Professor to Offer Parting Wisdom During Last Lecture Series

November 17, 2016

MISSOULA – Katie Kane, University of Montana professor in the areas of English literature, cultural studies and colonial studies will deliver the next installment of UM’s Last Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in UM’s University Center Theater. The event, hosted by the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, is free and open to the public.

The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by the UM Mortar Board and the University Center and challenges the UM professor with the questions: “If you had one lecture left to give, what would you say? What wisdom would you impart? What do you want your legacy to be?” Mortar Board members nominate and vote on a professor who has made a lasting impression through an undergraduate program to give the lecture.

Kane is past director and co-founder of UM’s Irish Studies Program. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas. She is the past recipient of fellowships from the NEH, the Irish government, the Montana Committee for the Humanities and the MESA Foundation. At UM she teaches several graduate-level courses, as well as upper-division courses in film and literary criticism.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 228 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

To learn more about the Mortar Board Society, visit either the national website at or the UM website at


Contact: Chelsey Porter, UM Mortar Board adviser, 406-243-2831,