Last Lecture

Randy Pausch is a 47 year-old Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. In September 2006, he was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He pursued a very aggressive cancer treatment that included major surgery and experimental chemotherapy; however in August of 2007 he was told that the cancer had metastasized to his liver and spleen. He then started palliative chemotherapy intended to extend his life as long as possible, which was then estimated to be three to six months.

Pausch delivered his "Last Public Lecture", entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", at CMU on September 18, 2007. This talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them,and then give a hypothetical "final talk", i.e.,
"What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?" Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"
Randy Pausch reprising his inspirational "Last Lecture" on the Oprah Show (Oct 22, 2007).
See the full-length version of this short Oprah Show reprise at www.cs.virginia.edu/robins/Randy .
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