When I was at the University of Michigan I had the pleasure of attending one of Ralph Williams’ lecture courses: The Bible as Literature, I believe. He’s a legendary presence at Michigan, and has been there long enough that his lecture on Job had to be moved to another building and held on a weekend, because so many parents wanted to come. Probably many of them had been his students, too.
Williams is retiring this year. He gave his final lecture this week:
“The world will not much care, nor long remember that which you gather as capital,” said Williams to the mostly college-age crowd. “But it will remember and celebrate the beauty you create.”
Words to live by in an ugly age.