Posted on January 13, 2012 by Christopher Thrall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to choose or change your gender? Or, what it would be like to lose your brother to AIDS? A Human Library is an initiative in which people called ‘Readers’ who want to learn about a specific topic ‘check out’ people called ‘Human Books’ for an hour of …

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to choose or change your gender? Or, what it would be like to lose your brother to AIDS? A Human Library is an initiative in which people called ‘Readers’ who want to learn about a specific topic ‘check out’ people called ‘Human Books’ for an hour of conversation.

Jan. 29th 2pm-6pm
Please note: At 1:00pm on Sunday, artist Shane Golby will speak to his art exhibit “Just Put Your Paws Up”!
Jan. 30th 6pm-10pm
Jan. 31st 6pm-10pm

All “Human Books” in the 7th augustana human library – as well as Shane Golby’s art exhibit – will be relevant to Augustana’s academic theme:
LIVING WITH OUR SELVES: Conversations on Sex, Gender and Sexuality

This is a great way to explore these complex topics. Find out more about the human library, and see a list of Human Books available, at the library website.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Shane Golby received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Alberta in 1981 and a teaching degree in Social Studies and English in 1985. From 1985 to 1998 he worked in a number of cross-cultural teaching assignments in Southern Africa and northern Canada.
In 1998 Shane returned to the University of Alberta to pursue courses in painting, print-making, and figurative sculpture in the faculty of Fine Arts. Following the completion of his studies he received employment with the Art Gallery of Alberta, serving from 2000 to 2008 as a Gallery Educator and Education Programs Manager and then, in 2008, becoming Travelling Exhibitions Manager/Curator for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibitions Program, organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Shane has shown his art work in a number of exhibitions in Edmonton over the last few years. These include the exhibition Just Put Your Paws Up, Exposure Festival 2011 (October, 2011); Signs of Desire: Becoming Queer in Word and Image, Latitude 53 (November to December, 2009); Bathhouse, Exposure Festival, Steamworks Bath House (November, 2008); Little Men, Harcourt House Arts Centre (May to June, 2007); and River’s Edge, Fringe Gallery, 2006.
His art work is found in private collections throughout Canada, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

The augustana human library is an initiative of Augustana’s Human Rights Advisors and the Augustana Library.

For more information contact:
Nancy Goebel, Head Librarian/Human Rights Advisor
nancy.goebel@ualberta.ca


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