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Essay Contest Deadline

September 10, 2017

One Book One Northwestern is awarding a $500 prize for the best essay of In less than 1,337 wordsthe length of the Declaration of Independence or less by an entering first-year or transfer student on the question of equality. View the "Essay Contest" page for more details.

NU Votes - Voter Registration

NU Votes registers eligible students to vote or update their registration.

Wildcat Welcome

September 11- September 18, 2017

Wildcat Welcome is Northwestern's weeklong orientation for all new students (mandatory for both freshmen and transfer students). Wildcat Welcome discusses college transition issues, advising and course registration for your first quarter and provides an opportunity to meet your entire class.

Norris at Night Express Your Independence!

Open Mic to express your thoughts on freedom. You may also write messages on bags to be displayed in Norris Galleria. Free stuff will be given away and you can enter to win four tickets to Hamilton!

NU recognizes Constitution Day

September 17, 2017

In 2004, the federal government designated September 17 (observed September 16 in 2011) as Constitution and Citizenship Day. The federal holiday commemorates the signing of this key document more than 200 years ago at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

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Opening Celebration: William Blake and the Age of Aquarius

Join us for art, music, and dialogue to kick off the new exhibit, William Blake and the Age of Aquarius.

YOU WANNA BE IN "The Room Where It Happens!"

A listening gathering/discussion about "Hamilton: An American Musical" with Melissa Foster, Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre and Faculty-in-Residence of the Shepard-1838 Chicago Residential Community, and Caitlin Fitz, Assistant Professor of History. Space is limited; only NU undergraduates may register.

Ritual and Revolution: Janet Dees and Grace Deveney on Carrie Mae Weems

Join a conversation with the exhibition curator about Ritual and Revolution, a work of art by renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems on view at the Block Museum, which considers the historical human struggle for equality and justice.


MENA Monday: Toward an Oral History of the Syrian Uprising

How have Syrians lived the uprising and war transforming their country? What can their personal stories teach us about both tragedy and resilience?

Wendy Pearlman, the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern and a core faculty member of the MENA Program, will explore these questions in this presentation of her acclaimed new book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria. This program is sponsored by MENA.

You wanna claim "I'm not throwing away MY SHOT!"

A listening gathering/discussion about Hamilton with Jacob Smith, Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film and Faculty-in-Residence of Elder Residential Community; Caitlin Fitz, Assistant Professor of History; and John Haas, Lecturer in Theatre. Space is limited; only NU undergraduates may register.

MENA Monday: We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices From Syria

How have Syrians lived the uprising and war transforming their country? What can their personal stories teach us about both tragedy and resilience?

Wendy Pearlman, the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science and a core faculty member of the MENA Program at Northwestern University, will explore these questions in this presentation of her acclaimed new book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria.

This event is part of the MENA Monday Night series, a partnership between Northwestern's MENA Program and the Evanston Public Library aimed at expanding the publics understanding of the MENA region and fostering a forum for questions and discussion.

MENA Monday Night events are free of charge and open to the public. Professor Pearlman will also sign copies her new book, which will be available for purchase.

A Conversation With Samantha Power

Samantha Power served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013-2017 under President Barack Obama. Before that, she served on President Obamas National Security Council and was a senior adviser to then-Senator Obamas presidential campaign. Power began her career as a war correspondent for various publications before writing her first book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, which discussed Americas role responding to genocide and won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. She now serves as a professor at both Harvard Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Ambassador Power has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in both 2004 and 2015 and one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers' three times.

Power will participate in a conversation moderated by Wendy Pearlman, a professor of political science at Northwestern University. This event is sponsored by CTSS, GES, and the Department of Political Science.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Diane Guerrero is an actress best known as Maritza Ramos on Orange Is the New Black and Lina on Jane the Virgin. She'll be talking about immigration.


Only incoming first-year and transfer students.

Love and Then Some: 1960s Protest and Liberation, Civil & Human Rights

Scholars from a range of disciplines perspectives will focus on the movement of the 1960s in the U.S., considering protest and liberation, civil and human rights.

Fall Quarter Community Dialogue

This event is co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government, and the session topics include support for books, freedom of expression, DACA, the travel ban, and Title IX. Food will be provided.

