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Human Library (2018)

Syracuse University Libraries
Event organized by Syracuse University Libraries

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We're hosting our 5th annual Human Library event!

A human library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. The purpose is to create a positive space for dialogues on challenging topics, to break down stereotypes and to celebrate diversity within our community.

During this time, participants will have the opportunity to talk to “human books”: volunteers from the SU community who represent a variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences.

Human books will lead one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time to share stories about their experiences or backgrounds. Anyone on campus can attend the event anytime between noon and 5 P.M. to “check out” and have a conversation with one or more human books. No preregistration is required, although there will be an opportunity to reserve a book for a specific time in advance, if desired.

Previous human book topics have included Native American, Chinese, Indian, Nigerian and Middle Eastern cultures; disability, transgender and biracial identity; military life; mental health issues; and immigrant experiences. Human books and participants of past events have described conversations as rewarding, fun, important, and insightful.

Our event is one of several human libraries offered throughout the region, with support from the CLRC. Event partners currently include the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, Center for Learning and Student Success, Hendricks Chapel, the Library and Information Science Student Association at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Learning Communities-Syracuse University, Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Syracuse University, Syracuse University Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, Renée Crown University Honors Program, and the Slutzker Center for International Services (SCIS).

The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools, and other institutions around the world.

Visit our website: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/humanlibrary