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The Human Library™

"How are we to understand each other, if we do not have the opportunity to talk to each other?" ~Ronni Abergel, Inventor of the Human Library™

USD's First Human Library

 Real conversations with real people.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

4 - 7 p.m.

University Libraries, 2nd floor

Overcoming prejudice and stereotypes, one conversation at a time...

Where else are there Human Libraries?

Click on this map to see who else is hosting a Human Library.

What is a Human Library?

The Human Library is an opportunity:

  • to engage in one-to-one conversation with someone you may not otherwise meet
  • ask questions, hear honest answers    
  • build bridges to understanding
  • conversations last up to 20 minutes



How did the Human Library Project begin?

The Human Library™ is a multicultural dialogue event designed to engage participants in one-to-one conversations to bring greater understanding and awareness to issues that we find in society today. This dialogue framework began in Copenhagen in 2000 ( and offers patrons the opportunity to "check out" a human book -- a person with a story to share about stereotypes/prejudices they have overcome. Once a human book is checked out the patron has the chance to listen, ask, and learn from the experiences of others.



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