2016 Common Read Events Schedule

During the week of September 25-29, 2016, UMass Amherst hosted author, Jennine Capó Crucet, for a weeklong series of events designed to foster rich conversations among students, faculty, and staff.


Tuesday, September 27th

An Evening with Jennine Capó Crucet

Open to the entire campus community, An Evening with Jennine Capó Crucet was both entertaining and thought-provoking. Dean Gretchen Gerzina and author Jennine Capó Crucet addressed the audience through a series of questions related to themes found within Make Your Home Among Strangers. Dean Gerzina and Crucet incorporated questions and comments from the audience as well as a live Twitter feed, creating a sense of authentic conversation for those in attendance.  


Small-Group Events  |  Classroom Visits



Small-Group Events

Sunday, September 25th

Intergroup Dialogue Lunch

Student leaders who participated in a weekend-long intergroup dialogue course talked with Jennine Capó Crucet about addressing social justice issues and identifying actions that cultivate meaningful, socially-just relationships. This course was designed to help student leaders develop skills for exploring differences and commonalities in diverse social settings.

Student Leader Dinner

Student leaders from across campus joined Jennine Capó Crucet for a dinner and conversation focused on the power and potential of student leadership, and how the Common Read program can be utilized to engage the campus community.

Monday, September 26th

Defined Residential Communities Visit

Jennine Capó Crucet led two conversations with students from two of our Defined Residential Communities: the Asian/Asian American Student Community and Harambee: African Heritage Student Community. Crucet and the students shared experiences related to the book and talked about succeeding as a college student.

Tuesday, September 27th

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Academic Leadership Fellows Lunch

Students and advisors affiliated with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Academic Leadership Fellows met with Jennine Capó Crucet to discuss mentorship and strategies for successfully transitioning from high school to college, as well as other relevant themes from Make Your Home Among Strangers.

Friends of Common Read Reception and Book Signing

Following the Campus Keynote with Jennine Capó Crucet, invited guests, including Common Read Book Club members, gathered for a reception and book signing.

Wednesday, September 28th

Commonwealth Honors College Faculty and Staff Luncheon

Faculty and staff from the Commonwealth Honors College joined Jennine Capó Crucet for a lunchtime conversation about Make Your Home Among Strangers.    

Thursday, September 29th

Faculty Common Read: Book Discussion

Jennine Capó Crucet engaged faculty in a discussion about Make Your Home Among Strangers, its themes, its context, and its use as an educational tool on college campuses. This event was hosted by the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development.

Common Read Reception with the Chancellor

Wrapping up the Common Read 2016 author visit, members of the campus community came together to celebrate with a reception at the Chancellor’s home. Students, staff, and faculty were in attendance as the community thanked Jennine Capó Crucet for her visit.


Classroom Visits


Throughout the week, Jennine Capó Crucet visited multiple courses and spoke with students in smaller settings that were both intimate and intellectually engaging, allowing for powerful conversation and dialogue.


University 193A: Your Winning Season (seminar for all first-year student athletes)

Service-Learning 192: Self-Awareness, Social Justice, and Service (IMPACT! RAP)

WGSS 187: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture

English Writing 112: College Writing

Emerging Scholars RAP and Partners in Education RAP

Honors 201H: Ideas that Changed the World