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You can participate in the Human Library on September 23rd

A brown-skinned man wearing a white t-shirt with a black and white logo that says "readers advisory." He is talking with two white people who are facing him, their backs to the camera. On the left of the image, the person is wearing a red and black plaid flannel shirt. On the right a white man is wearing shorts and a gray t-shirt. They are sitting around a small round dark metal table.
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The Human Library returns to PYGMALION on Saturday, September 23rd at Analog in Urbana. It’s a pretty cool project: people serve as “books,” which can be “read” (i.e., put in dialogue with) by participants. From the Human Library website:

A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ the book- meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community.

You can apply to be a “book” here; otherwise, do stop by the event during PYGMALION on Saturday, September 23rd. 

Human Library at PYGMALION
Analog Wine Library
129 N Race St
Sa Sept 23rd, 1 to 5 p.m.


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