The Last Lecture was created in 1999 and, after a period of dormancy, resurrected by the honors program in 2013.

The Last Lecture is a tradition at Merrimack and many other colleges and universities that allows a faculty member to speak on any subject as if it were his or her final class.

2017 Speaker

Kevin Salemme
Director, Media Instructional Services

Kevin Salemme

Kevin Salemme began his college career as an electrical engineering major at Merrimack in 1979, but soon decided to follow his heart and pursue a career in photography. He transferred to the Art Institute of Boston, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography in 1982.

After working for a time as a commercial photographer, Salemme joined Merrimack in 1984 as director of media instructional services. Today, he also serves as an adjunct professor of photography in the School of Liberal Arts.

In addition to a B.F.A., Salemme holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and philosophy from Merrimack College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in studio arts, film and photography from Harvard University.

He has exhibited his photography throughout New England as well as in France and Switzerland.

Previous Speakers




Title Notes
2016 Laura Hsu Associate Professor, Human Development  
2015 Christina Hardway Associate Professor, Psychology  
2014 Vance Poteat Associate Professor, Computer Science  
2013 Marcia Walsh Associate Professor, Health Sciences  
2011 Cynthia McCowan Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemistry Video
2010 Patricia Sendall Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Management