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Human Library at St. Norbert College

The Human Library returned to St. Norbert College on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. in the Mulva Library. Many from the community joined us for an intimate opportunity to interact with “human books” as they told their personal stories, perhaps about prejudice, discrimination or stereotypes, and explained how these barriers can impact individuals in our community. 

What is a Human Library?
A library made of humans who volunteer to share their stories. Like books in a library, human books can be checked out, listened to and interacted with.

Why Human Library?
The Human Library International Organization believes when humans share their stories of prejudice and discrimination, it “promotes dialogue and encourages understanding.”

About the National Human Library Project
The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.

In its initial form the Human Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background.

The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.

It is a “keep it simple”, “no-nonsense” contribution to social cohesion in multicultural societies. Read more about the history on the Human Library website.

The Human Library project at St. Norbert is sponsored by the Mulva Library and the Cassandra Voss Center.

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2017 Human Book Titles

  • Black Excellence: A Black Women’s Transformation Through Education
  • Animating All Abilities
  • Growing up with a Mixed Family: Multiracial Life
  • Gay Conversion Therapy: Through Hell and Back
  • Shadow Life: living as an undocumented immigrant
  • Yiddle In The Middle: Jewish in the Midwest
  • Overcoming the Education System: A Native American Story
  • Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling: A Woman Called to Ministry
  • Intersections of Activism: Queer Parent; Black Child
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