The Fresh Reads program of Christian Brothers University (CBU), in partnership with the Commercial Appeal and Facing History and Ourselves and through a sponsorship by International Paper, will host New York Times best-selling author, Wes Moore in the University Theater on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. The evening with Moore will follow a serialization of his best-selling book, The Other Wes Moore, in the Commercial Appeal, which will be available to all subscribers.
The Other Wes Moore tells the true story of two kids with same name, living in similar family situations in similar rough neighborhoods. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times, hostile world.
Raised by a widowed mother, Moore grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and from Johns Hopkins University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University. After completing his studies, Moore served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan. He then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system, and is the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Started in 2011, Fresh Reads is a summer reading program through which CBU freshman get to read and discuss the same book with upperclassmen and faculty members. Through the Fresh Reads book of choice, freshmen are invited to reflect on their life and the lives of those around them, motivating them to change, serve, respond and consider.
The partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and the sponsorship from International Paper has made this event free and open to the public. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Karen Golightly at (901) 321-4483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.