Library plans range of humanities programs
The Durham County Library will present the following programs in its continuing Humanities Series. All events are free and open to the public.
-- Tuesday, 7 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “Art with The Experts: Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections.” Juline Chevalier, curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, presents a discussion and slide lecture on “Light Sensitive.”
-- Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Main Library. “The Power of this Story: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in Durham 1960-1990.” Mandy Carter of the Bayard Rustin Project; Caitlin Breedlove from Southerners on New Ground; and Steve Schewel, founder of the Independent Weekly, will discuss social change in Durham through three decades.
-- Saturday, 3 p.m. Main Library. “The Making of ‘Anthology’ – A Durham Story.”
In March, students at Research Triangle High School, under the guidance of Ian
Finley, 2012 Piedmont Laureate, created “Anthology.” This new play combines monologues from Edgar Lee Master’s “Spoon River Anthology” with original writing by Finley and the students about life and history in Durham County.
-- April 9, 7 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “Meet the Author: Elizabeth Wiegand.” Food writer Elizabeth Wiegand, author of “The Outer Banks Cookbook,” “The New Blue Ridge Cookbook” and the forthcoming “Food Lover’s Guide to the Outer Banks,” will discuss authentic recipes collected from around the state.
-- April 13, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “The Veil.”
Why do many Muslim women cover their hair? Join us to learn about the traditions and practices of veiling in the Middle East and around the world. We’ll share information, online resources and some actual veils to try on.
-- April 14, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “Food Truck Rodeos: A Durham Phenomenon.” Frank Stasio will moderate a panel including Only Burger’s
Brian Bottger; Pie Pushers’ Becky Hacker; Monuts Donuts’ Lindsay Moriarty; and Ben Weber, coordinator of Central Park Food Truck Rodeos. The panel will be followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.
-- April 16, 7 p.m. Main Library. “Meet the Author: Kerrie Ferrell.” Born in Durham, Rick Ferrell became a Hall of Fame catcher, then worked more than 40 years as a Detroit Tigers coach, scout and executive. His daughter, Kerrie Ferrell, author of “Rick Ferrell, Knuckleball Catcher,” will perform a presentation based on her book. A book signing will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.
-- April 18, 7:30-9 p.m. Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd. (free parking). Film screening of “Faith, Fear, and Freedom.” WRAL reporter David Crabtree will present a screening of a WRAL documentary on North Carolina Muslims, followed by a panel discussion with UNC Chapel Hill professor Carl Ernst, editor of “Islamophobia in America”; Duke University professor David Schanzer; and Abdullah Antepli, Duke University’s Muslim Chaplain. This program is co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
-- April 27, 3 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “The CCC is 80.” Join us for a viewing of a PBS documentary about the Civilian Conservation Corps, formed 80 years ago this month. Following the film, Dr. James G. Lewis, historian at the Forest History Society, will lead a discussion about the CCC in North Carolina.
-- May 4, 3 p.m. Main Library. “Bullish on Durham: Spotlight on Downtown.”
Celebrate Downtown Durham Inc.’s 20th year, and learn about downtown Durham’s transformation with Bill Kalkhof, DDI’s first and recently retired president; Andrew “Andy” Widmark, early downtown developer; and Michael Goodmon, vice president of American Tobacco Campus. Refreshments will be served.
-- May 5, 3 p.m. Main Library. “Cinco De Mayo History and Celebration in the USA.” Dr. Altha Cravey will discuss the significance of Cinco de Mayo and why it is celebrated in the USA.
-- May 6, 7 p.m. Main Library. “The Civil War in North Carolina.” Freddie Parker, former chair of the history department at North Carolina Central University and scholar of North Carolina history, will give an introductory lecture on the Civil War photography exhibit titled “Freedom, Sacrifice, and Memory.” Refreshments will be served.
-- May 8, Noon. Main Library. “Brown Bag Lunch with Annette Dunlap.”
North Carolina author Annette Dunlap shares her experiences growing up with a father who was addicted to gambling. In her book, “The Gambler’s Daughter: A Personal and Social History,” Dunlap explores the surprising research behind gambling and addiction. Bring your lunch, and join us for a discussion and book signing.
