Release Date Sept. 9
On September 8th, the Brookhaven College Open Book Project kicked off this year’s events with a showing of Randy Pausch’s “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” Hundreds of students and employees packed the performance hall to watch the video of Pausch’s “Last Lecture” at Carnegie Mellon University. The exercise of giving a last lecture is a common one at many universities, with professors sharing their wisdom on what they believe are life’s most important lessons. Pausch’s lecture was unique in that he communicated to his audience that cancer would soon claim his life. When the video became an online phenomenon, Pausch wrote The Last Lecture to take his lecture even further and add to the personal stories he had shared and the lessons he had learned about overcoming obstacles and seizing every moment. With more than 130 class sections taking up The Last Lecture, thousands of Brookhaven College students will share this experience throughout the year. Brookhaven College’s Nelda Contreras, developmental writing professor, and Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean for the communications division, co-chair the Open Book committee and have thus far planned seven events for the campus, ranging from a virtual reality presentation to a costume contest to dress as your childhood hero.
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