What’s Your Story? The Human Library Project, Nov. 9-10
Have you ever wanted to share your unique story? Or have you ever been intrigued by an identity different from your own and wanted to learn more?
The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is looking for students, faculty and staff to volunteer to be a "human book" as part of the University’s Human Library project coming to campus on November 9 and 10. Originating in Denmark in 2000, the Human Library is a worldwide movement for social change that has now made its way to over 30 countries. The project is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
So how does it work? Individuals interested will sign up to be a book and participate in a conversation about their individual experiences with those who visit the event. Books are people who have volunteered to share their experiences centered around topics such as discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The project, however, is not limited to these topics and all students, faculty and staff interested are encouraged to sign up. At the event in November, individuals will engage in a one-on-one discussion with participants who decide to “read their book.” This dialogue will serve as an opportunity for the Fairfield University community to understand the experiences of others.
“It is exciting to see the enthusiasm our Fairfield community is generating around the Human Library event,” said Jackie Kremer, Head of Library Academic Partnerships and Assessment. “Our goal is to confront stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue by creating an intentional space for individual conversations. Ultimately, we hope to learn more about ourselves as individuals and about our own diverse Fairfield University community.”
Here are a few topics that students will be discussing who have already signed up to be a book and share their stories at the event:
"Straight Edge for a Reason. I want to break down stereotypes surrounding individuals who choose not to drink, do drugs or engage in party activities while at college. All individuals who choose to abstain from such activities are not all the same, or have the same reasons for choosing their way of life."
Life Goes On In Syria
"If you want to learn more about what's going on in Damascus, the capital of Syria, check me out. I have family there and I can tell you about daily life. You might be surprised."
"My boyfriend broke up with me in a Swedish airport. He and I then had to fly back to America together for 10 hours. This is a story of heartbreak and how I overcame it. I don't need Prince Charming. There is life after lost love."
Take this opportunity to narrate your story to those who are truly interested in understanding and sign up today to be a book.
For more information about the event visit https://www.fairfield.edu/humanlibrary
Fairfield University's 2016 Human Library is co-sponsored by DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Center for Faith and Public Life, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Marketing & Communications.