WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College invites all members of the community to experience the Human Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Paresky Center on the college campus.
This is a free, interactive event and reservations are not required.
The Williams Human Library contains 35 to 40 "books" -- Williams students, faculty, staff, and community members who have volunteered to be "checked out" for up to 30 minutes each. Each book shares their story in a one-on-one conversation with readers and each book asks their readers questions as well -- prompting an engaging discussion about their similarities, their differences, and their particular life experiences.
This is the second year that Williams has hosted this event. Last year, 250 people checked out human books. This year, the catalog of human books is bigger and more diverse, and includes titles such as "9/11 Survivor," "Feminist/Womanist," "Iraq War Veteran," "Roma/ Gypsy," "Gun Shop Owner," "Veiled Woman," "Archaeologist" and "Zen Buddhist." These titles, along with the intimate nature of this project, serve as an opportunity to learn about another community member for a given time and ask them what you want to know.
The goal is for the people of the community -- both on and off campus -- to learn more about each other, to explore and move beyond stereotypes, and to develop a greater understanding of each person’s unique narrative.
The Human Library is an innovative method designed to spark dialogue, reduce prejudices, and encourage understanding and uncomfortable learning.
To learn more about the Human Library, visit williams. edu/humanlibrary.