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The Handmaid’s Tale Fan Fiction Reading
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Women & Children First Bookstore (5233 N. Clark St. – Chicago)

A literary reading of current writing students of Northwestern University's MA in Writing and MFA in Prose & Poetry programs, led by NU alum Allison Manley. Current students to include Sara Casey Connell, Allison Epstein, Audrey Fierberg, Salwa Halloway, and Jameka Williams. View our Facebook event here.

Free and open to the public. 

Venus in Fur
February 7 - 9

Shanley Pavilion

Northwestern’s Lipstick Theatre company is presenting the Tony award-winning play Venus in Fur written by David Ives (a Northwestern alum)! Venus in Fur is a 90-minute two-hander about an actress, Vanda Jordan, who comes to audition for a play to be directed by Thomas Novachek. Traditional roles of director and actor fall away as Vanda uses her strength and brilliance to completely reverse the dynamic in the audition room and take back her power.

History, Context, and Relevance of Reproductive Dystopias
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 PM  

Norris/Dittmar Gallery   

The Graduate School Dean, Teresa K Woodruff, will discuss the role that dystopias play in creating ideas of reproductive interventions and how that plays out in a policy perspective. RSVP is required.

The Stepford Wives
 Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7 pm

The Block Museum of Art

(Bryan Forbes, 1975, USA, 35mm, 115 min.)

Joanna Eberhart experiences a major culture clash when she moves from New York City to the all too perfect town of Stepford, Connecticut. The women all keep their houses immaculate and the men all belong to a secretive club. Based on Ira Levin’s (Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil) novel, The Stepford Wives blend of suspense and social critique paved the way for films and television like Black Mirror and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.  FREE 

HeForSWE Winter Panel
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Tech L361

Join the SWE for an evening panel and discussion on gender inequality in STEM! Hear from industry professionals and McCormick students and faculty as they talk about their experiences with gender inequality in industry and academia, and how they’ve tackled these obstacles. The panel will will be followed by a Q&A session, so come prepared with your own questions! There will be dinner for all (pizza!) and the first 40 attendees to show up will receive ~free~ HeForSWE merch!

Workshop on Gender Inequality in STEM
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6 - 7:30 pm

Mudd Classroom

On February 21, HeForSWE and One Book One Northwestern will host a workshop to address implicit biases in the classroom and workplace. This will be an active learning session (with Tomate for everyone!) where anyone can discover their role in fostering respect in diverse work environments. Prior reading is not required, and everyone is invited to join! The first 20 attendees will receive free HeForSWE merch!
RSVP & choose your fav Tomate here:

Technology Transformations: A Feminist History of the Supercut
Friday, February 22, 2019, 7 pm  

The Block Museum of Art 

In conjunction with NEW NETWORKED GENRES, a course led by Northwestern professor James Hodge, this screening traces histories of gendered reproductions in media through the form of “supercut.” A viral video genre, supercuts compile multiple instances of a single theme, utterance, cliché, or image from pop-culture sources, but it has roots in earlier feminist works such as Dara Birnbaum’s Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1979) and Matthias Müller’s Home Stories (1990). Pairing these antecedents with contemporary works such as Natalie Bookchin’s Mass Ornament (2009) and Jen Proctor’s Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix and Am I Pretty? (2018), this program asks how the supercut offers a powerful tool for remixing the social reproduction of gender in media from cinema to YouTube. Proctor will join Prof. Hodge for conversation after the screening. FREE

The Handmaid’s Tale: Three Literary Perspectives
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12 – 1 pm

Wieboldt Hall (339 E. Chicago Ave. – Chicago), Room 704

In this panel discussion, we bring together a fiction writer, a bookseller, and a literary critic to reflect on the ways Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has made its mark in their respective fields. Juan Martinez, fiction writer and Northwestern University English professor, and author of the acclaimed short story collection Best Worst American, will speak about how influential The Handmaid’s Tale, and Margaret Atwood in general, have been for creative practitioners who straddle the speculative and the literary. Linda Bubon, co-founder and former owner of the Andersonville bookstore Women & Children First, will speak about the selling history of The Handmaid’s Tale, and its impact on dialogues about feminism and patriarchy. Finally, Kasey Evans, Northwestern University English professor and literary critic, will survey literary criticism of the novel from its publication in 1985 through its recent resurgence as a television series and an allegory in contemporary political discourse. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking conversation!

Free and open to the public. Lunch is provided. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.


