Paul Farmer: Our Friend
One defining feature of Sewanee—I use the informal name on purpose—is how interpersonal networks, not connected to formal programs, spring up and define signature aspirations through overlapping interests and projects. These networks get associated with names of people, places, and traditions. By not being connected to formal programs, these names attach to open-ended personal visions and goals, with enough overlap to give the network an understandable identity and shape. In some cases, the network is never publicly acknowledged. It’s just there, and folks recognize themselves, along with others, as tacit fellow-travelers. Sometimes these loose groups get named. If this naming of this network has not yet happened, I will do that now—"The Paul Farmers."