Human Library Project at Ivy Tech to Promote Understanding

(BLOOMINGTON) – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting The Human Library Project on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Shreve Hall.

The public is invited to attend for free and check out the “books.” Individuals across stereotypical spectrums will serve as the books that visitors can check out to learn more about the person related to the topic.

Brad Thurmond, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, says the event was organized primarily to benefit Ivy Tech students.

Brad Thurmond, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology

“The Human Library Project is a great opportunity for students to spend time with a person who has a unique experience to share,” Dr. Thurmond said. “It provides a chance for connection as well as a bridge to build empathy and understanding with one another.”

Some topics of books that will be available are Jewish-American, polyamorous, atheist, Wiccan, and transgender. Other available books will cover topics such as a spouse with dementia, blindness, drag queen, law enforcement, a recovering addict, sex assault survivor, amputee, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), immigrant, traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor, and obesity.

The Human Library Project is a worldwide movement, intended to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding through civil and open dialogue. Background information about the Human Library Project can be found online at

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.