Library announces Humanities Program events
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, local author Claudia Corletto will read and discuss her book “7 cuentos,” a collection of short stories and art, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Durham County Main Library.
This reading is the first in a series of Humanities Programs the Durham Library Foundation is presenting through December. Here is a list of other programs.
All programs in this series are free and open to the public.
-- Film Showing: “Slavery By Another Name,” Friday, 7 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
“Slavery By Another Name” chronicles the horrifying story of the form of involuntary servitude that emerged after Reconstruction in the South and lasted for more than 80 years. Adriane Lentz-Smith, associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies at Duke University, will introduce the film and lead the discussion.
-- “Pride and Prejudice,” Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Southwest Regional Library.
The library will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of “Pride and Prejudice” with a film screening of one of the many adaptations of the book. This screening will conclude the series with the most recent version starring Keira Knightley.
-- Blanco in Durham, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
Richard Blanco, the youngest, first Latino and first openly gay poet to serve as the presidential inaugural poet, will read from his works of poetry.
-- International Quilts with Willa Brigham, Oct. 19, 3 p.m., Main Library.
Sister Cities of Durham recently commissioned quilts from each of its Sister City partners in Tanzania, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and China. Willa Brigham, an Emmy award-winning storyteller and member of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, will host this program.
-- Film Screening: “American Teacher,” Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Rogers-Herr Middle School, 911 W. Cornwallis Road.
Narrated by Matt Damon, this film highlights the sacrifices made by four teachers working in disparate urban and rural areas.
-- In the Wings: Playmakers On “Metamorphoses/The Tempest,” Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Southwest Regional Library.
PlayMakers Repertory Company will discuss upcoming productions of “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman and “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare.
-- Film Screening: “The Cardboard Bernini,” Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Main Library.
North Carolina filmmaker Olympia Stone will host a screening of her film “The Cardboard Bernini.” The film follows Jimmy Grashow over six years as he builds a monumental, intricately detailed cardboard version of the Trevi fountain.
-- A Little Freedom: Slave Runaways in North Carolina, 1775-1840, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Main Library.
Freddie Parker, former chair of the history department at North Carolina Central University, will present a talk based on his research on runaway slaves in North Carolina.
-- Chinese Opera with Lydia Hodgson, Nov. 2, 3 p.m., Main Library.
Kunqu Opera is the foremost Chinese operatic performing art for the past 600 years, originating in Kunshan, Durham’s Sister City. Lydia Hodgson will discuss the music and costumes, and will present an excerpt from “The Peony Pavilion.”
-- Elliot Engel’s “The Inimitable Winston Churchill,” Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Main Library.
Elliot Engel will explore one of the 20th century’s greatest heroes. Engel provides delightful yet virtually unknown biographical information, which reveals an inspiring public and private figure – and a touchingly human individual.
-- Reception to celebrate North Carolina Collection donors, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., Main Library.
The North Carolina Collection seeks out and makes available materials that no other institution in the world has. Lynn Richardson, collection librarian, will lead a reception recognizing donors from the past five years.
-- Art with the Experts: Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Southwest Regional Library.
Juline Chevalier, curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art, and Sumathi Ramaswamy, professor of history at Duke University, will lead a discussion and slide lecture on the Nasher’s current exhibition.
-- Arusha, Tanzania Photography Project, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., Main Library.
This event will feature photographs taken by students in Arusha through a collaborative project with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
-- Bullish on Durham: The Rhine Research Center, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Main Library.
Since the 1930s, Durham has been involved in academic research in parapsychology. This research continues today at the Rhine Research Center. John Kruth, the center’s director; Sally Rhine Feather, executive director emeritus; Mara Bishop, an intuitive consultant; and author Larry Burk will present a panel discussion of the history and current work of the center.
-- Farm Fresh and Fatal with Judy Hogan, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., South Regional Library.
Local author Judy Hogan will read from her second Penny Weaver mystery, “Farm Fresh and Fatal.”
-- Meet The Author: Richard Benson, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Richard Benson III will read from his new book, “Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973.”
-- Color, Light and Moment: A Creative Eye on Bald Head Island, N.C., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.,
Southwest Regional Library.
Photographer Marjorie Brown Pierson shares secrets of capturing the extraordinary landscapes of coastal North Carolina. She will also sign copies of her book, “Struck by Nature: Photographs of Bald Head Island.”
-- Meet the Author: Carol Peppe Hewitt, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Main Library.
Carol Peppe Hewitt, author and co-founder of Slow Money N.C., will discuss her new book “Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money.”
-- Freylach Time! In Concert, Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Main Library.
Freylach Time! will perform a concert of klezmer music.