The Human Library: Inclusion Matters
In Celebration of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities
On Thursday December 3rd From 11am-3pm
In the Collaboratory, 2nd Floor Scott Library
Approximately 20 “books” will be available to “borrow” from 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm for short (20-minute) conversations. These books are not what one usually finds on a shelf, but are people who have volunteered to share their contents (stories) with you, as an interactive reader. As people they are part of a Human or Living Library; the first Human Library took place in Denmark in 2000. Since its inception it has gained an international presence providing opportunities for one-to-one conversations across difference to occur. As such it provides a significant opportunity for conversations that have the potential to develop new understandings of disability and diverse embodiments.
Readers and books are provided with the opportunity to interact in a space where the principles of dignity, respect, and the promotion of inclusion and acceptance are enacted. The books in this library will be students attending York University who live with visible and invisible disability and difference. Examples of human book titles and topics include experiences of intersections of identity, academic, activist, art & advocacy pursuits, stories of accessing resources, navigating spaces with embodied difference, and many more!