Music Professor to Open ‘Last Lecture’ Series

COLUMBUS, Ga. - CSU music professor Kristen Hansen will give a talk titled “Use More Air” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre.

The event, which will close with a 7 p.m. reception, is free and open to the public and opens the CSU Student Government Association’s Last Lecture Series.

The series is inspired by, and named after, a famous 2007 speech by the late Randy Pausch. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, the Carnegie Mellon computer science professor conceived and delivered a final lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” which became known as “The Last Lecture,” adapted later into a New York Times best-selling book by the same title.

Like Pausch, CSU’s SGA has framed its lecture series around the hypothetical “final talk” concept, based on the question, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?'

Kristen HansenThe CSU students approached Hansen, right, to deliver the opening lecture for their series. She bases her theme, “Use More Air,” on a phrase she uses daily while mentoring her horn students. “It’s the lifeblood of playing the horn, and, about 80 percent of the time, it takes care of any difficulties someone may have in learning to play,” she said. “I’ll take the same words and apply them in broader terms to achieving academic success.”

A Schwob School of Music faculty member since 1997, Hansen holds a doctorate in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. She previously directed high school and middle school bands and has performed and lectured at annual conventions of the International Horn Society and the Southeast Horn Workshop. She also has served as site director for CSU’s Spencer House in Oxford, England, and as a visiting fellow of Oxford University’s Greyfriars College.

The series will continue in the spring semester with dates to be announced. For more information, call the SGA office at 706-568-2403.