Being human daily
Happy Wednesday! As we hit the midway point for the first Being Human festival more people than ever have been joining the conversation and celebrating the humanities across the UK. Here’s our snapshot of Wednesday’s news.
The day got off to a forthright start with professor Sarah Churchwell’s piece in The Conversation. Churchwell—professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia—published an abridged version of her speech at the Being Human festival launch, in direct response to comments on the arts and the humanities by Education Minister Nicky Morgan. Read the full article here and join in the debate.
The University of East Anglia also launched their own strand of festival programming today, with From Humanism to the Human: A Medieval and Renaissance Journey kicking off across Norwich. Their first event, Being Humanist saw a packed audience in Norwich’s Public Records office this evening. Read the write up in the Norwich Evening News.
In Canterbury, the University of Kent’s Genius of Language events continued to inspire participation from audiences old and (often) young, while in Newcastle-Under-Lye today the University of Keele hosted a discussion of The Spaces and Cultures in Which We Die. The discussion spilled over into the twittersphere, too!
In London, Being Human Festival partners the British Academy hosted their own contribution to the festival programme this evening. Professors Robin Dunbar and Clive Gamble presented their research on early humans, From Lucy to Language, to a full house; whilst from Glasgow we received pictures of snails, melting ice blocks and other ‘more-than-human’ elements explored in Only Human activities across the city….
As if this wasn’t enough the ever industrious humans in Orkney posted a wonderful film of their Wilder Being project, and former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam led a discussion of eight generations of Manchester youth culture at the Manchester Central library.
Just another day of Being Human!
Being Human team.