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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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Bull City International Film Festival (Day One)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 • 12:00am - 11:59pm

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

The Bull City International Film Festival is open internationally to all filmmakers and screenwriters who understand that film is much more than expensive equipment and sets with impractical budgets.

Ages: Adult

Bull City International Festival (Day Two)

Sunday, February 24, 2019 • 12:00am - 11:59pm

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

The Bull City International Film Festival is open internationally to all filmmakers and screenwriters who understand that film is much more than expensive equipment and sets with impractical budgets.

Ages: Adult

Reader's Party

Sunday, March 03, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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

Come out and be heard!

Ages: Intergenerational

Meet the Author: Iris Yang

Saturday, March 16, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:30am

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

Please join us for a reading and discussion of local author Iris Wang’s historical novel, Wings of a Flying Tiger.

Ages: Adult

In the Wings: How I Learned to Drive

Monday, March 25, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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

This Pulitzer-prize winning play by Paula Vogel and directed by Lee Sunday Evans is hailed as “A survivor’s guide to the rules of the road.”

Ages: Adult

Art With the Experts - Pop América

Monday, April 01, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Nahser curator lecture program

Ages: Adult

Sister Cities

Saturday, April 06, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Southwest Regional Library (Shannon Rd.) (Southwest - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Sister Cities program

Ages: Adult

Reader's Party

Sunday, April 07, 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. Students ages 9—16 are encouraged to participate in the “Spotlight!” program.

Ages: Intergenerational

Writing Workshop: How to get published*

Saturday, May 04, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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

Erim Akpan leads a writing workshop on how to get published in journals, magazines, and other media. Registration required.

Ages: Adult

Registration required

Reader's Party

Sunday, May 05, 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. Students ages 9—16 are encouraged to participate in the “Spotlight!” program.

Ages: Intergenerational

Sister Cities program

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

Mid day Sister Cities program

Ages: Adult

Human Library Durham

Sunday, May 19, 2019 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

The Human Library returns!

Ages: Adult

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