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February 13, 2018 - Last Lecture

racial and social division, and what America needs to do about it in 2018

Past Principal of Tulakes Elementary School
Speaker, Coach, and Educational Consultant

February 13, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM | Zarrow Hall, Room 145
700 Elm Ave, Norman, OK 73019

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Lecture Overview

As we should all acknowledge, America has a sordid history as it pertains to slavery, Jim Crow(ism) and so much more. None of us were around when these horrible institutions were acceptable and as commonplace as baseball and apple pie. However, the residual effects still linger hundreds of years later. In fact, a significant segment of our citizenry boldly contends that our ills are no better today and our nation’s discrimination practices have only changed from de jure to de facto.

I, for one, am not content to let things be, or just hope and pray that they fix themselves—they will not, at least not fast enough. So I purpose to illumine the problem and how we all can be a part of the solution. My mantra is, “If it is to be, it is up to you and me.”

About Rev. Lee Roland

Lee Roland has been an educator and administrator for almost 30 years. He currently serves on staff at The Parish in Oklahoma City, as well as working as a Motivational Speaker and Education Consultant. Roland is formerly the proud principal of 12 years of Tulakes Elementary in the Putnam City School District. He has always labored exhaustively yet ardently in the field to both serve and meet the needs of students, parents, teachers. His dedication and determination is clearly evident as he unceasingly endeavors to inspire and propel others who serve, to touch lives and make a difference, particularly for children.

In addition to enjoying great success in his roles as a special education teacher, principal, and superintendent liaison, Roland has spoken and presented at numerous conferences, venues, and workshops across Oklahoma and the United States, particularly on subjects of character education, working with children of poverty, and teacher efficacy. Roland has and continues to serve on numerous city, civic, and community boards, mostly involving the welfare of children. In short, he believes that it is the responsibility of all citizens, and especially educators to improve our society via the public school, which he passionately strives to do each and every single day - yes, "leave no child behind!"

What is a "Last Lecture"?

If you could give one last lecture before you die, what would you say? This is the premise of a "Last Lecture."

The idea gained international attention in 2007 when Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon who had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, gave a lecture entitled "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." The YouTube video of his lecture has been viewed by millions, and the published version of the lecture became a New York Times best seller.

Since then, many universities have hosted "Last Lectures" from people who, while in good health, take the opportunity to reflect deeply about what matters most to them, and to share those reflections with the broader community. The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing's "Last Lecture" series follows this pattern.

Institute-sponsored "Last Lectures" have been given by Dr. Kelly Damphousse, Dr. Tom Boyd, OU Women's Basket Ball Head Coach, Sherri Coale, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students, Ms. Kristen Partridge, and internationally known philosopher, Dr. Linda Zagzebski. Videos are available 3-4 weeks after the lecture on our YouTube page, and photos are available on our Flickr page.


Visitor parking is available on the first floor ramp in the Elm Avenue Parking Facility located between Boyd Street and Brooks St. View on Google Maps

For visitor parking fees, and other parking options, please see the OU Parking Services website.