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The Human Library illustrates experiences breaking down barriers

11/07/2019 4:43 pm

The Human Library logo for Forum series eventThe Human Library will make its first-ever visit to campus on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in Regents Hall, Student Burpee Center as part of the University’s Fall Forum Series. The Human Library is a Nonprofit organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark and has partners in more than 80 countries across the world.

The Human Library was created in the spring of 2000 in Copenhagen by Ronni Abergel, his brother Dany, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen and is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. Since 2000, Human Library events have featured human beings serving as open books, allowing interactive conversations that the audience would not normally have access to.

The Human Library is a global innovative and hands-on learning platform, that is embedded in high school to higher education learning to better our understanding of diversity in order to help create more cohesive and inclusive communities across cultural, religious, social and ethnic boundaries. Every human book from our bookshelf represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, or ethnic origin.

Presented by volunteers from the Northern Illinois Chapter of The Human Library and in collaboration with Rockford University’s Office of Global Affairs and the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, this interactive event will last at least 90 minutes. There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. The event will take place in the Burpee Center’s Regents Hall, located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. For tickets, contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or This semesters Forum Series will continue through late November. View the full Forum Series lineup at