Wes Moore, NEH Keynote Speaker

February 27, 2014

Army combat veteran, youth advocate, author and Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore will be the keynoteWes Moore speaker for the 2013-14 NEH theme "Off to War and Coming Home: Historical Perspectives on Military Veterans During and After Their Service: 1946 Present" at Northampton Community College (NCC). Moore is the author of The New York Times bestseller "The Other Wes Moore."

He will speak on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center at NCC's main campus in Bethlehem Township. This program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and are available by calling 610-861-5519 or by filling out the online form.

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in international relations. He completed an MLitt in international relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore was a paratrooper and captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005-2006.

A White House Fellow from 2006-2007, Moore served as a special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following his time at the White House, he became an investment professional in New York at Citigroup, focusing on global technology. In 2009, he was selected as an Asia Society Fellow and was named one of Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Moore is passionate about supporting US veterans and examining the roles education, mentoring and public service play in the lives of American youth. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and founded an organization called STAND! through Johns Hopkins that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Follow Wes on Twitter: @wesmoore1 or Facebook.

Other "Off to War and Coming Home" events for the spring semester, which are free and open to the public (no tickets necessary), include:

Faculty Panel Discussion :"The Other Wes Moore." Moderated by Dr. Michael McGovern, NCC professor of history. Tuesday, February 11, 11 a.m., Community Room, Monroe Campus, and Tuesday, February 18, 11 a.m., David A. Reed Community Room (Room 220), College Center, Main Campus.

Lecture:  "The Best Seven Months of Our Lives:  The War in Iraq and the Battle in Hollywood." Presentation by Colonel John C. Church, Jr., assistant professor of English and communication at Immaculata University. Tuesday, March 11, 11 a.m., David A. Reed Community Room (Room 220), College Center, Main Campus.

Book Discussion Group:  "A Long Walk:  A Story of War and the Life that Follows" by Brian Castner is an unflinching portrayal of the toll war takes on the men and women fighting it. Facilitated by Marlene Pedone of the NCC library staff. Tuesday, March 11, 11 a.m., Room 101, Monroe Campus.

Book Discussion Group:  "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers tells the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive during the war in Iraq. Tuesday, March 25, noon, Room 440, Library Conference Room, College Center, Main Campus.

NCC's NEH programs and activities are supported by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors and partners. "Off to War and Coming Home" is an exploration of the history of American war veterans during their service and upon reentry to civilian life which parallels major issues in the nation and helped to define and shape the present. Their experiences of the GI Bill of Rights, the Baby Boom era, the protest of the Vietnam era and the wars against terror are part of Northampton Community College's history as the College continues to serve large numbers of veterans.




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