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Committee Chooses Freshman Reading Book for 2016

July 6, 2016

St. John's University Welcomes Freshman Reading Book Speaker...

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, will speak at the New Student Convocation on August 30, 2016! The event starts at 11:30AM in Carnesecca Arena.

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Each year our incoming freshmen receive a book to read. This year’s choice is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. It was chosen by a subcommittee of the University Core Curriculum Committee. It is the story of two individuals with the same name, liv­ing in the same city. 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. This is the story of two boys and the jour­ney of a generation.

In Decem­ber 2000, the Bal­ti­more Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local stu­dent who had just received a Rhodes Schol­ar­ship. The same paper also ran a series of arti­cles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police offi­cer in a spec­tac­u­larly botched armed rob­bery. The police were still hunt­ing for two of the sus­pects who had gone on the lam, a pair of broth­ers. One was named Wes Moore.

Wes just couldn’t shake off the unset­tling coin­ci­dence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same news­pa­per. After fol­low­ing the story of the rob­bery, the man­hunt, and the trial to its con­clu­sion, he wrote a let­ter to the other Wes, now a con­victed mur­derer serv­ing a life sen­tence with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of parole. His let­ter ten­ta­tively asked the ques­tions that had been haunt­ing him: Who are you? How did this happen? That let­ter led to a cor­re­spon­dence and rela­tion­ship that has lasted for sev­eral years. As a result of their relationship Wes Moore wrote the book, The Other Wes Moore, which tells the story of a gen­er­a­tion of boys try­ing to find their way in a chal­leng­ing and at times, hos­tile world.

Wes is com­mit­ted to help­ing the par­ents, teach­ers, men­tors, and advo­cates who serve our nation’s youth.

Wes Moore is the founder and CEO of BridgeEDU, which is a unique first-year college program that combines core academic courses, real-world internships and service experiences, with the coaching to help students succeed in academics and life. (Information taken from the website)

Freshman will receive their copies by mail or at orientation.  All are invited to read the book, which is a call to action to reflect on what type of environments we are creating for our youth that can ultimately decide their futures. The book will be used in many of the freshmen courses.

For further information on the book see the Campus Guide which has been created.