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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

View full Humanities Program calendar.

Eighth Annual Drag Show

Thursday, December 19, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Off Site

This popular program will feature local performers, and will deliver humor, talent, and glamor for everyone.

Ages: Intergenerational

In the Wings: Everybody

Monday, January 06, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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

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

Ages: Adult

INDEPENDENT LENS: The First Rainbow Coalition

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Off Site

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances with the Latinx Young Lords Organization and the white southern Young Patriots. Come see this documentary in partnership with UNC-TV.

Ages: Intergenerational, Adult

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

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