One Book One Northwestern

The Center for Civic Engagement has collaborated with One Book One Northwestern to facilitate discussion around civic issues and social justice themes addressed by the university’s selection for a book that the whole Northwestern community reads during an academic year.

The CCE and OBON collaborated in Fall 2015 to host NU in Chicago: Indigenous Peoples of Chicago Day. Students heard a presentation and ate a native meal at the American Indian Center, and participants also engaged in a discussion with Chi-Nations Youth Council about the use of indigenous names and figures as mascots. The 2015-2015 OBON selection was The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, the CCE was one of OBON’s sponsoring departments. That year’s selection was Never a City So Real by Alex Kotlowitz. To help students engage with different resources and neighborhoods in the city, NU in Chicago hosted its first fall orientation day to celebrate the stories and see the neighborhoods of Kotlowitz’s book. The trip featured different thematic tracks like Sustainability, Arts in Chicago and Parks and Public Spaces.

For the 2010-11 academic year, the Center for Civic Engagement served as the coordinating department for One Book One Northwestern. The 2010-11 book, Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains and related events sparked a university-wide dialogue on service, poverty and global health. Some of the highlights from the year included Civically Engaged Young Alumni Week, a Medical School Lecture Series, a keynote address by the author Tracy Kidder and a closing concert featuring Haitian musical group, Boukman Eksperyans.

Visit the OBON website to learn about programming and each year’s selection.

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