Wes Moore will speak at Adams State on October 24


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Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, a New York Times bestseller and the Adams State University 2014-2015 Common Reading Experience book selection, will speak at Adams State at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Carson Auditorium, with a simulcast to be broadcast at the ASU Main Theatre to accommodate any overflow attendees. His speaking engagement will be followed by a reception and book signing at 7:30 p.m. in the Nielsen Library.

About the Author

Moore is an Army combat veteran, a national bestselling author, and a social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller as a story that conveys the importance of individual decisions as well as community support. He is also the host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of "Coming Back with Wes Moore" on PBS.

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Upon graduation, Moore served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, participating in a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

While a student at Johns Hopkins he founded STAND!, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system and still exists today. He has been featured by USA Today, People Magazine, "Meet the Press," "The Colbert Report", "The View," MSNBC, and NPR, among many others.

More recently, Moore is now the Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college completion platform that addresses the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the Freshman Year in a way that engages students in real-world internships and service learning opportunities. Moore is committed to helping young people redirect their lives and supporting the parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers who care for, and work with, our nation's youth. A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Other Wes Moore are being donated to the U.S. Dream Academy and City Year.

About the Common Reading Experience

Each year, the University and the broader San Luis Valley community read a common book early in the fall semester and then participate in a broad range of discussions, lectures, essays, contests, and artistic endeavors. The Common Reading Experience Program engages the entire campus and community in a shared intellectual experience through year-long programming.

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