‘Last Lecture’ to be presented Oct. 23 by WCU’s Briggs

Lisa Thomas Briggs, Western Carolina University associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, will speak on the topic “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Please Help Guide Us Through it All” as she presents the university’s annual “Last Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Briggs’ presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The event, part of Homecoming activities, honors a WCU faculty member who has been recognized by students for teaching with great passion and enthusiasm. The “Last Lecture” allows the faculty member to share words he or she would present if it was the final lecture he or she had a chance to give.

Briggs said careers in criminal justice differ from many other fields of work in that criminal justice professionals often come into contact with “less savory” members of the population, and less-than-positive responses to those individuals by criminal justice professionals can be easily rationalized. Relying on her own experiences in the field, Briggs said she will remind the audience that those individuals should be treated professionally and with respect, while at the same time holding them accountable for their actions.

Briggs earned two degrees at WCU and has been on the university’s faculty since 2002. She was a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

The “Last Lecture” series is sponsored by Coulter Faculty Commons and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Cruz, director of Coulter Faculty Commons, at lcruz@wcu.edu or 828-227-7196.

Lisa Thomas Briggs

Lisa Thomas Briggs