The importance of story, Kinkead’s last lecture

Utah State University Professor Joyce Kinkead believes in the importance of stories in people’s lives. She will be expanding on the value of the humanities and of the stories people read when she presents the 36th Annual Last Lecture Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom.The title of Kinkead’s lecture is “Standing on Boo Radley’s Porch: The Importance of Story.” The lecture is free and open to the public.A committee of USU Honors Program students selected Kinkead, who is associate vice president for research and professor of English, to address the studentbody as if it were her “last lecture” to the studentbody.The Last Lecture is a unique tradition at USU because it is entirely focused on students. Students are asked to nominate full professors who have had a memorable impact on them inside and outside the classroom. A committee then chooses the Last Lecturer.

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