Just like any normal library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from.
Except the Books, in this instance, will be real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they will generously share with Readers.
The Living Library provides an opportunity for individuals to connect with people they may not normally have the occasion to speak to within their community, to better understand the life experiences of others, and to challenge their own assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes. It provides a safe environment and encourages active and engaging conversations so that people can develop a greater understanding of each other’s stories.
Join us on campus for our first Living Library sessions.
Seminar room 218, Level 2, Fisher Library
Title: Marriage equality in Australia: My happiness as a political ping-pong ball
Summary: The LGBTQI community is painfully aware of being pawns in a seemingly endless game between the major political parties. Isn’t it high time for change?
Title: Life with a disability and rare cancer
Summary: An illness affecting the brain combined with an amputation give rise to a whole new way of thinking and being. How would you adapt?
Title: Yes I can
Summary: A child comes to Australia from Lebanon at just four years old. This is a story of changing countries, growing up and overcoming challenges.
Title: Perilously yellow, or why I am actually like the rest of “them”
Summary: Casual racism comes in many forms, undermining our shared humanity and causing great discomfort. Here’s how it feels and what we might do about it.
Title: Two lezzos, two kids and a dog called Lightning
Summary: A nuclear family has all the trappings but one: a lawful marriage certificate. It’s a simple issue, so why is the solution proving so complex?
Title: Beyond bias: Creating cultures of acceptance
Summary: Along with the lasting consequences of the Holocaust, Jewish history integrates a big picture of spirituality, survival and a celebration of diversity.
Title: Kardoli: My Story
Summary: Delving into his deepest feelings to share the corrosive effect of Islamophobia, a young Muslim man offers a note of hope for future generations.
Title: Out of bounds, or just a few minor epics
Summary: From a background of political turmoil, persecution and exile emerges a unique storyteller with a nuanced perspective.
Title: Invisibly ill: The unseen story of living with chronic pain
Summary: Physical pain is invisible but its effects are very real – and frustratingly misunderstood. Despite the many difficulties, disability can bring with it unexpected insights.
Title: Who would have thought?
Summary: A young Aboriginal woman traces her challenging path from a remote NSW mining town to working life in a leading university in major city.
Title: Transgender identity and hypersomnia
Summary: Tired of old stereotypes and awake to possibility, a queer non-binary transgender woman explores the intersection of invisible disability and gender identity.
Title: Mental Health: The illness itself and living with the stigma
Summary: A struggle with mental health can settle down but the stigma sticks around. This story of direct experience aims to alter old attitudes.
Title: The generation after the Stolen Generation
Summary: The suffering inflicted at Kinchela Boys Home has lasting repercussions for Aboriginal families. The son of a Stolen Aboriginal man shares his experience.
Title: Undeterred: Be the change you want to see in the world
Summary: Imagine you’re the President of City College New York but people assume you’re the assistant. How do we irrevocably embed civil rights and social inclusion?
Title: Living with an invisible illness
Summary: How can someone who looks so well really be so sick? Many illnesses are not immediately obvious but their impacts are all too real.
Our Living Library is based on the successful European model, which began in Denmark in 2000 and has spread to libraries and festivals across the world. The initiative is run jointly by the University Library, the National Centre for Cultural Competence and Widening Participation and Outreach, with the support of the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services.