Not the last you’ll hear from him

March 25, 2014 8:45 AM

Fran Simon

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What would a professor talk about in the last lecture of his or her career? Mortar Board at Tulane University will honor Tulane President Scott Cowen, who will deliver the “Last Lecture” on Wednesday (March 26) at 5 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane uptown campus.

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As he looks toward retiring from the Tulane University presidency, Scott Cowen will give the Mortar Board “Last Lecture” on Wednesday (March 26). (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

It won’t actually be the last lecture of Cowen’s career, but that’s the premise of the annual Mortar Board annual “Last Lecture.” Cowen is retiring from the Tulane University presidency on June 30.

For his “Last Lecture,” Cowen has chosen the topic, “Defining Moments and Serendipity: the Shaping of a Life.”

The event is free and open to the public. A short Q&A session will follow the lecture.

“President Cowen was the natural choice for the ‘Last Lecture’ this year because we believed his accomplishments and commitment to Tulane as well as New Orleans demonstrate the three Mortar Board pillars of service, scholarship and leadership,” says Amelia Esenstad, “Last Lecture” chair.

“I hope students will hear about his experiences in our unique city and how the community can shape the lives of students at Tulane and in New Orleans,” says Esenstad, a senior majoring in sociology. “I think President Cowen has been and will continue to be an inspiring figure for Tulane as a whole.”

Advisers of the Mortar Board national honor society at Tulane, the Alpha Sigma Sigma chapter, are Karen Reichard, director of student leadership and engagement at Newcomb College Institute, and Beverly Trask, associate professor of dance. For more information, contact Amelia Esenstad.   

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