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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

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INDEPENDENT LENS: Always in Season

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Off Site

In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history.

Ages: Adult

Home Movie Day

Saturday, February 08, 2020 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Home Movie Day returns! Bring your 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film, VHS and Video8/Hi8 video tape (sorry, no slides) of home movies for viewing and transfer consultation.

Ages: Adult

In the Wings: Julius Ceasar

Monday, February 17, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join members of PlayMakers' cast and crew for a discussion of the current production

Ages: Adult


Tuesday, March 03, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Off Site

Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist, Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis.

Ages: Adult

In the Wings: Native Gardens

Monday, March 23, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

South Regional Library (S. Alston Ave.) (South - Children's Programming Room)

Join members of PlayMakers' cast and crew for discussion of the current production.

Ages: Adult

Austen & Company: - Phyllis Wheatley, George Washington, and the Rhetoric...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

This talk will consider some of Wheatley’s preeminent poetry and letters, and how she became influential in defining a black revolutionary voice during the eighteenth century.

Ages: Adult


Tuesday, April 07, 2020 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Off Site

More than just a picture postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux.

Ages: Adult

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