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Acclaimed Author, Veteran, Producer Wes Moore to Speak at Clarkson University, Sept. 20

Acclaimed author and youth advocate Wes Moore will speak at Clarkson University on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in Cheel Arena (#12 on the map at

A book signing will precede the event from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center's Parents Lounge.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Moore is an Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. His most recent book, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters, is a collection of, “…incredibly valuable lessons about what it means to create lives that matter… [it is] a way of exploring the meaning of success in a volatile, difficult, and seemingly anchorless world.”

The book, which debuted at #15 on the New York Times Best Seller List, was received as a model for how one can weave valuable lessons together from supremely different people in order to forge individual paths to triumph.

Moore’s first book, The Other Wes Moore, is a story of mentorship and support networks that refused to let him fall into crime and drugs. It tells the tale of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city.

One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow after serving in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army, always relying on his faith during combat, not fear. The other is currently serving a life sentence for the killing of a police officer during an armed robbery.

Burning with curiosity as to why he and the other Wes were so radically different, Moore investigated the man with the same name. The result was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, which captured the nation’s attention on what draws the line between success and failure in our communities.

An incredibly successful and sought-after speaker, Moore entrances audiences with his infectious zest for life. He has the rare ability to enthrall, inspire and engage, and captivate. He has been featured by USA Today, Time Magazine, People Magazine, Meet the Press, The Colbert Report, MSNBC and NPR, among many other media outlets. Moore is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and host of PBS’s Coming Back with Wes Moore, which focuses on the re-integration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their return home.

Moore's second book, The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters, continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and shares the powerful lessons -- about self-discovery, service, and risk-taking -- that led him to a new definition of success for our times.

From a difficult childhood to an adult life that would find him at some of the most critical moments in our recent history: as a combat officer in Afghanistan; a White House fellow in a time of wars abroad and disasters at home; and a Wall Street banker during the financial crisis.

In this insightful book, Moore shares the lessons he learned from people he met along the way -- from the brave Afghan translator who taught him to find his fight, to the resilient young students in Katrina-ravaged Mississippi who showed him the true meaning of grit, to his late grandfather, who taught him to find grace in service.

Moore and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he 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 also 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. He then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth in the criminal justice system.

Moore is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nation’s youth.

Moore's presentation is sponsored by the student group SPECTRUM.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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