Open Book at Brookhaven

​​In 2010, Brookhaven 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 campuswide activities also will be planned. A new book is selected each academic year.

2019-2020 Selection

Where Am I Eating book cover

Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman

An in-depth look into the eating habits of American consumers and the global effects on farmers and fishermen.

Ask your instructor about reading the Open Book and extra credit opportunities. 

Look for Open Book activities year-round! 

Read. Share. Discuss. Participate.​ 


Film screening: "Fresh"
Wednesday, Feb. 19 at noon
Building L, Room L353

Skype chat Q&A with author Kelsey Timmerman 
Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Building Q, Room Q201

Speaker/Discussion Event: "America's Global Kitchen and the Future of Our Food"
With Brandon Morton, sustainability project coordinator at Brookhaven
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m.
Building C, Performance Hall

Discussion: Part 5 - Apple Juice, product of Michigan  China
Tuesday, March 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Building S, Tree Top Café

Workshop: Grow Your Own Food
Thursday, March 26, noon-4 p.m. (come and go)
Windmill Garden

Speaker/Discussion Event: Autism
With Beth McGaw, president of the Learning Disabilities Association
Monday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.
Building B, Room B240

Speaker/Discussion Event: Food Photography and Styling
With Brookhaven alumnae Kathy Tran
Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.
Building L, Room L109

Instagram Photography Contest
Share photos of your plated meals on Instagram using the hashtag #ShowUsYourFood2020 before Friday, April 24. Winners will be announced on the Basement Gallery's Instagram page (@thebasementgallery) on Friday, May 1.
Starbucks gift cards​ awarded to first, second and third place.​