13
November
2014
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08:58 PM
America/Chicago

'Living Library' Puts Stereotypes to Rest

As a part of the Big Read initiative, the UHD Center for Critical Race Studies and Center for Public Service and Family Strengths will join with Houston Public Library and the Center for the Healing of Racism to present an afternoon of literacy with the Living Library, Saturday, Nov. 22.

The Living Library is an innovative forum that promotes dialogue, reduces prejudices and encourages understanding. Visitors to the Living Library will speak informally with "Living Books," a group of volunteers with various social, economic and cultural backgrounds who represent different segments of society.

Volunteers are prepared in advance to answer common questions regarding prejudices and stereotypes about people who share their individual backgrounds. The goal is to create a candid dialogue, challenge misconceptions and celebrate diversity while promoting tolerance and understanding.

The Houston community is invited to attend the Living Library on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1-4 p.m. in the Julia Ideson Building, 550 Mckinney St, Houston, TX 77002. The event is free of charge, and tickets are available online.