U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wants to be called just “Sonia from the Bronx.”

And the first Hispanic justice on the nation’s highest court recently explained why: “You can’t come from the world I grew up in, the South Bronx, without feeling the frenzy of exile, constantly.”

She spoke at Cooper Union, a private college in Manhattan’s East Village. The evening in her hometown ended with hugs and signings of her memoir, “My Beloved World.”

She spoke on the closing night of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which focused on looking at the idea of bravery in art and politics.

Her speech came as she and fellow justices are considering issues dividing the nation: affirmative action, voting rights and gay marriage.