‘Last Lecture’ and Civil Rights Award to WSU Professor

OGDEN, Utah – Teachers should help prepare students to become world citizens by teaching them the importance of reverence for individual differences.  

That’s the message Weber State University teacher education professor Forrest Crawford will share when he delivers his “Last Lecture” on Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Wattis Business Building Room 206.  

“Generally teachers are good at teaching content, but they also need to teach students how to get along with others in a society that’s becoming less homogenous,” said Crawford who is WSU’s Assistant to the President for Diversity.

The Last Lecture series showcases outstanding WSU professors. Each year the Teaching & Learning Forum accepts nominations for professors who inspire, entertain or challenge their students. One professor is chosen and provided the distinction of giving the lecture of a lifetime — the lecture the professor would give if he or she could never lecture again.

For Crawford’s lifelong dedication to championing equity, the Utah Education Association (UEA) will honor him with its “Charles E. Bennett UEA Human and Civil Rights Award for 2012.” Considered one of the association’s highest honors, the award recognizes an individual “who has been engaged in human and civil rights activities that have had a community-wide impact.” The UEA will bestow the distinction at its annual banquet Oct 18.  

“When students engage in a meaningful way with others who are different, they develop a more authentic appreciation for differences,” Crawford said. “Reverence is much more powerful and lasting than tolerance and helps students become true world citizens.”

For more information about the Last Lecture, visit weber.edu/tlf/LastLecture.

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Forrest Crawford, professor, teacher education
801-626-7420 • fcrawford@weber.edu
Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu