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Humanities Programs

Durham County Library’s Humanities Program brings nationally recognized authors and world-class scholars to the library community through events that focus on music, art, local history, religion, literature and culture.

Patrons who attend humanities programs are invited to join Durham Library Foundation’s Humanities Society, which rewards frequent program attendees with a variety of invitation-only, special events. Past events have included a private exhibit tour at the Nasher Museum, an annual holiday reception at the century-old Hill House and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Durham Performing Arts Center.

If you have questions or feedback about Humanities Programming, please contact Jenny Levine at 919-560-0268 or jelevine@dconc.gov.

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Reader's Party

Sunday, June 02, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Come out and be heard!

Ages: Intergenerational

Your Story Matters: A Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, June 03, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:30am

North Regional Library (North - Children's Programming Room)

Our lives consist of millions of stories--ordinary and extraordinary. Learn to craft your life stories into compelling personal narratives. This class is non fiction but open to writers of any genre.

Ages: Senior Citizen, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Adult

Registration required

Meet the Author: Dr. Paul Ortiz

Monday, June 03, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

North Regional Library (North - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Visiting author Dr. Paul Ortiz returns to read from his latest work, An African American and Latinx History of the United States.

Ages: Senior Citizen, Senior Citizen, Adult, Adult

Your Story Matters: A Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, June 10, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:30am

North Regional Library (North - Children's Programming Room)

Our lives consist of millions of stories--ordinary and extraordinary. Learn to craft your life stories into compelling personal narratives. This class is non fiction but open to writers of any genre.

Ages: Senior Citizen, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Adult

Registration required

Your Story Matters: A Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, June 17, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:30am

North Regional Library (North - Children's Programming Room)

Our lives consist of millions of stories--ordinary and extraordinary. Learn to craft your life stories into compelling personal narratives. This class is non fiction but open to writers of any genre.

Ages: Senior Citizen, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Adult

Registration required

Beverly Fields Burnette as Zora Neale Hurston

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Legendary storyteller, poet, educator, and founding member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and NC Association, Beverly Fields Burnette brings history to life.

Ages: Intergenerational

History of Baseball: Michael Osacky

Sunday, June 30, 2019 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

North Regional Library (North - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Expert baseball card historian Michael Osacky returns to present a program and appraise your sports memorabilia!

Ages: Intergenerational, Adult

Austen and Company: Games and Play in Austen's England

Monday, July 15, 2019 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join us for some novel play as we explore the games and pastimes popular in Jane Austen’s England.

Ages: Adult

Self-Publishing a Memoir with Annie Franceschi

Saturday, July 20, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Meeting Room - Full Room)

A presentation on writing, editing, self-publishing, and marketing a memoir-like non-fiction book, built from lessons of a publishing journey with Annie Franceschi.

Ages: Adult

Reader's Party - Hayti Heritage Center

Sunday, August 04, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Off Site

Come out and be heard! Celebrate your reading skills with poetry, prose, monologues, short stories and original works.

Ages: Intergenerational

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