Library announces Humanities series

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

Programs about the history of censorship and the early founders of Durham are among the offerings from the Durham Library Foundation’s Humanities Series.

All programs in this series are free and open to the public. 
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-- Monday,  7 p.m. “Simón Bolívar in the United States,” South Regional Library.
Miguel Chirinos will lead a presentation based on research for his book, “Simón Bolívar in the United States.”

-- April 16, 7 p.m. Film, “Consider the Conversation,” Main Library.
Betsy Barton, clinical research coordinator with the Duke Center for Aging, and Sandi Gray-Terry, hospital transitions and palliative care coordinator of Northern Piedmont Community Care, will lead a post-screening discussion.

-- April 17, 6 p.m. “Freedom Means Everybody,” Richard White Auditorium, Duke University East Campus.
Mab Segrest will give a lecture on freedom as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture.

-- April 24, 7 p.m. “Continuing the Conversation,” Main Library.
Nikki Webb, Duke HomeCare and Hospice, and Sandi Gray-Terry, Northern Piedmont Community Care, will lead an Advance Care Planning Workshop. Using interactive Go Wish! cards, participants will explore and discuss their thoughts about end of life choices and complete a draft or legally binding Living Will at the workshop.

-- April 26, 3 p.m. Film screening, “Fully Awake: Black Mountain College,” Main Library.
Filmmaker Cathryn Davis Zommer will be on hand for a screening of “Fully Awake,” the story of Black Mountain College, a radical educational experiment that brought some of the 20th century’s most creative people to the mountains of North Carolina.

-- April 27, 3 p.m. “Mass Incarceration and the Legacy of Race in America,” Main Library.
Duke University Professors Charles Campbell and Lauren Winner and Attorney Daryl Atkinson will discuss excerpts from the film and consider how the legacy of slavery shapes mass incarceration today.

-- April 29, 7 p.m. “Art With the Experts: Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection,” Main Library.
The Nasher Museum of Art’s Juline Chevalier, curator of education, and Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator, will lead a discussion and slide lecture on the Sound Vision exhibition on view at the museum through Aug. 3.

-- May 1, 7 p.m. “Meet the Author: Dr. William H. Chafe,” Main Library.
William H. Chafe, Duke University Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus, will read and discuss his newest book, “Bill and Hillary.” Chafe argues that the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship. A book signing will follow the reading.

-- May 3, 3 p.m. “Meet the Author: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove,” Main Library.
In the Walltown neighborhood of Durham, Jonathan and Leah Wilson-Hartgrove decided to open their door to whoever knocks. Over the past decade, the Rutba House community has grown out of this house of hospitality. Wilson-Hartgrove's book, “Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests,” chronicles their experiences. A book signing will follow the reading.

-- May 4, 3 p.m. “Meet the Author: Dr. Evelyn Wicker,” Main Library.
Evelyn Wicker will read and discuss her book, “Voices: Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, Durham North Carolina, 1903.” A book signing will follow the reading.

-- May 4, 7 p.m. “The Joy of Censorship,” Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
Joe Raiola, senior editor of MAD Magazine, will discuss arguments over banned books, movie ratings, the FCC, Supreme Court decisions, religious freedom and the true meaning of obscenity. The program includes a look at the colorful history of MAD, a slide presentation spotlighting many of MAD’s most controversial covers and articles, and a Q&A session.

-- May 7, 3:30 p.m. “In the Shadow of the Baobab Tree: Folktales from Around the World,” Stanford L. Warren Branch Library.
Safiya Johnson, of the Good Times Traveling Theatre, will perform “In the Shadow of the Baobab Tree: Folktales from Around the World.” This original play takes place at an African bazaar with a traveling griot and her magical wild animals sharing folktales that offer “edutainment” for all ages.

-- May 12, 7 p.m. “Meet the Author: Sarah Sharma,” Main Library.
Sarah Sharma, associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will read from her book, “In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics.”

-- May 18, 3 p.m. “Meet the Author: Philip Gerard,” Main Library.
Philip Gerard, author and professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, will read from his newest book, “Down the Wild Cape Fear.” The book takes the reader on a river journey from the headwaters in Wake County to Cape Fear on Bald Head Island. A book signing will follow the reading.

-- June 2, 7 p.m. “Bullish on Durham: The American Dance Festival,” Main Library.
The American Dance Festival starts June 12. Jodee Nimerichter, director of ADF; Allen Roses, ADF board chair; Arthur Rogers, ADF board member; and Gaspard Louis, ADF director of creative movement outreach, will discuss the history of the ADF.

-- June 3, 7 p.m. “Impromptu Players In Performance!” South Regional Library.
Impromptu Players is an improvisation troupe from Durham that uses the forms of InterPlay to create heartfelt stories, songs, poetry, music and dance on the spot from audience input.

-- June 7, 2 p.m. “Meet the Author: Trish Foxwell,” Southwest Regional Library.
Journalist Trish Foxwell will discuss her travel book, “A Visitor’s Guide to the Literary South.” Foxwell's presentation includes a talk, film, Q&A and book signing.

-- June 8, 3 p.m. “Durham’s Other Founding Fathers,” Main Library.
Why was W.T. Blackwell called the "Father of Durham"? Why isn't Durham named "Prattsburg," if not "Pratfall"? Find out why, what and who when Jim Wise, local historian, author and columnist, talks on the Bull City's not-so-well-remembered founders, including William Herndon, Atlas Rigsbee, Margaret Faucette, Wesley Wright and Edian Markum.

-- June 16, 7 p.m. “Meet the Author: Jeanette Stokes,” Main Library.
Jeanette Stokes will read from her new memoir, “Flying Over Home.” Stokes follows her father's journey from Savannah to Durham, New Orleans, Tulsa, Moscow and Tokyo in an effort to understand the man who left his family and then died too soon.

-- June 19, 7 p.m. NAKIYASOUL presents “Songs in the Key of Love and Life,” Main Library.
Songstress NAKIYASOUL will sing songs about love, life and soul. She will be accompanied by local bluesman, Logie Meachum, who will share inspirational poetry and stories. Light refreshments will be provided.

-- June 21, 3 p.m. Reception Honoring R. Kelly Bryant, Main Library.
Join the library’s North Carolina Collection for a reception honoring local historian and civil rights activist R. Kelly Bryant, Jr. City Councilman Eddie Davis will emcee the tribute to Bryant, whose funeral programs and other papers from the 1930s to the present are housed in the N.C. Collection. These materials provide an invaluable record of Durham’s black community.

-- June 28, 3 p.m. “Cathedrals, Castles, Coal and Cod,” Main Library.
Durham, N.C., has enjoyed a warm and enduring relationship with the people of Durham, England, since official ties began through Sister Cities International in 1989. Learn about the history of North East England (Durham and Northumberland), its relationship to the rest of England and the dialects that developed there. Yorkshire tea and scones will be served.

-- June 29, 3 p.m. “Meet the Author: Jennifer Lohmann,” Southwest Regional Library.
Librarian and author Jennifer Lohmann will read from her new book, “Weekends in Carolina.” Maxine “Max” Backstrom is leasing an old tobacco farm in northern Durham County. Unfortunately, the new owner, Trey Harris, cannot sell the land fast enough. A book signing will follow the reading.