Weekly news roundup

Weekly news roundup

Bonfires, fireworks, data hacks, the occasional mummified arm – it’s hard to know where to start with this Friday’s roundup of Being Human news. If last week we had a simmering witches’ cauldron of humanities treats, this week the fireworks have really started across the country for the UK’s first festival of the humanities.

On our blog, the University of Reading’s Professor Eleanor Dickey FBA., explored what Ancient Greek education systems might tell us about modern democracy. Should we be more like the Spartans, or the Athenians in our pedagogical practices? In an age of heated and often divisive rhetoric over education reform in the UK and beyond, can we afford to ignore the lessons of the past? Experience a day of ancient education in person at the University of Reading on 19 November.

This week also saw the official warm-up event for Being Human 2014. Digital artists gathered at the University of Sussex’s Mass-Observation archive on Thursday to conduct a ‘hack’ of this unique archive of everyday life. Can machines determine human morale? Find out when the hack results are revealed at Senate House, University of London on 15 November!

Right across the UK, people have been going the extra mile to spread the word about their activities. Dr Claudine van Hensbergen of the University of Northumbria was featured on BBC Radio Newcastle to discuss Being Human events in the 18th Century Legacies strand. Further south, The University of Portsmouth posted a film by Dr Deborah Shaw outlining the programme of Being Human events themed around Conflict and Resolution Across Global Cultures, while the National Museum of Scotland tweeted about two films they are screening as part of the festival. In Newcastle, the team behind (Re)inventing Music tweeted about their free musical workshops for the ‘unmusical’, and from the University of the West of England, Professor Steve Poole pondered whether to take ‘up offered loan of hanged murderer’s mummified arm (1813) for a Being Human fest event’.

Just another week of Being Human!

Michael Eades,

Festival Curator