March 13, 2008

Last Lecture

In case you haven't yet heard of him, Randy Pausch is a virtual reality / computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an extraordinarily inspirational teacher who learned late last year that, due to pancreatic cancer, he had only about 6 months to live.

It sounds dreadfully depressing, right? But it isn't. This incredible man took the hard knock life landed on him and created from that a talk called The Last Lecture which he delivered to students and fellow faculty at his school. The Last Lecture communicates Randy's lifetime of learning about how to live a life worth remembering. He is awe-inspiring in all the best senses of the word.

He condensed The Last Lecture for a half-hour appearance on Oprah. Watching him on Oprah will bless you and make you feel better for the rest of the week. But, in order to get back every moment you've ever had to waste sitting in a waiting room, watch the whole lecture. It takes an hour and 44 minutes, but it will be some of the best two hours you've ever lived. (Transcript of the full-lecture.)

Randy's book entitled The Last Lecture will be published next month. He may not live to see it come to bookstores. But his legacy is going to change a lot of lives for the better.

Posted by Chai-Rista at March 13, 2008 08:51 AM | TrackBack

I got the Oprah version via email a couple of weeks ago. Very powerful. I had my eleven-year old watch it.

I didn't realize there was a longer version. Need to check that out. Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by: Gary at March 13, 2008 06:41 PM