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Recruiting for the Human Library

This message was sent to Students, Faculty, and Staff on February 11, 2013 by Magnus Bernhardsson, Gaudino Fund.

Message:
Recruiting for the Human Library On March 1st and 2nd, Williams College will host its 2nd Human Library, What book would you like to read? Send mbernhar@williams.edu your input on subjects that you would like to engage. Become a book and share your story. Become a librarian and help to curate this amazing event. MORE: http://web.williams.edu/messages/show.php?id=23278 from Magnus Bernhardsson, Gaudino Fund
Message details:
We are organizing a Human Library here at Williams that will take place on Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd from 1-4pm in the Paresky Center. This is the second time the Human Library is held at Williams. Last year it was a very successful and meaningful event and we are excited to bring it back to Williams. The Human Library is like a regular library except that the "books" are human beings. Readers find a book that they like in the card catalog and check out the book and speak to the human book for about 20-30 minutes. The purpose of the library is to promote dialogue and work against prejudice. It started in Denmark in 2001 as a way to stem anti-immigrant sentiment. Our Human Library will serve to enable Williams students, faculty and staff to get to know the community and the community to get to know Williams. We will have about 40 human books. Many of the books are people who have overcome difficulties or experienced discrimination or prejudice. For example, last year we had such books as "recovering alcoholic", "fat woman", or "transgender". We also had books who have had unusual life experiences such as "Iraq War veteran", "Olympic Athlete", or "child of Holocaust survivors." For more information see the humanlibrary.org website. If you have ideas about interesting books, please send us your suggestions via email: mbernhar@williams.edu The Human Library Organizing Committee.

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