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"The Other Wes Moore" Reads Sept. 15

Acclaimed author, Rhodes Scholar, Army combat veteran and former special assistant to the White House Wes Moore will make a public appearance at Catawba Valley Community College on Thurs., Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Complex.

Moore will read from his book “The Other Wes Moore” about being one of two kids with the same name living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and business leader while the other is serving a life sentence for felony murder. The book is being read by more than 600 CVCC students enrolled in developmental English and reading.

The reading is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the community. The author will sign books after the reading.

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. At Johns Hopkins he was honored by the Maryland College Football Hall of Fame. He completed a Master’s in Letters in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. He was a para-trooper and captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005–2006. He spearheaded the American strategic support plan for the Afghan Reconciliation Program that unites former insurgents with the new Afghan Government. He is recognized as an authority on the rise and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere. A White House Fellow from 2006–2007, Moore served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following his time at the White House, he became an investment professional in New York at Citigroup, focusing on global technology and alternative investments. In 2009 he was selected as an Asia Society Fellow. He was named one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30” for 2007 and Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2009.

Moore's appearance is sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series.  

For more information, contact Kay Gregory, Department Head for Developmental English and Reading, 828-327-7000, ext 4107, or

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