Williams College invites community members to experience the Human Library from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at Paresky Center on the Williams 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 his or her story in a one-on-one conversation with a "reader," and each book asks questions of the reader as well, prompting an engaging discussion about their similarities, differences, and life experiences.

This is the third year that Williams has hosted the event. This year’s catalog of human books includes titles such as: "Navy Seal," "16 Years in Prison," "Olympic Athlete," "Gun Shop Owner," "The Complex Life of a First Gen Student," "Cancer Survivor," and "Growing up in the Jim Crow South."

The Human Library is a project designed to spark dialogue, reduce prejudices, and encourage understanding and uncomfortable learning.

To learn more about the Human Library, visit sites.williams.edu/humanlibrary/.


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