An artistic and curatorial collaboration between Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar will be the first visual art project in Conway Hall’s history to directly respond to its spaces, ethos, activities and archive. For example, photographic collaboration revealing the more hidden spaces of Conway Hall or scenes of the library at dusk will hang both inside and on the outside the building, facing out onto Red Lion Square. Hexagonal structures suspended from ceiling windows will link the bee hives on the roof with the collective interior space, mixed media paintings will explore spaces and structures propagated by human and non-human agency and a series of assemblage works will respond to archive portraits of key figures in the history of Conway Hall.
Do you enjoy whiskey? Would you like to discover more about it, but don’t know where to start? Do you like music? Do you like fun?
The Whiskey Affair is for you if you answered ‘Yes!’ to any of these questions. We are putting on an evening session at Conway Hall in Central London this November and have tons of brands of whiskey to share with you.
This talk will outline the ominous threats to the English countryside from unsustainable and unplanned development, and look for signs of hope. It will examine the growing pressures for housing development,food production, the changing character of the landscape and rural economy, the relationship between town and country, and how we can reconcile conflicting objectives for the use of land, one of our most important natural resources.
Join beer experts Pete Brown and Melissa Cole, gin-historian Richard Barnett, and London brewers and distillers for a celebration and discussion of London and it’s drinking history and culture; from the taverns to the gin craze, to craft brewing and beyond. Londonist and Conway Hall Ethical Society are proud to present an evening of ale, gin, pubs, conversation and a tipsy toddle through our fantastic city’s history and life.
Roger Casement was the twentieth century’s first outstanding humanitarian. Best known for his 1904 chilling report on conditions in King Leopold’s Congo, Casement continued his campaign for human rights in the Putumayo Valley bordering Peru and Colombia, where a rubber company with headquarters in London was abusing and murdering indigenous people on a massive scale – nearly thirty thousand workers had died for a few thousand tons of rubber. Casement’s 1912 Foreign Office published report made for disturbing reading. He was widely celebrated as a hero in his battle to expose widespread abusive labour regimes. In 1916, Casement was hanged on a charge of treason by the British Government.
Saturday 5th December @ 9:30 am - Sunday 6th December @ 4:30 pm
Wed, 25th Nov, 2015
Join A Day Called Wonder 2015 for a gathering dedicated to celebrating life, building communities and wondering deeply. Sunday Assembly are bringing together inspirational speakers, profound thinkers and great doers who will provide you with tools to improve your life, grow your community and lead change in the world.
By comparing the democratic institutions that have been developed in Cuba since its 1959 Revolution with those that are claimed for Britain, speaker Graham Bell examines whether the quality of our democracy might be raised using Cuba’s experience.
Progressive Muslims and atheists differ on key issues such as the existence of God, and the likelihood of an afterlife. Yet there is much we have in common: from promoting secular democracy and human rights, to opposing faith-based discrimination. In recent years, atheist and Muslim campaigners have worked together to oppose the normalisation of gender segregation in public universities, campaigned against exclusionary policies in faith schools, and promoted greater acceptance of same-sex relations in faith communities. What are the barriers to achieving progress, and how can we build on our successes?
In this intriguing and very timely event, two high profile figures Tehamina Kazi and Boyd Sleator will discuss these important issues impacting our society today. ...Read More »
Nigh on 50 years ago, a hotly contested Black Paper, “Fight for Education”, was published. It was a collection of reactionary – or necessarily corrective – essays, depending on your point of view. It was written in the climate of alarm at the height of student power at the LSE, the prospective abolition of grammar schools, the onset of the new universities and continuous assessment in place of exams, and the emphasis on self-expression in the Humanities, rather than learning.
Chris Bratcher and Chris Ormell will revisit this pivotal period in education, to remind us – or reveal to a new generation – the extent of these opinions and concerns. They will ask whether the changes that were being proposed that so dismayed the BLACK PAPER authors, have come home to roost. Did they cause a collapse in the transmission of culture or did they lead to the “ better" education that is on offer today ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL STORY? And finally do these considerations help inform us as to how we might develop education going forward?
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Cuban officials argue that their political and economic system is extraordinarily democratic. Most Western media state just the opposite, claiming that Cuba suffers from an extreme lack of democracy. For many raised in the West, their type of democracy seems to be the only, the inevitable or the ideal form of democracy, one that should be exported to the rest of the world. But democracy in fact is a multifaceted, contested set of concepts that has taken many forms over space and time.
By comparing the democratic institutions that have been developed in Cuba since its 1959 Revolution with those that are claimed for Britain, Graham Bell examines whether the quality of our democracy might be raised using Cuba’s experience. ...Read More »
Multiculturalism is a conservative idea that’s seen as progressive. It is about background, ethnicity, belonging, spokespersons and roots. Those who talk about roots talk about an idyll of the past, a historical El Dorado - in contrast to impartial institutions, technological achievements, gender equality, and modern society. A reactionary ideology does not become more radical just because ‘progressive’ journalists, politicians, and academics are cherishing it. The developed world has dragged a Trojan Horse into its midst.
Dr Göran Adamson will present this, albeit highly controversial, perspective on living cheek-by-jowl with many different races and cultures. This should ensure a lively discussion! ...Read More »
Today, incredibly, 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, reflecting double standards between the rich and poor countries. And there are also 160 million missing women worldwide. In Thailand alone there are 472,000 in slavery prostitution, many having HIV.
Slavery is illegal in every country in the modern world, but it still exists, and even on the narrowest definition of slavery it's likely that there are far more slaves now than there were victims of the Atlantic slave trade.
Gillian Kaile, an expert in this field, will reveal the shocking nature and the dire prospects for this dark inhuman activity which is still practised around the world. ...Read More »
Anyone who has been a scientist for more than 20 years will realize that there has been a progressive decline in the honesty of communications between scientists, between scientists and their institutions and between scientists and their institutions and the outside world.' These are the words of Bruce Charlton, Professor of Theoretical medicine. This sad stated of affairs is reinforced by Marcia Agnell who was the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for twenty years. The highest impact medical journal in the world. 'It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.' Dr Kendrick will explain how we have traveled to this crisis point. ...Read More »