Library Events at NC State


Did you know that the Libraries at NC State have great offerings open to the public and free  of charge? Here are a few that might be of interest to OLLI members – click on the title to be taken to the web page.  For the full frequently updated list, visit

Global Film Series – Makala

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6:30pm to 8:15pm

Auditorium at the D. H. Hill Library

French documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Gras won the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week grand prize with Makala. It tells the story of a young man who lives with his wife and his child near Kolwezi in the southern region of Dominican Republic of the Congo. He struggles to make living by chopping trees and carrying them with his wobbly bicycle to the market where he can sell them. Faculty introduction by Dr. James Kiwanuka-Tondo. In partnership with NC State’s Office of Global Engagement.

JB Hunt Library


Student Short Film Showcase

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Auditorium at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library

An annual audience favorite! Talented NC State student filmmakers screen their best short films, video productions, and animations, ranging from comical, to emotionally touching, to experimental — all under four minutes long. Students will be on hand to discuss their work. In collaboration with the Department of Communications and Art+Design at NC State.

musical stave

State of Sound Stories: Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Auditorium at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library

M.C. Taylor has been writing soulful songs for Durham’s Hiss Golden Messenger for over a decade. But the Merge Records artist, who draws influence from such diverse voices as Pauli Murray and Wendell Berry, Linda Thompson and Bill Withers, started his artistic path in the early 90s and is one that included experimental hardcore music, alt country, and advanced folklore degrees. Join us for a conversation with him about making a life with sound, words, family, and community.

Computer Animation Show – SIGGRAPH Reel

Thursday, March 7, 2019

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Auditorium at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival started as an annual showcase of advances in computer graphics; and since then has come to celebrate the rise of computer graphics as a medium for storytelling, not just in animation, but also in visual effects for movies and games. This exclusive screening of selections from the Festival is co-presented by the NC State University Libraries and the Department of Art + Design.

Global Film Series – Capernaum

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

6:30pm to 9:00pm

Witherspoon Theatre, 2810 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. In partnership with the Office of Global Engagement, Middle East Studies, and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.

on air

State of Sound Stories: Jules Conlon, General Manager of WKNC

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fishbowl Forum at the D. H. Hill Library

Jules Conlon is the 2018-2019 General Manager of 88.1 FM, WKNC, NC State’s student-run radio station. WKNC creates a community of broadcast enthusiasts from the ever-changing population of NC State, and, year after year, delivers quality programming, cutting edge music, and community engagement. Join us for a conversation with Jules about WKNC, broadcasting, and being an integral and influential part of the world of music without playing instruments or writing songs.

Jules Conlon is a senior at NC State studying biology and the general manager of the university’s student-run radio station, WKNC 88.1 FM Raleigh. She got her start in the music industry in 2014, when she created the music blog Noise Polluter, which featured album reviews and interviews and eventually contributions from other writers nationwide. She got involved at WKNC during her first semester of college and has continued involvement there for the past four years, working her way up from an assistant music director. Jules has also held an internship with Merge Records and been involved with Hopscotch Music Festival and Moogfest.

big data

Using Big Data to Recover Black Women’s Lived Experiences – Research Computing Seminar Series

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Auditorium at the D. H. Hill Library

Throughout history, Black women’s lived experiences have often been invisible and erased. Therefore, it is important to combat the erasure of Black women and move toward a correction and claiming of their space within the digitized record. This presentation by visiting scholar Dr. Ruby Mendenhall of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss a study that employs latent dirichlet allocation (LDA) algorithms and comparative text mining to search 800,000 periodicals in JSTOR (Journal Storage) and HathiTrust from 1746 to 2014 to identify the types of conversations that emerge about Black women’s shared experience over time and the resulting knowledge that developed. This presentation will also discuss the potential for seamless creativity and the need to demystify advance computing tools across the social sciences and humanities.

This program is presented by the NC State University Libraries and is supported by the Eastman University Engagement Fund.


Lynn Dix, OLLI Member and Chair of Membership Development and Marketing Committee

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