| the history of wake forest
For forty-eight hours—from nine a.m. on Fri-
day, February 23, to nine a.m. to Sunday, Feb-
ruary 25—fifty-three volunteers took turns
reading, in its entirety, Herman Melville’s
Moby Dick. The purpose of the “marathon”
was to raise money for The Student.
From the Artists Series: Cellist Lynn Harrell;
the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction
of Eugene Ormandy.
From the University Theatre: Patrick Hamil-
ton’s Angel Street; Stephen Sondheim’s Com-
pany; Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers; and the
Oresteia of Aeschylus.
Poetry readings by John Ashbery, Jean Valen-
tine, Stephen Dunn, and Irish poets John Mon-
tague and Paul Muldoon.
Speeches by broadcast journalist Bill Moyers
(this year’s Carlyle Lecturer), Lord Hailsham of
Great Britain’s Conservative Party “shadow
cabinet,” Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens,
South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, for-
mer governor of Texas John Connally, Pauli
Murray (the first black woman Episcopal
priest), and, in a debate on American foreign
policy and defense planning, Edward Luttwak
and Paul Warnke.
Performances by the Drifters, the Spinners,
Tashi, the Allen Harris Band, and comedian
Kelly Monteith.
A lecture series on “Twentieth Century Chal-
lenges to Faith.” Speakers: Richard J. Neu-
haus, Josephine Ford, James H. Charlesworth,
Carl F.H. Henry, Andrew Greeley, and Leander
The 1979 “Challenge” symposium on bioeth-
ics, featuring Joseph Fletcher, Jeremy Rifkin,
Norman Guttman, and Daniel Callahan.2
Samuel Richardson Hill, Jr., director of medical
education programs in the University of Alabama
system; Peter Jay, ambassador from Great Brit-
ain to the United States; North Carolina novel-
ist Reynolds Price; and T. Eugene Worrell
(B.A., 1940), newspaper publisher and Univer-
sity benefactor. Jay gave the Commencement
address, and Chevis F. Horne, pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Martinsville, Virginia,
preached the baccalaureate sermon.
Earl F. Slick, Winston-Salem businessman,
was approved for an honorary degree, but he
chose not to accept the recognition.
A “Challenge” symposium on some topic of widespread public interest had been a feature of cam-
pus life every other spring since 1965. It had been planned and carried out, for the most part, by
undergraduate students and had been consistently “challenging” and provocative and sometimes,
especially in the early years, even daring. The eighth “Challenge” in 1979 was, regretfully, the last in
the series.
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