Human Library

Sep 6 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:15pm
Learning Commons - Mills Library, second floor

The Common Reading Program is pleased to host their second Human Library event, where students and the McMaster community are invited to engage in conversation with “living books.” These conversations will aim to ignite inspiration and open conversations among those who attend. The event will also feature a talk and book signing from this year’s Common Reading Program author, Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People.

This year’s living books will include:

Dr. Patrick Deane

The seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, a position he has held since 2010. As President, Dr. Deane’s priorities include promotion of and increased support for research, strengthening connections between the University and the local and global communities we serve, and ensuring a distinctive, personalized, and engaging experience for McMaster’s students.

Chukky Ibe

A poet, playwright, politico, and literature nerd. He was born in Lagos-Nigeria and has built his home in Hamilton. He has authored three collections of poetry and four plays. Chukky spends most of his time teaching poetry in schools and community centres in Hamilton. He is also McMaster’s MSU president.

Cole Gately

A trans person living in Hamilton Ontario who teaches part-time at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program. Cole is a liminal being who occupies that space between genders, races, classes and sexuality.

Dr. Gary and Joy Warner

An interracial couple committed to peace, human rights, social, and environmental justice, and spirituality. Joy was national Chair of Voice of Women for Peace, is a part-time Raging Granny, and the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for the Spiritan Congregation in Canada. Gary has worked in international and local community development, including as CUSO Country Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Director of McMaster International, and Board Chair, HCF.

Liam and Lily at Mac

Liam and Lily are Library Dogs! Liam heads the team of canines that regularly visit the McMaster University Libraries. Liam is a fully certified therapy dog. He is on-campus every other week to give students a healthy break from studying, and to provide students a connection to the pets they have left behind at home. Lily is a fully trained therapy dog who works with her human, who just happens to be one of the Social Sciences Academic Advisors.

This event takes place on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Learning Commons (Mills Library, second floor) and space is limited. Register to attend here:

To learn more about The Common Reading Program and for a full list of our “living books,” visit the Student Success Centre’s website.

Proud Common Reading Program partners include, but are not limited to: Office of Alumni Advancement, Arts & Science Program, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University Library, Office of the President, Faculty of Humanities, Equity and Inclusion Office and Residence Life Office (Housing and Conference Services) and the Student Success Centre.


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