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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.

Christmas Social 2019

Our Christmas Social this year will be held at The Gallowgate Room Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4SG on the12th December, 2019 at 7pm. Buffet supper and Quiz included, come and join us for a fun evening. Buy your e-Tickets using the form below or send an email to northeasthumanist@gmail.com to let us know and pay on the door.
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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.



Leaving Religion in the UK: A Panel Discussion

23/10/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Leaving Religion in the UK: A Panel Discussion
Redhills, Flass Street DH1 4BE

A North East Humanists’ joint event with Faith to Faithless & County Durham Community Foundation

Belief in religion is a fundamental human right, and with it is the right not to believe. Unfortunately, this is not afforded to everyone and for some people leaving their faith can be a complicated, challenging, and even dangerous process. Those who leave religion – sometimes known as apostates – can bring shame and dishonour to their family, and as a result, people who turn their back on faith can experience emotional and physical abuse. Many are shunned and sometimes entirely disowned by their families and communities.

Join us for a panel discussion and hear from apostates who have left different religions, suffered the consequences and have since rebuilt their lives. Also, learn from experts who work with such victims.

Faith to Faithless is a volunteer-led organisation that supports people who have left different religions and cults, including ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Muslims, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others.

Following the discussion there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A with the panellists..

Admission is free but please register for the event here

This event has been co-funded by the County Durham Community Foundation’s Community Grants Funding Programme.



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.