Oct. 17 Diversity Dialogues event features Common Read author

Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet will visit campus on Tuesday, Oct. 17, as part of the university’s Diversity Dialogues series of events.

Crucet’s “Make Your Home Among Strangers was selected as NIU’s Common Reading Experience for 2017-2019.

“Although Make Your Home Among Strangers is a work of fiction, there are many similarities between the book and the author’s personal life,” said Lauren Napolitano, associate director of First- and Second-Year Experience. “I think it will be particularly impactful for first-generation students at NIU because they will be able to relate to Lizet’s journey as she deals with the different aspects of transitioning to college in an unfamiliar environment. A lot of the issues Lizet struggles with in her first year at college are the same issues our first-generation students are facing here at NIU.”

First-year students in UNIV 101 (University Experience) and 201 (Transfer Experience) courses are reading the book. Also, some faculty in other disciplines such as English, communication and sociology, are among other areas that have adopted the text as a part of their course-required readings.

Crucet is currently an assistant professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Make Your Home Among Strangers is her second book, which she wrote to serve as a roadmap for first-generation college students.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to participate in welcoming Crucet to NIU on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Her presentation, “Making a Home Among Strangers: An Evening with Jennine Capó Crucet,” is at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium. This will be followed by a book signing in the Holmes Student Center Gallery Lounge.

Visit First- and Second-Year Experience, email fsye@niu.edu or call 815-753-0028 for more information.

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