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Seeking suggestions for next One Book One Northwestern

Selection committee will take submissions through Nov. 10

EVANSTON - Northwestern University's One Book One Northwestern selection committee is seeking recommendations for the 2018-19 academic year.

Book suggestions should include title, author, number of pages, a short summary and a brief description of why this book would make a good common read.

Submit proposals via the electronic form by the Nov. 10 deadline. Those without a Google account are invited to submit a proposal via email,

The committee will review initial proposals and invite a smaller number of full proposals for more detailed consideration before making recommendations to President Morton Schapiro.

This year’s selection is “Our Declaration” by Danielle Allen, who delivered the One Book keynote address on Oct. 19. The book argues for defense of equality as a cornerstone of democracy; Allen does a line-by-line “slow read” of the Declaration of Independence to make her case.

The selected book for 2018-19 should be available in paperback and digital formats by May 1, 2018, and will be distributed to incoming students during the summer in preparation for the fall quarter. 

One Book One Northwestern is sponsored by the Office of the President. The selection committee, chaired by Eugene Lowe Jr., assistant to the president, includes students, faculty and staff.

Launched in 2005 as a program for students in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, One Book One Northwestern has evolved into a community-wide program to engage the campus in a common conversation centered on a carefully chosen, thought-provoking book.