Ilo Ilo
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 pm

The Block Museum of Art

(Anthony Chen, 2013, Singapore, DCP, 99 min.)

In Hokkien, English, Tagalog, and Mandarin with English subtitles

Winner of the Camera d’Or award for best first feature at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Anthony Chen’s engrossing and empathetic drama Ilo Ilo tackles the emotional and socioeconomic complexities of care work in the age of globalization. The story centers on Teresa, a Filipina domestic worker hired by a Singaporean family to look after problem child Jiale just before the Asian financial crisis of 1997. Drawing on his own experiences, Chen looks incisively at inequities of class, gender, and national identity, particularly as they manifest and reproduce themselves in family dynamics and in the delegation of domestic labor.

From The Ashes
Thursday, March 7, 2019

McCormick Foundation Center Forum

(82 mins)

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

One Earth Film Festival will include a short discussion following the film.

Birthright: A War Story
Friday, March 8, 2019, 7 pm

Block Museum of Art

(Civia Tamarkin, 2017, USA, digital, 105 min.)

While access to abortion is often front and center in debates around reproductive rights, the matter of choice is just one factor in a broad assault on the privacy and autonomy of women. This searing documentary, described by director Civia Tamarkin as “a real-life Handmaid’s Tale,” provides a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute overview of the “war on women” carried out by right-wing legislators throughout the United States. Anchored in the lived experiences of women whose access to reproductive health has been regulated, restricted, and criminalized, the film builds on these testimonies to paint a shocking picture of the forces shaping women’s health policy in the United States. 


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

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS: Gender, Power and Society

Block Museum of Art

Block Cinema continues its year-long series of programs inspired by One Book One Northwestern’s 2018-2019 selection, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with a selection of films that engage the theme of reproduction. Biological reproduction is at the center of The Handmaid’s Tale, but Atwood’s novel also reflects how systems of education, labor, media and justice function to reproduce social structures across generations. Programmed with the support of the Northwestern Women’s Center, REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS brings together documentaries, narratives and experimental films that interrogate these complex structures of social and biological reproduction and their effects on women’s lives. We will show the following movies:

Social Regard: Artist Paula Henderson
January 11 - February 13, 2019

Dittmar Gallery

In Paula Henderson’s Social Regard, one branch of these works is concerned with gender specific social constructs shaped by the ubiquitous commercial and cultural representations of women internalized in the development of our sense of worth.

Dissimilarly, Henderson's regard is echoed in the second series in this exhibition, Groundwork(s), wherein her interest in abstraction is in its post-modern possibilities. In contrast to the self-contained formalism of modernist abstraction, she focuses on prosaic, schematic patterns of visual appeal, that operate simultaneously as social signifiers. 

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

Keyword Series: Reproduction  
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5 – 6:30 PM    

Trienens forum (1-515 Kresge)

A panel of five feminist doctors, scholars, educators and activists discuss the politics of human biological reproduction as well as the reproduction of social inequity and gendered systems of power.  Angela Lawson, a clinical and forensic psychologist working in Northwestern Medicine’s fertility clinic, will discuss the psychosocial consequences of infertility, reproductive losses, and our current culture, which simultaneously penalizes and coerces women into motherhood.  Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Ph.D. (Director of the Women’s Center, GSS) will discuss reproductive justice and the intersections of race, class, and gender in reproduction. Sloane Scott will explore reproduction from her vantage as a student activist and Co-President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action.  Katie Watson (Northwestern Medicine, Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education, and Ob/Gyn) will examine the restrictive reproductive laws of the past and new legal barriers we may soon face through the prism of The Handmaid's Tale Sera Young (Anthropology & Global Health, Institute for Policy Research) will focus on infant feeding in The Handmaid’s Tale as well as the power of breastfeeding on the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and economic well-being of infants . . . and their mothers.

One  Book Podcast Episode 5: Oppression
Monday, February 4, 2019

In another all-fiction episode, Eugenia Cardinale, Christian Maness, and Aaron Lewis paint their own dystopias. 

Nina Simone: Four Women
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Northlight Theater 

In the aftermath of 1963’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone’s lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.

RSVP to be on the waitlist here.

Jane: An Abortion Service
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Block Museum of Art

(Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy, 1995, USA, 16mm, 58 min.)

