In 2010, Brookhaven College began a common reader initiative called the Open Book Project.
Common reader initiatives aim to create a sense of community among students, faculty and staff through the reading of a single book. Participants will engage in conversations and activities stemming from the themes of that book.
Instructors are encouraged to “opt-in” for the project and may do so on various levels. They can incorporate the book using structured lesson plans or make the book an optional outside reading assignment. Several campus wide activities also will be planned. A new book is selected each academic year.
For Love of Country by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaren
A series of stories celebrate contributions of veterans through their courage, dedication, and sacrifice abroad and on the battlefield, as well as on the home front. Schultz, Starbucks CEO and veterans' advocate, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post, introduce the reader to an Army sergeant, a pair of Marines and a Navy doctor as a way to connect with the men and women in uniform who serve and to understand how indebted we are to those who protect us. Other stories show how veterans use their commitment to service and leadership skills when they return home to make an impact in their communities.