Guilain Denoeux, professor of government, received the 22nd annual Charles Bassett Teaching Award by a vote of the Class of 2014. In the recent tradition, he gave the Last Lecture immediately following final exams. Speaking in Ostrove Auditorium May 19, he began his remarks with tongue firmly in cheek:
“I’d like to start by recognizing the senior class for this serious lack of judgment and common sense that it displayed when it voted to give me this award. As I see it, it all paid off: my sustained contribution to grade inflation over the years; my consistently low demands regarding students’ work; my warm and fuzzy personality … .”
Denoeux then offered five guidelines for graduates, illustrating piece of advice with colorful anecdotes from his own career in international relations in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.