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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

World Wide Weave – Extraordinary Lives

Friday 19th June - Sunday 19th July
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
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An awe-inspiring series of 75 pieces of multi-media textile art by adults, children and young people with learning disabilities from 19 countries worldwide to mark the Camphill Movement’s 75th anniversary.

£12 - £15

Guardian Live presents:

The Inequality Debate

Tuesday 7th July @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, 2nd Jul, 2015
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Will Hutton, Owen Jones, and former Conservative MP David Willetts will debate the causes and consequences of rising inequality, and the way ahead for government.

£8.00 - £10.00

The Conway Collective presents:

No Frills

Wednesday 8th July @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Tue, 24th Feb, 2015
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Dotdotdot Dance Company in No Frills. Three dancers, one voice, one guitar and one percussion box. No Frills is flamenco stripped down to its bare essence.

£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Thursday 9th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 4th Jun, 2015
Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Prof Tim Spector, Prof Barbara Prainsack and Sue Nelson explore how recent advances in the science of microbes change our understanding of health and disease, and give a revolutionary approach to losing weight and staying slim.

£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Migrants or People?

Sunday 12th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 9th Jun, 2015
Migrants or People?

Disturbed by the dehumanisation of those fleeing for their lives as a daily media and political event, Jim Walsh will advocate a new understanding of personal ethics that aims to bring migrants in from the cold of being abstract entities and give them warmth such as every human deserves. By focusing upon some of the ideas contained with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, Jim will illustrate, with reference to A Scandal in Bohemia and the works of Rene Magritte, how we can start to re-evaluate ourselves when we regard other people.

£5.00 - £10.00

The Conway Collective presents:

Golem

Sunday 12th July @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue, 17th Feb, 2015
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Writer and performer Richard Waring teams up with director Luke Dixon in the creation of a new solo show. This play tells the story of horror, compassion and tragedy based on an old Jewish medieval folk tale. The Jews of Prague are threatened with a pogrom and the great rabbi of Prague is sent a message from god to create a Golem to save the Jews.

Event Category:
£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society and London Fortean Society presents:

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain

Monday 13th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 14th May, 2015
Science of Fairytales

Melanie Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences.

£5

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Italian

Tuesday 14th July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Introduction to Italian

Italian “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Italian language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Italian with communicative and fun activities.

Event Category:
£5

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Tuesday 14th July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese

Brazilian-Portuguese “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Brazilian-Portuguese with communicative and fun activities.

Event Category:
Free

Campaign for a Greater London National Park City presents:

Let’s make Greater London a National Park City!

Tuesday 14th July @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed, 24th Jun, 2015
Greater London

For the curious, creative and critical, this event is for anyone interested in the future of London. Over the evening we will talk about health, education, childhood, landscape, biodiversity, air, resilience and much more.

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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

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

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

London Thinks

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Thursday 9th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 4th Jun, 2015
Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Prof Tim Spector, Prof Barbara Prainsack and Sue Nelson explore how recent advances in the science of microbes change our understanding of health and disease, and give a revolutionary approach to losing weight and staying slim.

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Waiting for GlaDOS: What Could Sentient Machines Mean for Humanity?

Thursday 16th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, 22nd Jun, 2015
Sentient Machines

For decades, we’ve imagine the rise of computer-based life forms, super-intelligences whose intellects could far surpass our own and trigger a new phase in non-human evolution.

Could these visions become real, and why do they have such a grip on our imaginations? How has culture informed AI research? Should we be more worried about sentient machines, or the dumb algorithms and data integration being worked on today? Do we still have privacy under the dead, uncaring gaze of a machine intelligence? What does humanism mean to an artificial intelligence anyway?

Science writer, broadcaster and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford chairs a panel of human intelligences, including leading roboticist Prof Alan Winfield and Dr Kathleen Richardson.

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – The Science and Ethics of Doctor Who

Wednesday 29th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 28th May, 2015
The Science of Doctor Who

Every moment in time and space is burning, the result of a huge war between the Daleks and the Doctor’s own people, the Time Lords. The Doctor can end the conflict using a special super-weapon. All of space and time will be saved, but he’ll destroy every Dalek and Time Lord, including 2.47 billion Time Lord children. Does he have the right?

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – What has Scientology got to Hide?

