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The inspiration for the One Book...One Campus...One Community reading initiative was inspired out a similar program hosted on the IU Northwest campus from 2006 until 2010. Archived information regarding that four-year program can be found here.

Since January 2013, the One Book...One Campus...One Community initiative has introduced a different novel for the campus and community to reflect upon the themes, messages and learning points of one book for a selected period of time.

The selected book for the inaugural program was The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller by Wes Moore. The following selections have been the focus of subsequent years:

2013-14 -- The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

2014-15 -- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

2015-16 -- Operation Homecoming, edited by Andrew Carroll

2016-17 -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot