WCU’s Szabo to deliver ‘Last Lecture’

Vicki Szabo

Vicki Szabo

Vicki Szabo, Western Carolina University associate professor of history, will speak on the topic “Scholars, Warriors, Cowards and Fools: Fear and Learning from Rome to Raleigh” as she presents the university’s annual “Last Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Szabo’s 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 annual “Last Lecture” allows faculty members to share words they would present if it was the final lecture they had a chance to give.

Szabo said her talk will focus on the importance of ancient history and humanities in modern North Carolina. “Using several examples of stories from my ancient and medieval history classes, I’ll address how and why an education based in liberal studies is essential to any career, but also essential to the success and livelihood of our state,” she said.

“In a time when a university education is seen as a commodity, and a path to a job, we can’t forget that the humanities are the core of education and the core of citizenship, and ancient history stands at the heart of the humanities. My lecture, I hope, will entertain, but also underscore the important job our students have in using their educations, and the lessons of history, to make North Carolina better.”

Szabo earned her doctoral degree in Medieval studies at Cornell University. She has been a member of the WCU faculty since 2001.

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.