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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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Meet the Author: Paul Allen - "When Tobacco was King"

Monday, December 17, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

Join us as we host Paul Allen, author of "When Tobacco was King," which traces the connection between the Canadian and US tobacco industries through the eyes of a teen who left Granville Co. in 1927.

Ages: Adult

Sixth Annual Drag Show

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Off Site

Vivicca C. Coxx and friends return for a family-friendly show!

Ages: Intergenerational

In the Wings: Jump - PlayMakers

Monday, January 07, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Discussion of Jump, the world premiere by Charly Evon Simpson, is directed by Whitney White.

Ages: Adult

Sally Drucker as Frances Wright

Saturday, January 12, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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

Dr. Sally Ann Drucker returns to the library as the infamous Frances (Fanny) Wright, Scottish-born lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer.

Ages: Adult

Meet the Author: Malinda Maynor Lowery

Sunday, January 13, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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

Come hear UNC professor of History Malinda Maynor Lowery speak about her new book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle.

Ages: Adult

Meet the Author: Frank Hyman - Hentopia!

Saturday, February 09, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:30am

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

Come hear local garden expert Frank Hyman read from his latest book, Hentopia: Create a Hassle-Free Habitat for Happy Chickens.

Ages: Adult

Home Movie Day

Saturday, February 09, 2019 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Raleigh friends A/V Geeks return to advise you on your home films from bygone days.

Ages: Intergenerational

Meet the Author: Bryant Holsenbeck

Sunday, February 10, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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

Meet local author and artist Bryant Holsenbeck. She will read from her recent book, The Last Straw.

Ages: Adult

In the Wings: Life of Galileo - PlayMakers program

Monday, February 11, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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

Directed Vivienne Benesch, this work by Bertold Brecht features original music by Justin Ellington.

Ages: Adult

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

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