Make Your Home Among Strangers author Jennine Capó Crucet delivers the keynote for the 30th annual Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Goodrich Chapel.
Make Your Home Among Strangers, published in 2015, won the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice Award. The work was read by all Albion first-year students in 2018 via the Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience, a component of the William Atwell Brown, Jr., and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience. Crucet’s story collection How to Leave Hialeah won several literary prizes and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, and the Latinidad List. Originally from Miami, Fla., Crucet is an assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
From 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, more than 100 Albion students will present research papers and other scholarship during the Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium. The Symposium honors alumnus "Ike" Isaac, '48, who served for 25 years at Albion as a coach, professor and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director for the University of the Pacific. The Symposium was established in 1991 by Isaac's former students and team members.
All Symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, see the Symposium Web page, http://www.albion.edu/isaac/ or contact Symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at or 517/629-0382.