VILLANOVA, Pa. – Over the past decade Villanova University’s One Book Villanova Program has transported readers to destinations near and far – Afghanistan, North Carolina, Rwanda, New York City, Teheran, West Point, Seattle, Nepal, and Chicago. It has brought the Villanova community together to examine prejudices, to confront the horrors of genocide, war, human trafficking, homelessness, and to view the world through the eyes of persons with disabilities.
In celebration of the program’s 10th anniversary, the One Book Villanova program will venture just 98 miles south to Baltimore, Md., the setting of this year’s book selection, The Other Wes Moore, One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore. The Other Wes Moore follows the fascinating parallel life journeys of two young men with the same name, born one year and several blocks apart. The at turns heart-wrenching and inspirational memoir examines how the pair, growing up in shared circumstances made different choices that destined one to become a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, business leader, and best-selling author – the other sentenced to life in prison.
“The committee selected this compelling work in the hope that it would encourage Villanova students to discover how the small choices they make now can ultimately make big differences in their lives. The committee knew we would have to find a special book for the 10th anniversary and we are confident that we succeeded in this task.”
One Book Villanova is a distinctive educational program that engages all segments of the campus community – students, staff and faculty – in activities presented throughout the academic year which explore dominant themes presented in a selected book. Copies of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, were distributed to the student body this spring and mailed to incoming freshmen to read over the summer.
Discussion groups, public readings and special events will enliven and extend the campus community’s examination of The Other Wes Moore throughout the 2014-15 academic year beginning with an on-campus visit by the author this fall. Moore will address the Villanova community at 7 p.m., September 25 in The Pavilion as part of the University’s St. Thomas of Villanova Day Celebration. Moore’s presentation will be free and open to the public.
Details about the author’s visit, the One Book Villanova program, and additional future events open to the public are available on the University’s One Book Villanova Website.
Other selections featured since the One Book Villanova program began in 2005 include The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni, Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson, Left To Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji, The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan and Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.