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Mark Wilson selected to give "Final Lecture"

Photo of Dr. Mark Wilson

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Each year, the Auburn student body elects a Final Lecture Award recipient during its annual spring elections. The award recognizes one of Auburn students’ favorite professors and gives them the opportunity to present a short lecture on the topic of their choice. The event is meant to give students an opportunity to hear one “final lecture” from one of their favorite professors before the term ends and before they graduate. 

This year, the students have selected Dr. Mark Wilson to give the Final Lecture. Wilson teaches community and civic engagement in the College of Liberal Arts and serves as director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

“I was honored to be nominated and humbled to be selected. And now I’m a little frightened to deliver the lecture!” Wilson said.  

Wilson said he plans to speak briefly on the land-grant identity of Auburn University and to give general inspiration to the students that attend.

“I want to remind students, especially seniors, that Auburn’s public mission is unique and important, something that should always affirm their good decision to study here. So the lecture will be part history, part storytelling, and, hopefully, a challenge to adopt Auburn’s public mission as their own,” Wilson said. 

The lecture will take place on Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Mell 2510, and is free and open to all. 

“Mark is a tremendous historian and an asset for the College of Liberal Arts,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup. “And I know he will give a memorable and inspiring lecture.” 

According to Brad Smith, assistant director of student involvement, the Final Lecture program at Auburn was created to give all students the opportunity to participate in a teaching award given on behalf of the student body, recognizing professors who have made extraordinary contributions to Auburn University through classroom teaching and service to the university. 

“To be nominated and elected by students is one of the highest honors students can bestow upon a faculty member. The selected professor delivers a keynote address to the entire university community on a topic of his or her choice. Past addresses have included words of advice and encouragement for both students beginning their college careers and those moving beyond the walls of the university,” Smith said. 

Last Updated: March 06, 2018