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Human Library® at Lehman College

The Human Library brings together the Lehman College Community to enhance experiences of diversity and inclusion. Students share their own stories of inspiration and resilience to break down barriers of stigma, bias, and misunderstanding.

The Human Library® | Thursday, September 4, 2019 | 5:00pm-8:00pm

THE HUMAN LIBRARY®

Place: Student Life Building - Leadership Lounge/Room 111

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM


 

TITLE STORY  

SURVIVING THE MIDDLE EAST

5pm - 6pm

       

 

My experience visiting the Middle East.

 

 

NAVIGATING LIFE AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY

5pm - 8pm   

 

Chapter 1: Navigating from a nursing home or hospital to permanent residence

Chapter 2: Making sure you request all necessary equipment before going home (equipment will vary depending on severity/level of spinal cord injury)

Chapter 3: Connecting with spinal cord injury advocates and organizations

Chapter 4: Having good medical insurance could make the difference whether you might walk again after a spinal cord injury or never walk again.

 

 

LIVING WITH EPILEPSY

5pm - 8pm   

 

What do Cameron Boyce, Fyodor DostoyevskyVincent Van GoghDante AlighieriLil WayneDanny GloverTheodore RooseveltNeil YoungFlorence Griffith Joyner, and Prince have in common? They live(d) with epilepsy.

Chapter 1: Adult onset epilepsy

Chapter 2: Types of epilepsy and seizures

Chapter 3: Isolation

Chapter 4: Confronting the stigma

Chapter 5: How I manage my epilepsy - medicine, staying active, healing

 

 

FIGHTING TO EXIST

5pm - 8pm   

 

I was born with a neurology that makes me feel like existence is a daily struggle to be heard, seen, understood, and avoid being judged. Every single day since birth, I've felt like I don't really belong anywhere. After three decades of wondering why I've always felt like this, I finally figured it out; I was very recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, hyperlexia, and sensory processing disorder. I am also what professionals label a "twice exceptional (2e)" person - someone who is exceptionally or profoundly intellectually "gifted" but is multiply disabled. My neurology is atypical; I don't know how to "be" in a world in which the majority has a neurology drastically different from mine.

Chapter 1: The "Weird" Child

Chapter 2: Learning To Hide Behind A Mask

Chapter 3: Breaking Free, Falling, Hitting Rock Bottom, and Trying Again

Chapter 4: Embracing the Natural Anti-conformist In Me

Chapter 5: 2019: The Year All Was Made Clear (But Not Any Easier)

Chapter 6: What We Know About Autism is Wrong: Dismantling Our Ableism

 

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES AND WORDS HURT TOO!

6pm - 7:40pm

 

Home was the Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop and break dancing. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, it was also a place of tight knit communities and some didn't welcome outsiders. This is the story of a woman whose educational journey began with being bused from her South Bronx neighborhood and the experiences that shaped her life and career. It is a story about rising above difficult circumstances to be the change we want to see.

 

MAKING LEMONADE - A STORY OF TRAGEDY TO HOPE

5pm - 7pm

The ingredients of a young male Bronxite entail his parents being murdered and the passing of his grandfather all before middle school. After he was adopted he received case management counseling and extra school services. Upon entering middle school, as one may imagine, he got into fights, suspensions, and poor grades. Yet, despite these ingredients for disaster, his life's recipe was changed and hope was added as a key ingredient.

Chapter 1: Dealing with death before middle school.  Chapter 2: Middle School challenges.  Chapter 2: Life, change and hope.

 

The Butterfly Effect - Living with Lupus

5pm - 7pm

To many people I look normal like anyone else but inside my body is a war that is so confusing it even confuses my cells. What is it like living with lupus? Going to school, work, and even relationships.

 

 

   

 

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