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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Red Kimono

Friday 4th March - Wednesday 31st August
Wed, 4th May, 2016
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The second exhibition of Red Kimono at Conway Hall marks the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Event Category:
Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Political is Personal by Anna Berry

Sunday 1st May - Monday 1st August
Wed, 4th May, 2016
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Artist Anna Berry’s ‘The Political is Personal’ exhibition was conceived around the time of the last general election. Anna constructed wreaths from election fliers from all the political parties.

Event Category:
£20

The School of Life presents:

Amanda Palmer on Motherhood

Sunday 29th May @ 11:20 am - 1:00 pm
Thu, 14th Apr, 2016
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In this Sunday Sermon, iconic singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer will explore what it means to be a new mother in 2016.

£0 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Maggini Quartet

Sunday 29th May @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 9th Feb, 2016
Maggini Quartet

Mozart: Quartet in F K590
Malcolm Arnold: Quartet No.2 Op.118
Brahms: Quartet No.3, Op.67

Event Categories:
Free

NHS Blood & Transplant presents:

Blood Donation – May 2016

Tuesday 31st May @ 9:20 am - 4:30 pm
Tue, 19th Jan, 2016
Give Blood

Our regular blood donation sessions at Conway Hall. Register as a blood donor and book an appointment to give blood and help someone in need today.

Event Category:
£0 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

What Ails Muslims Today?

Tuesday 31st May @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sun, 8th May, 2016
Pervez Hoodbouy

Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy is a nuclear physicist who teaches mathematics
and physics in Lahore and Islamabad. He is active in defending human
rights, opposing religious extremism, and advocating peace between
Pakistan and India.

£2 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Testing Ground 5

Wednesday 1st June @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 17th Dec, 2015
Dance event - Conway Collective

London’s exuberant showcase of new dance and movement based performance. A vibrant, daring and life affirming event curated by Luke Dixon & Jane Turner.

Event Category:
£5 - £10

Centre for Inquiry UK, The British Humanist Association and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Love Factually

Thursday 2nd June @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun, 10th Apr, 2016
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Come and experience a loved-up evening of geeky romance with bible historian Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou, magician and philosopher James David Parker, and comedian Robin Ince as CFI UK presents ‘Love Factually’.

Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The European Union: In or Out? 

Friday 3rd June @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 19th May, 2016
In or Out Eu Referendum

Are you finding it difficult to decide whether or not to stay within the EU? A public philosophical enquiry about the EU Referendum debate, professionally facilitated by Miriam Cohen and Peter Worley from The Philosophy Foundation.

£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

How David Hume Became the First Modern Humanist

Sunday 5th June @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed, 20th Apr, 2016
David Hume Edinburgh

Dr Amyas Merivale, winner of Conway Hall’s Blackham Fellowship award, will tell the story of David Hume’s hugely significant moment in the history of ideas.

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Venue Hire

Venue Hire: Main Hall

With a capacity of 400 spread over balcony and floor seating, our Main Hall retains its period features and is internationally renowned for its excellent acoustics.

Brockway Room - room hire in central London

The Brockway Room has a capacity of 70 and is ideal for meetings, lectures, and even exhibitions.

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

The Bertrand Russell Room has a capacity of 35 and is perfect for auditions, rehearsals and meetings alike.

Venue and room hire in central London

Our Foyer and a further suite of three additional rooms, with capacities between 8 and 35, fulfils our complement of discreet hireable spaces.

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A wide range of AV equipment is available to hire – technical support for events can be arranged in advance.

Venue hire - Conway Hall

Further information on our facilities and support available from Conway Hall’s staff and partners.

Catering at Conway Hall

Mayfair Catering specialises in providing the highest standard of in-house catering for a range of occasions at Conway Hall.

Weddings at Conway Hall

Starlight Design is an events company dedicated to the production of any event at Conway Hall, whatever the size.

Library

The largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource in the UK, our Library and archives are open to all.

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Conway Hall’s library and archives contain a wealth of historical texts, artworks, music and other printed materials.

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Experience the Library as if you were here!

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See the amazing gems from our archives. An 18 month collaborative project between the Bishopsgate Institute and Conway Hall.

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You can search both our library books and archives online via our catalogue.

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A reference Library open to all. Whether you’re a dedicated researcher or just curious, come and browse our shelves.

London Thinks

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks: Thinking the Unthinkable – Privatising the NHS

Thursday 16th June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 10th May, 2016
Hospital Building

Tim Knox, Nick Cohen and the London Thinks audience debate the state of the NHS, and what its future could or should hold.

