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CSU begins Last Lecture Series

Columbus State University is beginning a new lecture series inspired by and named after a famous 2007 speech by the late Randy Pausch. The Carnegie Mellon computer science professor, diagnosed with terminal cancer, gave his final lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," which became known as "The Last Lecture." It was adapted into a best-selling book.

The first "last lecture" is by music professor Kristen Hansen, whose lecture is “Use More Air” at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Studio Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. It will end with a reception at 7 p.m.

The lecture series is sponsored by the CSU Student Government Association. The series is framed around the "final talk" concept, based on the question, "What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?

CSU students approached Hansen to deliver the first lecture. She bases her theme, “Use More Air,” on a phrase she uses daily while mentoring her horn students.

“It’s the lifeblood of playing the horn, and, about 80 percent of the time, it takes care of anydifficulties someone may have in learning to play,” she said. “I’ll take the same words and apply them in broader terms to achieving academic success.”

A Schwob School of Music faculty member since 1997, Hansen holds a doctorate in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. She previously directed high school and middle school bands and has performed and lectured at annual conventions of the International Horn Society and the Southeast Horn Workshop. She also has served as site director for CSU’s Spencer House in Oxford, England, and as a visiting fellow of Oxford University’s Greyfriars College.

The series will continue in the spring semester with dates to be announced.

The lecture is free.

Call the SGA office at 706-568-2403.

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