Since our school’s inception, the Humanities Department at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has played a critical role in fulfilling our school’s mission to cultivate informed, empathetic, and engaged citizens and leaders who will work for the betterment of the world. NCSSM Humanities regularly sponsors events—including film screenings, art exhibitions, and guest speakers—that invite students, faculty, staff, and members of our communities to engage with diverse voices and explore the ways that the humanities are essential to our mission and to the future of our world.

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Upcoming Events

Abe Piasek’s powerful story of survival during the Holocaust saw him taken from his family in Poland at age 13. For nearly 50 years, Abe did not speak about what happened to him. In the last decade of his life, he started to tell about his experiences. Though it was painful, he kept on telling it because he felt the world had to know what happened and what can happen when hate and dehumanization flourish. Abe’s goal was to share his experience with as many people as possible. Unfortunately, Abe died on January 15, 2020 (age 91). Luckily, Abe asked Steve Goldberg to continue to share his experience.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 9 at 2:30 via our Zoom Webinar Passcode is 157816

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Broyhill Family Foundation.


Community Building events

The “Amplify!” project featured photographic images of NCSSM students and graduates who voted for the first time in the election of 2018 or in 2020. It also included excerpts from conversations with students about their views on voting, why their voice matters and their visions for the future. The portraits were displayed at NCSSM, outdoors in Alley 26, and in the lobby of Durham City Hall—the physical hub of municipal government and were unveiled as a part of Third Friday Downtown on October 19, 2018.

Building Coalitions for Positive Change was a virtual event focused on how communities can create a more just future. Featuring a keynote address by Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Liberia), a question-and-answer period, and a panel discussion with community leaders, the event explored how, together, we might bring about systemic change to build a better world.

film Screenings

On January 10, 2019, NCSSM hosted a screening of the Wilmington on Fire, a documentary that chronicles the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. After the screening, Mike Williams, the director of the Black on Black Project, moderated a panel discussion with director Christopher Everett and artist Anthony Patterson. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina.

On October 9, 2018, director Frederick Murphy joined us for a special screening and discussion about his award-winning documentary, The American South As We Know It. The film explores the lives and experiences of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. This film depicts a time when racial tension was at its peak. The educators, historians and brave "everyday" people featured in this documentary, express their vested interest in creating a comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans in the south.

art exhibits