One Book One Northwestern started out as a quarter-long program for new students in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Over the years it evolved to include the entire campus with many participating departments and schools.

A list of previous selections and links to coordinating websites are listed below.

  • 2013-2014: "Last Hunger Season" by Roger Thurow

    Coordinated by the Roberta Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies

    The book chronicles a year in the life of four small-scale farmers in western Kenya who, with help from a social enterprise organization founded by a Kellogg School of Management graduate, begin to transcend the cyclical poverty and hunger that they have always known.

  • 2009-2010: “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman

    Coordinated by the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)

    “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” considers several timely and compelling topics important to humankind and the natural world, including climate change, economics, globalization, sustainability and health. 

  • 2008-2009: “The Reluctant Mr. Darwin” by David Quarmmen

    Coordinated by Interdisciplinary Committee on Evolutionary Processes (ICEP)

    To coincide with Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species," One Book organizers selected David Quammen's 2006 Darwin biography. 

  • 2007-2008: “Go Tell it on the Mountain” by James Baldwin

    Coordinated by the American Studies Program

    James Baldwin's 1953 first novel examines the role Christian religion in the lives of African-Americans. It was the center of eight weeks of readings, theatrical and musical performances, seminars and lectures.

  • 2005-2006: Antigone by Sophocles

    Coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences

    The first year of One Book One Northwestern was aimed at incoming WCAS students, and each received a copy of the tragedy “Antigone,” by Greek playwright Sophocles.