The landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life

Upcoming Events

£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Futurists presents:

London Thinks – Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive

Tuesday 1st September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, 24th Jul, 2015
Debunking Economics - Steve Keen

Mainstream economists failed to anticipate the great financial crash of 2007-8. In this talk, Professor Steve Keen will share his view on the bigger picture – including recent financial developments around the world. He will review options for the future of economics, highlight the little-understood importance of debt, and argue that significant debt write-downs are needed in order to limit future financial crashes.

Free

Conway Hall presents:

Red Kimono

Wednesday 2nd September - Wednesday 30th September
Mon, 3rd Aug, 2015
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The Red Kimono portrait series was conceived in response to the nuclear catastrophe unleashed at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan in March 2011. The work is intended as a gesture of solidarity with all those suffering as a result of this ongoing, multi-faceted catastrophe. It is also an attempt to help raise awareness, and to elicit questions, via the use of provocative, attention-grabbing imagery and a selection of memoirs and letters by evacuees from Fukishima.

£7

The Psychedelic Society presents:

The Future of Consciousness: An Evening with Graham Hancock and David Pearce

Thursday 3rd September @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, 17th Aug, 2015
The Psychedelic Society

An evening with Graham Hancock and David Pearce.

£5

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Thursday 3rd September @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 28th Jul, 2015
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese

In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics.

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Free

Sunday Assembly presents:

Sunday Assembly

Sunday 6th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon, 24th Nov, 2014
Sunday Assembly

Come along to sing songs, hear talks, share tea and cake and enjoy community with 400 others. It’s for everyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.

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£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Fortean Society presents:

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’

Tuesday 8th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 18th Jun, 2015
Zombie

This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook’s exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture.

Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society & Houses of Parliament presents:

Political Skulduggery: What Kept Charles Bradlaugh MP From Taking his Seat in Parliament?

Tuesday 8th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 23rd Jul, 2015
Charles Bradlaugh MP

Charles Bradlaugh, “Atheist, Republican and Malthusian”, was a maverick figure in late nineteenth-century radical politics. Bradlaugh needs to be remembered, not just for standing trial under the Obscene Publications Act in 1877 with Mrs Annie Besant for publishing a birth control pamphlet, but for the six-year battle he fought to take his seat as M.P. for Northampton. Extraordinarily Bradlaugh won his parliamentary seat in 1880 as a Liberal, yet it was Gladstone’s Liberal government which kept him out for the entire parliament. A bit of historical skulduggery with lessons for today.

£18

NOW Live Events presents:

Alastair Creamer – Would You Take Your Own Career Advice?

Wednesday 9th September @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 28th Jul, 2015
Alastair Creamer

In this powerful, interactive session, leading creative thinker, coach and Eyes Wide Opened co-founder, Alastair Creamer will help you become the best role model you can be to those at a career crossroads – be it your best friend, partner, sibling, your teenager, or yourself. Learn how to be both pragmatic and inspirational. The acid test is, would you take your own career advice?

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£25 - £30

The Women’s Equality Party presents:

WE do! London

Wednesday 9th September @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu, 27th Aug, 2015
WE do! London

Join Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer as they introduce the Women’s Equality Party’s new leader Sophie Walker. A fundraiser with a difference, this will be a great night out.

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£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Trigger Warning!

Thursday 10th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 29th Jul, 2015
University-Free-Speech

Trigger Warning! This discussion may change your mind.
Should Universities be intellectual ‘safe spaces’?

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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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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 & London Futurists presents:

London Thinks – Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive

Tuesday 1st September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, 24th Jul, 2015
Debunking Economics - Steve Keen

Mainstream economists failed to anticipate the great financial crash of 2007-8. In this talk, Professor Steve Keen will share his view on the bigger picture – including recent financial developments around the world. He will review options for the future of economics, highlight the little-understood importance of debt, and argue that significant debt write-downs are needed in order to limit future financial crashes.

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Trigger Warning!

Thursday 10th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 29th Jul, 2015
University-Free-Speech

Trigger Warning! This discussion may change your mind.
Should Universities be intellectual ‘safe spaces’?

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Ethical Record

Ethical Compass
Lecture

Business – the search for an ethical compass

Posted on: Tue, 25th Aug, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 27th Sep, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

In this fascinating event Andrew takes a hard but informed look at the relationship between business and ethics and considers what does ethics in business mean and what are the realist prospects of changing the culture under which businesses operate? He will discuss why ethical behaviour is highly advantageous in the business world and the explain the nature and relevance of the “social licence”. A route by which companies can climb and remain at the top of the ethical ladder will be presented. ...Read More »

Speaker: Andrew Leigh
700 x 343 Untitled (light blue on blue) 2000, 24 by 24 inches

11. The Work of Art

Posted on: Sun, 23rd Aug, 2015
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

London Thinks: Ben Goldacre Q & As

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
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London Thinks – Prof Peter Singer – What’s the most good you can do?

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

London Thinks – In Conversation: Prof Brian Cox and Dr Adam Rutherford

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
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London Thinks – Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
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London Thinks – What Has Scientology Got To Hide?

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

London Thinks: Waiting for GLaDOS

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

OBITUARIES – Don Liversedge, 1917-2015

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
Book Review

The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West

Posted on: Tue, 11th Aug, 2015
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

By: Göran Adamson (Malmo: Arx Forlag, 2015)

Review by: Rumy Hasan

In the preface to the English edition, Swedish academic Göran Adamson of Copenhagen University points out that he had attended a Fri Debat event in Copenhagen but was unable to attend the following meeting – which was attacked by an Islamist in February 2015 that led to his colleague Finn Nørgard being murdered. Some 40,000 […]

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