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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.

 



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.