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Photo Contest 2023: People's Choice Award

We received many great submissions for our photo contest! Click here to view them all and select your favorite! The photo that receives the most “likes" will win the People’s Choice Award.

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. 

Blog Articles

Blog Articles
Blog Articles
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Upcoming Events

Race, Culture, and the Digital Revolution

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive

February 16, 5:30pm – 7:00pm | McCormick Foundation Center Forum    Join Danielle Cadet ’10, ‘11 MSJ, Executive Editor a...


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, 1949 Campus Drive; 10-30 Arts Circle Drive

Music by Jeanine Tesori Lyrics and book by Brian Crawley Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts Directed by Mikae...

Dittmar Dinner with Professor Mark Hauser

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive

Details to follow. RSVP required


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.

Meet Nancy Cunniff
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

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.

Meet our Student Fellows

Meet our Student Ambassadors