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EVENT: The Role of Libraries, Archives, and History in Today’s Democracy

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Image of a gray building on top of a row of vertical colorful stripes representing books. To the right is the text "Durham Library Foundation," and underneath is the text "better libraries, stronger communities."

Join the Durham Library Foundation in welcoming David Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, as he joins former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Willis P. Whichard in conversation about Ferriero’s transformational leadership of the National Archives and Records Administration and their shared interests in history, libraries, and democracy.

Appointed by President Obama as the National Archivist in 2009, David Ferriero led the National Archives into an era of open access and transparency, launching the organization’s first social media accounts, creating a citizen archivist program, and digitizing and modernizing archival processes. He also led the creation of three presidential libraries and, before retiring in 2022, guided the Archives through the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to his service at the Archives, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and held leadership roles with the libraries of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and Duke University.

Justice Willis P. Whichard is the only person in North Carolina history who has served in both of the state’s legislative houses and both state appellate courts. After 12 years as a state Supreme Court justice, he became dean of Campbell University’s law school. He then joined the law firm of Moore & Van Allen and is now with the firm of Tillman, Whichard & Cagle, PLLC. A devoted supporter of the Durham Library Foundation and student of state history, Whichard helped create the North Carolina Collection at Main Library.


January 28
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Durham Library Foundation
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Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
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