Human Library encourages open and direct conversations about resiliency as part of Pride Week

March 2, 2020 | Campus Life, Society

As part of MacEwan University’s Pride Week, the Human Library on March 3 is giving students, staff and faculty the opportunity to “check out” real stories of resilience as told by a few special guest volunteers.

“Human books are people willing to share their personal experiences,” says Martina King, librarian, John L. Haar Library. “They represent individuals who have faced prejudice, stereotypes or adversity related to their sexual orientation. Their stories represent a diverse range of backgrounds and intersections.”

MacEwan’s human library consists of alumni and community members who are open and willing to share their story and answer questions.

The idea for the Human Library originated in Copenhagen 20 years, and since then hundreds of Human Library events around the world have facilitated conversations that challenge preconceptions. People who might not otherwise get a chance to tell their story (the “human books”) are connected with people who want to learn about that person’s experience (the “readers”).

“The goal is to get people out of their comfort zones in order to challenge prejudices and stereotypes,” says Martina.

Readers will have the opportunity to have direct discussions with the human books in a setting designed to facilitate dialogue. A volunteer will be present for each session to ensure a safe space and answer event-related questions.

Readers can “check out” a book by visiting the registration table in Library room 7-269 to browse a catalogue of human books and sign up for a time.


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