Today is the 20th anniversary of Walker Percy's death. In 1989, the year before he died, he recieved the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University, and delivered this brief speech. (HT to Mr. Dugan for reminding me of it.) He also delivered the Jefferson Lecture that year.
And many thanks to Spoon, TH, and Peter Lawler for introducing me to Percy 8 years ago.