Resistance is not futile: the politics and protest of being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Whether it's East End Jewish immigrant tailors fighting for workers' rights in Victorian Whitechapel, the struggle to defend human rights in the wake of terrorist attacks or making sense of the multiple viewpoints from Northern Ireland's notorious prison culture, they all add to the vibrancy of the 'politics and protest' theme in this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities. 

Wrestling with the past: the hidden histories and lost voices of being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Histories may disappear, but they can be brought back: like the Queerseum collating gay experiences; reggae stars sifting through the vinyl in the attic to explore black music; widening the debate about refugees with the stories from Kindertransport for children fleeing Nazism. 

Are we doomed? Environmental factors for being human  

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Are our days numbered? Will humans join the 90 per cent of species already extinct? And are our honey bees already heading that way? Life's rich tapestries are explored to their limits within the 'environment' theme of this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities.  

Lost and found – the art of Being Human

Monday 2 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
What does it mean to be human in 2017? The world we thought we knew suddenly seems unfamiliar, but what exactly have we lost? What might we have found in the process? We are about to find out as the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, unveils the programme for its annual Being Human celebration of the humanities.

‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ gets rare public reading by ‘fictioneer’ JM Coetzee

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Institute of English Studies
J M Coetzee during his May 2010 visit to The University of Texas at Austin, by Marsha Miller. Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee will give a public reading from his most recent novel, The Schooldays of Jesus , on 6 October at 5.30pm as part of the two-day Coetzee & the Archive conference at Senate House, London.

‘Saints and sinners’ flavour for History Day 2017

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research Library will give history buffs a thrilling Halloween experience at their fifth History Day on 31 October. This unique event for undergraduate and postgraduate students, early-career researchers and anyone interested in history, brings together libraries, archives and history organisations from London and beyond. Items relevant to Halloween will be highlighted. It will culminate in an open fair at Senate House that is an essential one-stop shop for all those interested in historical research.

John Tresch named Chair in History of Art, Science and Folk Practice at the Warburg Institute

Thursday 17 August 2017
John Tresch, associate professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named Chair in History of Art, Science and Folk Practice at the Warburg Institute. Last year the University of London was awarded $530,000 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Warburg Institute to establish the chair and an associated post-doctoral research position.

Honorary degree for top problem solver and policy adviser

Tuesday 8 August 2017
Sir Alan Wilson (right), chief executive of The Alan Turing Institute, professor of urban and regional systems at University College London and chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council, will receive an honorary degree from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Sir Alan is an elected Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society. He will collect his Doctor of Literature honoris causa at the School’s annual degree ceremony on 8 December 2017.

Being Human helps earn recognition for historic UK black cultural icon

Thursday 3 August 2017
School of Advanced Study
Guest of honour:  Bermudan film star Earl Cameron CBE (right), who was trained by Ira Aldridge’s daughter Amanda Britain's first ever black theatre manager, Ira Aldridge, has been commemorated with a blue plaque at the site of the theatre he once ran in Coventry. And it wouldn’t have happened without the School of Advanced Study’s Being Human festival.