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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.


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.

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.

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

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 (UChicago) in conversation with Robert Hariman (Northwestern).

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.

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.


Leslie Harris (Northwestern) in conversation with Carol Anderson (Emory) and Natasha Trethewey (Northwestern).


Health Care and the Quest for Equality

This panel presentation will examine the many disparities that characterize current health care in the United States and across the globe.

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

We will discuss whether U.S. ideals of equality adequately address the rights of Indigenous peoples as sovereign nations of their own. RSVP required.

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.

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. Co-sponsored by Student Organizations & Activities.

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 meaning of the slaughter.

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.

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.

Garry Wills

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

Indigenous Artists in Collaboration: A Conversation

Join a conversation with four contemporary Native women artists exploring collaborative practices that unite artists, community, and audience.


No events.


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

January 11, 2018

Campus Observance: MLK Commemoration

January 22, 2018

Keynote Address Featuring TBD

Reporting Truth: Jane Mayer and Peter Slevin In Conversation

January 29, 2018


Journalism & Free Speech in Latin America

February 15, 2018

Continuing and Professional Education in Service of Democracy

February 15, 2018

Race and the founding of the United States

February 16, 2018

Unbound Citizens: Localities and Refugee Settlement

February 20, 2018

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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