Posted by: | September 21, 2010 | Comments Off on THE LIVING LIBRARY

On Wednesday, September 22, UBC Library comes alive with its first-ever “Living Library” event – an occasion that allows participants to meet a collection of fascinating figures, including students from Afghanistan and Nigeria, gay writers, a pioneering doctor, an extreme athlete/traveller and more.

A Living Library features real, live people who are “lent out” as “books,” and speak about their lives and experiences, to interested users. So, for example, a user could sign up to talk to an Afghani student about life in Afghanistan, his wartime experiences and struggles, and his experiences coming to Canada. Someone else may want to speak to an esteemed female doctor who has been recognized for her exemplary research and her success in a male-dominated field. And yet another participant may want to talk to a writer about the creative process, and about the ways his views on identity, gender and sexuality inform his writing.

The idea is to introduce people to a collection of individuals who come from different walks of life and realities compared to their own. It’s an attempt to promote diversity and share a broad range of views and opinions – all within a context of respect and intellectual curiosity.

The event runs for three hours, and twice an hour Living Library candidates will be available to talk to a member of the public for about 20 minutes.

UBC Library’s Living Library event takes place on Wednesday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the foyer on the main level (level two) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Living Library event is open to everyone, including community members. Sign up to speak with your preferred candidate on the day of the event, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Sauder School can be proud to provide three “books” for this event. The first is BCom student Andrew Chima Akomas. As well, Rimple Cheema and Lisa Sun represent Sauder School’s Social Entrepreneurship 101 program.

Feel free to go over and borrow one of these ‘books’!


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