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Join author and faculty member Cassandra Jackson for a reading from her newly released memoir, Oct. 4

Author and TCNJ English professor Cassandra Jackson will read from her latest book, The Wreck: A Daughter’s Memoir of Becoming a Mother, on Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30–8 p.m. in TCNJ’s Mayo Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Wreck is both an investigation into a family’s history and a look toward an unknown future, as Jackson simultaneously uncovers tragic events in her family’s past while struggling to start a family of her own.

The Wreck book cover

From Penguin Random House:

As she moves back and forth between her girlhood and her journey to motherhood, Jackson reveals the chilling parallels between the harrowing inhumanity of Jim Crow medical care and the toxic discrimination that undergirds healthcare in the United States today. But as she traces the cascading effects of loss punctuated by racism, she also discovers a powerful legacy of fearless love and furious perseverance that she hopes to extend to a new generation.

As she moves back and forth between her girlhood and her journey to motherhood, Jackson reveals the chilling parallels between the harrowing inhumanity of Jim Crow medical care and the toxic discrimination that undergirds healthcare in the United States today. But as she traces the cascading effects of loss punctuated by racism, she also discovers a powerful legacy of fearless love and furious perseverance that she hopes to extend to a new generation.

In May, The Wreck was included at the top of a New York Times book review shortlist and featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday where Jackson was interviewed by program host Ayesha Rascoe. The book has received praise from Ebony, The Washington Post, The Root, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, among others.

A discussion and book signing will follow the reading.

The event is sponsored by TCNJ’s Departments of English and African American Studies, the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.


 

TCNJ remains top-ranked public college in region

U.S. News & World Report released its 2024 Best Colleges rankings today and The College of New Jersey again received high marks. TCNJ ranked fourth overall and remains first among public colleges in the “Best Regional Universities—North” category. TCNJ has held the top spot in its region among public colleges every year since 1991. TCNJ ranked first in… Continue Reading

Two alums named New Jersey County Teachers of the Year

  Last month, the New Jersey Department of Education announced its 2023–2024 County Teachers of the Year with a ceremony on campus in the Education Building. Two of this year’s county winners are alumni of the college: Colleen Grzywacz ’05, vocal music teacher at Hackettstown Middle School in Warren County Robin Meyh ’94, health and… Continue Reading

TCNJ School of Nursing and Health Sciences gets shot in the arm thanks to $33 million grant from Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

The College of New Jersey has been awarded a $33 million capital facilities grant by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education of New Jersey as part of the joint solicitation of four revolving Capital Facilities Bond programs. The awarded funds will be used for the college’s “Educating New Jersey’s Next Generation Health Workforce” plan, which will reimagine and… Continue Reading

TCNJ alum at center of largest 4th of July Festival in the country

The largest July 4th celebration in America takes place in nearby Philadelphia and TCNJ alum Michael DelBene ’01 will be right in the middle of it all. As president and CEO of non-profit organization Welcome America, Inc., DelBene is responsible for producing the Wawa Welcome America Festival, a celebration of the nation’s rich history through a series… Continue Reading

Michael Bernstein named interim president of The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Michael Bernstein has been selected as TCNJ’s interim president for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2023. An accomplished educator and administrator, Bernstein is provost emeritus at Stony Brook University, having previously served as that institution’s interim president from August 2019 through… Continue Reading

TCNJ cuts ribbon on solar arrays to enhance sustainability efforts

The College of New Jersey hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the five solar arrays located in parking lots and building roofs across campus. Greenskies Clean Focus, a national leader in renewable energy solutions, funded the projects at no upfront cost to TCNJ, who will purchase the power generated by the arrays from Greenskies… Continue Reading

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