PAUL SALOPEK. Integrity, intelligence, compassion, craftsmanship. These—and, above all, courage—are at the core of the Lovejoy legacy. They also are defining characteristics of your life and work. Your wide-ranging intellect affords mastery of complex subjects. Your captivating prose earns our attention when we might otherwise ignore intricate scientific research or far-off conflict. On a mule or in a canoe, you have explored remote, sometimes dangerous expanses of the developing world to show us why we must pay attention to the people who live there and confront the often painful truths of their experience. In Darfur your refusal to accept freedom until your African colleagues were guaranteed the same, though your life was in peril, demonstrated integrity and courage of heroic proportions. In the tradition of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, your example, as well as your words, show that we cannot and must not take human rights for granted. Colby is proud to add your name to the pantheon of journalists who have upheld the ideals for which we remember Lovejoy.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, PAUL SALOPEK, the degree of Doctor of Laws,honoris causa. The hood and this diploma, which I place in your hands, are visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.
Conferred October 18, 2009