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Hortense Spillers: To the Bone: Some Speculations on the Problem of Touch
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5 - 7 p.m.

Harris Hall 107

This project takes up the question of the ambivalence of touch and what the latter might reveal about the uses of power, both as a boon to freedom in its erotic and affective register and, contrastively, the first step toward unfreedom. Hortense Spillers is an American literary critic, Black Feminist scholar and the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University. A reception will follow.

Film Series: Women at the End of the World: Testament (1983)
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

Lynne Littman’s Testament offers a personal, devastating, and subversively feminist account of societal collapse. Narrating the ordeals of a suburban Bay Area family in the weeks after a large-scale nuclear attack, Testament measures the deepening crisis through the resilience of mother Carol (Jane Alexander) as she watches traditional figures of patriarchal authority crumble around her.

Film Series: Women at the End of the World: Born in Flames (1983)
Friday, November 16, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

This feminist classic is a low-budget, grassroots production, documentary-like in its reflection of a long-gone grungy yet vibrant downtown New York City. It tackles sexism, racism, and homophobia in its intertwining narratives about two rival pirate radio stations run by women, a trio of female investigative reporters, and a government that still feels threatened by difference.

Call Her Ganda
Friday, November 30, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

This documentary examines the 2014 murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina woman killed by an American Marine, and the struggle for justice waged by her family, friends, lawyers, and investigative journalist Meredith Talusan. Call Her Ganda tells a powerful story with ingenuity and compassion. Director PJ Raval in person (with The Block Museum of Art and the MFA in Documentary Media).


Work at the Intersection of Gender & Aging
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12 p.m.

Evanston Women’s Center

Join us for a dialogue-based discussion focused on women 55 and older contemplating their career trajectories and leadership opportunities in the latter stage of their careers. Bring a lunch.

Film Series: Women at the End of the World: Night of the Comet (1984)
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

In this sci-fi cult favorite, a near collision with a comet kills most living creatures. The survivors band together, looking for other survivors while having to contend with the living dead.


One Book One Northwestern: The Podcast

The book is just the beginning. Listen along as Wildcats contend with the eerie world of The Handmaid’s Tale—and the fascinating issues it raises. Support for the podcast is provided by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and One Book One Northwestern. Find each episode on iTunes and at

The Making of Gilead: the Facts that Made the Fiction
October 22 - December 21, 2018

One South, Main Library

A series of posters created by the One Book student team that tells the story of real events that mirror the oppression of women in Gilead. Atwood only included things in the book that have actually happened at some point in our world, so we explore some of the events that inspired her to show that fact can be just as horrifying as fiction.

You Promised Me Poems: Artist Chris Keinke
October 25 - December 13, 2018

Dittmar Memorial Gallery

Ideas about representation, citizenship, and sexuality are represented by images, which are themselves reflective of race, class and gender. What people watch or listen to; music, news channels and radio stations, newspapers, social media and images on television and film have a strong influence in shaping common beliefs about what American values are and who gets to share and who does not get to share in those values.

Looking For You in the Mirror Artist: Paula Henderson
January 11 - February 13, 2019

Dittmar Gallery

The cult of the individual has become one of emulation, leading, in various degrees, to a post-feminist re-embrace of our own objectification. Paintings simulate the worldly beauty and power of historic Eastern deity icons such as Buddhist images of Bodhisattvas-charged with guiding souls to spiritual perfection- and in these works links it to the visual supremacy of media “goddesses.” The tracings and manipulated fusions of these perfected bodies and resultant distortions are intended to resonate with the troubling consequences of identities built on commercial desire.

Open Community Exhibition of Feminist Art
April 5 - 28, 2019

Dittmar Gallery

Members of the community have an opportunity to create art that focuses on all women in all experiences and the advocacy for gender equality. Information will be available in January on the Dittmar Gallery website.

Schiller’s Mary Stuart
April 25 - May 5, 2019

Ethel M. Barber Theater

An all female cast takes on the dramatic interpretation of the clash between the imprisoned Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and her rival Queen Elizabeth I.

Past events

Annual Intergenerational Storytelling Event
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5 - 7 p.m.

