Humanities Society

Durham Library Foundation launched the Humanities Society in January 2010 after an overwhelmingly positive response from those attending the Durham County Library’s humanities programs. These programs were initiated in 2007 after Durham County Library received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to $1.5 million raised from local donors. Realizing that people were attending multiple events, the Foundation created the Humanities Society as a way to acknowledge and reward frequent program attendees.

Since its inception in 2010, the Humanities Society has grown to over 2,400 members. Humanities programs have covered everything from discussions on the local food scene to presentations from nationally-recognized authors and artists.

In addition to award-winning programs, members of the Humanities Society are privy to special events throughout the year, including a “members only” holiday reception.
Membership in the Humanities Society is free. Durham County Library patrons are invited to join at any humanities program or by completing the online form. Humanities Society members who attend six programs in a calendar year have the opportunity to attend special invitation-only events.

View upcoming Humanities Programs.

For more information about the Humanities Society or Humanities Programs, contact Jenny Levine at 919-560-0268 or at