Last Lecture

2020 Last Lecture
Thursday, April 9
5:30 p.m.

We regret to announce that the 2020 Last Lecture has been cancelled due to the recent guidance to cancel any event with over 150 attendees. The safety and wellbeing of our students, community and you take the highest priority.

The Last Lecture features a UCSF faculty member nominated and selected by students to answer one question: "If you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?"

Such a lecture series is prominent on many college campuses, made especially famous by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor whose lecture ironically was his last lecture having just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. In Spring 2012, the inaugural UCSF Last Lecture received a warm and welcoming response. This year the student-initiated event will continue to build the tradition. This lecture will bring out stories intertwining various dimensions of the chosen faculty member's trajectory - encompassing the professional, personal, spiritual, and cultural experiences that have brought them to where they are today.

2019 Last Lecture
Associate Dean David Wofsy [bio] [lecture]

2018 Last Lecture
Professor David Graham [bio] [lecture]

2017 Last Lecture
Professor Howard Pinderhughes [bio] [lecture]

2016 Last Lecture
Professor Andre Campbell [bio] [lecture]

2015 Last Lecture
Professor Kimberly Topp [bio] [lecture]

2014 Last Lecture
Professor Igor Mitrovic [bio] [lecture]

2013 Last Lecture
Professor Daniel Lowenstein [bio] [lecture]

2012 Last Lecture
Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann [bio] [lecture]

Check the Student Weekly Email for voting and event details!