Indiana University Northwest is proud to launch the One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative, in which the campus community will consider and reflect upon the themes, messages and learning points of one book for a selected period of time.
The selected book for the inaugural program is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, which will be the campus read throughout the Spring 2013 semester.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates describes the life of two young men, both from the same city and similar circumstances, and with the same name, who follow divergent paths toward astonishingly different destinies.
One Wes Moore grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder.
After reading a newspaper article in the Baltimore Sun about the murder, Wes Moore, the Rhodes Scholar, could not shake off the shock of the coincidence of their identical name, yet drastically different paths. After following the robbery and murder trial to its conclusion, he decided to write a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer, and ask him questions like, “Who are you?” and “How did this happen?”
That letter inspired an ongoing relationship in which the two learned a lot about each other, themselves, and the people in their lives.
Rochelle Brock, Ph.D.