In the Press
One Book Visits Stateville Correctional Center
On Wednesday, April 11, a group of Northwestern faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students visited Stateville Correctional Center to lead small group breakout sessions regarding the themes of this year's One Book, Danielle Allen's Our Declaration.
Roxane Gay Visits Northwestern
On April 3, Roxane Gay, author of multiple best-selling books such as "Bad Feminist" and "Hunger", visited Northwestern's campus to discuss issues such as identity and race. Gay, who is also a professor at Purdue University, was brought by the Contemporary Thought Speaker Series and the Women's Center.
Research Highlight: The Green Broadside
In 1949, Michael Walsh published a census of “Contemporary Broadside Editions of the Declaration of Independence” in the Harvard Library Bulletin. The Boston Public Library holds the only known copy of a broadside described by Walsh as follows: “Previously unrecorded. No imprint. Two columns, with a line of 65 type ornaments between.” Walsh established a rough chronological order in his census of contemporary editions, and placed the BPL broadside between the Gill, Powars and Willis broadsides printed in Boston and the Ezekiel Russell broadsides printed in Salem. It can be assumed that he believed the printer to have been located in Massachusetts (especially since the only known copy ended up at the Boston Public Library), and the broadside to date somewhere between July 14-20.
Revolutionary Women Exhibit
Recently, the One Book team helped design the Revolutionary Women exhibit, an informational art exhibit depicting several women who were revolutionaries in their times and trades.
One Book Goes National
The word is out about the Northwestern Hamilton experience! Carrie Antlfinger of the Associated Press was on campus as first years prepared to go see the hit musical back in October, and her write-up of the event is now national news.
Jessica Williams Speaks at Northwestern
Jessica Williams, formerly a correspondent of "The Daily Show" and host of the podcast "2 Dope Queens", spoke on campus Sunday, November 12, as A&O Productions’ fall speaker. She talked about her life experiences growing up as an African American woman, as well as her identity today.
NU Students Visit Art Institute
On Thursday, November 9th, Northwestern students received the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago as part of an annual One Book Event.
SESP Freshman Wins One Book Essay Contest
Jonathan Sun, a freshman in the School of Education and Social Policy, won this year's One Book Essay contest for his submission titled Disparate and Equal. Jonathan received $500, along with a One Book T-shirt.
Danielle Allen talks equality, Declaration in One Book Keynote
Danielle Allen, author of this year's One Book, spoke in conversation with Associate Professor Gerry Cadava this past Thursday, October 19 about the modern relevance of the Declaration of Independence.
Danielle Allen to give One Book Keynote
Danielle Allen, professor and best-selling author of Our Declaration, will deliver a keynote to Northwestern students this Thursday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Ryan Auditorium. In her book, as she analyzes the Declaration of Independence, she emphasizes the importance of equality as a cornerstone of democracy.
Northwestern Freshman Attend Hamilton
Northwestern first-years and transfers recently had the opportunity to attend Hamilton as a part of Northwestern's One Book One Northwestern program. Students were inspired, awestruck, and "blown away" by the musical. Hamilton also reflects on some of the core values of Northwestern's One Book, Our Declaration.
Northwestern Administrators Encourage Students to challenge convictions at convocation speech
Jonathan Holloway, Provost of Northwestern University, and Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president of student affairs, encouraged incoming students to challenge their beliefs and listen to their classmates when discussing different views on a subject matter.
A Handwritten Parchment of the Declaration Found
Danielle Allen and colleague Emily Sneff have discovered an early handwritten parchment of the Declaration in a provincial archive in Britain. This is the only other 18th-century handwritten parchment Declaration that is known to exist besides the 1776 Declaration, which is displayed in the National Archives in Washington. Scholars argue that the new parchment has the potential to shed light on the "key riddle" of the American system- Was the country founded by a unitary national people, or by a collection of states?
Danielle Allen's Our Declaration is chosen
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality is Northwestern's One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2017-18 academic year, and the author, Danielle Allen, will deliver a keynote on October 19th. Allen stresses that the book is particularly relevant today, and argues, "In times as turbulent as these, it’s a valuable anchor for all who desire to secure the health of our democracy".
New Northwestern Students Heading Over to Hamilton
First-year Northwestern students are being given the opportunity to watch the Chicago Broadway production of Hamilton: An American Musical this October. The musical tells the story of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop music. Hamilton also sheds light on the issues raised in this year's book, Our Declaration.