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Partner Events

Occasionally Durham County Library, the Friends of the Durham Library or Durham Library Foundation partner with other organizations to sponsor events outside the DCL system. Upcoming partner events are listed below.

ShondaLand the Symposium and Watch Party
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

ShondaLand is the production company of television screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, whose current series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder (for which she serves as executive producer) comprise the Thursday Night prime-time block on ABC. At the core of Rhimes’ productions are richly drawn, complex, contradictory Black Women and Women of Color who eschew traditional notions of Black and Female respectability. With the breakout success Scandal which featured Kerry Washington as the first Black Female lead of a Primetime drama since the late Teresa Graves starred in the short-lived Get Christie Love! (1974-1975), Rhimes has helped revolutionize the use of social media in the promotion of television and helped galvanize an unprecedented community of Black Women viewers that recall the groundbreaking work of critic Jacqueline Bobo a generation ago.

ShondaLand the Symposium brings together a group of women scholars working in the fields of History, Women’s Studies, Law, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Black Diaspora Studies, and Media Studies to explore the broad implications of Rhimes’ work.

Co-Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship, and Durham County Library.

The event will begin with a watch party at Durham’s Full Frame Theater in the American Tobacco Campus on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 29, from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m., where viewers can gather to watch and comment on the opening of the spring season of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away with Murder. The event is open to all, and we’ll have food and drink on hand.

On Friday, Jan. 30, we’ll have two panel discussions at the Forum for Scholars & Publics, in 011 Old Chemistry Building. A light lunch will be served for attendees between the two panels.

More information can be found on the event web page.

African Americans in Theater and Popular Culture Since 1945
January 31, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., UNC School of Government
$25 for general public, $15 for graduate students. A limited number of discounted tickets for PlayMakers production of Trouble in Mind are available. (Pre-registration is required)

Special Offer! Attend the seminar for only $25! In collaboration with PlayMakers Repertory Company

Join three of UNC’s finest faculty as they discuss the historical and biographical context of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind, a provocative work which explores the obstacles that African American playwrights and actors faced as they sought to break down racial barriers and stereotypes in post-1945 American theatrical culture.

For more information visit or call 919-962-1544.

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Read Local Book Festival
Saturday – Sunday, May 16 – 17, 2015

Shop local. Eat local. Read local.

May 16-17 you can connect with your favorite authors, publishers, and other bookish friends at the first annual Read Local Book Festival. All proceeds raised go to the Durham Library Foundation’s Campaign for the Library to support library programs and initiatives.

More information can be found on the Read Local Book Festival website.