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Be a Living Library Speaker

The Living Library enables people with diverse backgrounds or unique life experiences to voluntarily share their personal histories and allow for questions and conversation. The goal of the Living Library is to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through open dialogue. Living Libraries are safe and neutral spaces where difficult questions can be asked and answered! 


Speaker recruitment for the 2024 event has now closed.



  • Speakers will share their story and answer questions from their listeners. Sessions run about an hour. The Living Library team can help you prepare or practice for your session in advance.
  • Speakers meet with 1 to 5 listeners at one time. This can increase depending on the comfort of the Speaker.
  • Speakers can choose not to answer a question or may end a conversation if they choose. 
  • If you have any questions, please send us an email and a member of the committee will get back to you.

Adapted from:

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. (n.d.). The four i's of oppression. Retrieved from

Myers, A, & Ogino, Y. (n.d.). Power, privilege, and oppression. Retrieved from

Vaccaro, A. (2013). Building a framework for social justice education. In L. M. Landreman (Ed.), The art of effective facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators (pp. 23-44). Sterling, VA: ACPA.