Being Human Festival 2016 hub status for Liverpool

The University of Liverpool has achieved ‘hub’ status at this Autumn’s Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Inspired by the title Fears of the past, hopes for the future, the University hub will host events and discussions around mermaids, female explorers, ghost stories and human zoos. Hopes for the future will be considered through presentations on the relationship between fictional and real developments in medicine, and much more.

Professor Sarah Peverley, from the University’s Department of English said: “We’re incredibly excited to have been awarded hub status this year.

“Our ambitious programme of events has wide-ranging appeal, from family-friendly productions that will indulge the imagination to timely academic debates about our future. It sounds like a cliché but we really do have something for everyone.”

Developed by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Being Human Festival takes place across the UK between November 17 – 25. It aims to increase public engagement with, and understanding of, the humanities.

In the week leading up to the Festival, a debate on issues of human-animal identity will be recorded in front of a live audience in The Box at FACT, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s flagship Arts and Ideas programme, Freethinking.

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