Retired FBI agent to speak on campus Thursday

Steve Moore, author and activist, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the theater of Western Carolina University’s A.K. Hinds University Center as part of International Education Week, Nov. 12-16.

A former agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Moore began his career conducting surveillance of white supremacists, later supervising the counterterrorist squad in the Los Angeles office investigating al-Qaida following 9/11. He completed assignments as a SWAT team operator, sniper, pilot, undercover and counterterrorist agent.

Since his retirement in 2008, he has served as a human rights activist supporting Amanda Knox (Italian prison, released in October 2011), Jason Puracal (Nicaraguan prison, released in September 2012) and Jacob Ostreicher (Bolivian prison since June 2011; never formally charged).

Moore has written about his career, published as “Special Agent Man: My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper.” Following his remarks, he will be available for a book-signing opportunity at the University Bookstore, where copies may be purchased.

The tentative schedule of speakers and topics for the five-day event currently include WCU’s:

  • Lane Perry, director of service learning – “Christchurch, New Zealand, Following the 2010/2011 Earthquakes” (2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Catamount Room of the A.K. Hinds University Center)
  • Vicki Faircloth, associate professor of teaching and learning – “A Trip to Jamaica” (11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Catamount Room)
  • Saheed Aderinto, assistant professor of history – “Internationalizing WCU’s Curriculum through World Cultures and Civilization Courses” (11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Catamount Room)
  • Jennifer Hinton, associate professor of health sciences, and Baldwin Sanders, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics – “A Trip to Guatemala” (1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, Catamount Room)

Moderating discussions of films for four evenings at 6 p.m. in Room 130 of the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center will be:

  • Claudia Bryant, instructor of political science and public affairs, and Yumiko Ono, instructor of Japanese – “Tae Guk Gi” (Monday, Nov. 12)
  • Lane Perry – “Boy That Night” (Tuesday, Nov. 13)
  • Yumiko Ono – “Resilience – Protecting Today” (Wednesday, Nov. 14)
  • Na’ama Nagar, assistant professor of political science and public affairs  – “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (Thursday, Nov. 15)

International Education Week is sponsored annually by WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide and to become more aware of differences and similarities among cultures. This year’s theme is “Global Citizenship and Civility.”

For more information on IEW 2012, contact Christopher Pedo at or call the IPS office at 828-227-7494 or 828-227-2557.