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‘Meeting’ presentation marks King holiday at IUN

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Updated: February 12, 2013 2:23PM



Indiana University Northwest invites you to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration.

And, join the IUN community-wide reading program taking place during the winter and spring months. The selected book is “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” which is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

MLK Jr. holiday celebration: IUN will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) with a presentation of “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson, internationally acclaimed, award-winning playwright and screenwriter for film and television.

The community is invited to this free event, scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Savannah Center Bergland Auditorium.

In this moving and thought-provoking stage production, the audience will envision what a clandestine meeting might have been like between two of the most influential men of their times: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The time is February 1965, and a shabby Harlem hotel room is the backdrop for this momentous confrontation between the two.

The play examines the pair’s public and private lives; the clash of their ideas and tactics for the advancement of freedom; and the humanity of two devout men of faith, loving fathers and husbands, and leaders willing to lay down their lives for the cause of justice.

A reception will take place immediately following the play.

For more information on the stage production, contact Phyllis Barlow, 980-6596, or plbarlow@iun.edu.

One Book … One Campus … One Community reading initiative: Join the IUN One Book … One Campus … One Community reading initiative, in which the campus and community will reflect upon the themes, messages and teaching points of one book during the spring 2013 semester.

The selected book is “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.” It describes the life of two young men, both from the same city and similar circumstances, and with the same name, who follow divergent paths toward astonishingly different destinies.

One Wes Moore grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader. The other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder.

After reading a newspaper article in the Baltimore Sun about the murder, Wes Moore, the Rhodes Scholar, could not shake off the shock of the coincidence of their identical name, yet drastically different paths. After following the robbery and murder trial to its conclusion, he decided to write a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer, and ask him questions like, “Who are you?” and “How did this happen?”

That letter inspired an ongoing relationship in which the two learned a lot about each other, themselves and the people in their lives.

A highlight of this reading initiative will be a visit by author Wes Moore Wednesday, March 6, for a presentation, question-and-answer session and book signing. The free event will be open to the campus and community; additional details forthcoming.

Additional details and updates about the community reading initiative can be found at www.iun.edu/onebook.

The book is available for purchase at the IUN book store or at www.amazon.com.

For more information on the reading initiative, contact Rochelle Brock, 980-6889, or brock2@iun.edu.



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