May 13, 2011—North Central College seniors voted to invite Lou Corsino—professor of sociology and chair, Division of Human Thought and Behavior—to present the CUAB-hosted Last Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in Wentz Concert Hall. The entire campus community is invited to hear his talk, titled “Lately, it appears to me …”
This year’s Last Lecture has been renamed First Lecture: Of the Next 150 Years, in honor of North Central’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, which kicks off during Cornerstone Week, May 16-21.
Corsino joined North Central’s faculty in 1998 and earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. During his tenure at North Central, Corsino helped create the interdisciplinary course work in urban and suburban studies, including the 10-week Chicago Term where students head into Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods for research projects and take classes related to Chicago art, architecture, history and more. He has also led efforts to restructure the First-Year Experience (FYE) program for new students.
The Last Lecture is a concept started by computer science professor Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University who had incurable cancer when he delivered his last lecture in September 2007. Since that time, colleges across the country have adopted a similar tradition where faculty talk to their students as if it was their last. This is the fourth year the College Union Activities Board (CUAB) has sponsored North Central’s Last Lecture.
Previous North Central faculty lecturers include Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, 2010; Perry Hamalis, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities, 2009; and Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, 2008.