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Festival

Friends and family day at the Faculty of Humanities

Date
Saturday 25 May 2019
Time
Address
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Celebrating 444 with our friends and family

This year Leiden University celebrates its 444th anniversary. This special age calls for a special celebration. That is why you are invited to have a look behind the scenes of our faculty, together with your family and friends, on Saturday May 25. We would love to hear if you want to come, bring as many people as you like! You can register via this link.

Programme

On Saturday May 25, from 11:00 to 15:30, you can take part in various activities, varying from different (kids)lectures to workshops and from a treasure hunt to the one and only Humanities Pubquiz. In the overview below you can find the different events of the programme. On the day itself you can get a ticket for each event at the LIPS desk. 

Mini-lectures

Target audience: children (age 6 and up), youth and adults
Time: 12:30 - 13:00
Room: Lipsius 2.03
Specialists in ancient history often have to deal with written texts that look very different from modern handwriting. If you want to know what they say, you’d have to go take a reading class again. This mini-lecture will take you to one of these lessons. You will be shown a picture of medieval handwriting. With the help of a handful of tips you will learn how to figure out what it says. A world of ligatures, suspensions and contractions will open up to you and when you’re done you are left with one question: I now know what it says, but what does it actually mean?
 
Target audience: youth and adults
Time: 12:30 - 13:00
Room: Lipsius 2.03

What can the experiences of female football players teach us about what it means to be human? In current sports and philosophical research, top football players are often portrayed as docile bodies that slavishly follow the instructions of coaches and managers. The idea behind this portrayal is that what shapes us as humans is entirely determined by social structures. In other words, we are not really subjects, but objects. The experiences of female football players, however, show us that there is something that doesn’t follow this determination: our ability to play. When we play, we ourselves give meaning to the world and regain our subjectivity, and our freedom.

Target audience: adults
Time: 12:30 - 13:00
Room: Lipsius 0.01

In November 2018, it was revealed that a Chinese researcher had created human twins that are HIV-resistant by genetically modifying the embryos using CRISPR/Cas9. Reactions worldwide were full of horror and disbelief, but they mainly showed the ethical apprehensiveness towards these kinds of developments. Our traditional ethical views on who and what we are as human beings and what is natural no longer seem suitable for the ethical assessment of biotechnological developments.  Biotechnological developments are happening so fast that society has hardly time to formulate new ethical frameworks. In this lecture I will show how art might help us in the search for new ethical frameworks.

Target audience: children (age 6 and up)
Time: 13:30 - 14:00
Room: Lipsius 0.01

Large piles of stones, broken houses and poor people. This is what we see on old black-and-white pictures of the village of Dousadj in Iran. The mountain village got destroyed by an earthquake, almost sixty years ago and almost 5000 kilometres away from us. Yet we can spot a familiar face on these photos: Princess Beatrix, who would later become Queen of the Netherlands. What was the crown princess doing there in that small, Iranian village? 'When you see people suffer, you want to help them,' Beatrix said. She asked everyone in the Netherlands to help her rebuild Dousadj. But was that actually a good idea?

Target audience: adults
Time: 13:30 - 14:00
Room: Lipsius 0.30

In what we today call the Netherlands, rivers, and thus harbours, have constantly been changing location. Places like Hoverathorp, Dorestad and Witla once served as world harbours, but have now completely disappeared. Amsterdam and Rotterdam, however, did not exist at that time. The cause of these shifts was the changing course of the rivers. Places with a church centre did remain populated. Here, I limit myself to the relatively unknown early Middle Ages (± 400-1000), but later on river towns and harbours continued to rise and fall. Only in the 19th century did this come to a definite end, when people were able to control river courses.

Target audience: children (age 8 and up)
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Room: Lipsius 0.30

More details will follow soon

Target audience: youth and adults
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Room: Lipsius 2.03

More details will follow soon

Workshops

Target audience: children (age 8 and up) and youth 
Time: continual 
Room: Lipsius 1.27

More details will follow soon 

Target audience: children (age 8 and up), youth and adults 
Time: 12:00-13:00 | 14:00-15:00
Room: Lipsius 2.04

Write your own name (or a short message) in cuneiform! Cuneiform is possibly the oldest script in the world: it was used from 3200 B.C. until mid-century A.D. by almost all powerful empires in the cradle of civilization. Here you can discover how the most important cuneiform language (Akkadian) worked, and you can try it out yourself. Afterwards you can take your own little artifact home, provided with a royal seal.

Target audience: children (age 6 and up), youth and adults
Time: will follow soon
Room: Lipsius 2.04

More details will follow soon 

Target audience : youth and adults 
Time: 11:30 - 12:30 | 13:30 - 14:30
Room: Lipsius 2.27

Anyone can take pictures with a smartphone. During this workshop you will learn how to take better photos and how to make the most of your smartphone's possibilities. An interactive and fun workshop that will teach you things that you’ll be able to use forever. Bring your smartphone (iPhone or Android). Make sure your battery is properly charged and that there is enough storage space on your phone. 

