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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 21, 2012

Dr. Joel Benson to give ‘Last Lecture’ Oct. 29

Dr. Joel Benson, a professor of history, will deliver this year's Last Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Colden Hall Room 3500. His lecture is titled “What Story Will You Tell?”

Sponsored by Sigma Pi Sigma, an honorary society for students who have received Presidential Scholarships, the annual event gives Northwest faculty members the opportunity to speak as they would during the last lecture of their careers. Admission is free and the lecture is open to the public.

Benson joined the Northwest faculty in 1987 and specializes in Tudor-Stuart England, Anglo-Dutch relations in the 16th and 17th centuries, modern Britain, early modern and modern Europe and military history.

Benson received his bachelor of arts degree from Miami University in 1977 and his master of arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He returned to Miami, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1987.

For more information about the Last Lecture Series, contact Sara Frueh, Sigma Pi Sigma president, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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