Norris University Center, Lake Room (Room 203)

We all have stories. One Book celebrates storytellers inspired by great authors. Margaret Atwood looks at power, resistance, adaptation, women and many other themes in The Handmaid’s Tale. Perhaps the story you tell will reflect one of these themes or any other inspired by Atwood. Please sign up here.

Jane Eyre
October 26 - November 11, 2018

Josephine Louis Theater

A thrilling, movement-based theatrical retelling of the classic novel in a boldly inventive way that you have never experienced before!

Rape Law in a Time of #MeToo
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Dittmar Memorial Gallery

The #MeToo movement has forced a widespread reckoning with the problem of sexual violence. Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer will discuss her work on rape law, both on and off college campuses, and the challenge of designing institutions to resolve “he said, she said” cases. This event is now full.

Keep the Damned Women Out: The Struggle for Coeducation
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Annenberg Hall, Room G02

In the period 1969-1974, there was a flood of decisions for coeducation at elite institutions of higher education. Why did that happen? Why did these very traditional, very conservative, very old institutions come to embrace such significant change? Why then? And what happened? How did coeducation work in early incarnations? This talk will focus on three Ivy League universities that admitted women – Princeton, Yale and Dartmouth – and on three women's colleges – Vassar, which admitted men, and Smith and Wellesley, which chose to remain single-sex.

Nancy Weiss Malkeil is professor of history, emeritus, at Princeton University. A scholar in 20th century American history, she joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 1969, was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to full professor in 1982. She transferred to emeritus status in 2016.

Please join us for light refreshments after the talk. Please RSVP to

Women’s Center discusses The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in Chicago
Monday, November 5, 2018, 12 p.m.

1400, Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

The Women’s Center and Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW) will host a Handmaid’s Tale book discussion in collaboration with One Book One Northwestern on the Chicago campus.

Women’s Center discusses The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in Evanston
Monday, November 5, 2018, 12 p.m.

Women’s Center, 2000 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

The Women’s Center and Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW) will host a Handmaid’s Tale book discussion in collaboration with One Book One Northwestern on the Evanston campus.

Contextualizing The Handmaid’s Tale Historically, Legally, and within Dystopia Fiction
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 12 - 12:45 p.m.

Searle Seminar Room, Lurie Research Building, 303 E. Superior, Chicago

Whether you have read the book or watch the series on Hulu, we invite you to follow up on Margaret Atwood’s campus visit by coming to a panel discussion with three professors from Feinberg’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics MA faculty as they contextualize The Handmaid’s Tale historically (Sarah Rodriguez), within current and proposed laws regarding women and reproduction (Katie Watson), and within dystopia fiction (Catherine Belling).

One Book keynote with author Margaret Atwood - Evanston campus
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Author Margaret Atwood in conversation with English Professor and One Book Faculty Chair Helen Thompson. Register at

One Book keynote with author Margaret Atwood - Chicago campus
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Thorne Auditorium

Author Margaret Atwood in conversation with Law Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer and OB/GYN, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences Professor Angela Lawson. Registration will open on October 15th via

Jill Lepore: These Truths
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Cahn Auditorium

Jill Lepore returns to the Chicago Humanities Festival to discuss her book These Truths with American cultural historian Eric Slauter. Tickets at

Rebecca Traister: Good and Mad
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

After covering the 2008 presidential campaign and exploring the impact of the single woman on the narrative of American history in the best-selling All the Single Ladies, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister now turns to the power of female anger as a political force in Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Powers of Women’s Anger. Tickets at

Alice Walker
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11 a.m.

Cahn Auditorium

Internationally celebrated activist, self-termed womanist, and author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker is a canonical figure in American letters. Tickets at

A Jurisprudence of Generosity: A Celebration of The Alchemy of Race and Rights
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hardin Hall

This day-long event will bring together nationally recognized scholars across the humanities and social sciences to consider the extended impact of Patricia J. Williams’ 1991 book, Alchemy of Race and Rights. Patricia Williams herself will address the conference. Lunch will be provided, and a reception will follow.

The Handmaid’s Tale: A discussion of themes around trauma
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 - 8 p.m.

Willard Hall B72

Ben Gorvine, Willard Faculty-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Instruction in Psychology, Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Director of the Women’s Center, Kanika Wadhwa, Women’s Advocacy and Wellness Specialist at CAPS, and Saed Deryck Hill, Assistant Director of Prevention and Men’s Engagement for CARE, will facilitate discussion around the themes of trauma in the book and TV series. Only NU undergraduates may attend. Sponsored by Residential Services.

