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Living Library


April 15 - 16, 2014, 10 - 2pm

Dallas Hall Lawn (across from Fondren Library)

What is the Living Library?

Books at the SMU Living Library are real people who have an interesting life story or unique experience to share. This event is designed to challenge prejudices and encourage respect.

When you check out a Book, the Book will share their story with you in a one-on-one situation; there will be time for questions and discussion. Check-out times start on the hour.

The Living Library is occurring in conjunction with National Library Week and the Annual CUL Cookout (free hot dogs, veggie dogs, popcorn and more right across the street!).

Schedule

We have to deliver now. Mom's Life is the priority. - Hollie Gardner

Baby showers, buying onesies and diapers, decorating a nursery, and taking parenting classes... these are all things you look forward to doing in the last few months of your pregnancy. I envisioned all of this as I prepared for my all-natural, birthing center experience. My perspective suddenly changed when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent directly to the hospital with what is a life-threatening condition for both mom and baby. read more

Lav or Val - Val Erwin

This book will discuss what it is like growing up with dyslexia and my journey to be a disability rights activist. Is dyslexia a part of my gift, my struggle, or something uniquely me?

The Catholic Feminist - Kyle Hartman

The story of a white, Catholic male fighting for the rights of women.

Pearls & Tacones: Learning camp and jotera in a world of shame - Sammi Partida

I came out to my mother when she was dropping me of at school: "Mom, I *think* (to lessen the blow) I'm gay" and BOOM! I dash from the SUV to my building. Looking through the windowpane, I see her slowly drift the car and then slamming on the gas, driving away in what I can only imagine was confusion (and alarm). read more

I Left My Dad in Amarillo. - Angela Uno

A dramatic tale about the 28 hour journey from California to Texas with my estranged father.

The Story of our Vice President for Student Affairs - Dr. Lori S. White

Come and hear about the life and experiences of SMU's Vice President for Student Affairs

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

Not What I Appear to Be - Ethan Abels

Vietnamese - American Adoptee raised in a Jewish Household in Texas in an LGBT Family

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We have to deliver now. Mom's Life is the priority. - Hollie Gardner

Baby showers, buying onesies and diapers, decorating a nursery, and taking parenting classes... these are all things you look forward to doing in the last few months of your pregnancy. I envisioned all of this as I prepared for my all-natural, birthing center experience. My perspective suddenly changed when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent directly to the hospital with what is a life-threatening condition for both mom and baby. read more

Lav or Val - Val Erwin

This book will discuss what it is like growing up with dyslexia and my journey to be a disability rights activist. Is dyslexia a part of my gift, my struggle, or something uniquely me?

The Fat Girl Inside - Reneé M. Gibson

This is the story of a young woman who decided to stop depending on others to help her achieve her goal and to start depending on herself. Relying on her inner strength and determination to succeed, she was able to drastically change the course of her life. For years, Reneé battled an addiction to food and lived an overweight life until reality hit her and she was told that losing weight was not an option if she didn't want to experience long term health problems. Hearing this news put life into perspective and the story continues to be written.

Pearls & Tacones: Learning camp and jotera in a world of shame - Sammi Partida

I came out to my mother when she was dropping me of at school: "Mom, I *think* (to lessen the blow) I'm gay" and BOOM! I dash from the SUV to my building. Looking through the windowpane, I see her slowly drift the car and then slamming on the gas, driving away in what I can only imagine was confusion (and alarm). read more

Moments of Impact Equals Resilience - La'Keisha Adams

Moments of impact. There's a quote on the movie, The Vow, which has stuck with me. It goes like this: "The moment of impact proves potential for change, has ripple effects far beyond what we can predict... sending some particles crashing together, making them closer than before, while sending others spinning off into great ventures. read more

The Syria I Dream About - Karma Orfaly

As a girl who was born to Syrian immigrants, Syria has a special place in my heart. For as long as I can remember, I have visited Damascus, Syria for every summer of my life. That is, until the Revolution broke out in March 2011. When the Arab Spring began, I did not expect Syria to join in on the peoples' chants of overthrowing their oppressive regimes. read more

I Left My Dad in Amarillo. - Angela Uno

A dramatic tale about the 28 hour journey from California to Texas with my estranged father.

But you have such a pretty face... - Elise Perea

Description of challenges to gender, career, identity, self esteem by the bias that is still "allowed" to be voiced, often loudly, against larger women. Overweight since birth, the size issue has affected all aspects of my life, some positive, some negative.

