The University College’s (UC) First Year Experience program and the Languages and Liberal Studies Department have collaborated to sponsor a common read for all new freshmen this fall. Common reading experiences provide a model for intellectual engagement, develop a sense of community, and provide students an opportunity to understand diverse perspectives.
The text, selected by Stevie L. Lawrence II, Ph.D.,Dean of University College and Berlethia J. Pitts, Ph.D., Chair Department of Languages & Liberal Studies, is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. The Other Wes Moore is a narrative non-fiction story that chronicles the lives of two young African-American men that share the same name: Wes Moore. The author was inspired to write this story because of their similar start in Baltimore, Maryland. While one Wes Moore was sentenced to life in prison, the author Wes Moore became a Rhodes Scholar and a best-selling author. Moore’s purpose in writing the story is to examine how two people with such similar backgrounds can end up with completely different lives.
UC along with the Department of Languages and Literature encourages Fort Valley State University community to join new freshmen in reading this text this summer and into the beginning of the academic year, providing an avenue to become engaged with the new Wildcats as they become a part of our University community this August.
Both departments look forward to a series of discussions and events about this invigorating text during the upcoming academic year. The book may be purchased from the University Bookstore or your favorite retail or online bookstore.