Maryland Governor Wes Moore to deliver keynote at Gettysburg College’s 22nd Blavatt lecture

Gettysburg College’s College Union Building Ballroom will soon be echoing with insights and visions for America’s future. On Nov. 1, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College will host Maryland Governor Wes Moore as the keynote speaker for its renowned 22nd Annual Blavatt Lecture.

Governor Moore, who made history as Maryland’s first Black Governor, will address the audience on the topic “More than Waving a Flag: Redefining American Identity in a Gen-Z World.” Drawing from his diverse and extensive professional journey — from being a combat veteran to serving as a CEO — Moore’s address is expected to shed light on the potential of America’s younger generations and their ability to shape the nation’s future.

Eisenhower Institute Executive Director, Tracie Potts, commented on the upcoming event, saying “Empowering the next generation is pivotal. Governor Moore’s rich experiences and achievements offer a beacon of inspiration. We believe his insights will empower our students to lead authentically, embodying the spirit of global responsibility and sparking motivation worldwide.”

Moore’s life story is a testament to perseverance and dedication. After graduating from Valley Forge Academy and College, he made headlines as the first Black Rhodes Scholar from Johns Hopkins University. Later, Moore exemplified his commitment to service by deploying to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Beyond his public duties, Moore’s accolades include being a New York Times bestselling author of titles such as “The Other Wes Moore” and “Five Days.” As an entrepreneur, he has been at the helm of ventures like Omari Productions, and as the former CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, he championed causes including poverty alleviation, overseeing a $600 million distribution towards this noble cause.

The Blavatt Lecture series, with its legacy, has always showcased individuals offering unparalleled insights into the intricacies of the American political system. Over the years, it has emphasized the significance of values including truth, justice, and civil discourse.

The event, slated to start at 7:00 p.m., is open to the public.

Dedicated to connecting young aspirants with policy experts, the Eisenhower Institute stands as a beacon of nonpartisanship. Rooted in President Eisenhower’s ideology, the institute celebrates the spirit of diversity, fostering environments that thrive on finding common ground.

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