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Author Visit Info

Author visit
Wes Moore is coming to Columbus!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30.
Mershon Auditorium

First-year students: Register to attend through the First Year Success Series.

General public can receive complimentary tickets through one of the following ways:

  • In person at the Wexner Center Box Office during business hours. Go to for address and hours of operation.
  • Over the phone by calling the Box Office directly at  614-292-3535.
  • Online at
  • Night-of-show at the Mershon Auditorium (subject to ticket availability)

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What is the Buckeye Book Community?

The Buckeye Book Community is more than a book club. When you join over 7,000 new Buckeyes in the Buckeye Book Community (BBC), you share an experience that will connect you to the whole first-year class. It's more than just reading a book this summer. It's a community built around conversations the book will spark in your survey course, in your residence hall and around campus in all sorts of academic and co-curricular settings.


About the Book


Welcome to the OSU Library guide to the 2016 Buckeye Book Community selection, The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore. This guide offers resources for those who want to explore issues central to the book.

About the book

"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?

Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

How does The Other Wes Moore relate to my first-year experience?
You’ll find many themes and events in the book that relate to your life as a new student at Ohio State. During the next year, you’ll encounter new responsibilities, communities, independence, relationships and obstacles. Wes Moore’s story is full of life lessons and stories that will prompt you to reflect on many of these ideas, specifically:

  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Community activism
  • Decision-making
  • Racial inequality
  • Perseverance
  • Privilege

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