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Human Library

The Human Library returns to St. Norbert College on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. in the Mulva Library.

We invite the SNC community to join us for an intimate opportunity to interact with “human books” as they tell their personal stories, perhaps about prejudice, discrimination or stereotypes and explain how these barriers can impact individuals in our community. 

We’ve invited 10 human books to share their stories in two one-hour sessions with time for Q & A. Here are our books:

  • Being Hmong
  • Gay Conversion Therapy: Through Hell and Back
  • Growing up With a Mixed Family: Multiracial Life
  • I Am What an Invisible Illness Looks Like
  • Is there a doctor in the house? The Journey In and Out of Homelessness
  • Musings on Life With a Disability
  • My Story of African-American Leadership
  • Nice Guy: reflections of a Vietnamese exchange student
  • Shadow Life: living as an undocumented immigrant
  • You don't determine, I do! African-American Woman Resiliency
Attendees should check in at the station in the library lobby, receive a color-coded ticket for the human book sessions they desire and head to the third floor for their first session. 

Please arrive early due to limited seating and the expectation to start each session on time. We ask everyone to treat each person with respect and remember the sessions are safe, confidential learning spaces.

Refreshments will be available in room 301, the reflection lounge.

This event is sponsored by the Mulva Library and the Cassandra Voss Center.


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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.
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