Colleagues call me a scholar, and that makes me uneasy. Yes, I publish scholarly writings; I served as lecturer, advisor, and scholar-in-residence for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; I participated in five thought-provoking National Endowment for the Humanities programs; I contribute to the inter-institutional Sunoikisis Program at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies. All such activity is scholarly, I guess, and it relates to who I am. But I am not a scholar. I am a teacher. I regard teaching as my vocation. For over forty years, I have committed myself to serving students by requiring that they engage ideas with critical intelligence and imaginative reach, that they respond to human issues with full sympathy yet tough-minded honesty, and, above all, that they remain conscious that the privilege of enjoying knowledge carries with it the responsibility of making such knowledge useful to others. A demanding life, mine. A good life, too.