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The Other Wes Moore and Oprah

Oprah alert! Author Wes Moore will be on the Oprah Winfrey Show today speaking about his new book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.

Bringing issues of identity, diversity, education and service to new light in a unique and intriguing way, the book tells the story of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, a decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader.  The other is serving a life sentence in prison.

Additionally, be sure to read Mr. Moore’s original piece, A Message to Educators, on the RHI Magazine blog, in which he addresses the needs of American school systems saying: “I am living proof that a support system of family, mentors and educators is critical for success and as such, have the most tremendous respect for those of you who give tirelessly of yourselves to improve the future of a child.”

Mr. Moore will be speaking at the 2011 First-Year Experience conference next February, so mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss it.

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Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.”

Selected by Defiance College and SUNY Potsdam for their common reading programs and also used in high school and college courses throughout the country, Look Me in the Eye is the story of one man’s struggle with Aspberger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, before the diagnosis ever existed. It is also a look into the family life he left at age sixteen to go on the road with KISS for (whom he created  legendary fire-breathing guitars) and a reverse angle glimpse at the younger brother he left behind, who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs and pen Running With Scissors.

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