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27th augustana human library - part 2

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 25, 1:30pm

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Human Book Title: Healing from childhood sexual abuse

Human Book Topic: Childhood sexual abuse

Human Book Description: I am willing to share my story of childhood sexual abuse and healing. I am also willing to hear and honour your story or the story of someone you know. I can also talk about types of healing therapies, family dynamics as well as suing my abuser for my therapy costs. I am willing to go where your interests take us.

Date/Time: POSTPONED - new date and time will be announced soon!

Human Book Title:  Unguarded authenticity

Human Book Topic: Gender transition: My biggest lesson

Human Book Description: The most valuable lesson that I uncovered through my gender transition was that my decades of personal struggle were never about being transgender, but rather, about being human. This epiphany helped me to recognize a fundamental bond between us all: that at our core, we share a need for self-actualization, and are all in a transition towards a more authentic version of ourselves.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 26, 2:00pm

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Human Book Title: United as never

Human Book Topic: Experiencing war at home while studying in a different country

Human Book Description: When I left home three years ago I never thought that there would be a day when I have to wonder if I can return, and when I do if it will ever look the same. I have never felt this close yet that far from my home country Ukraine. I am no longer paying attention to dates, rather counting the days of war, as I watch the violent invasion and its effects unfold in my home.

augustana human library

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.

The augustana human library has achieved multiple awards. Most recently, we received a 2018 University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award. In 2017, we received the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. Citations are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship. In 2015, Nancy Goebel was the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries Women and Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship

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