On May 4th, the Stony Brook University Office of Veterans Affairs sponsored the Murph Challenge, in memory of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan. In honor of this event, the library held a film screening of Lone Survivor, a film based on a book by the same name and written by Marcus Luttrell, the only member of Lt. Murphy’s team to survive. The screening was attended by students, faculty, and staff who found it to be a powerful and moving experience.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, librarians collaborated with students and staff at the Office of Veterans Affairs to build a collection of books relevant to military studies and veterans affairs. Supported by a Presidential Mini-grant for Departmental Diversity, this collection was created with the direct input of veteran students. Librarians hosted a literary karaoke event to promote use of this collection and to encourage members of the Stony Brook University community to engage with important issues surrounding the military and veteran experience. Held the day after the screening of Lone Survivor, the karaoke event drew a group of engaged readers and listeners who met to share passages which resonated with them.
The library is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Office of Veterans Affairs in support of this very meaningful event.
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