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

Not What I Appear to Be - Ethan Abels

Vietnamese - American Adoptee raised in a Jewish Household in Texas in an LGBT Family

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We have to deliver now. Mom's Life is the priority. - Hollie Gardner

Baby showers, buying onesies and diapers, decorating a nursery, and taking parenting classes... these are all things you look forward to doing in the last few months of your pregnancy. I envisioned all of this as I prepared for my all-natural, birthing center experience. My perspective suddenly changed when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent directly to the hospital with what is a life-threatening condition for both mom and baby. read more

Lav or Val - Val Erwin

This book will discuss what it is like growing up with dyslexia and my journey to be a disability rights activist. Is dyslexia a part of my gift, my struggle, or something uniquely me?

The Fat Girl Inside - Reneé M. Gibson

This is the story of a young woman who decided to stop depending on others to help her achieve her goal and to start depending on herself. Relying on her inner strength and determination to succeed, she was able to drastically change the course of her life. For years, Reneé battled an addiction to food and lived an overweight life until reality hit her and she was told that losing weight was not an option if she didn't want to experience long term health problems. Hearing this news put life into perspective and the story continues to be written.

Pearls & Tacones: Learning camp and jotera in a world of shame - Sammi Partida

I came out to my mother when she was dropping me of at school: "Mom, I *think* (to lessen the blow) I'm gay" and BOOM! I dash from the SUV to my building. Looking through the windowpane, I see her slowly drift the car and then slamming on the gas, driving away in what I can only imagine was confusion (and alarm). read more

I Left My Dad in Amarillo. - Angela Uno

A dramatic tale about the 28 hour journey from California to Texas with my estranged father.

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

The Commodity of Being Non-Traditional - Tech Guerrero Castillo

Some of us have the absence of square tradition as our life path. A life state based on individual choices that live outside the norm is found among those who refuse to comply with the status quo. A vast ocean of possibilities that make the beauty of a life in its complexities and many experiences. I'm at peace with my path, it's challenges and rewards.

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We have to deliver now. Mom's Life is the priority. - Hollie Gardner

Baby showers, buying onesies and diapers, decorating a nursery, and taking parenting classes... these are all things you look forward to doing in the last few months of your pregnancy. I envisioned all of this as I prepared for my all-natural, birthing center experience. My perspective suddenly changed when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent directly to the hospital with what is a life-threatening condition for both mom and baby. read more

The Fat Girl Inside - Reneé M. Gibson

This is the story of a young woman who decided to stop depending on others to help her achieve her goal and to start depending on herself. Relying on her inner strength and determination to succeed, she was able to drastically change the course of her life. For years, Reneé battled an addiction to food and lived an overweight life until reality hit her and she was told that losing weight was not an option if she didn't want to experience long term health problems. Hearing this news put life into perspective and the story continues to be written.

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

The Immigrant's Granddaughter - Karen L. Click

Passing through Ellis Island, changing a family experience, shaping a perspective on the American Dream.

I Left My Dad in Amarillo. - Angela Uno

A dramatic tale about the 28 hour journey from California to Texas with my estranged father.

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Pearls & Tacones: Learning camp and jotera in a world of shame - Sammi Partida

I came out to my mother when she was dropping me of at school: "Mom, I *think* (to lessen the blow) I'm gay" and BOOM! I dash from the SUV to my building. Looking through the windowpane, I see her slowly drift the car and then slamming on the gas, driving away in what I can only imagine was confusion (and alarm). read more

The Fat Girl Inside - Reneé M. Gibson

This is the story of a young woman who decided to stop depending on others to help her achieve her goal and to start depending on herself. Relying on her inner strength and determination to succeed, she was able to drastically change the course of her life. For years, Reneé battled an addiction to food and lived an overweight life until reality hit her and she was told that losing weight was not an option if she didn't want to experience long term health problems. Hearing this news put life into perspective and the story continues to be written.

The Syria I Dream About - Karma Orfaly

As a girl who was born to Syrian immigrants, Syria has a special place in my heart. For as long as I can remember, I have visited Damascus, Syria for every summer of my life. That is, until the Revolution broke out in March 2011. When the Arab Spring began, I did not expect Syria to join in on the peoples' chants of overthrowing their oppressive regimes. read more

Not My Miracle - Melissa Maguire

A discussion about swimming against the societal current of parenthood and why this young woman has opted out of maternity and instead chosen a blissfully fulfilling life of childfreedom. A look at some of the points and counterpoints surrounding the decision to live a life without children.

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

The Immigrant's Granddaughter - Karen L. Click

Passing through Ellis Island, changing a family experience, shaping a perspective on the American Dream.

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The Fat Girl Inside - Reneé M. Gibson

This is the story of a young woman who decided to stop depending on others to help her achieve her goal and to start depending on herself. Relying on her inner strength and determination to succeed, she was able to drastically change the course of her life. For years, Reneé battled an addiction to food and lived an overweight life until reality hit her and she was told that losing weight was not an option if she didn't want to experience long term health problems. Hearing this news put life into perspective and the story continues to be written.

