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IU Northwest to launch One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative January 17

The Other Wes Moore, a story of two boys with astonishingly different destinies, selected as this year’s read; author to visit campus March 6

Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

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 inaugural reading program will kick off at the campus’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium. This year’s MLK Day event will be a stage presentation of “The Meeting,” a dramatic enactment of how a private conversation between Dr. King and Malcolm X might have unfolded. 

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 Book

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.

In late 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a brief article about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes scholarship. In the same edition of the newspaper, a series of articles appeared about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a botched armed robbery. The police were hunting for two of the suspects, one of whom was named Wes Moore.

Wes Moore, the Rhodes Scholar, could not shake off the shock of the coincidence, and, 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 and themselves. They discovered that their childhoods were very similar. However, at crucial stages of their young lives, they had come across similar moments of decision, and their choices and the people in their lives led them down drastically different paths.

Get Involved

This year’s campus read will be integrated into classroom curricula, giving IU Northwest students, faculty and staff the opportunity to reflect on the diversity of themes present. The community is asked to join in the reading program by participating in events open to the public.

A highlight of the reading initiative will be a visit by the author, Wes Moore, for a presentation, Q&A session and book signing. The free event, scheduled from 4 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the Bergland Auditorium at IU Northwest, will be open to the campus and community.

Additional details and updates on the One Book…One Campus…One Community can be found at

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As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit

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