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The "Last Lecture" series was created at Carnegie Mellon University as an opportunity for instructors to think about and then share with their audience the way in which they would summarize their life experience of learning and teaching if they were told, ahead of time, that this would be their "last lecture."
Randy Pausch delivered his "last lecture" one month after learning that his pancreatic cancer was no longer treatable and that his life prognosis was three-six months. His presentation became an upbeat and energetic revisiting of the formative experiences of his life and what lessons he took from those times. He used his knowledge and skill as a computer and design instructor to support his speech, and concluded the presentation with the information that the basic reason for the speech was to present words of wisdom and love to his children to carry when he was no longer with them.
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