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IUPUI Last Lecture Series

The Last Lecture

Lessons for Life from a Lifetime of Learning

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life's lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit.

David L. Stocum, Ph.D.

David L. Stocum, Ph.D.

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Biology
Purdue School of Science at IUPUI
Senior Fellow, Indiana Molecular Biology Institute
Director, Center for Regenerative Biology

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014, 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Theater, Lower Level

Reception following lecture in outside the theater lobby. Parking available in Vermont Street garage.

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Speaker Biography

"Regenerating the Values of Public Higher Education: Thoughts of an Unreconstructed Dean"

A believer in the liberating power of education and ideas with more than 45 years of teaching, research, and administrative service, David L. Stocum, Ph.D., will deliver the 2014 Last Lecture at IUPUI, sharing his personal views about undergraduate education and its place in the hierarchical structure of higher education. Exploring the notion of "rankism" and public higher education's emphases on research and sports, Stocum will offer ideas for structural changes that might be an antidote for an addiction to prestige as opposed to excellence, and allow regeneration of the academic values that should constitute the core educational and research mission of every university.

Please RSVP by March 21.

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Sponsored by IUPUI Senior Academy, IUPUI administration, and Indiana University Foundation.


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