Monthly Archives: April 2011

Spotlight on: The Other Wes Moore

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. The Other Wes Moore is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation.

Wes Moore was a featured speaker at the Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference back in February. The video of his heartfelt and educational speech will be posted shortly – be sure not to miss it!

The Other Wes Moore explores issues of identity, race and education through unique juxtaposition. It’s no wonder the book has been adopted by many colleges and universities across the nation.

Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
Goucher College (Baltimore, MD)
Marian University (Indianapolis, IN)
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Washington Adventist University (Takoma Park, MD)

One City/One Book
Everybody Reads (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR)
One Book, One Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)


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5 More Colleges Leap on Acts of Faith for Common Reading

Five more schools have chosen Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith as their common reading book selection this year! These college’s include: Colgate University of Hamilton, NY; Capital University in Columbus, OH; Loras Collage in Dubuque, IA; Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX; and Marywood College of Scranton, PA.

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.

Patel was one of our featured speakers during Random House’s FYE conference in Atlanta and I was lucky enough to hear him speak. His own story is profound but more importantly his message is a call to action for universal tolerance – starting with college students. Have you read Acts of Faith, or heard anything about it? Let others know what you think by leaving a comment here!


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Transylvania University Selects The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as their FYE 2011 Pick!

Transylvania University in Lexington, KY has selected Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for their First Year Reading Program pick in 2011. Dr. Kathleen S. Jagger, Associate Vice-President & Associate Dean of the university says The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks “was the unanimous choice and we look forward to discussions across campus of many of the issues Skloot raises in her book.”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles the life of the woman who changed science when her cells (taken without her knowledge) began to be used in medical research. The book has become a sensation across many campuses and has been selected for Common Reading at more than 100 colleges, universities, and “One Book, One City” Reads.  Colleges that have picked the book include: Continue reading

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