First Year Students at Adelphi University Read Thank You for Your Service

Adelphi University has chosen David Finkel’s Thank You for Your Service for their 2014 common reading program. The university will give a copy of the book to every incoming first year student.

Most students will receive the book in its eBook format; the school will distribute access codes with instructions for downloading the eBook to a digital reading device. Students who are not able to access the book digitally will receive physical copies. Have questions about assigning eBooks for common reading at your school? Ask us!

First year students will read the book over the summer and compose a short essay responding to this prompt:

Do we owe anything to the men and women who return from wars? If so, in what ways is society living up to its obligations and in what ways is it failing to do so?

The essay is the first written assignment for the First Year Seminar, part of a two-course, four-credit General Education Requirement designed to help new students “adjust to and succeed in college.” Additionally, students may submit their essays to be considered for the First-Year Academic Writing Award. The First Year Experience Committee will award a $250 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble to one writer of an outstanding essay.

Adelphi’s the common reading is part of a broader engagement program called the Collaboration Project, which is founded on and guided by these principles:

Inclusion: Emphasis on cross-constituency participation supporting the active involvement and leadership of marginalized and underrepresented groups
Education: Fostering understanding about historical, contemporary and future global and local contexts and issues
Engagement: Democratic and civic involvement, service and action
Reflection: Ongoing analysis of process, representations and outcomes
Celebration: Joyful and creative recognitions and expressions
Collaboration: Learning from and supporting each other’s experiences, efforts and concerns

The Collaboration Project comprises intellectual, social, and creative events, activities, and programs that are tied to one theme. The 2014-2015 theme is “The Changing Nature of War and Peace.” “Reading and discussion of [Thank You for Your Service] will be cornerstones of Adelphi’s year-long focus” on that theme. The events lineup features film screenings, musical and dramatic performances, civic projects, and lectures, including one given by David Finkel when he visits campus in October.

Click here to see the schools that have adopted David Finkel’s first book, The Good Soldiers, and other Popular Picks from Macmillan, including another book with a military theme, Rye Barcott’s It Happened On the Way to War.

Thank You for Your Service • Farrar, Straus & Giroux • 272 pages