Human Library is a series of interactive educational and communication program that take place annually around the word, with the purpose of facilitating opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to interact and break down stereotypes by challenging the post common prejudices in a positive way.
Here in Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will partner with more than two dozen public libraries and culture organizations to present events where members of the general public may engage in one on one interview-like conversations with prominent Canadians and other unique individuals. In addition, there will be a national-level online version, where members of the general public may tweet and video chat with a selected panelists.
It excites me to see that there are several trans* identified people who have accepted invitations to take part.
...and yes, I will be involved! However, unlike most trans folks involved, I will not be an interviewee, but an interviewer! I was recruited today by CBC to engage New Brunswick-born opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, in conversation, and graciously accepted. While the event takes place live, I will technically be engaging her via pre-recorded video, which I have already filmed and posted on Youtube. CBC has confirmed that my question will air during the show and Measha will provide a response. Tons of fun!
In-person events will be taking place in 13 cities across the country. Also, as mentioned, there will be a national interactive online version, which I will be a part of! Here is a summary of trans involvement, that I am aware of:
- Gayle Roberts will be taking face to face meetings at the event in Surrey, BC
- Deidra Roberts will be taking face to face meetings at the event in Regina, Saskatchewan
- Ro Walker Mills will be taking face to face meetings at the event in Winnipeg, Manitoba
- James Moriarty will be taking face to face meetings at the event in St. John's, Newfoundland
- Jennifer McCreath will video-engage Measha Brueggergosman at the National Online Library at noon EST
for more information, check out www.cbc.ca/humanlibrary and get into the conversation on twitter at hashtag #CBCHumanLibrary