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Participate in the MRU Living Library

Everyone has a story to share and this year we have some amazing stories from our very own MRU community to share with you.  Hear these stories at the second annual MRU Living Library.
 
You may participate by registering below for one of the 15 minute time slots with the "living book" whose story you would like to hear, then joining us in the library on January 18th for this exciting event. Online registration is available until January 17th - any remaining spaces will be available for sign up on the day of the event at the information table.
 
This year's books include: an immigrant's story of his journey from Egypt to Canada in search of a better life, an Indigenous student who journeyed through depression and more, a faculty member's experience on Everest during the 2015 Nepalese earthquake, an individual who lived through the New Orleans' Hurricane....and the list goes on.
 
How to register: Look below to see the entire line up of "living books." Click on each "title" to learn more about their story and to sign up for a 15 minute conversation with that individual. For now, please limit your selections to 1-2 stories so that we make sure we have enough space for everyone who wants to participate.
 
We will kick off the MRU Living Library with a visit from a special guest so make sure to pop into the library lounge area at 11 am when the event begins!

Register to sign out a book

Name: Aalayna

Description: Aalayna

Aalayna will be sharing her story as an activist for the LGBTQ+ community, more particularly the Trans* community through discussion of pressing issues that are present in the Trans* community from a first-person perspective, as someone who lives with these issues day to day. She would also like to share her story as a victim of anti-transgender violence, and discuss the effects that being a victim of a hate crime can have on someone.

11:00 - 11:15 AM

 

11:35 - 11:50 AM

 

 

 

 

Name: Melchior

Description: The Way Home: My Journey in Surviving Rwandan Genocide

Melchior, an MRU student in Policy Studies, will be sharing his experiences during the Rwandan Genocide, his resettlement in Canada, what being a Canadian means to him, and his thoughts on current issues here and abroad.

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

Name: David

Description: Finding Home

David was born in Colombia. Hear his story of how his dad was offered work with Colombian rebel forces and drug trafficking cartels and how their family had to flee seeking political asylum in the United States.  This is his story of living as an illegal immigrant, deportation, extortion attempts, and how one never really knows where home might be. After moving to Canada in 2012, the concept of home has been transformed, disfigured, and refigured for David throughout the journey. But wherever his family is, that will always be home.

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

 

Name: Natalie

Description: Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family

Natalie and her wife decided 7 years ago that they wanted to have a family. As Lesbians, this meant either adopting or looking for a donor to help them. Since Natalie's wife is a woman of colour who was adopted into a white family, it was very important to her that her children have knowledge of their parental donor. Hear Natalie's story, now published as a book, "Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family" (Fernwood Publishing), as well as a stage play, "Speed Dating for Sperm Donors" that is currently touring Canada

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

Name: Pamini

Description: Women in STEM

Pamini will be sharing her many experiences as a woman working within the STEM fields. She is also involved in the "Explore IT: STEM Outreach for Grade 9 Girls" program and will be sharing stories of her involvement in that initiative as well.

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

 

Name: Spirit River Striped Wolf

Description: Self Overcoming

An Indigenous student's journey thus far, facing ignorance from others, depression, and anxiety. Spirit's story speaks to understanding common humanity and the unique situation that many Indigenous youth and young adults face. All of this through the power of understanding truths and the acceptance of vulnerability.

 

11:15 -11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

Name: Nick

Description: Hurricane Katrina: A New Orleanian's Lived Experience

Nick will start off his story with a disclaimer that Hurricane Katrina is never a topic one should bring up with a person who lived through it, as it is very difficult to talk about it and someone who has lived through it may respectfully refuse to answer certain questions. The main reason Nick would like to share his experiences with Hurricane Katrina is to provide some insight on what it was like from a source other than national media. Nick was one of the lucky folks whose family had the financial means to evacuate before the storm hit. Experiencing fraud, abject living conditions, and illness in the wake of evacuation, the days after the hurricane were memorably difficult. Nick will speak about relocation as well as the rebirth of the city to its present state

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 -12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

Name: Zoe

Description: Kid Goku: A Boy's Voice in a Girl's Body

Zoe will detail her experiences voice acting at a young age, yet only ever playing one female role. Once anime directors discovered she had a large range for male voices, that became her specialty. Her big breaks came with G Gundam and her role as Kid Goku in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball GT. Zoe will speak of her love for playing strong male characters and comfort with the rambunctious behavior and strong opinions of the roles she played in the anime world. Facing considerable judgement for playing male alter-egos in her studio life from her peers, Zoe experienced many realizations about gender identity and societally-prescribed gender roles through her experience doing voice acting for male voices.

 

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

Name: Raphael

Description:  Earthquake on Everest

Many people dream of reaching Everest, and here at MRU our very own Dr. Slawinski made the trek, and left with an experience of a lifetime from the most adverse of circumstances. In the spring of 2015, after planning and training for half a year, Raphael traveled to the north side of Mt. Everest to attempt to climb a new route without supplementary oxygen. A few weeks in, his trip was interrupted by the tragic earthquake in Nepal. While no one was injured on the north side of the mountain, the event effectively ended their expedition and occasioned much soul searching, with sometimes uncomfortable conclusions.
 

11:15 - 11:30 AM

 

11:35 - 11:50 AM

 

Name: Manok

Description: Determination

Manok's journey began in 2002, when he left both his parents in Sudan for Egypt with his uncles in search of a better life and an opportunity to receive quality education. His story consists of the challenges he faced growing up in Egypt, the new challenges he encountered while in Canada, how basketball provided him with a sense of purpose, and how sports helped him overcome obstacles. He will also speak about his early struggles academically and how he overcame them to become an aspiring future educator.
 

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:35 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

Name: Shellie

Description: None of Us Are As Alone As We Think We Are: A Story of Mental Health

Shellie's story of navigating the world through the lens of someone experiencing mental health issues explores a comprehensive account of what living with mental health really means. As an intelligent, strong-willed person dedicated to leadership, many would not anticipate that she also experiences high-functioning depression and has battled a slew of related issues over her lifetime. Shellie will explore her experience with mental illness as well as abuse, and speak about her creation of a supportive "safety net" of family, friends, and various professionals to help her navigate the twists and turns of her mental health.

11:15 - 11:30 AM

12:00 - 12:15 PM

12:20 - 12:35 PM

12:40 - 12:55 PM

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Questions about the event?

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rosalee Avering, Inclusive Education & Programming Coordinator, at raverin@mtroyal.ca or (403) 440-5520.

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