Common Reading author Wes Moore visits SMU Aug. 29, 2013

The Other Wes Moore

Common Reading author Wes Moore visits SMU Aug. 29, 2013

Wes Moore

Author Wes Moore will speak at SMU Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Moore wrote the University’s 2013 Common Reading book, The Other Wes Moore.

New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore will visit SMU Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, to discuss his book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.

The free lecture is part of the University’s 2013 Common Reading Program and will take place 5-6 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

> RSVP online for the Wes Moore lecture

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is highly encouraged. In addition, SMU will broadcast the lecture via live streaming.

The Other Wes Moore uses alternating dramatic narratives to tell the story of two kids 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 while the other is serving a life sentence in prison for murder.

SMU Forum: One name, two fates: SMU’s 2013 Common Reading

The story “both disturbs and inspires readers with questions about the influence of family and education in the choices a young person makes,” said SMU Associate Provost Harold Stanley.

The event is sponsored by the Provost’s Office; the Gartner Honors Lecture Series; the Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series; Friends of the SMU Libraries; Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility; Department of English; Embrey Human Rights Program; Residence Life and Student Housing; and the Office of Student Affairs.

> Watch the Wes Moore live stream beginning at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at video
Visit the Maguire Center’s Common Reading site

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

August 28, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Busy weekend in store for SMU’s Class of 2017

SMU Rotunda Passage 2012, photo by Clayton T. Smith

SMU Rotunda Passage 2012. Photo: Clayton T. Smith

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 26 for SMU’s 2013-14 academic year, and new students will have a busy weekend making themselves at home on the Hilltop. Highlights of activities for the Class of 2017, at a glance:

Saturday, Aug. 24

  • 4 p.m. Class photo – Dallas Hall lawn (wear white Mustang Corral T-shirts)
  • 8 p.m. “Night at the Club” student involvement fair and social event – Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

Sunday, Aug. 25

  • 1 p.m. Common Reading discussion, The Other Wes Moore – residence halls and other locations
  • 4:45 p.m. Rotunda Passage – Dallas Hall (student line-up at west side, faculty line-up at Perkins Administration Building)
  • 5:30 p.m. Opening Convocation with speaker Gillian McCombs, dean and director, Central University Libraries – McFarlin Auditorium
August 23, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

One name, two fates: SMU’s 2013 Common Reading

Two boys with the same name were born within blocks of each other and less than a year apart. Both grew up fatherless in the same poverty-stricken Baltimore ghetto. Both experienced the same hazards of urban youth: racism, violence and trouble with the law. How did one become a Rhodes Scholar and investment banker and the other a convicted murderer serving a life sentence for killing an off-duty police officer?

SMU’s entering class of 2017 will examine the experiences of these two men whose lives turned out very differently, despite their similar backgrounds, in the 2013 Common Reading selection, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.

> Watch author Wes Moore discuss the book in his own words in a new YouTube window video

'The Other Wes Moore' book coverThe New York Times bestseller explores the contrast between the book’s author – who graduated from Johns Hopkins University and worked alongside Condoleezza Rice in the White House – and “the other” Wes Moore, whose path led to drug dealing, armed robbery and prison.

The difference between their destinies is troubling, and Moore the author aims to arrive at some conclusions about the factors and influences that led his counterpart down paths so divergent from his own.

The book “both disturbs and inspires readers with questions about the influence of family and education in the choices a young person makes,” wrote Associate Provost Harold Stanley in an e-mail to faculty and staff members dated Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The Common Reading Selection Committee is now seeking leaders for the pre-Convocation reading discussion that has become a first-week-on-campus tradition. Discussion leaders will receive a free copy of the book. Active and emeritus professors from all SMU schools are invited to take part.

To volunteer as a discussion leader, or for more information on this year’s selection, contact Diana Grumbles, 214-768-3832.

> Learn more about SMU’s 2013 Common Reading at

May 13, 2013|News|
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