Target audience: youth and adults 
Time: 11:30 - 12:30 | 13:30 - 14:30
Room: Lipsius 1.44 (atelier)

Good drawing and painting starts with good observation. During this workshop you will learn how to look at shapes, lines, space, light and darkness in order to better depict what you see.

After a short introduction by the teacher you get to experiment and experience it yourself. The teacher will help you with your work. Anyone can learn how to draw and it's simply fun to do!

Target audience: youth and adults 
Time: 11:30 - 12:30 | 13:30 - 14:30
Room: Lipsius 2.34 (music studio)

Do you love to sing? And would you like to learn beautiful songs and arrangements, together with others? Then the pop/jazz choir is the thing for you! Our repertoire varies from songs by Adele and Bruno Mars to Sting and Nina Simone. We also pay attention to dynamics, breathing and rhythm. Singing is an immensely fun musical experience!  

Tours

Target audience: children (age 10 and up), youth and adults 
Time: 11:30 - 12:30
Meeting point: Main hall at the LIPS-desk

The Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities is one of the most important in the world, which means, among other things, that it is not only beautiful but also diverse, and highly representative of the types of monuments, objects and sources of information that Pharaonic culture has left behind. This legacy largely exists because of the provisions that the Egyptians made for the afterlife. This will be a common thread throughout this tour through the Egyptian section of the museum, in which the significance and function of a number of exhibited monuments, objects and mummies will be discussed.

Target audience: children (age 10 and up), youth and adults 
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Meeting point: Main hall at the LIPS-desk

In 1818, the Leiden professor of archaeology Caspar Reuvens became the first director of the National Museum of Antiquities. Since its foundation, the museum's collection in the field of classical archaeology has grown considerably. During this tour, you will be introduced to the Greek and Roman sections, with masterpieces such as the man-sized Trajan statue, the Nehalennia altars that were retrieved from the Eastern Scheldt and Attic grave amphoras.

Target audience:  youth and adults 
Time: 11:15 - 12:15 | 12:45 - 13:45
Meeting point: Humanities Campus exhibition (Lipsius 1.31-1.38)

In the coming years, the Faculty of Humanities will carry out a large-scale renovation of all its buildings (PJ Veth building has been finished). Are you curious to know more about the reasons behind these renovations? Where study programmes will be housed? What will happen to the Lipsius building in the future? What the buildings will look like? And how all of this comes together in the urban development plan? Then join this guided tour by our accommodation consultant, Elisa Meijer.

Target audiencene: youth and adults
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Meeting point: P.J. Veth building, room 1.01

This spring, several students, staff and alumni of our faculty have, in a creative way, paid tribute to the humanities for the art competition 'Humanities Matter'. The many different works of art, which are scattered all over the campus, can be visited for the first time on the Friends and Family Day. You can do this on your own with the help of the walking route that will be available at the registration desk, or by joining a tour guided by one of the student curators who have put this exhibition together.

Target audience: youth and adults
Time: 11:30 - 12:30 | 13:00 - 14:00
Meeting point: at the main entrance of the Lipsius building 

The Gilde Leiden organises a walk through the beautiful Pieterswijk. In the neighbourhood of the Faculty of Humanities you can find several places that are tied to our disciplines: languages (from Arabic to Swahili), cultures, regional studies, art history, religion, philosophy and history. Did you know, for example, that the (just resigned) Japanese emperor walked across the Rapenburg in the year 2000 and put his hand on a pole there while starting a conversation with a few students? You can even find a plaque of the event here! And did you know that the signatures of the Dutch king and prime minister can be found in the Sweat Room of the Academy Building? They were both history students in Leiden. During this walk you will hear all about our rich history.

Other activities

Target audience: children (age 10 and up), youth and adults
Time: 14:15 - 15:15
Room: Lipsius 0.19

Test your knowledge on our faculty and various topics that we study here at Humanities. Join the one and only Humanities pubquiz! 

Target audience: children (age 6 and up), youth and adults 
Time: continual 
Meeting point: Main hall at the LIPS-desk 

Join our scavenger hunt and go on an adventure through the various buildings and research areas of the Faculty of Humanities! For everyone who manages to find all the answers, a nice surprise awaits at the end (for both young and old).

Target audience: youth and adults 
Time: 12:00 - 12:30
Room: P.J. Veth 1.01

More details will follow soon 

Are you coming the 25th?

Invite as many friends and family members as you like and sign up using the link below. For questions and suggestions you can reach the board by emailing vriendenenfamiliedag@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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