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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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Honoring Your Stories: A Writing Workshop - (Adult Program)

Monday, October 15, 2018 • 9:30am - 11:00am

North Regional Library

Our lives consist of millions of stories, both ordinary and extraordinary. Learn to craft those stories into compelling personal narratives in this supportive 6-part workshop. Registration required.

Ages: Senior Citizen, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Adult

Registration required

Reader's Party

Sunday, November 04, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Off Site

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

Ages: Intergenerational

North Carolina in the First World War

Monday, November 05, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the experiences of North Carolina soldiers during that conflict.

Ages: Adult

Human Library

Saturday, November 17, 2018 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Check out real people as 'books'!

Ages: Adult

Art with the Experts: People Get Ready - Nasher Museum presentation

Monday, November 19, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Join Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, for a discussion and slide lecture on People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection.

Ages: Adult

Holiday Music Program

Sunday, December 02, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Off Site

Join us for our annual holiday music program at Hayti!

Ages: Intergenerational

Sixth Annual Drag Show

Tuesday, December 11, 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)

Sally Drucker performs in historic character as Frances Wright

Ages: Adult

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