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Human Library Event, November 1, 2018
What is The Human Library?
The Human Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe environment. Several “human books” have volunteered to share their experiences with "readers" in a short conversation, including questions and answers. Those who want to talk with a human book can sign up as a "reader" to “borrow” the human book and participate in one of these conversations.
The goal of the Human Library is to build understanding and challenge stereotypes and prejudices through a non-confrontational and friendly conversation. We feel these open and honest conversations can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.
The Human Library builds a positive framework for conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Neil Hellman Library remains committed to diversity, inclusion, and free inquiry and, in providing a space where this dialogue takes place, affirm participants’ rights to safety and dignity.
All of the opinions and viewpoints set forth by the Human Library participants during this event are exclusively the opinions and viewpoints of such Human Library participants. The Neil Hellman Library's sponsoring of this event does not in any way represent the endorsement thereof or the opinions or viewpoints of the College of Saint Rose.
This guide includes content adapted with permission from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.