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Ethical Record

Book Review

Battling the Gods: Atheisim in the Ancient World

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

By: Tim Whitmarsh (Faber & Faber (2016))

Review by: Norman Bacrac

Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge, has compiled a most valuable record of atheist thought in the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Humanists need to know this early history – it will prevent their believing that supernatural explanations of the world and religious morality predated naturalist and atheist outlooks. It may even […]

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The Case for Abandoning CO2 Emission Reduction Targets

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 10th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Much has been said on Climate Change and you may have thought there is not much else to say. Well, think again! It is the major problem facing humanity and unless we relentlessly pursue CO2 emission reduction targets, the global community will face catastrophe. This is the (misguided) mantra emanating from The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – manifest in the recent Paris conference, and is perceived as the current wisdom by the majority of nations. Evan Parker will present, without prejudice, a re-examination of the prospects of Climate Change. He and a colleague have developed a unique view and will set out to convince you that we are pursuing the wrong targets and that this has resulted in activities that are unethical, counter-productive and that will almost certainly fail. He will propose an alternative global strategic response, and advice what should be done at both government and citizen level. ...Read More »

Speaker: Prof. Evan Parker
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Google, Government and the Death of Liberal Democracy

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 3rd Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute

Whenever there is technological change, there is always political disruption. We’re currently living through one of the most profound technological revolutions in human history – so can we really expect our politics to remain unchanged? Technology and politics writer James O’Malley presents a provocative and sometimes shocking prognosis for democracy. ...Read More »

Speaker: James O’Malley
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Sex and Prostitution: Chalk and Cheese

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 19th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

What is the Nordic Model for dealing with prostitution? Why have Sweden, Norway, South Korea, Northern Ireland and France gone down this route? Should it be implemented in the UK? Why do we describe what happens in prostitution as sex? Survivors describe it as paid abuse. Who benefits from the multi-billion dollar sex trade and who is harmed? Who picks up the cost of that harm? Is prostitution compatible with human rights when 70% of those selling sexual access to their bodies started suffering sexual abuse as children, 75% have been homeless and 89% want to leave?’ Campaigner and activist Janice Williams will take us through this highly controversial topic. ...Read More »

Speaker: Janice Williams
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Lecture

The EU debate – le crunch

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Many of us still have to make up our mind on the EU Referendum. Rather than the vital facts we generally have heard exaggerated claims and biased conjecture, making it virtually impossible for the average person to take a well-informed view. Indeed, is it so complex a matter that all you can do is make a gut-decision based on your particular prejudice? Or can you do better than that? Today could be your only and last chance to get properly informed. We have been very fortunate to secure distinguished speakers who will succinctly debate the critical information you need. Professor Takis Tridimas of King’s College London and Patricia Mary McKenna, well known activist and former MEP for Dublin will give you the hard facts you need to consider – on costs, immigration, trade, security and democratic and social issues and the range of possible ways these are affected by our ultimate decision. This will be followed by a vibrant discussion where you can express your opinion. You should then be well-positioned to put your cross in the right box ...Read More »

Speaker: Takis Tridimas
Speaker: Patricia McKenna
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Is Utopia within Reach?

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

There is perhaps an underlining and as yet, unnamed emerging ideology for the 21st century that we, in the most part, could collectively agree upon. It is called Political Humanism. This unsurprisingly embraces a range of ideas for a better system of governance, but more poignantly the originator of this new philosophy, Reggie Adams, has developed realistic routes to achieving this highly desired state of existence. He will share with us a unique new view of the world and an approach to maximizing human wellbeing. He advocates rallying around this position, ultimately to replace the current left/right wing paradigm of political thought. ...Read More »

Speaker: Reggie Adams
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34. Rothko and Sensitive Observers

Posted on: Mon, 23rd May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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33. Touch, Attention & Tenderness

Posted on: Tue, 17th May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
Book Review

Islamic Fascism by Hamed Abdel-Samad

Posted on: Mon, 9th May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

By: Hamed Abdel-Samad ((New York: Prometheus Books, 2016, 255 pp.)

Review by: Rumy Hasan

During the parliamentary debate on 2nd December 2015 on the bombing of Islamic State targets in Syria, Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn made an impassioned speech in favour of the government’s motion. A key reason he provided was that Islamic State were “fascists and fascists must be defeated”. This was a rare instance of a […]

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32. Not Looking at Pollock

Posted on: Sat, 7th May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 15 minutes

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