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"If you knew this would be the last lecture you would ever give, what would you say?"

That was the question given to University of Arizona Russian literature professor Adele Barker and two others at an event on campus earlier this week.

Their answers, in the form of short lectures, were great. (I'll be posting the other two lectures separately.)

In her 30-minute lecture, Barker talked about how books about other people's lives help us understand our own lives and about the importance of reading carefully.

Here's a 10-minute excerpt on how the great Russian novels speak to today's students. Definitely worth a listen for book lovers. Click play on Related Audio Clips.

Campus Correspondent is a higher education news blog at the Arizona Daily Star. Follow reporter and blogger Becky Pallack on Twitter.