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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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Upcoming Events

Oct
8
2022
Performance: Mendi + Keith Obadike – "Numbers Station 2 [Red Record]"

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, 1949 Campus Drive; 10-30 Arts Circle Drive

In this piece, artists Mendi + Keith Obadike sonify data from Ida B. Wells' 1895 publication, The Red Record: Tabulated ...

Oct
9
2022
Beyoncé Mass

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street

The “Beyoncé Mass,” a groundbreaking Christian worship service, features Beyonce’s music that celebrates the spiritualit...

Oct
11
2022
Gays and Gospel

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road

Dean E. Patrick Johnson and Assistant Professor of Instruction, Kent R. Brooks take audiences on a journey from gospel m...

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One Book Director

One Book Director

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.
Meet Leslie Harris

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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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