One-on-one dialogues based on confronting discrimination is the focal point of the Human Library event at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
Originally developed in Denmark, the Human Library’s purpose is to confront racism and other forms of discrimination that takes place in multi-cultural and multi-faceted societies. This unique experience allowed students at LSC-Kingwood to ‘check out” human books, people representing various communities and organizations. The first event took place on Oct. 28-29. Due to its huge success, the Human Library will be held again this spring on March 25-26.
“The purpose of this event is to have people confront their bias by having them speak to a person from that group who they are biased against,” said Anthony McMillan, library director. “We established ground rules about how the conversations should be conducted so that they were held in a respectful and educational manner.”
During the event in October, 60 human books participated and 455 students “checked out” human books. A wide-range of subjects were represented including immigrates, atheists, a rabbi, a nun, alcoholics anonymous members, Palestinians, police officers and people who have been incarcerated. The college’s library and the Center for Civic Engagement sponsored the event.
For more information on the Human Library at LSC-Kingwood or to participate as a human book for the March 25-26 event, contact Anthony McMillan at Anthony.J.McMillan@LoneStar.edu or Dr. John Theis at John.J.Theis@LoneStar.edu.
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