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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.

Past Events - Published Human Books

Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College hosted the New York City debut of the Human Library® in Fall 2017.

FEATURED ON: BronxNet OPEN (10/15/18),  BronxNet Open 2.0 (04/25/18) and News 12 The Bronx  (11/16/17)

Thank you to all volunteer Human Books who share their stories of resilience!

Check-out current titles!

Fall 2018 | Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 

ORTHODOX JEW IN THE CITY: RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONAL AND MOM

12:00 pm-3:00 pm

What makes an ultra-religious person different and not-so different from you.

 

SURVIVING THE SUICIDE OF A LOVED ONE - SIBLING GRIEF 

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

My younger sister's suicide at age 24 was sudden and devastating. Would the grief ever end? How would my family go on? How would I make sense of a world turned utterly upside down?

 

MAKING LEMONADE - A STORY OF TRAGEDY TO HOPE

12:00 PM-3:00 PM

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.

My Bronx Story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEpefGshRQI

 

LIVING WITH EPILEPSY

12pm-3pm

What do 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

 

MY FOOT STEPS: HIDDEN DISABILITY

​1:30pm-3pm

I grew up with constant stares and loud whispers. The emotional pain felt way worse than the physical. I hid my deformity with clothing until I gained the confidence to open up like I'm doing now.

Chapter 1: What is Bilateral Clubfoot? Diagnosis prior to birth. Treatment - Ponseti Method - Surgery at 10 months old.

Chapter 2: Two Left Feet. I don't want to do that FUN thing because people will see my feet. Difficulty finding shoes. First relapse at 8 years old. Special orthotic shoes.

Chapter 3: Betrayal. Bullied by close friends. Look what you made me do - "Hidden Disability." Second relapse at 16 years old. Physical therapy.

Chapter 4: New Me, Who's This? I don't need to "fit in". How my feet determined my career. Present.

 

 

   

 

Spring 2018 | Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Making Lemonade - A Story of Tragedy to Hope

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.

Setbacks Lead to Comebacks

I have survived sexual assault, but still face anxiety from time to time. After going to many colleges, trying to figure out my path, I have finally found my purpose in life in helping others.

Unconventional - Tales of Struggle, Survival, and Triumph in My Journey to Self-Love

The road to self-love and acceptance was extremely difficult and painful for me. It was marked by years of extreme self-criticism and even self-loathing. What I came to realize was that the critical voices I "heard" were really the voices of all the people who judged me for wanting to find my own path in life and not following what was considered normal, or conventional.

Chapter 1: childhood, adolescence - struggles with anxiety, bullying, and no family support.  Chapter 2: college years, young adulthood, 20's - severe depression, dropping out of school, moving to another country at 21, marriage, abusive and strained relationships.  Chapter 3: late 20's to present - going back to college, challenges of raising a child, toxic people, healing, finding my voice and advocating for myself.

Orthodox Jew in the City: Religious Professional and Mom

What makes an ultra-religious person different and not-so different from you.

You Can Do it All: Metal Music Scholar, ComicFan/Gamer & Mom

Talking about what it is like to juggle many hats and break stereotypes.

My Cancer Notebook            

2nd Edition

A 19 year old college student is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. To survive, he'll have to drop everything for a year and undergo intensive chemotherapy. He was on one path and is now on another. Where will it take him over his next 19 years?

Chapter 1: What did you just say?  Chapter 2: Searching in the wilderness.  Chapter 3: Making peace, finding meaning.

Life in the Shadows

The story about all the barriers and obstacles a young immigrant student had to break in order to accomplish his goal with stereotypes, racism, bullying, illness, scarcity and more.

Chapter 1: Difficult transitions, moving to a different country, different schools, language barriers, parents divorce

Chapter 2: Scarcity of money, food and clothing, job harassment, college obstacles

Chapter 3: Adapting and leadership potential.

Fall 2017 | Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LIFE WITH DACA

About what DACA meant for me, how it helped me be where I am today. Discovering a world of limited opportunities and realizing I'm not alone.

Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Embarking to a New World - Facing the dangers of the world at age 7. | Chapter 2: Learning my Label - Coping with new racial stereotypes and learning my stands. | Chapter 3: Staying out of the Shadows - Surviving by equipping myself with new tools.

 
PURPOSED

I'm one who has been empowered to continue the race, fulfilling the "Purpose" that is set before me. So I press forward to the mark of the High calling instilling words of wisdom and encouragement; come and taste and see.

Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Hell broke loose! | Chapter 2: Restoration | Chapter 3: Revelation/Receiving | Chapter 4: Philippians 3:13-14

 

PERFECT MAYBE

A young girl who seemingly can win over a room cannot win over herself. Her memoir tells of her struggles through anxiety and depression throughout her life.

Table of Contents: Chapter 1: From independence to co-dependence. | Chapter 2: Lone wolf makes her break.  | Chapter 3: Slowly but surely coming to terms with myself.

 

FEMALE PERSPECTIVE: FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN LIFE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Life in the military versus civilian life and making the adjustments as wife, mom, and full-time science major.

Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Life in the 49th state - Army Enlistment as an Operating Room Technician; Fairbanks at -20°F; Marriage via 1000 miles. | Chapter 2: Life in the 28th state - Living together after 1.5 years apart; Obstacles faced with attending school. | Chapter 3: My final tour - life in the 50th state. Finding my home in Forensic Science; Family dynamic changes and the surprise that come with it; Life without the uniform, determining where to call home and the adjustments that follow.

 

THIS IS MY LIFE [OR] ALL ABOUT ME

Educated Black woman, mother, grandmother, fighting for her family, advocate for people living in a vicious cycle.

Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Parent and grandparent of children with special needs. | Chapter 2: How I organize myself to navigate government resources and agencies. | Chapter 3: Hidden disabilities.

 

MY CANCER NOTEBOOK

A 19 year old college student is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. To survive, he’ll have to drop everything for a year and undergo intensive chemotherapy. He was on one path and is now on another. Where will it take him over his next 19 years?

Table of Contents: Chapter 1: What Did You Just Say? | Chapter 2: Searching in the Wilderness | Chapter 3: Making Peace, Finding Meaning

 
     

Guide adapted with permission from: Laksamee Putnam., "Human Library at Towson University." http://towson.libguides.com/tuhumanlibrary/overview