Last Lecture 2010

alumni testimonials

We would like to congratulate Charles Anderson and thank him for accepting the Class of 2010 invitation to deliver the Last Lecture.

The honor of delivering the final address that the class of 2010 will hear from our college faculty has quickly become highly regarded and respected by the Muhlenberg community. Charles Anderson was selected from approximately 70 nominations submitted by members of the senior class, acknowledging the strong, positive impact that 35 unique faculty have had on students' development and lifelong learning.

Missed the lecture? View the full video here.

Be sure to check out photos from the event or download the full lecture in PDF or mp3 format.


Event Details
Lecture Title: "Things to Do Between Six Feet Tall and Six Feet Under"
Date: Thursday, May 20
Location: Tent on Alumni Court
Schedule: 7:00 PM - Dinner and Slideshow
                   8:00 PM - Last Lecture
                   After the Lecture - Students will board busses for additional activities

Introductions by: Senior Year Experience Last Lecture Committee members Ross Litman, Samantha Silverberg, Patrick Fligge, Melinda Ramirez, Eric Thompson, and Andreea Sandalescu
RSVP to: Student Activities
Sponsored by: Student Activities and the Senior Year Experience

Note: This event is for the Class of 2010. Seniors, please bring your student ID to the event.



About Charles Anderson
Professor Charles O. Anderson, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is an associate professor of dance and head of African American Studies at Muhlenberg College. Professor Anderson is artistic director of the Philadelphia-based company, dance theatre X. He received his BA in choreography and performance (with a minor in Africana Studies) from Cornell University and earned his MFA with honors from Temple University where he had the distinction of being a Future Faculty Fellow specializing in African derived choreography and aesthetic practices.

Both as a solo artist and with dance theatre X, Professor Anderson has presented his work nationally and internationally and has received support for his choreography by numerous foundations and funding institutions including Dance Advance (sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts), the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Independence Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation. He was a 2007 Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. In 2008, Anderson and dance theatre X were also selected as one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and was the 2008 recipient of Muhlenberg's Robert C. Williams Award for Outstanding Professional Activity by Junior Faculty.

Since coming to Muhlenberg in 2003, has been committed to and instrumental in the successful development of a number of institutional diversity initiatives on campus. Some of his contributions include founding the African American Studies Minor Program, serving on committees that were responsible for the drafting of Muhlenberg College's first statement on diversity, founding Muhlenberg's Multicultural House, as well as helping to secure a major grant funding to support faculty engagement with diversity across the curriculum from the Mellon Foundation. Professor Anderson also served on the inaugural advisory board of Muhlenberg College's Multicultural House and has been actively involved with Black Students Association and the Soul Sound Steppers, serving as both organizations' advisor since 2005.


Want to learn more? Check out other years' lectures: