Welcome to MTSU’s Summer Reading Program

MTSU's Community Summer Reading Program was created in 2002 under the direction of Laurie Witherow, the Associate Vice Provost for Admissions and Enrollment Services. The objectives of the program are to:

  • provide a unifying experience for the entering class of students,
  • partner with Murfreesboro community organizations,
  • encourage intellectual interaction among students,
  • provide students with the opportunity to read and personally interact with critically-acclaimed authors, and
  • affirm the importance of reading for a successful and fulfilling life.



The Other Wes Moore Book Cover

Our Summer Reading Program choice for 2021 is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore. Included on best seller lists by both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, The Other Wes Moore presents the true story of two young men, born just blocks from each other, who share the same name, a difficult childhood, and trouble with the law. Though they share many similarities in their early lives, one Wes Moore becomes a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, and successful business leader, while the other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence in jail for murder. Alternating between the stories of these two men, The Other Wes Moore explores the unique circumstances and personal decisions that culminated in two very different outcomes.

Selecting The Other Wes Moore provides an opportunity to engage incoming students in meaningful conversations about issues of community, mentoring, our life circumstances, and the choices we make. Just like the themes in the book, you too will experience moments in your college career that might be challenging, emotional, and even monumental. As you step on campus, you will meet new people, have new responsibilities, and encounter a new way of life. You will go through a period of adjustment, having to balance your classes, studies, work time, and social life.

We hope you will join us in welcoming author Wes Moore to MTSU on Saturday, August 21, 2021. As the university's 20th Summer Reading keynote speaker, Moore will address MTSU's incoming class at this year's Convocation held at 6pm in the Murphy Center.

Information adapted from http://commonreads.com/book/?isbn=9780385528207