Highly-Accomplished Wes Moore to Give Mortensen Lecture Oct. 3
NYT bestselling author, Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Army veteran, and social entrepreneur to speak at Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio – Wes Moore, a New York Times bestselling author, Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Army veteran, and social entrepreneur, will give The College of Wooster’s Peter Mortensen Lecture – the headlining event of this year’s Wooster Forum – on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is slated to take place at McGaw Chapel (303 E. University St.), and admission is free and open to the public.
Moore’s topics of discussion will be “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” and “The Work: Searching for a Life That Matters,” his two books that were New York Times bestsellers. “The Other Wes Moore” is a compelling tale of two boys with the same name who grew up in inner city Baltimore, one now in the midst of a highly-accomplished career and the other serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer during an armed robbery. Moore explores the line between success and failure in our communities.
In “The Work,” Moore offers guidance on how to discover purpose through the work one does by recollecting the life experiences that have led him to find his passion as well as a dozen other “change makers.” The book has been received as a model for how we can weave valuable lessons together from supremely different people in order to forge individual paths to triumph, according to his website.
In addition to being a popular author and sought-after interviewee and speaker, Moore has founded two organizations – BridgeEdU and STAND!. He is currently the CEO of BridgeEdU, an enterprise dedicated to reinventing the college freshman year, helping Baltimore-area students ease the transition between high school and college, with the goal to ultimately improve retention and graduation rates. Moore started STAND!, a group that works with Baltimore youth in the criminal justice system, while still an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Johns Hopkins, Moore earned a master’s degree at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, served as a captain and paratrooper in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, which included a tour of combat in Afghanistan, and was a White House Fellow, assisting then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
“The Other Wes Moore” was required reading this past summer for every incoming Wooster student as part of the College’s first-year seminar program. All first-years were also instructed to write an essay about the book, and the winners of the essay contest, along with select faculty and staff, will be having dinner with Moore before the program.
The Mortensen Lecture was established in 2006 with a gift from Peter Mortensen ’56. The fund supports public lectures and/or performances related to first-year seminar.