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Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Adam Shepard

Kenan Auditorium

Mon Sep 16th, 2013

07:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.


Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream


William Peace University presents the university's summer reading author, Adam Shepard, and his book "Scratch Beginnings" as part of the Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series.

For the 2013-14 academic year, WPU has chosen “Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream” as this year’s selected reading for incoming First-Year students and the campus community.

Shepard's book and discussion is about his goal to find a job, save $2,500, buy a car, and furnish an apartment…in just one year.

You'll hear about his first night alone in an unknown land; his 70 days in Charleston’s homeless shelter; his first week working for a temporary labor agency; how he finally got a job in the highly demanding, cutthroat moving industry; how he was able to accomplish his initial goals; how things didn’t go as planned; about the 18-and-a-half-hour move; about breaking his toe; about getting sick; about the people he met along the way, people from whom he was able to draw hope...and more.

Attending Merrimack College in North Andover, MA on a basketball scholarship, Shepard graduated in 2006 with a degree in Business Management and Spanish. Serving as a Resident Advisor during his upperclassmen years, he began to take particular interest in the social issues of our nation.

Shortly after graduation – with almost literally $25 to his name – Shepard departed his home state for Charleston, SC, embarking on the journey that has now become Scratch Beginnings. As Shepard's first work, the author continues to write and speak and presently lives in Raleigh.

"Scratch Beginnings" has been chosen for its alignment with William Peace University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Ethical Decision Making

The book and the project will be referenced and used in various ways in each of the First Year Seminar courses on campus, as well as throughout the campus community. “Scratch Beginnings” will also serve as a community discussion point throughout the academic year, and Adam Shepard will be on campus to speak about his journey at William Peace University’s Speaker Series event on September 16.

There will also be a book signing in Kenan Hall after Shepard's presentation.

For more information on the book and author, visit his website at

Event Time: 7:00 P.M.

Event Location: Kenan Hall

Tickets: Free & Open to the Public. Tickets are required.