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Welcome to the website for One Book One Northwestern 2012-2013. This year’s book, Never a City so Real, by Alex Kotlowitz provides an introduction to the city, but less as a tour of the place and more a chronicle of its soul. Through a collection of vignettes about Chicago's diverse people and neighborhoods, the book gives readers a much richer understanding of the city. Never a City so Real provides insight into Chicago's rich history and culture, while also touching on a wide variety of challenging issues such as neighborhood integration, politics, urban poverty, immigration, and public housing. Most of all, it brings to life the diverse people and neighborhoods that make this city so great.

Information about the 2013-2014 One Book selection can be found here.

Read. Reflect. Engage.

Stage Adaptation of Never a City So Real: 
By D.Soyini Madison

Saturday, June 8 -- 7 P.M (FULL)
Sunday, June 9 -- 2 P.M (Limited Space Available) or 7 P.M (FULL)
Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive

A City So Real is a performance adapted by D. Soyini Madision, chair of the Performance Studies Department. It portrays the divergent stories of Chicago neighborhoods and the people who are inspired by them, enlivening them with their wisdom, labor, and ingenuity. 
Only 50 audience members are admitted per show, so prior reservation is required for each performance. 

Click Here to RSVP for Stage Adaptation


Congratulations to our Photo Contest and Film Contest Winners! 

Photo Contest: 
1st Place: Joanna Rogowski
2nd Place: Crystal Kim
3rd Place: Kalina Silverman
**Photos can be seen in the top moving banner 

Film Contest: 
T-1st Place: Kaitlyn Laabs and Eryn Rogers
T-1st Place: Matt McDonald and Jack Foster
2nd Place: Dan Tham, Ashley Gates and Yoonie Yang
3rd Place: Miranda Viglietti

Videos of submissions can be found here.

Thank you to all who participated! 

Meet our Fellows


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Chelsea Glenn Tyr Wiesner-Hanks Daniel Moynihan

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Albert Song Corinne Chin Arianna Wise 

One Book Administration

Dan A. Lewis

Human Development/Social Policy
Center for Civic Engagement 

Robert Donahue

Associate Director
Center For Civic Engagement 

Nancy Cunniff
Nancy Cunniff

Project Coordinator
One Book One Northwestern 

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