Human Conflict, Struggle, and Compelling Story Collective Featured at Human Library

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – How many opportunities have you taken to learn by walking in someone else’s shoes? The life of a recovering addict, a transgender woman and an executive who started her career as a young victimized sales person – these are a few of the powerful stories most often learned through books, movies and videos.

"Checking out" a human for the stories at the library provides an incredible opportunity with much deeper effect.

These stories are available at the Human Library event on Saturday, May 12, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Farmington Hills Community Library, in partnership with Oakland Community College.

“This event gives voice to the voiceless and helps end prejudice one conversation at a time. It is harder to discriminate against a group when that group is no longer faceless,” said OCC Librarians and event coordinators, Nadja Springer-Ali and Allison McFadden-Keesling.

This year’s event includes the following titles:

·         Addicts: They Die – Why not me?

·         “At least you’re alive…”

·         Becoming Me: The Journey out of Darkness for a Transgender Woman

·         British Muslim

·         Civil Rights

·         I’m a schizophrenic, not a psychopath

·         I’m an Alcoholic

·         Living Life Unpredictably

·         My Experience Living in Detroit

·         My #MeToo Career

·         P stands for Preschool teacher, not Pedophile

·         Puberty x2 – When your body gets it wrong the first time, try again

·         Survivor

The Human Library is a community event in partnership with OCC’s Orchard Ridge and Highland Lakes Campus Diversity and Inclusion Committees, the Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council of Farmington Hills (MCMR) and the Farmington Community Library. This event is free, open to the public and hosted at the Farmington Hills Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.

Founded in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark, a Human Library is a collection of individuals who have been unfairly or negatively labeled and are available for “check out,” creating a cross section of “books” that represent the diversity of our population.

About OCC - With multi campus system throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.


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