Moments of Impact Equals Resilience - La'Keisha Adams

Moments of impact. There's a quote on the movie, The Vow, which has stuck with me. It goes like this: "The moment of impact proves potential for change, has ripple effects far beyond what we can predict... sending some particles crashing together, making them closer than before, while sending others spinning off into great ventures. read more

The Syria I Dream About - Karma Orfaly

As a girl who was born to Syrian immigrants, Syria has a special place in my heart. For as long as I can remember, I have visited Damascus, Syria for every summer of my life. That is, until the Revolution broke out in March 2011. When the Arab Spring began, I did not expect Syria to join in on the peoples' chants of overthrowing their oppressive regimes. read more

Dealing with Life's Downs - Jennifer (JJ) Jones

This is a story of a women faced with a health challenge that changes her life but not her outlook on life.

Not My Miracle - Melissa Maguire

A discussion about swimming against the societal current of parenthood and why this young woman has opted out of maternity and instead chosen a blissfully fulfilling life of childfreedom. A look at some of the points and counterpoints surrounding the decision to live a life without children.

Living with Parents who sometimes act like Idiots - Sarah Crookston-Henriod

Even though I am still young, turning 30 in July, I have been living most of my life as an adult in one way or another. My parents divorced at a young age and because of this I was forced to "grow-up" rather quickly. Over the past 18 years I have dealt with my parents divorce through many emotions. read more

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

- - top - -

We have to deliver now. Mom's Life is the priority. - Hollie Gardner

Baby showers, buying onesies and diapers, decorating a nursery, and taking parenting classes... these are all things you look forward to doing in the last few months of your pregnancy. I envisioned all of this as I prepared for my all-natural, birthing center experience. My perspective suddenly changed when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent directly to the hospital with what is a life-threatening condition for both mom and baby. read more

The Catholic Feminist - Kyle Hartman

The story of a white, Catholic male fighting for the rights of women.

Moments of Impact Equals Resilience - La'Keisha Adams

Moments of impact. There's a quote on the movie, The Vow, which has stuck with me. It goes like this: "The moment of impact proves potential for change, has ripple effects far beyond what we can predict... sending some particles crashing together, making them closer than before, while sending others spinning off into great ventures. read more

I Left My Dad in Amarillo. - Angela Uno

A dramatic tale about the 28 hour journey from California to Texas with my estranged father.

Living with Parents who sometimes act like Idiots - Sarah Crookston-Henriod

Even though I am still young, turning 30 in July, I have been living most of my life as an adult in one way or another. My parents divorced at a young age and because of this I was forced to "grow-up" rather quickly. Over the past 18 years I have dealt with my parents divorce through many emotions. read more

But you have such a pretty face... - Elise Perea

Description of challenges to gender, career, identity, self esteem by the bias that is still "allowed" to be voiced, often loudly, against larger women. Overweight since birth, the size issue has affected all aspects of my life, some positive, some negative.

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

Not What I Appear to Be - Ethan Abels

Vietnamese - American Adoptee raised in a Jewish Household in Texas in an LGBT Family

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We have to deliver now. Mom's Life is the priority. - Hollie Gardner

Baby showers, buying onesies and diapers, decorating a nursery, and taking parenting classes... these are all things you look forward to doing in the last few months of your pregnancy. I envisioned all of this as I prepared for my all-natural, birthing center experience. My perspective suddenly changed when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent directly to the hospital with what is a life-threatening condition for both mom and baby. read more

The Catholic Feminist - Kyle Hartman

The story of a white, Catholic male fighting for the rights of women.

Not My Miracle - Melissa Maguire

A discussion about swimming against the societal current of parenthood and why this young woman has opted out of maternity and instead chosen a blissfully fulfilling life of childfreedom. A look at some of the points and counterpoints surrounding the decision to live a life without children.

Living with Parents who sometimes act like Idiots - Sarah Crookston-Henriod

Even though I am still young, turning 30 in July, I have been living most of my life as an adult in one way or another. My parents divorced at a young age and because of this I was forced to "grow-up" rather quickly. Over the past 18 years I have dealt with my parents divorce through many emotions. read more

Education or Jail; My Journey from Detroit - Steven Johnson

In life you seem to always be one choice away from your next goal. Growing up in Detroit, my choices seem slim to none, the two choices, in jail or dead. This story will explore my choice to change my world through education.

Not What I Appear to Be - Ethan Abels

Vietnamese - American Adoptee raised in a Jewish Household in Texas in an LGBT Family

The Commodity of Being Non-Traditional - Tech Guerrero Castillo

Some of us have the absence of square tradition as our life path. A life state based on individual choices that live outside the norm is found among those who refuse to comply with the status quo. A vast ocean of possibilities that make the beauty of a life in its complexities and many experiences. I'm at peace with my path, it's challenges and rewards.

I Left My Dad in Amarillo. - Angela Uno

A dramatic tale about the 28 hour journey from California to Texas with my estranged father.

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