Being Human festival launch day

Being Human Launch Day

Being Human festival launch day


Thursday 12 November | events 12:30 onwards (18:30, panel discussion & ‘Being Human Late’ launch party)

This year’s festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will launch with an afternoon and evening of interactive workshops and activities in the University of London’s iconic Senate House.

The Being Human Lab will bring together researchers, artists and technologists to explore the issues facing humanity (and how the humanities can help). Simultaneously, urban explorers will be ‘hacking’ into the foundations of Senate House itself, bringing unseen elements of this historic building to light, whilst Aida Wild’s Print is Power screen printers will be running drop-in sessions inviting you to create your own Being Human posters and postcards

In the evening, a panel of experts including clergyman and journalist Reverend Giles Fraser, experimental physicist and writer Dame Athene Donald, economist John Kay, BBC Radio 4 presenter and psychologist Claudia Hammond and surgeon, author and broadcaster Miss Gabriel Weston will tell us how the humanities inform their work. This discussion will be chaired by the School of Advanced Study’s Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities, Professor Sarah Churchwell.

After that, our Being Human launch party will provide a taster of Being Human activities across the country – featuring everything from a ‘Carnival of Lost Emotions’, Aida Wilde: Print is Power pop-up screen printing workshops, ‘armchair tours’ of some of the hidden spaces of Senate House and a chance to play on a ‘hackable’ musical instrument.

Come along and join us as we kick off the festival!

The 2015 Being Human launch is sponsored by Routledge.

Free Admission | Booking required for some events


Daytime events
12.30-1.30pm – Senate House Revealed Tour
12.30 – 2pm – Aida Wilde: Print is Power drop in workshop. Come and screen print your very own limited edition Being Human poster or postcard!
1pm – 6pm – Being Human Lab
At our first-ever Being Human Lab, we want to bring together researchers in the humanities, makers, artists and anyone with an opinion to explore the pressing issues facing humanity.
5pm-6pm – Senate House Revealed Tour

Evening Launch – Being Human Late
6.30pm – 7.30pm – ‘What We Need from the Humanities’ panel discussion
7.30pm- 9pm – Being Human reception & launch party – featuring a Carnival of Lost Emotions, Aida Wilde: Print is Power pop-up screen printing workshops, hackable music, Senate House Revealed ‘armchair tours’ and more!

Event enquiries |

Led by: School of Advanced Study, University of London
In partnership with: Arts & Humanities Research Council | British Academy, Wellcome Trust



Senate House,
United Kingdom,
The venue is disabled accessible.

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