Make Your Home Among Strangers is Northern Illinois University’s 2017-19 Common Reading Experience Book!

Make Your Home Among Strangers

Northern Illinois University has selected Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet for their 2017-19 Common Reading Experience program!

First-year students enrolled in UNIV 101 (University Experience), transfer students enrolled in UNIV 201 (Transfer Experience), and many of the First-Year Composition courses are required to read Make Your Home Among Strangers this semester. Faculty in other disciplines, such as English, Communications, and Sociology, have also adopted the book as part of their course-required readings this fall. Make Your Home Among Strangers will also be required reading for incoming first-year students enrolled in UNIV 101 and UNIV 201 during the 2018-19 academic year.

Beyond the classroom, NIU will host a variety of free programs and events around the novel throughout the semester. These events include an open mic night where attendees are encouraged to share their stories addressing the meaning of “home” (October 11); a campus visit from author Jennine Capó Crucet (October 17); a book discussion with NIU’s College of Law built around the novel’s theme of immigration and what that means in the age of the Travel Ban (October 26); and an essay contest open to all first-year students. During Crucet’s campus visit, students will have the opportunity to attend a book discussion with Crucet, attend a community reception where they will be able to meet the author, and watch Crucet give a presentation on her novel.

Northern Illinois University’s Common Reading Experience program selects a book that will be used for two years, in order to facilitate ongoing discussions among first-year and second-year students, as well as throughout the campus community. The primary goals of the program are to:

  • Establish a common, educationally-purposeful experience among first-year students to foster community
  • Provide new students with the opportunity to begin exploring new perspectives and ways of viewing the world
  • Orient new students to critical thinking and the spirit of intellectual inquiry.

Make Your Home Among Strangers was selected by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, community members, and students from a list of approximately twenty titles. The book was ultimately selected because it tackles many themes that are relevant to first-year students at NIU, such as social justice, diversity, immigration, ethics, leaving home, socioeconomic status, and first-generation student experiences. “Although Make Your Home Among Strangers is a work of fiction . . . 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,” said Lauren Napolitano, associate director of the First- and Second-Year Experience. “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.”

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Make Your Home Among Strangers • Picador • 416 pages

 

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MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS has been selected for George Mason University’s 2017 #MasonReads program!

Make Your Home Among Strangers

George Mason University has selected Jennine Capó Crucet’s novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, for their 2017 Mason Reads program!

All incoming first-year students will receive copies of the book when they attend orientation in either June or July. Students are required to read Make Your Home Among Strangers before heading to campus at the end of August. The book will not only inspire lively dialogue among students when they first arrive on campus, but it will also be integrated into programs, campus events, and classroom activities throughout the rest of the school year.

Crucet will visit campus and speak at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m. This event will be held in partnership with the Fall for the Book festival. More Mason Reads event and programming information is to come.

Every year, the Mason Reads program ushers incoming freshmen into collegiate life by providing them with a shared reading experience. Throughout the year, the selected title is integrated into classroom coursework, campus activities, and special events. George Mason University outlines that the Mason Reads program enables students to:

  • Develop an increased sense of belonging in the community
  • Cultivate a strong connection with faculty and staff
  • Increase development of the Mason graduate
  • Pursue self-discovery and self-awareness
  • Develop stronger connections between curricular and co-curricular activities and involvement.​​

The school hopes that Make Your Home Among Strangers will be a tool through which incoming students can share many common experiences, both in the classroom and around campus.

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Make Your Home Among Strangers • Picador • 416 pages

HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY is Virginia Wesleyan College’s 2016 #CommonRead Book!

Virginia Wesleyan College has selected Lydia Netzer’s How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky for their 2016 Common Read program.

Over the summer, all incoming students are expected to purchase the book from the VWC campus bookstore or an online retailer. Students will read the book before arriving on campus on August 25 for orientation.

The first two days of orientation, August 25 and 26, will be devoted to all-campus discussions of How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky. Students will engage in small group discussions with other students and their First-Year Experience professor. They will also attend a convocation session in which four faculty members will share their own perspectives on the book. Additionally, students are expected to complete a 200-300 word reflection on their favorite passage from How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by August 25. This assignment—submitted to the First-Year Experience professor—is meant to provide the professor with an understanding of the student as a thinker and a writer.

Each year, Virginia Wesleyan College’s Common Read program chooses a book to be read by incoming students, faculty, and staff. This program aims to promote an intellectual experience shared by faculty and students, provide incoming students with an introduction to college-level work, and enable students to examine a literary work from different disciplinary perspectives.

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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky • St. Martin’s Griffin • 368 pages