Humanities series adding programs in 2013
The Durham County Library will present the following programs beginning in January as part of its ongoing Humanities Program Series. All programs are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org. Humanities programs at Durham County Library are supported by Durham Library Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
-- Anzia and Zora’s New Year’s Party. Jan. 6, 3 p.m. Main Library
Welcome to the 1949 Scribner Publishing New Year’s Day Party! Anzia Yezierska, who writes fiction about immigrant Jewish women, and Zora Neale Hurston, African-American folklorist and novelist, are two guests you’ll meet. They tell you about their lives, loves, losses (including Zora’s front porch “lies”) as they primp, pout and promenade together. Anzia is portrayed by Dr. Sally Ann Drucker, scholar and actor, and Zora is portrayed by Beverly Fields Burnette, President of the N.C. Association of Black Storytellers.
-- A Russian Winter Celebration. Jan. 12, 3 p.m. Main Library
The Kostroma Committee of the Sister Cities of Durham will present a program focusing on celebratory winter customs and traditions of Kostroma, Russia – the birth place of the legend of the Snow Maiden (Snegurachka) and the play of that title by Alexander Ostrovsky.
-- In the Wings: Playmakers on “Raisin In The Sun/Clybourne Park.” Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming productions of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park.”
-- N. C. History Comes Alive, Film Series: “Bending Space.” Jan. 19, 3 p.m. Main Library
In the fall of 2006, a public art project took place in downtown Durham. Renowned French photographer and installation artist Georges Rousse created mind bending art at four locations, including the Chesterfield Building and Liberty Warehouse. Join Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus for a discussion after the screening of this film.
-- “Pride and Prejudice” in The Movies: The 1940 Version. Jan. 20, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
The library will celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Pride and Prejudice” by watching the many versions of the film at the library. The screenings start from the beginning, with the 1940 version with Maureen O’Sullivan as Jan, Greer Garson as Elizabeth and Laurence Oliver as Mr. Darcy.
-- Meet The Author: Bland Simpson. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Main Library
Join Bland Simpson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a discussion of his book “Two Captains from Carolina.” Simpson chronicles the stories of two 19th-century mariners from North Carolina – one African-American, one Irish American. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- Bull City Lightning Talks. Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Main Library
Join Durham County Library and Splatspace for an afternoon of Lightning Talks. These five-minute talks will be on any subject, but exploring the theme “creating.” Starting us off will be Brianne Villano, Clinton Dreisbach aka Clinton R. Nixon, Amy Godfrey, Chuck Pell, Daniel Bagnell and members of Durham’s technical/creative community. Audience members are welcome to present talks of their own as time allows.
-- Meet the Author: Laura Florand. Feb. 2, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
Join us for a chocolate tasting and a glimpse of Laura Florand’s behind-the-scenes research with top Parisian artisan chocolatiers. Hear a reading from “The Chocolate Kiss,” and enjoy a tasting of chocolates and macaroons provided by Miel Bonbons. A book signing will follow the program.
-- Daring Dreams: What Is the Price of Progress? Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
In conjunction with the PlayMakers Repertory Company productions of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park,” the library presents an open conversation with community leaders about the future of urban development in the Triangle. Join Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Shelley Green as she moderates a panel including Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt; Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow; John Copple-Hodges, Regional Planning Director, Triangle J Council of Governments; Wib Gulley, Triangle Transit Authority; and other guest speakers.
-- Meet the Author: Jennifer Lohmann. Feb. 23, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
Join Durham County Library librarian and 2010 Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year, Jennifer Lohmann, for a reading of her first novel. “Reservations for Two” is set in Chicago where Tilly Milek has opened a restaurant. Sparks fly when the anonymous food critic who trashed her restaurant turns out to be the man she’s dating. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- Pauli Murray: Durham’s First Saint. March 5, 7 p.m. Main Library
Join the Right Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, for a discussion of the sainthood of Durham native Pauli Murray. What is a saint? Why did the Episcopal Church elevate her to sainthood? What does her life say to Durham citizens today?