-- May 14, 7 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “Meet the Author: Debbie Moose.” Food writer Debbie Moose will discuss her new book, “Buttermilk,” from the Savor the South series from UNC Press. Moose is an award-winning food writer and author of five cookbooks, including “Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes from Simple to Sassy” and “Potato Salad: 65 Recipes from Classic to Cool,” and the president of the Association of Food Journalists.
-- May 18, 3 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center. “Just Friends that You Never Knew: A Personal and Historical Glance at Durham’s Integration of Public Facilities.” Durham native, historian and former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Willis Whichard will speak about the events surrounding Durham’s May 18, 1963, mass civil rights demonstrations. Participants in the 1963 events who attend this program will be recognized. Co-sponsored by the St. Joseph Historic Foundation: Hayti Heritage Center.
-- May 20, 7 p.m. Main Library. “Art with the Experts:Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.” Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art, and Juline Chevalier, curator of education at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, present a discussion and slide lecture on the work of Wangechi Mutu. The internationally renowned artist’s first major solo museum exhibition is on view at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University addressing issues of globalization and identity.
-- May 30, 7 p.m. Main Library. “Sacred Rest: A Time Sensitive Matter.”
In today’s culture, we often think of rest as a reward, but in many religious and spiritual
traditions, rest and the notion of Sabbath is a practice. What does it mean to approach rest from a place of sacredness? Join the community conversation with Frank Stasio; Rabbi Steve Sager, rabbi emeritus of Beth El Synagogue in Durham; Claudia Horwitz, founding director of Stone Circles at The Stone House; and Usha Rajagopalan, former Hindi chaplain at Duke University.
-- June 8, 3 p.m. Main Library. “Bullish on Durham: Spotlight on Durham Central Park.”
Learn the history of Durham Central Park and how a barren downtown lot became the heart of the city, home of the Durham Farmers’ Market and a beloved green space for
community events. Landscape architect Dan Jewell will moderate a panel which includes Allen Wilcox and Curtis Eshelman, co-founders of the park, and Lee Ann Tilley, DCP board member and coordinator of Meals for the Market. Refreshments will be served at this program.
-- June 13, 7 p.m. Southwest Regional Library. “Meet the Author: Georgann Eubanks.” Georgann Eubanks will read from “Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guide Book.” Featured authors include A. R. Ammons, Gerald Barrax, Charles Chesnutt, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Kaye Gibbons, Harriet Jacobs, Jill McCorkle, Michael Parker and Bland Simpson. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- June 16, 3 p.m. Main Library. “Jews and Durham In Transition” and “Jewish Life ‘Pop-Up Museum.’ ” A panel discussion on the history of Jews in Durham with historians Leonard Rogoff, Karin Shapiro, Lynne Grossman and Robert Rosenstein. Shapiro’s exhibit, “Beth El Synagogue – The First 125 Years,” will be on display at the library from June 14 to July 15. Bring an old photo or family treasure for the Jewish Life “Pop-Up Museum” happening alongside the program. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History.
-- June 18, 7 p.m. Main Library. “Meet The Author: Dr. Larry Burk.” Join Dr. Larry Burk, co-founder of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, for a reading from “Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist.” The book chronicles his journey from conventional radiology to the world of holistic and alternative medicine, including explorations of hypnotherapy, dream work, acupuncture, shamanic journeying and power animals. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- June 23, 3 p.m. Main Library. “Civil Rights Stories, 1963” and “Durham Civil Rights ‘Pop-Up Museum.’” The year 1963 was pivotal in civil rights history. Retired teacher Eddie Davis will moderate a multi-racial panel of citizens who played vital roles in the quest for the integration of some of Durham’s most cherished educational institutions, restaurants and theaters. Join the conversation by bringing an old photo or family treasure for the Durham Civil Rights “Pop-Up Museum” happening alongside the program. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History.
-- June 24, 7 p.m. Main Library. “Meet the Author: Latoya Hankins.” In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, LaToya Hankins will read from her book “SBF Seeking,” a story of a woman who decides to place a personal ad four months before her wedding. Her small-town life in eastern North Carolina never prepared her for the personal journey she undertakes as she struggles to find her heart’s path. A book signing will follow the reading.
-- June 27, 7 p.m. Main Library. “A History of Prohibition Cocktails.”
Join Scott Richie, co-founder of Whiskey and three-time winner of the Indy’s Best Bartender award, for a program on the cocktails of Prohibition and their descendants. Learn about a time in history when bartenders had to get creative due to limited quantity and quality.