The celebration of the 25th augustana human library will take place on Sunday, March 28 from 1:30-4:30 pm (MT)! This event is going virtual and this is your invitation to join this free and engaging event!
What is a human library? It is a place to hear someone (called a human book) share their lived experience of prejudice, harassment and/or discrimination. Normally the human library is an intimate conversation-based in-person event but, since it cannot happen in person, the celebration of the 25th augustana human library will take place online with virtual presentations by a few human library books. So, this event is not an actual human library but, instead, highlights new and revised human books as a way to still celebrate this exciting milestone.
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at this event.
1:30 – From victim to survivor
At the age of 19, I found myself in an abusive relationship where I was physically, mentally, and sexually abused more times than I can ever count. It was not until five years later, when I was seconds from losing my life, that I knew it was time to leave. However, leaving my abuser left me homeless, broke, and a single mother of a two-year-old with disabilities. This book is about my journey of redefining expectations and becoming my own statistic in this society.
2:15 – Life, love, loss, living
Imagine taking the initial 911 call reporting your partner’s death. Now think of how you’d recover from that. I found the love of my life and was suddenly alone. Since then, I have become involved with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Homicide Survivors, and Victim Services. Tune in to learn about how I turned the most tragic loss of my life into something great that honours my partner!
3:00 – Dancing down the tunnel
When your brain can’t be fixed, you find someone experimenting on how to do it. When you lose speech and thinking, you have someone drill holes in your head. When you are told of your health limits, you do an Olympic Triathlon. But what do you do when you’re told that 2021 will be your last…
3:45 – From prison to policy change
During the height of the opioid crisis, I became addicted to OxyContin. My life began to spiral out of control and eventually I started selling drugs to support my habit. After years of this lifestyle, I was arrested and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. In prison, I made a decision to turn my life around. This book is about struggle, perseverance, passion, and hope.
Registration is free but it is limited. Register at aug.ualberta.ca/humanlib