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Professor Matt Flamm chosen to present the 2019 Last Lecture

04/10/2019 4:01 pm

Professor of Philosophy Matt Flamm, Ph.D. will present the ‘Last Lecture’ on his talk titled “It’s All Connected” on Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m. in Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. The Last Lecture is part of the Spring Forum series at the University and provides an opportunity for students to nominate a member of the faculty to deliver his or her ‘last lecture’ as the University nears the end of its academic year.

The Last Lecture series at Rockford University was inspired by Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 to his death in 2008. Before his death he was asked to give the students his Last Lecture. Dr. Pausch delivered a laugh-filled session of teaching stories, about going after your childhood dreams, and helping others achieve theirs. The Last Lecture Series has been made possible through the generosity of the Father Robert J. Verstynen Trust; honoring Rockford University faculty members for their years of teaching and example of lifelong learning.

Professor Flamm was chosen based on nominations from students. To show how “It’s All Connected” Dr. Flamm will discuss love, work, teaching, and sing a few songs. He earned his AS from Portland Community College, his BA from State University of New York at Stony Brook, his MA from Texas A&M University, and his doctorate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has enjoyed teaching at Rockford University since 2004. In addition to academics Matthew writes, records, and performs music which, as his presentation will showcase, goes hand in hand with his love of philosophy.

The Last Lecture is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required. Please contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your tickets or for more information. Fisher Chapel is accessible.

The complete list of the Spring 2019 Forum Series events is available on the University’s website at www.rockford.edu/artslectures/forum/.