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Wes Moore to speak at MSU 2016 convocation

March 28, 2016

Wes Moore, who has been a Rhodes Scholar, Army combat veteran, White House Fellow and bestselling author and social entrepreneur, will speak at Montana State University’s 2016 Freshman Convocation scheduled Sept. 1. Moore’s book, “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters,” is the 2016 MSU freshmen book selection. Photo by Amun Ankhra House, Ltd. courtesy of Wes Moore.

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Wes Moore, a bestselling author and social entrepreneur who credits inspiring mentors for his improbable journey from an imperiled childhood to become a Rhodes scholar, Army combat veteran, White House Fellow to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will speak at Montana State University’s 2016 Freshman Convocation. The event is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Moore’s book, “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters,” is the 2016 MSU freshmen book selection.

A native of Baltimore who witnessed his father’s violent death when he was 3, Moore credits a series of supporters with helping him achieve success. His first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” is about the divergent lives of two young men from Baltimore who share the same name. The book, which has been called a testament to mentorship and support, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Moore is the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and executive producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” on PBS. A frequent speaker at college campuses, Moore is also the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, a social enterprise dedicated to reinventing freshman year of college by engaging students in internships and service learning as well as core academic classes.

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College and from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He completed a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. After graduation, he served as a paratrooper and captain in the United States Army, participating in a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Moore has been featured in USA Today and People Magazine, “Meet the Press,” “The Colbert Report,” “The View,” MSNBC and NPR, among others programs. He is the author of four books. His most recent, “The Work,” is about how a person may find purpose and passion through work. The book retraces Moore’s global experiences that led him to find his passion through work and public service. In addition he tells the stories of a dozen other “change makers” and how they found their paths to purpose.

“Wes Moore is a master motivator and a powerful speaker who will help our students develop their own plans to make a life that matters,” said MSU Provost Martha Potvin.  “We welcome the community to join us at this insprirational event.”

Tickets for the event will be released Aug. 4 at all Bobcat ticket outlets.

For more information about 2016 convocation, go to: http://www.montana.edu/convocation/.

For more information about Moore’s “The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters,” as well as background information about the author, additional readings, discussion guides and the Bozeman Public Library’s One Book One Bozeman events, see  http://guides.lib.montana.edu/convocation2016.

MSU's Freshman Convocation is the formal welcoming of its incoming class where the university focuses attention on academic affairs. It shows the support of the university and community to help the new students reach their goal of becoming the graduating class of 2020. Moore's lecture will be the 10th MSU Freshman Convocation.  

David Singel (406) 994-4371, dsingel@montana.edu