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The ‘post-truth’, ‘post-expert’ world: memes: past and present

18/04/2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The ‘post-truth’, ‘post-expert’ world: memes: past and present
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

In this lecture, Richard Clay will argue that internet memes (images, texts, and films shared widely online) have intriguing historical precedents. Rather than giving us cause for alarm about the emergence of a  ‘post-truth’, ‘post-expert’ world, he will suggest that internet cultures have the potential to reinvigorate public debate just as new technology-driven phenomena have done in the past. Richard will argue that, while his parent’s generation invented the internet, and his generation took it World Wide with the Web, the next generations are working out how to make the laudable, as well as the laughable and the ‘dank’, go viral, reshaping the world for the better.

Richard Clay is a Professor of Digital Cultures at Newcastle University. Although Richard’s publications range across a wide array of subjects, they all tend to examine aspects of contested meaning making in public space. He often explores how changing technologies offer new opportunities to recode the meaning and value of the spaces that we share: from iconoclasm in revolutionary Paris, to graffiti’s use in armed conflicts past and present; from contemporary jewellery as wearable art, to watercolour’s role in the Birmingham Blitz. Over the years, Richard has led a range of major cross-disciplinary and cross-sector projects funded by the EU and by the AHRC. He has also written and presented six 60-minute documentary films for BBC 4: Tearing Up History; A Brief History of Graffiti; Utopia: in Search of the Dream (parts, 1, 2, 3); and How to Go Viral: The Art of the Meme (currently on iPlayer). He also wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 documentary Two Minutes to Midnight.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. Talk and formal question will be finished by 9 but many people stay to chat afterwards.

We charge £1 for NEH members and £2 for non-members, which covers the cost of light refreshments.



The Baha’i Faith

11/04/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Baha'i Faith
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

Our speaker will be Carol Spencer from the Baha’i Faith, she will be telling us about the faith, its traditions and practices and how her faith impacts on her life. As always we will have time for socialisation and discussion and you can ask Carol any questions you have. As always new faces are welcome, we will be making a charge of £1 to cover the cost of running the group and all profits will be going to our charity of the year.

 



AGM

21/03/2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
AGM
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Our Annual General Meeting will begin by following the formal agenda sent to members via email. Trustees for NEH for the year 2019/20 will be elected. There will also be a vote by members present at the AGM to decide which charity should be the NEH charity of the year. Both members and guests are welcome at the AGM – however only members will be able to vote.

The formal agenda will be followed by a talk entitled  “What Can Evolution Teach Us About Humanism?” by Ed Gibney. Ed is a local writer and an NEH member who has published numerous fiction and non-fiction works relating to evolutionary philosophy. He will talk about how a worldview might be defined, what the humanist worldview looks like, and how a philosophical examination of evolution might inform that worldview.

Doors open at 6:30pm and proceedings start at 7pm



Freedom of Speech

07/03/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Freedom of Speech
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

Angelos Sophocleus is Durham student who was President-elect of the UK Humanist Students Society. He was involved in a Twitter crowd-attack that ended in him resigning that position and also resulted in his summary removal from both the University of Durham Students Union Committee and the University of Durham Philosophical Society.  This was as a result of resending one Tweet on the subject of Trans-Activism.  Is this a symptom of current attitudes towards those who are less than extremely careful about the wording of posts on Social Media?  Is the gap between social media and real life getting smaller?  Are Twitter attacks an online version of a general attack on Freedom of Expression?  Angelos will speak about his views and his experiences in this topical  subject.

As always there will be plenty of time to socialise and ask questions. Light refreshments will be provided and we charge £1 to cover the cost of running the group all profits go to our Charity of the year currently Equal Arts.



Universal Basic Income

21/02/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Universal Basic Income
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Lee Irving from the Green Party will be outlining the case for a Universal Basic Income

We charge £1 for members of North East Humanists and £2 for non-members this covers the cost of refreshments.

 



Is Monogamy in our DNA?

14/02/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Is Monogamy in our DNA?
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

The Durham House Group meets at 86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ. Our next event is on the 14th
of February at 7pm where Ron Armstrong will talk on Is Monogamy in our DNA? Please come along and
find out more. As always there will be light refreshments and plenty of time to socialise and ask questions.
We charge £1 to cover the cost of running the group and any profits go to our charity of the year Equal Arts.
New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the group contact Susan Walker on 0191
3841432 or shushannah@talktalk.net



Buddhism World Religion or Secular Pathway

17/01/2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Buddhism World Religion or Secular Pathway
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Robert Bluck author of British Buddhism: Teachings, Practice and Development will be giving this months talk.

As always new faces are welcome, there will not only be the opportunity to learn some thing new but there will also be plenty of time to chat and socialise. Doors open at 6:30 the talk starts at 7pm, talk and formal question will be finished by 9 but many people stay to chat afterwards. We charge £1 for NEH members £2 for non-members which covers the cost of light refreshments.



Permaculture

10/01/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Permaculture
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

The Durham House Group meets at 86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ. Our next event is on the 10th of
January 7pm where Wilf Richards from Abundant Earth will be talking about Permaculture. Permaculture is a system
of agriculture that at its core believes in caring for the environment, caring for people, and sharing resources equitably.
Please come along and find out more. As always there will be light refreshments and plenty of time to socialise and
ask questions. We charge £1 to cover the cost of running the group and any profits go to our charity of the year Equal
Arts. New faces are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the group contact Susan Walker on 0191
3841432 or shushannah@talktalk.net



New Year Social and Quiz

05/01/2019
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
New Year Social and Quiz
Sporting Lodge Inn, Middlesbrough TS17 9LW

This January we will be meeting up in Middlesbrough for a chance to meet new and old faces in the South of our Region we will be starting at 11am with a quiz followed by lunch at 12.30.Car sharing will be arranged if necessary. There will be no charge to take part in the quiz however members will be responsible for the cost of their lunch.

Please RSVP either in the box below or by contacting Rosemary Leslie on 01642 316510 or Terry Waites on 07712 847328



NEH Quiz and Social Evening

06/12/2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NEH Quiz and Social Evening
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Come and join us for our annual Christmas Quiz and buffet.

Tickets: Members£10, Non-members£12  can be purchased using the form below:

Christmas Quiz 2018

Our Christmas Quiz this year will be held at The Gallowgate Room Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4SG on the 6th December, 2018 at 7pm. Buffet supper included, come and join us for a fun evening. Buy your e-Tickets using the form below or send a cheque made payable to North East Humanists to Phil Barraclough, Treasurer, North East Humanists, 7 Kildale, Mount Pleasant, Houghton-Le-Spring. DH4 7SG
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