Human Library at the Pygmalion Festival

Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Friday, September 23, 2016
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (outside Colwell Playhouse), 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Human Library is an international organization that aims to create a safe space for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. During a Human Library event, a ‘reader’ (any member of the community) browses our catalog and decides to have a conversation with a book. Volunteer books are individuals from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination/marginalization based upon race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life and who want to share their experiences to promote knowledge and challenge stigma surrounding their identity.

Books and readers at other Human Library events consistently have a great time participating in Human Library events. Volunteers have said that they gain insight into their own stories and experiences by listening to the questions of readers. They also find connections in unexpected places- through readers that enjoy sharing their stories as much as our books, through finding that there is more acceptance after the interaction, and through the mutual understanding of being human beyond a single identity. Furthermore, our volunteers meet other volunteers from all different backgrounds and forge friendships.
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