Texas A&M ‘Human Library’ Facilitates Honest Dialogue Between Aggies
Texas A&M University Libraries held the annual Human Library, an event aiming to create dialogue and deeper understanding in the Aggie community. Students, staff, faculty and community members volunteered as “human books,” representing individuals who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability, and any other aspect of their lives that have been seen through biases.
At the Human Library event, “readers” had the opportunity to check out a human book – meaning the two persons, book and reader, had a 30-minute, one-on-one conversation to learn more about the book’s individual experiences. Organizers said the event provided the opportunity for the Aggie community to have unique conversations to understand the experiences of others in their community.