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NEH AGM & Human Population

19/03/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NEH AGM & Human Population
Brunswick Methodist Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7BJ

THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19.

 

At this meeting there will be reports on NEH activities for the year 2019/20, followed by the election of the Trustees for the year 2020/21. Members of NEH will be able to comment on any aspect of the operation of NEH.
After the formal business of the AGM, Ron Armstrong will give a talk on How the growth of the human population is reducing the number of other species on our planet.

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. (Please consider bringing your own mug for a hot drink; help us be as green as we can be.)



Does the Establishment work against the general good?

12/03/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Does the Establishment work against the general good?
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

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Is the establishment working for you or not? Are its intentions good but misplaced, or does it just seek to keep the status quo. Come along and hear what Philip Barraclough thinks when he gives his talk. Phil Is the treasurer of North East Humanists and has a particular interest in this area.

As always a light refreshments are provided and there will be an opportunity to socialise and to ask questions. We ask for a £1 donation to help cover the costs of running the group and any profits will go to our charity of the year.

 



Apostasy Safeguarding Training

27/02/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Apostasy Safeguarding Training
Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor DL16 6YP

Join us for a complimentary training workshop to learn how you and your organisation can better understand and support apostates in Britain.

Leaving religion can be a complicated process, often resulting in emotional abuse from family and community. Shunning and complete disownment is not uncommon, and this isolation can lead to depression. Physical abuse, often referred to as honour violence can follow. In Britain, it is often particularly hard for ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-Muslims and ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Faith to Faithless’s safeguarding training has been developed to inform frontline services on apostasy and to support them with best practice. We have trained many organisations, including the Metropolitan Police. Police, social services, NHS workers, teachers, university staff and charities are all encouraged to take this course.

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an informative evening.

“The Faith to Faithless training was some of the best training I have ever received in 29 years of service.”
Detective Constable, London Metropolitan Police



Religious Education: Why Does it Matter?

20/02/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Religious Education: Why Does it Matter?
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

A discussion on what Religious Education is, why it is important, how it is taught, and why we should take an interest. This event will be led by Susan Walker chair of North East Humanists. It is open to all, there will be light refreshments provided and plenty of opportunity for friendly discussion. We ask for a donation of £1 to help fund the group and any profits will go to our charity of the year.



Darwin Day Lecture: Social Evolution in Darwin’s World

11/02/2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Darwin Day Lecture: Social Evolution in Darwin's World
Curtis Auditorium, Newcastle NE1 7RU

Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford
 
Though Darwin was much interested in social behaviour and psychology, he lived in a time when little was known about animal societies. We have since come to appreciate how complex some mammal societies, in particular, can be. In this lecture Professor Dunbar will present some novel ideas on how mammal, primate, and especially human societies have evolved – and why.
 
Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy. His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to primates and humans). He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution, and Dunbar’s Number (the limit on the number of relationships that we can manage). His popular science books include Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, The Human Story, How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks, and The Science of Love and Betrayal. His latest book, Evolution: What Everyone Needs to Know, will be published in April 2020 by Oxford University Press.
 
There will be no charge for this lecture, which is part of the Insights series of public lectures.
 
The Curtis Auditorium is on the main Newcastle University campus, a short distance from the Haymarket Metro station.


The Biology of Ageing

16/01/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Biology of Ageing
Brunswick Methodist Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7BJ

Slowing ageing in humans: is it really feasible?
 
More and more of us are living to advanced ages. The challenge is to ensure that these extra years are spent in good health. We are most likely to achieve this by paying careful attention to the underlying biology of ageing. We are fortunate in Newcastle to host world-leading research in this area. We now know that we can slow or even reverse ageing with diverse nutritional and pharmacological interventions. This talk will provide an overview of our current understanding of ageing; present recent exiting findings and conclude with addressing the question of whether or not we can indeed slow ageing in humans.
 
Guest speaker Dr Daryl Shanley is a Reader in Systems Biology of Ageing at Newcastle University. He is a computational biologist with specific expertise in the biology of ageing and is the current Director of the Newcastle University Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition. Dr Shanley’s work combines deep and detailed knowledge of molecular and cellular mechanisms with state-of-the-art computational methods. This is increasingly recognised as an essential way to address the complexity of the ageing process. Over the last 20 years, Dr Shanley has played a key role in this emerging field.
 
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. (Please consider bringing your own mug for a hot drink; help us be as green as we can be.)

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. (Please consider bringing your own mug for a hot drink; help us be as green as we can be.)



NEH Xmas Social

12/12/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NEH Xmas Social
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Our annual holiday party where we get together and celebrate the end of the year. There will be a buffet and a quiz.

Cost is £9 for members / £10 for non-members.

 

 



Homelessness

21/11/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Homelessness
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Speaker: Andrew Burnip (Crisis Skylight, Newcastle)

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 experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Durham.

14/11/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Durham.
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

We are lucky to have Irene Wilkinson who will be talking about her work with asylum seekers and refugees in the Durham area. Irene has worked with this group of people for many years, and has great insight into their needs and difficulties, and how they adapt to their new community.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and socialise at the event. A light supper is provided and we ask for a £1 donation to cover the cost of running the group. All profits go to our charity of the Year: Faith to Faithless.