Pitts, Galvez highlight library’s Humanities Programs
Columnist Leonard Pitts will read from his novel “Freeman” March 1. Pitts, photographer Jose Galvez and author Mur Lafferty are among the guests who will speak and give presentations during the winter-spring Humanities Programs series at the Durham County Library. All programs are free and open to the public.
Here is the complete list:
-- Bullish on Durham: Duke Homestead and the American Tobacco Company. Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Main Library.
Jennifer Dawn Farley, manager of Duke Homestead State Historic Site, will give a reading and discussion of her new book, “Duke Homestead and The American Tobacco Company.”
-- Film screening: “Landscape of the Heart.” Jan. 11, 3 p.m., Main Library
Rebecca Cerese, producer, writer and director, will host a screening of her film, “Landscape of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story.” This film looks at Spencer’s life and work, featuring interviews with authors Allan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Hodding Carter, Randall Kenan and Douglas Blackmore. A DVD signing will follow the showing.
-- Meet the Farmers of South Durham Farmers’ Market. Jan. 12, 3 p.m., South Regional Library
Come meet the farmers of the South Durham Farmers’ Market. Learn where your food comes from. Find out how this farmers’ market differs from other farmers’ markets. Audience participation is encouraged.
-- In the Wings: PlayMakers on “Private Lives.” Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company will discuss their upcoming production of “Private Lives” by Noel Coward.
-- Meet the Author: Dr. Gordon K. Mantler. Jan. 18, 3 p.m, Main Library
In preparation for Martin Luther King Day, Dr. Gordon Mantler, civil rights historian, will read and discuss “Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974.” A book signing will follow the reading.
-- Behind the Scenes in Paris with Laura Florand: A Michelin Three-Star Pastry Kitchen. Jan. 19, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Laura Florand’s award-winning “Amour et Chocolat” series has taken readers deep into the heart of Paris’ gourmet world. She will share her behind-the-scenes research as well as samples from Parisian-trained pastry chef Bonnie Lau of Miel Bon Bons (Durham). A book signing will follow the reading.
-- Meet the Blogger: Sonja Foust, The Pintester. Jan. 25, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Ever feel frustrated by your inability to reproduce a project from Pinterest? You’re not alone. Sonja Foust’s blog, Pintester.com, chronicles her many attempts (and failures) at Pinterest projects. Come out and meet the Pintester in person, grill her about her biggest Pinterest fails and wins.
-- Confronting Violence in Our Community. Jan. 25, noon, Main Library
Join law enforcement professionals, violence prevention advocates and health care professionals for an interactive discussion on gun violence. Light refreshments will be served.
-- Meet the Author: Simon Partner. Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Main Library
Dr. Simon Partner, professor of history at Duke University, will discuss his book “Bull City Survivor: Standing Up to a Hard Life of a Southern City.” The book is co-written with Emma Johnston (a pseudonym), whose son was one of the 25 to 30 people (many of them African-American young men) who fall victim to gun violence each year in Durham. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- In Hopes of Freedom. Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Main Library
Can you name three African-American heroes of the American Revolutionary War? Come see the exhibit “In Hopes of Freedom: A Tribute to the African-American Heroes of the American Revolution,” and learn about those who served in the Continental Army, Navy and local militia. Artist Michelle Nichole will also exhibit her paintings on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
-- Art with the Experts: Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist. Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Main Library
Juline Chevalier, curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art, and Richard Powell, the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, will discuss their current exhibit. This will be the first sustained examination of Motley’s paintings depicting modern African-American life in Chicago, portraits and archetypes, Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico.
-- Meet the Author: Mur Lafferty. Feb. 8, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Kirkus reviews gave Durham author Mur Lafferty’s debut novel, “Playing for Keeps,” a starred review, calling it a “hip, knowing and sometimes hysterically funny narrative, interspersed with excerpts from the guide of the title.” Join Mur for a reading and discussion of her books, her podcasts and more. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- In the Wings: PlayMakers on “Love Alone.” Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Main Library
Members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company will discuss their upcoming production of “Love Alone,” by Deborah Salem Smith.
-- Traveling the Underground Railroad with Meltonia Young. Feb. 15, 2 p.m., East Regional Library
Join storyteller Meltonia Loretta Young for fanciful stories about secret codes woven in quilts during the 1800s. Young will share the codes that some say may have led slaves to those in the Underground Railroad who aided their escape to freedom.
-- Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of The Herald-Sun. Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Main Library
Join Steve Schewel, founder and former publisher of The Independent Weekly, for a conversation with Bob Ashley, editor of The Herald-Sun, on The Herald-Sun’s 125th birthday. Founded in 1889 as the Durham Sun, the paper has evolved over time. Schewel and Ashley will talk about some of the characters who have peopled the newsroom, the challenges newspapers face in the 21st century and our continuing need for them.
-- History and Politics in Mexico’s Workshop of Popular Graphic Art. Feb. 23, 3 p.m., Main Library
Collector Dr. Robert Healy, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy at Duke University, will give an overview of the Taller de Grafica Popular (Workshop of Popular Graphic Art). The Taller flourished in Mexico City from the 1930s to the 1970s as a collective of several dozen talented and politically radical artists – including one-time Durham resident Elizabeth Catlett – who created linocut prints, posters, illustrations and newspapers. An exhibit of works from Healy’s collection will be on display from Feb. 23 through Mar. 15, including a set of prints giving the TGP’s interpretation of some famous African-Americans.
-- Meet the Author: Leonard Pitts. March 1, 3 p.m., Main Library
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts for a reading from his novel “Freeman.” The novel won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s 2013 Award for Fiction. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- Makers: Women Who Made America. March 3, 7 p.m., Main Library
Dr. Sharon Holland, Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will screen excerpts from this acclaimed PBS film. This film features the stories of women, famous and not.
-- Durham’s Mamie Dowd Walker. March 10, 7 p.m., Main Library
Local historian Milo Pyne will give a talk on his grandmother, Mamie Dowd Walker, the first woman judge in North Carolina. In 1934, Walker was appointed the judge of the juvenile court for Durham city and county, where she served until her retirement in 1949.
-- The History and the Future of Durham’s Urban Watersheds. March 20, 7 p.m., Main Library
In celebration of Durham’s Creek Week, Chris Dreps from Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Bob Healy from New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee, and Robin Jacobs from Eno River Association, will give a presentation on Durham’s urban watersheds. How have they changed over the years, and what is happening with them at the present?
-- In the Wings: PlayMakers on “Assassins.” March 24, 7 p.m., Main Library
Members of PlayMakers Repertory Company will discuss their upcoming production of “Assassins,” from the book by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
-- Meet the Photographer: José Galvez. March 30, 3 p.m., Main Library
In celebration of Farmworkers Awareness Week, award-winning photographer José Galvez will give a presentation honoring farm workers. From Cesar Chavez, to the woman picking strawberries, to the tobacco worker on the side of the highway, Galvez captures their daily life with respect and pride. Galvez’s work will be on exhibit at the library from March 24-April 26. The exhibit will be a combination of his early work in Arizona and California and more recent images in North Carolina and the South.