Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the Humanities returned to Northumbria for a second year in November 2015!
In 2014 the first festival featured over 150 events organised by universities up and down the country with Northumbria hosting 10 free public events in Newcastle.
In 2015, staff from our Humanities Department hosted another series of free events from 12th - 22nd November as part of the festival under the theme Cities & Citizens.The events, which took place at public venues across the city centre, ranged from film screenings and talks, to storytelling, pop-up museums and big debates.
You can find the festival conversation on social media using #BeingHuman15
Iain Watson, the Director of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, served as a festival ambassador and endorsed the festival with these words:
"As Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums I’m delighted to be an ambassador for Being Human. The humanities are about our human experience, how we process and document experience, how we engage with it and express it. The Festival engages with many areas of our lives and Northumbria University has curated an outstanding programme of public events which will provide opportunity for researchers and citizens to come together and explore some of the big issues around our human experience now and in the future."
As part of the North East Being Human event series Durham University also hosted a programme of events that highlighted collaboration and brought together modern scientific investigations with humanities research on culture – both past and present. You can discover more about the events held in Durham via their event series page on the Being Human website.