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One Book One Northwestern

Intergeneration Storytelling Event

We all have stories.

One Book celebrates storytellers inspired by great authors. Margot Lee Shetterly celebrates unsung heros, teasing out issues of race, gender, science, and innovation. 

What is your story? Come share it with the group focusing on one of these themes.

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2019-20 One Book Selection

"Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly

"Hidden Figures" is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. In the book, Shetterly celebrates these unsung heroes, teasing out issues of race, gender, science and innovation against the backdrop of WWII and the Civil Rights Era.

We Are Now Looking For Next Year's One Book

Northwestern University's One Book One Northwestern selection committee is seeking recommendations for the 2020-2021 academic year. Book suggestions should include: title, author, number of pages, a short summary, and a brief description of why this book would make a good common read. Questions can be sent to One Book One Northwestern at The deadline for submittals is Friday Nov. 8.

Suggest Next Year's Common Read

 Please note: the selected book should be available in paperback and digital formats by May 1, 2020. Sponsored by the Office of the President.


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly is Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2019-20 academic year. For the first time this year, all first-year and transfer students will receive an eBook copy over the summer. The author of the book, Margot Lee Shetterly, will be on campus October 17 at both the Chicago and Evanston campuses.

Heather Pinkett, an associate professor of molecular biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Teresa Woodruff, dean of The Graduate School, will serve at faculty co-chairs this year. This book will provide the foundation for dozens of events throughout the upcoming academic year.

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Read the latest blog articles written by our student fellows about Hidden Figures!

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Student Fellows and Ambassadors

The One Book fellows and ambassadors are integral to the running of the One Book program. The fellows are paid to help run the office on a weekly basis by working on the newsletter, website, social media and marketing.  The ambassadors assist with events throughout the academic year as needed.  All students contribute to the blog and are readers of several books for the selection of next year’s common read program.

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