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About the Program

The One Book, One University Program is sponsored by the Governors State University Intellectual Life Committee. The One Book program is part of a nationwide movement which started in Seattle in 1998 to bring a community together to read and discuss the same literary work. Other GSU selections have included To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard.


Welcome to One Book, One University

Start Something That MattersThe One Book: One University program is conducted each year by the Intellectual Life Committee.  Selecting a book with a strong message is an opportunity to engage the entire GSU Community in thoughtful, intelligent conversation.  By doing so, One Book: One University also supports the mission of the committee which is to: 1) expand the intellectual opportunities available to the GSU community; 2) contribute to the enhancement of intellectual pursuits; and 3) increase the growth of and participation in intellectual endeavors.

This year the Intellectual Life Committee has chosen Start something that matters by Blake Mycoskie as the first year read for freshmen.  The book highlights the incredible story of TOMS Shoes and One for One with a focus on the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good.


Blake Mycoskie: Why I Wrote Start Something That Matters

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