The Freshman Common Reading and Writing Experience serves as the first academic assignment for incoming freshmen. Students receive a copy of the book during summer orientation along with support materials. Students are required to complete the related online writing assignment before arriving on campus and then participate in small group discussions following Freshman Convocation. The book is used in a variety of fall semester classes and sets the theme for the Freshman Connections learning community programming. The author of the book visits campus during September and presents a free public lecture.
Wes Moore, author of 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; both hung out on
street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. 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. In alternating
narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of
surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore
tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile
"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is
that my story could have been his."
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