It seems like there’s a world record for just about everything these days.
Now a professor in Texas wants to set a record for the longest college lecture.
After a heartfelt introduction by his children, the clock started ticking, and UNT associate professor of history Dr. Andrew Torget set out to establish a record never set before.
“We’re going to try and set a world record for the world’s longest history lesson,” said Dr. Torget.
That’s right! Thirty hours of nonstop lecturing totaling 500 pages of notes and more than 1,600 slides.
“We’re covering all of Texas history,” said Dr. Torget. “Which is to say we are starting with cave people and we’re coming up until last week.”
What normally takes Dr. Torget 14 weeks to teach has been condensed into one marathon of a lecture.
And there are rules to all of this.
“Guinness has witnesses that are here who are going to be observing the students and myself to make sure that they are not just awake but they’re engaged,” said Dr. Torget.
There must be 10 students present at all times not including all those watching the continuous live stream online.
No cell phones allowed, and every hour of lecture earns them a five minute break which can be stacked.
“We’ve been training for about a year. We’ve been preparing for about a year,” said Dr. Torget.
The effort is in attempt to raise money for the Portal of Texas History — an online resource for all things historical in the Lone Star State.
And although the energy was obvious here at the start even Dr. Torget knows the snacks and coffee can only help so much.
“I think that’s going to happen here at some point. There is just going to be a wall, and you just got to decide to keep going forward.”
If all goes well, the lecture should end Saturday at 2:00 p.m.