Founded in 2001 in Denmark to promote human rights and social cohesion, the human library project seeks to create greater understanding between people and provide a safe space where we can learn more about each other and work through stereotypes and discrimination present in our community in order to ultimately to forge new connections between people.
A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as “books” that can be “checked out” by “readers.” Each book chooses his or her own title that gives a snapshot of their story: “Buddhist,” “First Generation College Student,” or “Recovering Alcoholic,” for instance. The book and reader engage in a 30-minute one-on-one conversation about the book’s life and experience, and then the book can ask questions of the reader as well, prompting discussion about shared experiences and differing perspectives.
This is the sixth annual Human Library at Williams College. For a list of books in 2016, please see the Human Library website. Friday and Saturday, Feb 24 & 25 Sponsored by the Gaudino Fund and the Williams College Libraries.