In the four years before the Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal in the United States, a clandestine organization of Chicago women—the Jane Collective—offered low-cost, safe, and confidential services to over 11,000 women. This invaluable oral history tells that story through the words of women who founded, operated, and consulted the service. Directors Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy skillfully entwine archival footage and forthright testimony to situate Jane alongside parallel movements for peace, civil, and women’s rights, emphasizing the extraordinary sense of responsibility and commitment its work demanded. The result is a revelatory and inspiring document. FREE

Stateville Prison Book group discussion
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Postponed due to weather conditions.

Members of the Northwestern faculty and students will join inmates at Stateville prison to discuss this year's common read: The Handmaid's Tale. This is a continuation of Northwestern's support of the Northwestern Prison Education Program run by Professor Jennifer Lackey.

One Book Podcast Episode 4: Judgment
Monday, January 28, 2019

Bailey Pekar, Maggie Galloway, and Madison Donley present real-life stories of judging and being judged.   

Reception: Feminist Periodicals in the Year of The Handmaid’s Tale and Engaging Archives: Feminist and Queer Encounters
Monday, January 28, 2019, 5 p.m.

1 South, Main Library

“Feminist Periodicals in the Year of The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Engaging Archives: Feminist and Queer Encounters from Northwestern University Libraries’ Special Collections” were produced in two undergraduate classes: “Feminist Periodicals” by English 101 (“The Handmaid’s Tale: Women, Speculative Fiction, and Dystopia,” taught by Helen Thompson) and “Engaging Archives” by Gender & Sexuality Studies 350 (“Queer and Feminist Archives,” taught by Kyle Kaplan). The reception is free and open to all.

Maria Dahvana Headley discusses her novel The Mere Wife, an adaptation of Beowulf, with Professor Barbara Newman.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Harris Hall, Room 108

MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY is a New York Times-Bestselling author and editor, playwright and screenwriter, most recently of the young adult fantasy novels MAGONIA and AERIE (HarperCollins), the dark fantasy/alt-history novel QUEEN OF KINGS (Dutton), and the internationally bestselling memoir THE YEAR OF YES (Hyperion). With Neil Gaiman, she is the #1 New York Times-bestselling editor of the anthology UNNATURAL CREATURES (HarperChildrens), benefitting 826DC. With Kat Howard, she is the author of the novella THE END OF THE SENTENCE (Subterranean Press) - one of NPR's Best Books of 2014.

One Book Podcast Episode 3: Power
Monday, January 21, 2019

Marissa Martinez, Sarah Han, and Lily Katzman present “The Power Hour,” an episode devoted to personal efficacy.

English Faculty Discuss The Handmaid’s Tale
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5-6:30 p.m.

Hagstrum room  (University Hall 201)

Amin Ahmad (English, Artist in Residence) will explore storytelling, narrative structure and mythology in and around The Handmaid’s Tale.  John Alba Cutler (English, Latino and Latina Studies) will talk about borders, surveillance, and the novel’s rendition of the performative theatrics associated with licit and illicit border crossings.  Kelly Wisecup (English, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, American Studies) will reflect on will reflect on the absences and presences of Native American lands and people in the novel and in Atwood’s public comments.

One Book Podcast  Episode 2: Surveillance
Monday, January 14, 2019

Through four audio pieces—three fictional, one real—Emily Burns, Charlie Heveran, and Akhil Kambhammettu explore the realities of life in a surveillance state.Each episode will be up on iTunes and SoundCloud weekly.

Reception for the Social Regard exhibit
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 3-5 p.m.

Dittmar Gallery

For information on the exhibit see above.

One Book, One Northwestern: The Podcast, Season 2  Episode 1: Isolation
Monday, January 7, 2019

Isolation, powerlessness, and the pressure to conform are the themes of this episode by Anna Margevich, Baylor Spears, and Jennifer Zhan. Each episode will be up on iTunes and SoundCloud weekly.

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.

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. Update: This event has been postponed. New date TBA.

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.

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).

Lipstick Theatre Presents: Earthquake Chica
Thursday, November 29 - Saturday, December 1, 2018

Shanley Pavillion

In present day Los Angeles, Esmeralda desperately wants out of her secretarial job. The escape act begins at an office party when she strikes up a conversation with Sam, an accountant and literary lover. Amidst salsa, Spanish poetry, and mathematical equations, the two are catapulted out of their everyday lives into an unforgettable lesson on how to love - each other and themselves. Through this unlikely relationship, Esmeralda is able to seek the independence and adventure that await her, and finally embrace what it means to be Earthquake Chica. Find more information at

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.

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.

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.

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.