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Faculty party: 444 Years of Humanities

Thursday 12 September 2019
Breestraat 60
2311 CS Leiden

444 Years of Humanities

This year Leiden University, and therefore our faculty, celebrates its 444th anniversary. This calls for a special festive evening for the staff members and students of the Faculty of Humanities. So write Thursday 12 September  down on your calendar, because it promises to be a fantastic party at one of Leiden's most beautiful locations: the Stadsgehoorzaal (City Auditorium). 

What to expect?

Because we want both staff members and students to have a great evening, there is something for everyone, from lectures to karaoke and from workshops to a DJ. The evening will therefore be more similar to an indoor festival than a party. During this event, the opening of the faculty year takes place and the faculty education prize is awarded.


Time: 19:30 - 19:45
Room: Grote zaal (Main auditorium)

The big talents of the Leiden PS Theatre, in collaboration with Blauwe Uur, have put together a spectacular opening for us, in which they will tell the story of 444 years of Humanities at Leiden University using a mix of light, sound and theatre.

NOTE: Make sure you are present in the main auditorium before 19:30, because it is not possible to enter the auditorium during this performance.

Time: 19:45 - 20:00
Room: Grote zaal (Main auditorium) 
Time: 20:00 - 21:00
Room: Jan Willem Schaapfoyer (first floor)

During this special evening we would like to offer a stage to four of our teachers who have been nominated by their students for the Faculty Teaching Prize 2019 because of their excellent teaching skills. In a short ten-minute-long HUM Talk (following the style of the well known TED Talks) each of the nominees will give a sneak peek of his or her lectures. More information about the talks can be found here.

  • 20:00 - 20:10 | Pepita Hesselberth | Dis/connect: TED (ont)doet Theorie
  • 20:15 - 20:25 | Luuk de Ligt | College geven zonder PowerPoint
  • 20:30 - 20:40 | Ans de Rooij-van Broekhuizen | De uitspraak van het Mandarijn: je moet durven en een beetje bluffen!
  • 20:45 - 21:00 | Frank Chouraqui | Making a Home in the World
  • 21:15 - 21:20 | Uitreiking Facultaire Onderwijsprijs in de grote zaal
Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Room: staircase to the left of the entrance foyer (ground floor)

Lars van der Werf frequently tours the Netherlands together with his poems and typewriter. More than 25,000 copies of his poetry collections, Versjes van Lars, Heb lief en Elke dag een zoen have already been sold. During this festive evening, between 20:00 and 22:00, you can find him at the staircase to the left of the entrance foyer. Sitting behind his typewriter he will write beautiful customised poems and rhymes. Stop by and take your own personal poem home. 

Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Room: Cornelis Schuytzaal (ground floor)

We’re convinced that humanities are amongst the most important fields of studies (although we may be a bit biased). For our 444 celebration, we’ve collaborated with Hague Talks Youth to challenge you with a game highlighting what the world would potentially be like without humanities.

Time: 20:00 - 01:30
Room: Catharinafoyer (ground floor)
Time: 21:00 - 00:00
Room: Breezaal (first floor)

You might not realise it, but there are a lot of talented people at our faculty. This evening is the perfect time to put these talented students and staff in the spotlight. So come and visit the Breezaal and watch and listen to the different acts and our very own drag queen, Jurine van Gisteren, who will take on the role of host.

  • 21:00 - 21:10  | Poetical narration by Suze Geuke
  • 21:20 - 21:30 | Singing with guitar by Mare van Welzenis
  • 21:40 - 21:50 | Indian Dance by Iris Farkhondeh
  • 22:00 - 22:10 | Piano by Iddo Geerse
  • 22:20 - 23:00 | Bromelain band 
Time: 21:15 - 21:30
Room: Main room

More details will follow soon.

Time: 21:30 - 23:30
Room: Grote zaal (Main auditorium)

Agogo is a current, sparkling cover band, that creates a festive mood, filled with energy, dance, passion and enthusiasm. Armed with a wide repertoire of danceclassics and the latest party hits.

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Time: 21:30 - 23:30
Room: Grote zaal (Main auditorium)

The energetic ringleaders of Rave van Fortuin effortlessly suck you into a musical roller coaster. Using a wheel full of musical styles you will be treated to a brand new party every 15 minutes.

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Time: 01:00 - 02:00
Room: Grote zaal (Main auditorium)

You might know Reinier Haas from Leiden's past nightlife, for example: Nexus, Danssalon Incasa, Clubnight Cityhall, De Oude Harmonie or Hifi. Nowadays Reinier often plays on well-known concepts like Frits Amsterdam, Dansen bij Olivier, Fuif, borrel 071, borrel 030, Suite 1, Everybody Loves Disco, Puur festival and buitensporig festival. 

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