Weekly news roundup

Weekly news roundup

Weekly news roundup

Tomorrow will mark the start of the official six-week countdown to Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities. Autumn is here, the nights are drawing in, term is getting underway, and right across the country people have been hard at work setting up their Being Human events for November. From now until the festival launch on 15 November, we will be posting weekly news updates to let you know what we’ve been up to.

Here’s a brief roundup of some key Being Human developments this week:

What makes us human? We asked 2,000 people across the country what they thought about the humanities, and about the core principles of ‘being human’. Honesty, respect & tolerance emerged as the clear winners. Read more about the results of our survey in our press release.

Over on our Being Human blog, Professor Tim Crawford of Goldsmiths’ University wrote about his research on the AHRC-funded ‘Transforming Musicology’ project, and their Being Human event at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Read more >

We are delighted to see that many of our participating institutions are starting their own blogs. New this week are From a Cornish Window, by the University of Exeter and the University of Nottingham’s ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ Twitter account @beingarthur.

More and more of our events are now opening for booking. The ‘Scientific and Cultural Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions’ project (an AHRC-funded initiative) has opened bookings for their Hadrian’s Wall-based event Chicken Nuggets: A History of the World in 100 E.gs, while the University of Oxford’s The Shock of the Old: Glass plate negatives & photographs of late 19th century England and Finding Commonality: Hamlet in World Cinema at Queen’s University, Belfast went online, too. Don’t forget to keep following @BeingHumanFest for updates and start booking for these and other events. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

All this in a week that also saw us receiving a batch of applications for our ‘Too Much Information’ Ignite event (15 November), and celebrating both International Older People’s Day and National Poetry Day here in the festival hub.

Just another week of Being Human!