Organized by the Alumni Scholars Club, the My Last Lecture Award is the only faculty award at UCLA selected entirely by the student body. It began fifty years ago when notable UCLA professors put all of their life lessons and advice for students into one "last lecture."
Professor Russell Burgos M.A. ’98, Ph.D. ’05
UCLA Global Studies Interdepartmental Program
Born and raised in Chicago, Professor Burgos has held a variety of jobs ranging from bartender to movie extra to soldier. Employed at UCLA since 2004, he currently serves as a lecturer for the UCLA International Institute. He is an expert on Middle East military security and has worked closely with senior Arab, Israeli and NATO military officers to facilitate constructive dialog among them. Spring 2013 will be his last quarter teaching full time at UCLA.
"My Last Lecture did more than just allow me to learn concrete facts from a professor’s area of expertise; it also gave me a window into the often unexposed side of academia – the humanity of being an intellectual."