Tea, Women, and the Eighteenth-Century Concept of Civilization

Lynn Hunt (UCLA), author of Writing History in the Global Era (2014). Lunch will be served.


Only incoming first-year and transfer students.

The Complexities of Bullshit

Steven Lukes' (NYU) writing and teaching range over political science, political and moral philosophy, sociology, anthropology and the philosophy of the social sciences. Currently, he is working on a new edition of POWER: A RADICAL VIEW and on a book about the sociology of morals. Free and open to the public.

Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution

Scholars will discuss Ritual and Revolution, a work of art by renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems on view at the Block Museum.

One Book Keynote with Danielle Allen

October 19, 2017

Danielle Allen is a Professor of Government and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of five books: The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.(2017)

Chicago campus 
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Rubloff 140
Allen will give a keynote at the law school. Book signing to follow.

Evanston campus
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Ryan Auditorium
Keynote on the Evanston campus. Book signing to follow.

"A Fear of Too Much Justice"?: Equal Protection and the Social Sciences 30 Years After McCleskey

The Northwestern University Law Review hosts its annual symposium with legal scholars from across the country (including Reva Siegel, Paul Butler, and Jack Boger) for a discussion of social science and the ongoing fight for racial justice and Equal Protection thirty years after the Supreme Courts decision in McCleskey v. Kemp. Open to the public.

Democratic Judgment in an Age of "Alternative Facts"

Linda Zerilli is author of A Democratic Theory of Judgment (UChicago Press, 2016). She is the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Robert Hariman is Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture in the Department of Communication Studies. His most recent book is The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship (Chicago, 2016), coauthored with John Louis Lucaites. This year he is serving as president of Northwestern's Faculty Senate. 

Co-Presenters: Political Theory Colloquium of the Department of Political Science and Kaplan Humanities Institute.

The 2017-18 TRUTH Dialogues are a year-long conversation about knowledge crises and politics from humanistic perspectives, co-presented by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in partnership with multiple Northwestern departments and programs.

We'll See You in Court: The Defense of Liberty in the Era of Trump

David Cole, ACLU national legal director, will discuss the role of civil society, and ultimately of all of us, in advancing and defending liberty in these perilous times. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets reserved at beginning 9/25.

The Revolutionary Score

You've attended Hamilton - now is your chance to talk about it.

Danielle Allen's opening chapters of Our Declaration detail the many voices that cohere in the Declaration of Independence Jefferson's influences, interlocutors, and editors. In this hour-long One Book event, we'll apply a similar lens to Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton to explore the musical influences that cohere in its score. We'll wrestle with Questlove's spot-on question about genre (cited above) and, at a broader level, we'll ask: how do collaboration and adaptation complicate our ideas about authorship and authenticity?

NU students are invited to join Dr. Liz Kinsley for an engaging one hour event exploring the above ideas on Thurs., October 26, 7-8 pm, at Shepard Hall Engagement Center, Room B-25 (626 University Place). Fresh fruit, cookies, brownies and refreshments will be provided. Since space is limited, only NU undergraduates may register. Please register here.

I Can't Breathe: Matt Taibbi

Best-selling polemic journalist Matt Taibbi comes to CHF to explore the compelling story of the roots of Eric Garner's death, the grand jury, the media circus, the subsequent murder of two police officers, and the protests from every side. Join us for a riveting conversation on urban america, the perversion of its policing, and the racial tensions that threaten to tear it apart.


A conversation about personal and historical truthshow memories and experience embody and relay truth, and the role of fact vs. truth in writing history.

Natasha Trethewey (English/Northwestern) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate. Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nations Divide. Leslie M. Harris is Professor of History and African American Studies at Northwestern and author of a number of award-winning books on the history of U.S. slavery.

No tickets are required for this event, but seating is first-come, first-served.


Empire and Independence: Experiencing Revolution

Felipe Fernández-Armesto is a leading historian of the Atlantic World and the Americas. He is the author of many books, including Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. Fernández-Armesto will lecture about the eighteenth and nineteenth century wars for independence in Latin America and the United States.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and One Book One Northwestern.

