First Year Initiatives

Common Reading Experience

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates (2014-2015)

The Common Reading Experience Committee is proud to announce The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore as the Common Reading Experience book for the 2014-2015 academic year. The UNCP Common Reading Experience is intentionally designed to provide first year students with the opportunity to have a shared academic experience that allows students to make connections before arriving on campus and beyond.

All first year students are assigned to read the book prior to the start of the fall semester. The book will be incorporated into Welcome Week activities, Freshmen Seminar, and additional programs throughout their first year at UNCP. Faculty are invited to utilize the book in their courses as well.
The Other Wes Moore is a story about two kids with the same name, living blocks from each other and the choices that they made. “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….”

For Faculty and Staff:
If you are interested in incorporating the book in one of your general education classes, please contact Todd Allen, Academic Advisor, at for a complimentary copy of the book. Please include the following information:
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