Response to Baynard Woods’ Visit

Baynard Woods walked into the Media Center on Towson University’s campus Wednesday night with his hair in an towering puff and sunglasses chained around his neck.

The senior editor of City Paper describes his publication as one that is “militantly Baltimore,” and he looks the part of someone who’s on that ship.

It wasn’t his first time on campus. About a decade ago, Woods taught philosophy at Towson University.

He came to Julie Scharper‘s feature writing class to talk about an profile he had just written about Qayum Karzai, the Baltimore restauranteur and brother of Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan.

Instead, he went Socratic. The philosophy professor in Woods was well-alive. His energy for life and passion for journalism shine through when he discusses work he’s done and work that he admires.

“I feel like I have the best job in the world,” Woods said. He gets paid to know everything he possibly can about Baltimore.

After the lecture-turned-Q&A session, Woods hung around to talk with a few interested students.  His mentioned commitment to living “the good life” by engaging with the world showed clear as day.


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