NVRC to Host Living Library Event in November

The National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) will host its first-ever military-themed Living Library on Nov. 15 from noon-5 p.m. Military-connected volunteers from across the campus and community will act as “living books,” representing a range of cultural backgrounds, talents and life experiences serving in or supporting someone serving in the military. “Living books” will share their stories on various topics with “readers” who engage in one-on-one conversations or small group settings.

Living Library is an annual event encouraging people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.

“Syracuse University’s classrooms and campuses benefit enormously from the inclusion of military-connected students, faculty and staff,” says Office of Veteran Affairs Executive Director Ron Novack. “This year’s military-themed living library event is an opportunity to bring together our entire campus community to hear firsthand the experiences, backgrounds and personal stories of our veterans and military-connected students faculty and staff.”

Living books will share their experience on a variety of topics, including military service, transition from the military, managing a family while serving, disability, feelings of alienation and the end of the war in Afghanistan.

The Living Library is open to the campus community. Participants can reserve living books in advance for a specific time by completing the sign-up form by November 10th. If you have difficulties using this form or wish to sign up as a living book, visit the NVRC Living Library landing page.  To request accommodations, please reach out by Nov. 10.