Legacy Lecture

About the Series

The Legacy Lecture is a new tradition that was introduced at Laurentian University in 2016. Such a lecture series is prominent on many university campuses, made especially famous by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor, whose lecture was his last lecture having been diagnosed with a terminal illness. 

Essentially, we invite nominations for faculty members to answer one question in the form of an engaging public lecture: "As your legacy, if you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?" It's an opportunity to go beyond the bounds of the syllabus and offer a unique lecture, light or serious, on any topic of their choice, in an informal setting.

This event is held on campus at Laurentian University and the speakers lecture for approximately 45 minutes with a 15 minute question period, followed by a reception.


2017 Lecture 

Creating the world of midwifery one birth story at a time

Presented by Dr. Susan James, Program Director of the School of Midwifery – Laurentian University

Susan James has been the director of the School of Midwifery/École de profession des sages-femmes at Laurentian since she arrived from Edmonton in July 1999.  She practiced midwifery (both pre- and post - legislation) in Edmonton while at the same time completed both a masters degree and PhD at U of Alberta and taught health ethics for the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. Before midwifery, she worked as a nurse in tertiary care obstetrics in Toronto and taught at teh Faculty of Nursing at U of Toronto. Her program of research focuses on "that which inhers in midwifery" using a phenomenological approach. 

  • Wednesday, November 22 at 3:00 pm
    Executive Learning Centre, Fraser Building, 3rd Floor
  • A reception will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 15th at https://laurentianalumni.isetevents.com/


2016 Lecture

Dr. Peter K. Kaiser's headshot30 YEARS LATER

A Journey of Discovery

Presented by Dr. Peter K. Kaiser Professor Emeritus – Bharti School of Engineering – Laurentian University


The inaugural “Legacy Lecture” honoured Dr. Peter Kaiser’s contribution to the world of mining and engineering. His lecture highlighted his 30 year-long journey of discovery as Professor of Mining Engineering and Chair for Rock Engineering and Ground Control at the Bharti School of Engineering. Peter’s contributions also include being Founding President of MIRARCO, Founding Director of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and Director of Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction.

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Mutually organized and hosted by:
  • Laurentian University, Advancement.

  • Laurentian University, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Sponsored by the Laurentian University Alumni Association - LUAA.