Monday, May 05, 2008
I recommend Randy Pausch, with Jeffrey Zaslow, The Last Lecture (New York: Hyperion, 2008). As most of you know, Pausch is the CMU computer science professor dying of cancer who received a lot of attention for giving a "last lecture" at CMU. His book builds on the substance of that lecture and offers an interesting commentary on life and the academic community. As his recounts about the lecture, "I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children. If I were a painter, I would have painted for them. If I were a musician, I would have composed music. But I am a lecturer. So I lectured" (p. x). I am going to use this book as the first reading in my doctoral seminar this fall -- LIS 3000 Introduction to the PhD Program -- which focuses on professional schools in research universities. It will be an interesting means to get students to think about why they are doing a doctoral program, considering the end right at the beginning.
Posted by Richard J. Cox at 9:06 AM