Best-Selling Author Wes Moore Makes Special Appearance at ESU on Tuesday, November 19

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Pictured with best-selling author Wes Moore (left), are Peter Hawkes, Ph.D., dean of ESU’s college of arts and sciences (back) and Stephanie French, professor and chair of the theatre department. Moore made a special appearance at ESU on Tuesday, November 19, as part of the university’s One Book, One Campus initiative. Moore’s visit included a reception with students, a fundraising dinner for the One Book, One Campus program and a keynote lecture.

Best-selling author Wes Moore, who wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, made a special appearance at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, November 19, as part of the university’s One Book, One Campus initiative.

The noted author, decorated Army veteran and community activist spoke to a full house in the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts after participating in a question and answer session with students earlier in the day and joining guests for a fundraising dinner in the Keystone Room.

Moore, a best-selling author, has taken many leadership roles as an Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, youth advocate and business leader.  Raised in a single-parent household in Baltimore, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child, enough so that his mother eventually enrolled him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, determined choice effectively changed the course of her son’s life.

Moore addressed the issue of choice in his compelling, keynote lecture. In his book, he tells the fascinating story of another Wes Moore—a man who shared his name and much of his personal history. About the same age and raised in the same neighborhood by a single mother, this “other Wes Moore” arrived at a starkly different fate: he now serves a life sentence without parole on murder charges. Compelled by their similar upbringings, Moore penned his book in an effort to explain the influence self-expectation and the expectations of others have on individual choices.

For more information on ESU’s One Book, One Campus program, contact Peter Pruim, Ph.D., ESU professor of philosophy and religious studies at 570-422-3529 or at