This inspirational book came about as a fairly young man faced his own mortality. In September of 2006, Carnegie Mellon university professor Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told by doctors that he had between three and six months to live. On July 25, 2008, he died of the disease. In the book The Last Lecture, Randy shared his insights with students, colleagues, friends, the world, and eventually his children, about what happened in the time in between finding out about his illness and the end of his life.
This study assumes most participants have heard the last lecture and/or read the book. Key themes are explored. The Leader's Guide provides instructions for facilitating a discussion on some of these key themes.