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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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The Human Library--Durham

Saturday, June 02, 2018 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

The Human Library returns!

Ages: Adult

Reader's Party

Sunday, June 03, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Off Site

Celebrate your reading skills with poetry, prose, monologues, shorts stories and original works. Come early to sign up to read at the open mic.

Ages: Intergenerational, Adult

Emma Goldman: American anarchist - Dr. Sally Ann Drucker

Saturday, July 07, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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

Sally Drucker brings Emma Goldman to life in her character-performance of this anarchist, political activist, and writer from the turn of the century.

Ages: Adult

Meet the Piedmont Laureate: Nancy Peacock

Monday, July 09, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Join us for a writing workshop with this year’s Piedmont Laureate, Nancy Peacock. Nancy will conduct a hands-on workshop about Writing the Character’s Emotional Life.

Ages: Senior Citizen, Adult

News Voices Workshop - Map your local ecosystem

Saturday, July 21, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Join News Voices: North Carolina Director Fiona Morgan for an in-depth look at local media, how it works, and how everyone can have a voice in local news.

Ages: Teen, Adult

Meet the Author: Lynne Hinton

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

Come meet NC novelist Lynne Hinton, author of New York Times bestsellers Friendship Cake and Pie Town.

Ages: Adult

How to Access Local Media - Build Relationships with Local Media

Thursday, July 26, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

Join News Voices: North Carolina Director Fiona Morgan for an in-depth look at local media, how it works, and how everyone can have a voice in local news.

Ages: Teen, Adult

Reader's Party

Sunday, August 05, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Off Site

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

Ages: Intergenerational

The History of Vintage Baseball Cards - And Sports Memorabilia

Saturday, August 18, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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

Join expert Michael Osacky who shares why baseball cards were first created and autograph authentication is so important.

Ages: Adult

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