Health Care and the Quest for Equality

Many disparities characterize current health care in the United States and across the globe. Those disparities impact life expectancy and quality of life and are linked to race, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, and education. In an online panel hosted by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS), expert panelists will highlight strategies that promote equity and equality in health care and discuss the political, social, and economic challenges that stand in the way. This event will feature Arda Gucler, who holds a PhD in political theory from Northwestern's Political Science Department, Sarah Rodriguez, a senior lecturer in the Global Health Studies Program, and Mark Sheldon, Assistant Dean of Weinberg College of Arts of Sciences.

To register for this event, please send an email with your first and last name to Please indicate in the subject line whether you are a current student, alumni, or a member of the staff or faculty. Please note that space is limited and registration is required to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies Master of Science in Global Health Program.

Nations within a Nation: American Independence, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Ideas of Equality

In this presentation, Assistant Professor, History Doug Kiel will discuss whether U.S. ideals of equality adequately address the rights of Indigenous peoples as sovereign nations of their own. Dinner will be served. RSVP required.

This event is cosponsored by Dittmar Gallery and One Book One Northwestern.

Originalism's Subject Matter: Why the Declaration of Independence is Not Part of the Constitution

Lee Strang will discuss whether the Declaration of Independence should be seen as a legal treatise. Lunch will be served, all are welcome. 

This event is cosponsored by The Federalist Society.

The Republic of Letters and the Empire of Pictures: John Singleton Copley and the Problem of Provincialism

Lecture by Jane Kamensky (Harvard U), author of A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley. This event is free and open to the public, lunch will be served at noon. There will be an informal meeting with graduate students at 2 p.m. in the lower level of Harris L27.

Levent Köker: Constitutionalism, Nation-State, and the Challenges of Diversity - The Case of Turkey

If "limited government, rule of law, separation of powers, and respect for human rights and liberties" are the main tenets of constitutionalism, nation-state has been its venue. It has not been a secret, on the other hand, that there is always a tension between what we may call diversity- laden nature of constitutionalism and unity-biased orientation of nation-state formations. Emergence and proliferation of transnational and supranational political and legal formations, together with the rise of non-state actors in the "international" realm, nation-states have come to terms with the requirement of political and legal reconstitution to accommodate diversity. Turkey, a member of Council of Europe since 1949, a signatory to European Convention of Human Rights as well as UN twin conventions ICCPR and ICSER, is no exception. Hence, in the last thirty years or so, Turkey has made several attempts to change its constitutional and legal structure to comply with the necessities of what Habermas calls "equal treatment of cultures". A final and most comprehensive of these attempts was to replace the existing authoritarian 1982 Constitution with a totally new one. Recent initiatives to reach a democratic settlement for the "Kurdish Issue" and "Alevi opening" have been a part and parcel to the bid for a new constitution. As recent events in Turkey have already revealed, however, this final attempt failed and the country is now experiencing a backslide into authoritarianism. Why did Turkey fail? The main argument of this paper is that, while Turkey enjoys a potential to go beyond the unjustifiable restrictions on recognizing diversity and opt for a post-national reconstitution, it fails to realize it because of the historically ingrained ideological and political contradictions stemming from "secularism [laicism]," "Islamism," and "Turkish nationalism".

Köker is a Turkish political scientist with expertise on political theory, democracy and law who participated in the writing of Turkey's 2007 draft constitution. This event is cosponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.

Northwestern Night at the Art Institute of Chicago

Students, faculty, staff, and their guests are welcome to a free night at the Art Institute of Chicago. Includes special tours based on the themes of Our Declaration. This event is cosponsored by Student Organizations & Activities.

Randy Barnett with Commentary by Andrew Koppelman

Randy Barnett will be on campus to discuss the Neil Gorsuch nomination and Originalism. Randy Evan Barnett is an American lawyer, law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and legal theorist. After the talk Northwestern University School of Law Professor Andrew Koppelman, with provide commentary.

