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The Handmaid's Tale: 2018-19 One Book selection

 The Handmaid’s Tale, a gripping and chillingly relevant vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, has been chosen as Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2018-19 academic year. All first-year students are given a copy of the One Book each year. The author of the book, Margaret Atwood, delivered a keynote address on Oct. 30 at both the Chicago and Evanston campuses.

The Handmaid’s Tale includes depictions of violence, including sexual violence. If you would like to discuss how the book has impacted you personally the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) at Northwestern is a confidential space on campus to discuss issues related to sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also provides clinical services, including 24-hour telephone support, at 847-491-2151. You can learn more about the resources including counseling, reporting, and advocacy at CARE and CAPS.

Apply to be a One Book Ambassador

Want to strengthen the Northwestern community and add an excellent line to your resume? Join One Book as an Ambassador to gain a wide range of skills- student outreach, blog production, event management and promotion, and many more- while furthering dialogue around the crucial themes of "Hidden Figures." Working with faculty co-chairs Teresa Woodruff (Dean of the Graduate School) and Heather Pinkett (Associate Professor of Biosciences), Ambassadors have first hand access to One Book's 90+ events and opportunities a year. Find the application here. 


Margaret Atwood is releasing a graphic novel of The Handmaid's Tale on March 26, 2019. Look for a Graphic novel panel discussion with Evanston Lit Fest on Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM at the Evanston Public Library, led by Helen Thompson, Juan Martinez, and Terrence Gant. Also, HULU has created a third season for the Handmaid's Tale. Speculation is that it will happen at the end of April. Stay tuned! 

On November 28, 2018, Margaret Atwood announced that there will be a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Find more information here.

Check out the latest episodes of the One Book podcast here.

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