When former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak spoke at Yale last Thursday, he drew a packed audience of interested students. And his remarks seems to have lived up to the expectations of his audience. What I found most interesting in the story on his speech carried in the Yale Daily News was the account of the security precautions.
Competing with Barak for the attention of the students on Thursday was retired Princeton Professor Robert Fagles, the most prominent living translator of Homer. Fagles spoke to an an enthususiastic audience of freshmen students in Yale’s Directed Studies program in the classics of Western civilization. Students hung banners over the ledge of the balcony avowing their love of Fagles.
“Fagles feels the love from D.S. students” tells the story. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it. But I did.
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