Author, motivational speaker Wes Moore to visit Peru State College.

March 10, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429


Peru, Nebraska- Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, social entre­pre­neur and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Win­frey Net­work. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Jour­nal bestseller.

Moore will speak on March 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the College Theatre. The event is free and the public is welcome

Dr. Michaela Wills, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, wrote, “[Moore] recently spoke at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and received a standing ovation for his talk.  He is a dynamic speaker and currently one of the top on the speaking circuit with a powerful and uplifting message appropriate for all ages.”

William S. Cohen, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense writes, “Wes Moore is destined to become one of the most powerful and influential leaders of this century. You need only to read The Other Wes Moore to understand why. A powerful and poignant reminder that we have a moral obligation to remain our brothers keepers . . .”

The National Center for Family Literacy reviewed his time with them by writing, “Wes Moore’s message really resonated with the audience and provided a much-needed boost for educators who often go unrecognized and work under difficult circumstances. In addition, his spirit and demeanor were wonderful.”

Moore was a para­trooper and cap­tain in the United States Army and served a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion. He then served as a White House fel­low to Sec­re­tary of State Condoleezza Rice.

He currently serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica (IAVA), The Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, and founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice system.

Moore is com­mit­ted to help­ing the par­ents, teach­ers, men­tors, and advo­cates who serve our nations youth. A por­tion of all book pro­ceeds for “The Other Wes Moore” are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.

Peru State established the Distinguished Speaker Series in fall 2010 as part of its commitment to student engagement and success. The intent of the Series is to bring diverse, nationally and internationally recognized speakers to southeast Nebraska to enrich the educational experience of students while also providing the surrounding communities with opportunities to engage in interesting and relevant topics. Speakers are encouraged to connect with the community in a variety of ways during their visits through classroom discussions, guest lectures, meet-and-greet receptions and a keynote address.

Previous guests include the inspiration behind the Disney film Million Dollar Arm, JB Bernstein; civil rights leader and Little Rock Nine member, Minnijean Brown-Trickey; Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi; Bawa (Cameroon, Africa) Health Initiative co-founder, Dr. Dennis Richardson; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario; consumer advocate and former Green Party presidential candidate, Ralph Nader; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi; and others.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Dr. Michaela Willis at 402-872-2224 or


Wes Moore

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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.