English Department faculty discuss The Handmaid’s Tale
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

University Hall, Room 201 (Hagstrum)

English Department faculty Nick Davis, Michelle Huang, and Barbara Newman discuss their unique disciplinary perspectives on The Handmaid’s Tale. Davis will address adaptation from novel to screen, Huang will examine race and speculative fiction, and Newman will explore how religion is used for political ends. Join us for lively dialogue and Q&A moderated by One Book faculty chair Helen Thompson.

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

Join us for a moderated conversation with Chicago artists committed to justice and to using art as a mechanism for change. Representatives from Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Lucky Pierre, and the Prison Neighborhood Art Project will speak to their work both as individuals and in collaboration, followed by dialogue moderated by Risa Puleo, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History and curator of the exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

AHEAD Book group discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.

Book nook at the NU Main Library

Come join One Book faculty chair, Professor Helen Thompson, in a lively book discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale with fellow Northwestern staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Film Series: Women at the End of the World: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

In Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved animated film, the world has turned into a toxic wasteland in the fallout of global war. Princess Nausicaä’s home, the Valley of the Wind, is one of the few places remaining green and untouched, but becomes threatened by the mutated and destructive creatures of the post-apocalyptic world as well as the dangerous ambitions of rivaling empires of humans.

Keyword: Consent
Monday, October 15, 2018, 5 - 6:30 pm

Trienens Hall (Kresge 1-515)

A panel of scholars, educators, and activists will discuss the multiple, contested meanings of the keyword “consent” from the vantages of the history of intimate violence in American slavery, political theory, contemporary jurisprudence, feminism, queer studies, and Title IX at Northwestern and beyond. A reception will follow.

Panelists: Carrie Watcher (CARE), Mary Dietz (Gender & Sexuality Studies/Political Science), Leslie M. Harris (History), Scott De Orio (Gender & Sexuality Studies/History), and Serene Singh (SHAPE). Moderator: Helen Thompson (English).

Gender, Work & Power Keynote: Dolores Huerta, labor activist & feminist
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6 p.m.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Join the Women’s Center, Contemporary Thought Speaker Series (CTSS), Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), Student Engagement, One Book, Graduate Student Association (GSA), Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and Latinx Studies for an evening with Dolores Huerta.

The Handmaid’s Tale: the book vs. TV series, a discussion on content approach
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Willard Hall Faculty-in-Residence apartment

Dinner event, by registration only

New NU students are invited to join Ben Gorvine, Willard Faculty-In-Residence and Associate Professor of Instruction in the Psychology department, and Meghan Costa, Assistant Professor in the English Department, at an informal discussion over dinner comparing & contrasting the approach to the content in The Handmaid’s Tale in the original novel vs. the new Hulu TV series. Discussion may include consideration of which format is most effective in conveying different aspects of Atwood’s dystopian vision, and also the ways in which the novel and series differ from one another in both form and content. Professor Costa will also speak to the differing representations of the issue of surveillance in the novel and the series. Dinner will be served. Since space is limited, only NU undergraduates may register.  Sponsored by Residential Services.

Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Masculinity, and Photo-ethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Department of Anthropology, 1810 Hinman Avenue, Room 104

University of Michigan Professor De Leon will discuss the relationship between transnational gangs and the human smuggling industry and outline the complicated role that photography plays as a field method and data source in this violent, hyper-masculine, and ethically challenging ethnographic context.

Escape from Gilead
Friday, October 5, 2018, & Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12-9 p.m.

Update: This event has been canceled.

Norris University Center

Escape room based on the themes from The Handmaid’s Tale. Sign up through Norris box office at

Northwestern University Night at the Art Institute
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5 - 8 p.m.

Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols Bridgeway

Students, staff, faculty, and their guests are welcome to visit the Art Institute of Chicago for free. The event includes specialized tours for Wildcats (including based on the works of Margaret Atwood led by a museum docent), transportation from Evanston, and more. Find our Facebook event here.

Norris at Night: One Book One Northwestern
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9 - 11 p.m.

Dittmar Gallery

Free tattoos using black matte ink. Select from several intricate designs and patterns.