“Make Your Home Among Strangers” – A Reading and Conversation with Jennine Capó Crucet

Apr. 27, 2023, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Rockefeller Hall 200

Award-winning author Jennine Capó Crucet will read from her critically acclaimed novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which explores the intersections of class, ethnicity, geography, and education by focusing on the experiences of a first-generation college student from Miami adjusting to a predominantly white college in New York. The coming-of-age story grapples with themes having to do with displacement, the search for belonging, and making sense of the hidden curriculum, all while navigating generational, cultural, and political forces that shape the larger context of the novel. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Jennine Capó Crucet is also author of How to Leave Hialeah and My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education. She is an Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska, and a Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program and Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Engaged Pluralism, Grand Challenges, Exploring College, First Year Experience, Faculty Development, Transitions Program and the Vassar Departments and Programs of American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Dance, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Neuroscience and Behavior, Physics/Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Science, Religion, Russian Studies, Science Technology & Society, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women Feminist and Queer Studies, Victorian Studies/Global Nineteenth-Century Studies. 


Jennine Capó Crucet leaning on a metal railing with a pond in the background.
Jennine Capó Crucet
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