From teaching history to making it: UNT professor to attempt world’s longest lesson

From teaching history to making it: UNT professor to attempt world’s longest lesson

Andrew Torget, being a child, often flipped through Guinness World Records with his friends, imagining about what they could do to ‘snag a title and land their names in the book’.

Torget replied, “We were kind of talking about different records we could break and came across the world’s longest … business class, or business lesson. We thought, ‘Hey, it’d be cool if we did something on history. That would be something interesting”.

“I’ve been practicing talking for hours at a time,” he said. “My wife is actually a speech pathologist, so she’s been trying to coach me on speaking more calmly. I tend to lecture in this very animated style where I jump around and scream and yell and get real sweaty.”

“I don’t rely a lot on caffeine; I rely a lot on moving around,” Torget said. “At a certain point you just kind of gut through and see where you can get to.”

He isn’t the only one who will have to stay awake.

The lesson will begin at 9 a.m. with about 45 students. At least 10 must be engaged and awake by the end of the lecture at 3 p.m. the next day.

For every hour they complete, Torget and the students will get a five-minute break.

He has also been running and looking to his past experience racing in a 28 ½ hour relay for techniques on how to stay awake through the event. There won’t be a Guinness representative at the event, but the organization will have two independent witnesses rotating every four hours. A time-stamped video will also be sent to Guinness for authentication. To prepare for his marathon lecture, Torget has been training his voice and merging all his notes and PowerPoints to create a mega lesson. The 24-hour lecture will be at UNT’s University Union and will cover Texas history “from cave people to last week,” Torget said, noting that typically it takes an entire semester to cover that much material.



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