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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.


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

  • Laurentian University, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Sponsored by the Laurentian University Alumni Association - LUAA. 


2017 Lecture - Nominate your Favourite Faculty Member

Nomination Form


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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