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If you know about or are planning an event that you think relates in some way to the Book-in-Common program, The Other Wes Moore, or any of the themes, topics, and initiatives brought up by the text, tell us about it!  Send an email to with the name, date, time, location, and short description of the event, and we can add it to this list.  Be sure to continue checking this page for updates on upcoming events!




Explore Moore with Book-in-Common
Friday, August 17
1:30 - 3:00 PM, Meet in SAC MPR and go to various locations

You read The Other Wes Moore, so let's talk about it! Join your discussion group leader and orientation course classmates to explore a few themes and situations from the text.

Conversation Café
Wednesday, September 12
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center
Join First Year Initiatives in exploring various themes and topics from The Other Wes Moore using real-world examples relevant to you and your life. Each discussion brought to you by the Book-in-Common program and our campus and community partners. FREE lunch!

Book-in-Common SOUL Service Event
Wednesday, September 19
2:00 – 6:00 PM, meet in Floyd Theater

UofL students, Louisville youth, and community leaders will team up in the historic Parkland neighborhood for service alongside Wes Moore! Space is limited, so register for service today!  Registrants will meet in Floyd Theater before departing on buses to head to West End School for an introduction and brief training. Teams will then hit the Parkland community, canvassing the neighborhood as they make their way on foot to the Parkland Boys and Girls Club, where dinner and concluding activities will take place.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt, light dinner, and reserved seat at the keynote!

Book-in-Common Keynote: Wes Moore
Wednesday, September 19
6:30 PM, SAC MPR

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, will return to UofL to share insights into his book and discuss its relevance to our daily lives.  This is a FREE ticketed event, so register for the keynote today! Be sure to print your ticket and bring it with you to the keynote. Doors will open at 5:30 PM and the lecture will begin at 6:30 PM. Also, don’t forget to give back to our community by donating books and/or food! New or gently used books will be donated to West End School and other community agencies, and non-perishable foods will be donated to our local Dare to Care. Drop boxes will be placed at entries to the venue.


Books for Hope: Book Drive
September 10 - 21
Donation bins in Ville Grill, McAlister’s, Damon’s, and other campus locations

Give your books a second look! Donate new and gently used books to the Book-in-Common book drive to help grow libraries at Boys & Girls Club and other community agencies. Collection bins located across campus. Receive a punch on your “sweet tea” punch card for each book donated at McAlister’s! Look for other chances to donate at Family Weekend and Wes Moore’s Keynote.


"It's Happening Here" Diversity Lecture Series ft. Dr. Steve Perry
Tuesday, October 2
7:30 PM, Bigelow Hall

Dr. Steve Perry, founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, CT, is an author, CNN contributor, and host of the new show Save My Son (TV One). He is also the latest speaker in UofL’s Diversity Lecture Series! This event is FREE and open to the public; seating is first come, first serve. On his show, he works with families and celebrity mentors to intervene in the lives of young men headed down a path of bad influences and wrong choices. Sponsored by the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs. Contact Diane Whitlock for more information.

Conversation Café
Wednesday, October 10
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center
Join First Year Initiatives in exploring various themes and topics from The Other Wes Moore using real-world examples relevant to you and your life. Each discussion brought to you by the Book-in-Common program and our campus and community partners. FREE lunch!


It Takes the ‘Ville to Change It
Thursday, October 25
6:30 PM, Bigelow Hall, Miller IT Center

Daily we hear reports of violence taking place throughout Louisville. Should U of L students get involved? Is it possible for students to create a powerful vision for our city, then act with authority to make it a reality? If you're up to the challenge, join special guest Rev. Alvin Herring for an inspiring evening connecting students to the community on a whole new level. It takes the 'Ville to change it, and you will leave ready to act! More info at the Ali Institute website. 

Hello Neighbor! Day of Dignity/Day of Compassion
Saturday, November 10
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Muhammad Ali Center

The Hello Neighbor Day of Dignity event will celebrate people-to-people connections and support Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM). The event will include visiting Muhammad Ali Center exhibits, live entertainment, international food, Generation Ali Video Contest, activities and community resources. FREE museum entry and food with a donation to KRM! Suggested donation items include: blankets, shower curtains, alarm clocks, can openers, towels and wash cloths. More info at the Ali Institute website. 

Book-in-Common Critical Thinking Essay Contest
Entries accepted beginning September 4; deadline is 5:00 PM on November 14
Show us your best thinking! Participate in the critical thinking essay contest for this year’s BinC, The Other Wes Moore. One first year student winner will receive a $350 award; three first year students will be chosen to receive Honorable Mention and will each be given a $50 award.  For more information, check out the essay prompt and guidelines.  Submit your essay using the BinC Critical Thinking Essay Contest form.  Co-sponsored by Ideas to Action.


Conversation Café
Wednesday, November 28
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center

What defines a family? Who is in your family? Not everyone has the same definition of family or even of “home”; in fact, some people feel UofL is more “home” than anyplace else. Who is in your UofL family- students? Faculty/staff? We’ll use examples from The Other Wes Moore and discuss different perspectives people on campus have on family and home.


More Reading Moore Book Drive: January 7 - 21
Give your book a second look! Make a difference by donating your copy of The Other Wes Moore to be used with local youth reading groups. Drop-off in the Strickler Hall REACH Welcome Center (Rm. 126).

Conversation Café
Wednesday, January 9
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center

In The Other Wes Moore, author Wes Moore writes about his experience studying abroad, and the powerful effect the people and culture he encountered had on his life. Join Study Abroad and First Year Initiatives staff in discussing the impact studying abroad can have on your life! Get the details on how to study abroad, and ask questions about cost, locations, credit hours, and more.


Conversation Café
Wednesday, February 6th
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center

There are people in our community whose lives look more like that of the “other” Wes Moore- what can we do individually and collectively to improve the odds for these young people in our community? Join the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) and your fellow attendees in brainstorming ideas we can put into action right here in Louisville. FREE lunch!


Conversation Café
Wednesday, March 20
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center

We have discussed a variety of themes and topics from The Other Wes Moore in the two years it has been our Book-in-Common. Which themes continued to come up? Which topics were most relevant to your life? Join us in reflecting on lessons learned from the book, and discuss how we can continue to learn from it as we transition from The Other Wes Moore to the new BinC. FREE lunch!


6th Annual Student Art Show, presented by Arts & Sciences Student Council
Monday, April 1 - Thursday, April 4
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Red Barn

Join A&S Student Council for this annual event! Enjoy FREE food while you view and vote on the student artwork on display. Categories include Photography & Design, 3-Dimensions, Fine Arts, and Works by Non-Art Majors.  There will also be winners for the top Student Choice, top Faculty/Staff Choice, and Best in Show.  In addition, there are several special categories students can win prizes for, and First Year Initiatives and the Book-in-Common program are sponsoring one of them- check out the prompt for the BinC category!


Conversation Café
Wednesday, April 17
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Cultural Center

In the past two years using The Other Wes Moore, service became a significant part of the Book-in-Common program.  As we transition to the new BinC, This I Believe, we want to continue those efforts and begin new ones. Join First Year Initiatives to discuss the idea of turning our beliefs into action, and to do just that– ACT! Participate in Give a Day by writing a letter to someone in the military or an elected official, or making a card for a child at Kosair. FREE lunch! Check out pictures from this event here.

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