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16th augustana human library

The 16th augustana human library will be September 27th and 28th, 2016.

  • Guest speaker Timothy Kurek will kick off the event on Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 6pm:

The cross in the closet: Overcoming prejudice through intentional empathy

I was raised within the confines of a strict, conservative Christian denomination in the Bible Belt. When a friend came out as a lesbian and was excommunicated by her family, I began to doubt my religious upbringing. I decided that the only way to empathize and understand her pain was to walk in the shoes of the very people I had been taught to shun. For one year, I came out as a gay man to everyone I knew, to see for myself how the label of gay would impact my life.

  • Check out human books on Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 7-10pm, and on Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 6-10pm.

The list of human book topics and the detailed schedule will be posted here prior to the event.

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Growing With People | Growing In Community | Growing Our World

Can you imagine life as a transgender person? Or how about living with memories of childhood sexual abuse, alcoholism or physical and cognitive challenges? These were just a few of the topics available in recent augustana human library events.

human library is an initiative in which people called 'Readers' who want to learn about a specific topic 'check out' people called 'Human Books' for an hour of conversation.

For more information about the augustana human library, email

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