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A Note from Gerry Cadava, One Book One Northwestern Faculty Chair

Greetings to all in the Northwestern family! Welcome to another year of One Book One Northwestern. We’re excited to come together to discuss Danielle Allen’s book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. It’s about the founding of our nation, but it’s also about so much more. It’s about teaching. It’s about public engagement. It’s about core principles and the rights of all Americans. It’s about the art of “democratic writing,” a concept and practice that you’ll become familiar with only after you read Allen’s stunning work. 
It’s going to be a fun year. Yes, all first years will have the opportunity to see the musical Hamilton. But even more importantly, we’ll hear Danielle Allen talk about Our Declaration when she visits the Chicago and Evanston campuses in October, and we’ll have conversations about the meaning of equality sustained throughout the year through public lectures, film screenings, performances, podcasts, commemorations, and other events. I’m looking forward to having these conversations with you. 
Originally I’m from Tucson, Arizona, but I've lived in California, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, and, now, Illinois. I’ve lived in Chicago for longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. I’ve worked at Northwestern for longer, by far, than anywhere else I’ve worked. Northwestern feels like home, largely because of how my friends and colleagues here are always working to better understand who we are as a community—of individuals, Northwestern affiliates, Americans, and citizens of the world. The common conversation we’ll have next year about Our Declaration is just the next phase of our work together. 
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