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Seeking the Next Great Campus Read for 2023-2024

Northwestern University's One Book One Northwestern selection committee is seeking recommendations for the 2023-2024 academic year. Book suggestions should include: title, author, number of pages, a summary, and a brief description of why this book would make an excellent common read. Submit questions to One Book One Northwestern at Submit suggestions here. The deadline for submittals is Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

2022-23 One Book Selection

"How the Word is Passed" by Clint Smith

One Book One Northwestern is pleased to announce that the One Book selection for 2022-2023 is How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with The History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith. In How the Word Is Passed, Smith presents both historical research and interviews with ordinary people at historic sites, thus painting a picture both of history and a variety of people’s contemporary — and often inaccurate — understandings of it. Smith will be on the Chicago and Evanston campus in conversation with history professor and One Book faculty chair Leslie M. Harris on October 18th. 

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During her tenure, Nancy Cunniff has elevated the “One Book” brand to become a signature University program involving the entire campus.

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One Book Faculty Chair

One Book Faculty Chair

One Book One Northwestern is also pleased to announce that the One Book faculty chair for 2022-2023 is Leslie Harris, a historian of slavery and professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
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