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Last call

If a professor knew they had only one remaining lecture to impart their ideas upon students, what exactly would they say?

Tonight's Last Lecture Series, sponsored by First Year Council, IMP Society, Inter-Fraternity Council, Inter-Sorority Council and Residence Life, gives three distinguished faculty members this opportunity. The speakers will address the audience as if it is the last lecture they will ever deliver.

Prof. Ann Lane of the Department of History and Studies in Women and Gender Program, Prof. Michael Smith of the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs and Prof. John Wheeler of the McIntire School of Commerce are the evening's speakers.

"I'm a bit flattered to be given the opportunity," Smith said.

"I really enjoyed the [Last Lecture Series] I went to last year," said Allison White, ISC President and third-year College student.

"I think it should be fun ... the whole concept is intriguing," White said.

A poet among us

James Tate, the University's Rea Visiting Writer in Poetry, will give a reading of his poetry Thursday night at the University Bookstore.

In 1992 Tate received a Pulitzer Prize for his "Selected Poems." He recently won the National Book Award for his 1995 work, "Worshipful Company of Fletchers." He currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lisa Spaar, Creative Writing Program administrator, described Tate as "a deChirico of American poetry ... slightly surreal, very imaginative, and original."

In a presentation last night at the bookstore, Tate extensively discussed his own writing process.

"I just want to write all the time," Tate said. "I always thought we had these limited amounts of energy in us and that's just not true ... I am amazed at the hunger I have."

Compiled by Allison Botos