Promoting a positive, caring outlook, for the one life we have

Brunch

13/10/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brunch
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

We will be hosting a brunch to raise funds for Faith to Faithless. We will not be making any charge but ask for donations for our charity of the year. Please RSVP and let us know of any dietary requirements so we cater appropriately. We look forward to seeing you.



Permaculture

10/10/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Permaculture
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

What is permaculture? Permaculture combines three key aspects: 1. An ethical framework; 2. Understandings of how nature works; 3. A design approach. This unique combination provides an ethical framework that is used to design regenerative systems at all scales – from home and garden to community, farm and bioregions.

The word ‘permaculture’ comes originally from ‘permanent agriculture’ and ‘permanent culture’ – it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.Permanence is not about everything staying the same. It is about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture, and social justice, peace and abundance.

The speaker for this talk will be Wilf Richards, who is a certified educator with Abundant Earth as well as a coordinator for the North East Permaculture Network and the North East Permaculture Diploma group.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A 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.



Human Gut Microbiome: Hopes, Threats, and Promises

19/09/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Human Gut Microbiome: Hopes, Threats, and Promises
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

The microbiome is the collection of microbes that live on and in us- How do we get our microbiome? Why is it important? Can it affect our health and disease? How can we alter our microbiome? Dr Fiona Cuskin will discuss all of these questions and more in her talk about the emergence of the human microbiome in health and disease.

Dr Fiona Cuskin is a Lecturer in Metabolic Biochemistry at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University. Her research is focussed on understanding microbial degradation of complex carbohydrates in the human gut microbiome and its effect on human health and disease.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A 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 Campaigns of Humanists UK

18/07/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Campaigns of Humanists UK
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

North East Humanists is a partner group of Humanists UK (HUK). Whereas we provide services to the local non-religious community, HUK do the national campaigning. Humanists UK is expanding rapidly and now has over 75,000 members and supporters so its national voice is becoming more effective. Following soon after the HUK annual conference, this talk by Richy Thompson will give everyone interested in humanist campaigns a chance to hear of the latest successes and plans for the future.

Richy Thompson is the Director of Public Affairs and Policy at HUK. Richy works on issues from across Humanists UK’s public policy remit. From 2015 to early 2017 Richy was the Campaigns Manager. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Faith Schools and Education Campaigns Officer, and before that he was the President of Humanist Students.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A 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.



LGBT lessons in Birmingham schools

15/07/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
LGBT lessons in Birmingham schools
Private Home, Jesmond

Jesmond Humanist Group

The July monthly meeting will be on Monday 15 July at 7pm when Liz Armstrong will lead a discussion based on recent items from the newspapers eg the arguments used to justify the demonstrations against LGBT lessons in Birmingham schools.  If you would like to join the group, contact Liz Armstrong on 0191 2812923 or by email: liz_armstrong2000@hotmail.com



Doubt, Faith, and Truth in Science

20/06/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Doubt, Faith, and Truth in Science
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Professor Daniel Nettle will talk about the decline in trust in science and expertise in society at large, and how that relates to the so-called ‘replication crisis’ within science – the realisation that much of the information in the published scientific literature may not be robust. The question he poses is: why should you have faith in science, and what is the best set of beliefs about the world to follow?

Daniel Nettle is a professor of Behavioural Science at Newcastle University, where he is a member of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. See more about his work at https://www.danielnettle.org.uk.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A 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.

 



Child Poverty

16/05/2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Child Poverty
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

We hear a lot these days about children and families living in poverty. They are frequent subjects of media coverage, policy debate, and popular discussions. But the facts and figures we see can sometimes appear contradictory, and there is little agreement on what we should be doing to better understand and fight child poverty.

 

In this talk, Dr. Gill Main will go over some details of how we measure poverty in the UK today, how and why this has changed over time, and how different policy regimes have impacted poverty rates over the past few decades. She will discuss some of the popular narratives on child poverty in policy and in wider society, linking these to different theories of poverty and providing evidence on what kinds of narrative are most accurate and helpful. Finally, Dr. Main will talk about recent work she’s leading with The Children’s Society, the Child Poverty Action Group, and Leeds City Council, in which they have been trying to put children’s and families’ own perceptions and priorities at the heart of understanding and addressing child poverty.

 

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.



Living A Humanist Life

09/05/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Living A Humanist Life
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

Dr Philip Nathan Of Durham University will be exploring what it means to be a Humanist.

There will be opportunity to socialise and light refreshments will be provided.

Everyone is welcome. We make a £1 charge to cover the costs of running the group, and any profits will go to Faith to Faithless our charity of the year.



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.