We are excited to introduce our inaugural event in what we hope will be a continuing public conversation around texts that challenge us, inspire us, and provoke us to think about the foundational issues that confront us as citizens and individuals. We look forward to having people from around the US and internationally join in the conversation.

We will be updating our blog with posts from a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have partnered with us to make One Book, Many Conversations a reality. Two of these partners include: 

The National Humanities Alliance, which has hosted our web platform. Check them out at www.nhalliance.org. If you are interested in getting more information about their advocacy work for the humanities you can sign up on our website in the footer below.

The Aspen Institute Seminars Program will be providing moderator training for those interested. Dates for training will be provided in the coming weeks. Check out the Aspen seminars program at www.aspensinstitute.org/seminars/


In our blog posts we will be exploring a vast range of insights and ideas around George Orwell's novel 1984 and the broader questions of the place of conversation in the life of a democracy, the intricacies of moderating a text-based discussion, and how this conversation reaches beyond the literary arena to touch the visual world of art and design. 

We will also be updating our seminar list continually so please continue to check back on our website for all the latest information. And, of course, follow us on Twitter at @onebookmanyconv and on Facebook and Instagram.

If you want to attend a local seminar in your area, and don't see one, please feel free to sign up for an online seminar. Or, you always have the option of setting up a seminar in your area and registering it here. That's the beauty of a conversation: it belongs to all of us. If you have questions, you can always reach out to us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you for being a part of this. Let's talk.


Joanna Bache Tobin

Founder, One Book, Many Conversations