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Wes Moore ~ Distinguished Speaker Series

October 15, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Free tickets now available for graduate students at the SBI Ticket Office (221 Student Union).  1 per UB ID.

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran and social entrepreneur. His first book “The Other Wes Moore” became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

“The Other Wes Moore” is about two boys with the same name, growing up in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Both had grown up in similar neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices and the people in their lives would lead them to astonishingly different destinies. A young adult version of the book was published, titled, “Discovering Wes Moore.”

Born in 1978, Moore and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University. After his studies, Moore, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. A White House Fellow from 2006-07, Moore served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following that, he became an investment professional at Citigroup, focusing on global technology, where he left as a Vice President.

He has served on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America and The Johns Hopkins University, and he founded an organization called STAND!, through Johns Hopkins, that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Moore executive produced and hosted the PBS series “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which followed the story of several soldiers returning from war. He has been featured through media outlets such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Charlie Rose,” “Meet the Press,” “The View” and The New York Times.

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October 15, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Alumni Arena
Alumni Arena, University at Buffalo
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