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One Book 2016 Events - October/November

Modified: October 27, 2016

Upcoming events from One Book One Northwestern this fall. 

OBON Book Discussion: Politics

October 26
5:00 - 6:00 PM
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Join the Northwestern community in discussing The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver with leading Northwestern faculty, particularly the role of data and predictions. Thomas Ogorzalek is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, a Faculty Associate at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research, and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement. As co-Director of the Chicago Democracy Project, he researches the relationship between rapid demographic change and city politics with major shifts in American political history. Sponsored by the Northwestern Library.

Computational Modeling and Prediction: How the Mind Works
October 28
3:30 - 5:30 PM
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Richard L. Lewis, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan, will talk about theories capturing the adaptive nature of human behavior and how the computational subsystems of the mind and brain work together. Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics.

Friday Night at the Movies: Tim’s Vermeer
October 28
7:00 - 9:00 PM
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Northwestern Engineering and the Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Project in the Arts (ETOPiA) are proud to present Tim's Vermeer. The film follows inventor Tim Jenison as he seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. Following the movie, there will be a discussion with EECS professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, IEMS professor Jorge Nocedal, and Marc Walton, senior scientist at the NU/AIC Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts. Reserve free tickets at eventbrite.com.

Chicago Humanities Festival Lecture: Hasan Elahi - Art and Surveillance
October 29
2:30 - 3:30 PM
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How do our lives translate to data? After 9/11, American interdisciplinary artist Hasan Elahi was the subject of an intensive, erroneous FBI investigation. He responded by putting his entire life online, from his financial data to transportation logs. The resulting project, "Tracking Transience," explores the relationships among location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in the media age. Go to chicagohumanities.org to purchase tickets. sponsored by the Block Museum of Art.

Ongoing Events

NU Predicts
September 28, 2016 - February 25, 2017
NU Predicts is a prediction market game developed to accompany this year's One Book One Northwestern selection, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver. From sports games to the election, participants can play for points and prizes. To access the game, go to the NU Predicts website. To keep up with updates and rules for the game follow the One Book One Northwestern twitter feed or go to the One Book website. Restriction: Only people with a Northwestern NetID can play. 

Famous Failed Predictions Exhibit
October 4 - December 16
Main Library
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When it comes to predicting political events, social trends, and financial markets, separating the signal from the noise has resulted in some of the most prescient forecasts of all time. This exhibit, created by One Book fellows and ambassadors, addresses famous failed predictions.

One Book One Northwestern 2017-2018 Book Recommendations 
October 17 to November 7
Northwestern University's One Book One Northwestern selection committee is seeking recommendations for the 2017-2018 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 questions to One Book One Northwestern at onebook@northwestern.edu. Submit suggestions in this Google Form. The deadline for submittals is Monday Nov. 7.

Please note: the selected book should be available in paperback and digital formats by May 1, 2017. Sponsored by the Office of the President.

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