own "Last Lecture" series.
  • As a child, Randy's parents let him write mathematical equations all over his bedroom walls. "If your kids want to paint their rooms," he advises, "as a favor to me, let 'em do it."

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