-- Women’s Voices Chorus Chamber Choir in Concert. March 10, 3 p.m. Main Library
The Chamber Choir of the Women’s Voices Chorus will present a program of music and texts written by women. The chorus will sing classical, folk and gospel music selections that span the ages. The chorus is under the direction of Allan Friedman.
-- Meet the Author: Joanne Fluke. March 14, 7 p.m. Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
Join bestselling author Joanne Fluke for a reading from her newest cozy culinary mystery, “Red Velvet Cupcake Murder,” featuring Minnesota bake shop owner Hannah Swensen and her scrumptious original recipes.
-- “Pride And Prejudice” in the Movies: “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” March 17, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
Help us celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Pride and Prejudice” with the chick-lit adaptation: “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Renee Zellweger plays Bridget Jones, a Londoner determined to improve her life. Along the way, she is helped and hindered by her friends and two men, Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth) and Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant).
-- In the Wings: Playmakers on “Cabaret.” March 18, 7 p.m. Main Library
Join members of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for a discussion of their upcoming production of “Cabaret.”
-- In Celebration of Durham’s Creek Week: Film Screening of “Watershed.” March 21, 7 p.m. Main Library
Join us for a showing of the film “Watershed,” which explores a new water ethic for the new West. It focuses on the once mighty Colorado River and raises awareness of the need for worldwide water conservation. The film was produced and narrated by Robert Redford and is provided courtesy of The Redford Center.
-- Meet Betty Friedan. March 23, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library
Dr. Sally Ann Drucker recreates a visit from Betty Friedan, leading American feminist. Friedan is best known for writing “The Feminist Mystique,” starting the National Organization for Women and advocating for women’s reproductive rights. In her later years, she advocated for the elderly. Friedan’s presentation will be followed by comments from Drucker, who teaches at Nassau Community College in New York.
Black History Month Programs
-- Too Black, Too Fast: America’s Original Athletes. Feb. 3, 3 p.m. Main Library
Join artist and historian Michael McBride for a talk on the history of the African-American jockey. Since 1991, McBride has researched this lost history, documenting the fact that African-Americans have been involved in horse racing in America since 1607 and ruled the sport from 1607-1910. McBride’s talk will be illustrated with his and other artists’ works.
-- Blaxploitation Film Festival. Thursdays, Feb. 7, 21, 28, 6:30 p.m. Main Library
Celebrate African-American history month with films from the 1970s that spawned the Blaxploitation genre. Films include “Shaft,” starring Richard Roundtree; “Superfly,” starring Ron O’Neal; and “Foxy Brown,” starring N.C. film star Pam Grier. A brief discussion will follow the screenings.
-- Dr. Paula Harrell in Concert. Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Main Library
Dr. Paula Harrell presents a piano concert featuring African-American composers. Harrell is the former chair of the Music Department at N.C. Central University and currently serves as the organist and hand bell director at White Rock Baptist Church.
-- The History of African-American Businesses in Durham. Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. East Regional Library
Presented by Andre Vann, Coordinator of University Archives and Instructor of Public History at N.C. Central University.
-- N. C. History Comes Alive, Film Series: “Upbuilding Whitted.” Feb. 16, 3 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Join documentarians April Simon, Chi Brown, Purity Kimaiyo and Bruce dePyssler for a screening of “Upbuilding Whitted,” which chronicles the history of this landmark school. Built in 1922 as Hillside Park High, it was Durham’s first African-American high school; in 1949 it became J.A. Whitted Junior High. For more than 50 years, Hillside Park/Whitted was the pride of Durham’s African-American community.
-- Meet the Author: Dr. Minrose Gwin. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Main Library
Dr. Minrose Gwin, Kenan Eminent Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses her new book “Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement.” Evers put his life on the line to investigate racial crimes and voter registration drives in Mississippi. In 1963, he was shot in the back by white supremacists. Gwin discusses the powerful body of work that has emerged in response to Evers’ life and death – fiction, poetry, memoir, drama and songs from James Baldwin, Margaret Walker, Eudora Welty, Lucille Clifton, Bob Dylan, Frank X Walker and Willie Morris. A book signing will follow the reading.