Let’s Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It is Under Construction through 2023.

North Carolina Humanities has suspended the Let’s Talk About It program until 2023 to allow for series updates and administrative changes.

Audiences can expect to see updates to the series including the introduction of more contemporary and diverse works, the creation of entirely new series, and improvements to the program’s application and requesting process.

We halted the program in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After speaking with libraries and residents from around the state, NC Humanities determined that Let’s Talk About It remains a highly valued and much-needed outlet for discussion, critical thinking, and learning. That feedback pushed us to make the difficult decision to pause Let’s Talk About It while staff and board update the program to ensure that it better meets the future needs of North Carolina communities and libraries.

We Want to Hear from You!

You can help us better serve the people of North Carolina by taking this five-minute survey. Your feedback will help shape our work and ensure that the Let’s Talk About It program includes series topics and books that are interesting and important to you! For reference, here is what our catalogue looks like now.

 

 

How can my library or nonprofit participate in other NC Humanities programs while Let’s Talk About It is under construction?

While Let’s Talk About It undergoes these exciting changes, NC Humanities will continue to offer free public humanities programs and grant opportunities for libraries and other nonprofit groups.

We will maintain the summer series of interactive panel discussions and programs related to our Route 1 Reads and Discover Great Places Through Reading book lists. These virtual and free-to-access programs were developed in 2021 to engage North Carolinians with literature safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 selected books and authors will be announced in spring 2022.

NC Humanities will also launch North Carolina Reads – a statewide reading and book-centric discussion program. North Carolina Reads features five books that explore issues of racial, social, and gender equality and the history and culture of North Carolina. All five books pose critical questions about how North Carolinians view their role in helping to form a more just and inclusive society. Programming around the selected books will include a book discussion series featuring the books’ authors in conversation with topic experts. NC Humanities will also distribute book kits, complete with free copies of the books, to libraries and other groups to increase accessibility. Program details and ways to get involved will be announced throughout 2022.

To learn more about NC Humanities programs visit: https://nchumanities.org/programs/

About Let’s Talk About It:

Let’s Talk About It is an in-person library discussion series that brings community members together to explore a wide selection of themes ranging from our relationship with technology to the cultural importance of North Carolina’s literary heritage. After reading or watching the same work separately, community members come together to make sense of their series’ themes, sharing their thoughts to examine new ideas and consider new perspectives. The program has operated since 2001 with assistance from the State Library of North Carolina. Library groups receive book or film copies from the State Library and receive program support and trained discussion leaders from NC Humanities, all free of charge. The State Library of North Carolina remains a lead sponsor of the North Carolina Center for the Book.

 

Let’s Talk About It is the flagship program of the North Carolina Center for the Book and is provided by NC Humanities with assistance from the State Library of North Carolina.

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