DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Wes Moore
Support of this series provided by: Office of the Chancellor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Student Center, SIU Foundation, and Student Programming Council
Wes Moore is an American author, businessman, and U.S. Army veteran. His first book, The Other West Moore, was a New York Times best seller. Currently, he is the host of Beyond Beliee on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
DATE: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Student Center Ballrooms
COST: FREE admission
Meet Wes Moore
Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Born in 1978, Wes and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.
After his studies, Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Wes then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Wes is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nations youth. A portion of all book proceeds for “The Other Wes Moore” are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.