In these adversarial times, I want to talk about
adversarial journalism, which is, in large part, what we
celebrate here tonight.
So much of what we do, I’ve long believed, is
motivated by a fierce desire for community.
And those of us who have a history with Wake Forest
can relate to Kathleen Dean Moore’s argument that
few communities match that of a college campus.
There’s always a friend down the hall. You share
meals, rides, bathrooms, passwords, secrets. Almost
everything you need is within walking distance. You
watch over one another. Even when you are doing
different work, you work side by side. You help one
another figure out to calculate a curve, mock the Tar
Heels, or survive a broken heart.
It’s the ultimate in village life, Moore writes: “A
wonderful way to live,” and one that is incredibly kind
to this “beautiful, beleaguered planet.”
And if we’re lucky, we graduate to a similarly engaging
On this campus, in this community, Tim Croak
inspired me to spend a semester in Venice, a long
time ago, and Ed Wilson invited me to spend a
semester in London.