Planning Committee

Each year, the One Book One Northwestern Program seeks book and program proposals for the following academic year. The Planning Committee also welcomes suggestions from the University community about themes and books for succeeding academic years.

The book selected will be distributed to incoming students during the summer. The book should be available in paperback and e-book formats. 

Program proposals should include the book title, a faculty leader and a Northwestern program or department that will host the program next year.  Proposals and questions about the One Book program should be sent to

The One Book program faculty leader will address incoming students at the President’s Convocation during Wildcat Welcome.

The One Book planning committee, chaired by Eugene Lowe, assistant to the president, includes students, faculty and staff. The committee will review initial proposals and invite a smaller number of full proposals for more detailed consideration before recommending a book to President Schapiro for adoption.  

The deadline for receiving proposals is November 1 for the following academic-year.