The 16th augustana human library will be September 27th and 28th, 2016.
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.
The list of human book topics and the detailed schedule will be posted here prior to the event.
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.
A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org