This event is cosponsored by the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

An Evening with Jessica Williams

A&O Productions, College Feminists, Multi-Culti and One Book One Northwestern present an evening with Jessica Williams, from The Daily Show and the podcast Two Dope Queens. The event will be a stand-up comedy show in Cahn Auditorium. Tickets are available for $5 from the Northwestern Box Office. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and close at 6:55pm. 

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

Between 1846 and 1873, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley uncovers the full extent of the slaughter. His deeply researched book, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and other awards, narrates the chilling history of an American genocide.

Benjamin Madley is Associate Professor of History at UCLA. He is an historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. His first book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, was named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, a 2016 Indian Country Today Hot List book, and a 2016 Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title. True West Magazine named Madley the Best New Western Author of 2016. The book also received the Heyday Books History Award and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for Californiana.

Co-Presenters: The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and Kaplan Humanities Institute

The Strange Career of William Ellis

Karl Jacoby will talk about his book, The Strange Career of William Ellis. A new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur.

This event is cosponsored by the History department.

More than Mascots! Less than Citizens? American Indians Talk: Why Isn't the U.S. Listening?

K. Tsianina Lomawaima uses debates over the name of the american football team "The Washington Redskins" to explore why willful ignorance about american Indian realities are deeply entrenched and passionately defended.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.

Garry Wills

A moderated conversation about Wills' Inventing America and Lincoln at Gettysburg.

Indigenous Artists in Collaboration: A Conversation

Join the Block Museum for a conversation with four contemporary Native women artists exploring collaborative practices that unite artists, community and audience. From to participatory dance and collective narratives, to asynchronous poetry and public interventions each artist’s work upends the notion of art as a singular and finite production. Panelists include Rosy Simas (Seneca, choreographer and performer), Heid Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa, poet, writer and filmmaker), Andrea Carlson (Anishinaabe, visual artist), and Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez, digital multimedia). The artists will be joined in conversation by Kelly Wisecup, Associate Professor, Department of English and Bethany Hughes ( Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), co-founder of the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies.

The discussion will be preceded by a 4PM reception with the artists.

This event is consponsored by Northwestern’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.


No events.


Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860

Campus Observance: MLK Commemoration

  • Date: January 22, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Keynote Address featuring TBD

Reporting Truth: Jane Mayer and Peter Slevin In Conversation


Journalism & Free Speech in Latin America

February 15, 2018

Continuing and Professional Education in Service of Democracy

Race and the Founding of the United States

Unbound Citizens: Localities and Refugee Settlement

The DuSable Museum of African American History

February 24, 2018


Police Powers, the Anti-Slavery Movement, and the Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment

March 12, 2018


Hope and Fury: Toward a History of African Americans during the Obama Years

April 12, 2018

Nadia Marzouki, Islam: An American Religion

April 23, 2018


Declarations of Dependence: Impaired Veterans and Disability Pensions after the Revolutionary War

May 10, 2018

Recurring Monthly Events

One Book One Northwestern, the podcast

The book is just the beginning. Our podcast follows Wildcats having engrossing conversations, on campus and beyond, about this years One Book. Brought to you by the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and One Book One Northwestern.

Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution

September 12 - December 10

In Ritual and Revolution, artist Carrie Mae Weems explores the historic struggle for equality and justice.

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius

September 23 - March 11

Exploring the impact of British poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) on American artists of the 1960s.

Social Justice Advocacy Fellowship

November 15

This two-quarter fellowship engages students in learning the skills of effective social justice advocacy for systemic change. The fellowship runs from January  June.

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Drone Stories

Through hand and machine embroideries, surveillance quilts, and text, Elahi continues her exploration of the surveillance and dehumanizing of brown and Muslim bodies domestically and in the global war on terror.

Vinegar Tom By Caryl Churchill

February 2  February 11

The play Vinegar Tom uses a 17th-century witch hunt to condemn the past and present oppression of women.

(In)Visible Men Ricardo Lewis

February 16  March 22

(In)Visible Men is a portrait series focused on Black males and the attempt to bring visibility to a social group that has been historically marginalized.

Exhibit50th Commemoration Celebration

May 3  May 5

May 3rd and 4th Agreement. Presents the story of the 1968 takeover of the Bursars by African american Northwestern students. Co-sponsored by Norris Center, NUBAA, and University Archives.

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