Think Human Festival to shine a light on humanities and social sciences

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

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Oxford Brookes University will showcase exciting and impactful teaching and research from the humanities and social sciences at a week-long festival from 21-26 May.

The Think Human Festival will feature a wide range of activities, talks, debates and performances which are free and open to all.

Across 40 different activities, attendees will engage with topics as diverse and divisive as Brexit, criminality in the internet age, food writing and crafting as activism. There will also be the opportunity to explore society’s fascination with murder, education’s impact on mental health, sensory art and the history of magic.

The festival’s events will be held at the University’s Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses and other venues in Oxford.

By holding a full week of events at both the University and other venues in the city, such as the Ashmolean Museum and the East Oxford Community Centre, we’re aiming to make the festival accessible to everyone so they can come and get involved.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Highlights across the week will include:

Gaye Poole, actor and writer at Human Story Theatre said: "We are excited to be working with the students at Oxford Brookes to explore the theme of student mental health. The performance will include extracts of their plays together with scenes written especially for the Think Human Festival by local playwrights.  

“The subjects of our past shows have largely focussed on the older demographic, so it has been refreshing to work with younger people about this increasingly relevant subject.”

Human Story Theatre
Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said: “The Think Human Festival is a great opportunity for our staff and students in the Faculty to share the teaching and research they love with a wide audience. It is an ambitious festival and packed with a variety of activities on offer, so there is really something to inspire everyone.  

“By holding a full week of events at both the University and other venues in the city, such as the Ashmolean Museum and the East Oxford Community Centre, we’re aiming to make the festival accessible to everyone so they can come and get involved.”  

All the events at the Think Human Festival are FREE to attend but booking is advisable.  

The full programme including and how to book can be found on the website www.brookes.ac.uk/think-human/

For more information you can also contact thinkhuman@brookes.ac.uk or call 01865 483752.