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Last Lecture to focus on global citizenship

H. ner Yurtseven
H. ner Yurtseven

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March 7, 2013

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H. Öner Yurtseven, Dean Emeritus of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, will focus on global citizenship when he delivers the Last Lecture, Friday, March 22, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard.

Yurtseven’s lecture, “A Wandering Migrant or a Global Citizen? – The Continuing Journey of an Engineering and Technology Educator,” will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater, located on the Campus Center’s lower level. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Those planning to attend the event are asked to RSVP here.

The Last Lecture Series, which began in 2009, offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflection on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. The event is sponsored by the IUPUI Senior Academy, the IUPUI administration, and the IU Foundation.

Yurstseven will explore the role that universities play in in global citizenship and how IUPUI can encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, business and industry, and the community to engage in global citizenship.

He will also share his personal global citizenship experiences that include completing his graduate work in the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar, returning to his home country of Turkey, where he became a faculty member at the Middle East Technical Institute University and then returning to the U.S. in 1977 to avoid an unstable political climate.

Beginning his new academic career at IUPUI in 1977 as a visiting professor in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Yurtseven went on to serve as division chairman, assistant dean, associate dean and dean, retiring in 2010 after 33 years of service.