“My Last Lecture” falls at the end of the academic year, the end of the spring semester, five days after Scholars’ Day, two months after the visit from The Higher Learning Commission, at the end of our seniors’ four years with us, and at the beginning of all the grading involved with finals. The Final Assessments of the semester. The Last Judgment. So, naturally, “My Last Lecture” suggested to me the judgment of my work, our work here at Ouachita as teachers. The more I reflected on our profession of teaching the more I conceived of our teaching as a process of dying. And, I’m pretty sure that it is this dying process that is keeping me alive.
Sonheim, Amy, "My Last Lecture: Death and the Teaching Profession" (2011). Presentations and Lectures. 15.