Tuesday 4th August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
L. Ron Hubbard

Tony Ortega, John Sweeney and Humfrey Hunter talk about Scientology’s crusade against free speech; The Church That Likes To Wear Dark Glasses.

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Ethical Record

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8. The Schopenhauer Cure

Posted on: Sun, 28th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
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Divided Britain – The Impact of Rising Inequality

Posted on: Thu, 18th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 28th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute
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Lecture

Open Borders: Unconditional Hospitality

Posted on: Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jul, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Unconditional hospitality is a central idea in contemporary ethical philosophy and it has important implications for psychology. Its political equivalent is the notion of open borders as a utopian critique of nationality and national identity. We can become good hosts by temporarily interrupting the self and our habitual concerns about ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and also by reframing our notion of identity, including national identity. Why ‘unconditional’ hospitality? Because conditional hospitality (the only hospitality we know) has not really worked. Born in the Greek polis and the oman forum, developed further via the Judaeo-Christian tradition and Kantian/Hegelian philosophy, this type of hospitality is juridical: it is handled by codes, norms and regulations, and it is inscribed within the metaphysics of violence. We need an unconditional hospitality because ethics without hospitality is no ethics at all. ...Read More »

Speaker: Manu Bazzano
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Lecture

Bankers are a Force for Good – Debate

Posted on: Thu, 11th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 19th Jul, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

DEBATE Jonathan Parker v Paul Carroll Banks and bankers play an essential part in society by protecting, investing and lending money. They play direct and diverse roles at government, company and the individual level. They make absolutely critical decisions in investing in the future success of the UK, including pension, infrastructure and mortgage provision. It is no exaggeration to say that without banks, society as we know it would break down and collapse within 24 hours. This is a very hot topic and Jonathan Parker will argue that today's large banks are a force for good, without them our quality of life would be dramatically diminished. Excessive bonuses are a bone of public contention but these are not a fault of the individual banker but of the embedded culture inherent to the capitalist system, to which mankind owes a huge debt. The motion will be opposed by Paul Carroll. ...Read More »

Speaker: Jonathan Parker
Speaker: Paul Carroll
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Migrants or People?

Posted on: Wed, 10th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jul, 2015
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Disturbed by the dehumanization of those fleeing for their lives as a daily media and political event, Jim Walsh will advocate a new understanding of personal ethics that aims to bring migrants in from the cold of being abstract entities and give them warmth such as every human deserves. By focusing upon some of the ideas contained with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, Jim will illustrate, with reference to A Scandal in Bohemia and the works of Rene Magritte, how we can start to re-evaluate ourselves when we regard other people. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Jim Walsh
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Posted on: Sat, 6th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
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6. A Scandal in Bohemia

Posted on: Sun, 24th May, 2015
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
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The Robots are Coming

Posted on: Tue, 19th May, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 21st Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Recent advances in automation are stripping out all manner of jobs: not just those of clerks, typists and warehousemen. Almost any job involving a programmable process is vulnerable. Chris Bratcher asks should we rejoice, and anticipate their emancipation from labour; or should we be very afraid for the basis of our society? Chris Bratcher thinks the latter. He believes the fall-out from the Industrial Revolution will seem trivial by comparison, and that the imbalance of power between capital (which reaps the benefits of automation) and labour is leading to permanent, but insupportable, levels of unemployment. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Bratcher
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Lecture

Cults and Brainwashing: The hidden – and not so hidden – epidemic

Posted on: Mon, 11th May, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 7th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

Alexandra Stein will discuss cults and brainwashing, focusing on the leadership, structure, ideologies and processes involved. These attributes are common to a variety of dangerous relationships, from one-on-one cults to extremist political groups. There is an urgent need to teach young people about these phenomena at all levels of education. This talk will include suggestions about creating a culture of awareness in order to prevent recruitment to these systems and to increase accountability of the abuses that occur within them. ...Read More »

Speaker: Alexandra Stein
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Art versus Genocide – Armenian Survival

Posted on: Mon, 11th May, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 14th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Nouritza Matossian, a writer of seminal biographies and daughter of genocide survivors asks a burning question. Why did it take a hundred years for the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Young Turks in the Ottoman Empire? A million and a half citizens were uprooted, tortured, killed, robbed of goods and lands. Most countries condemn 'the first genocide of the 20th century, yet England and the USA support Turkey in deceitful denial. Nouritza argues that surviving artists transformed their traumas and raped culture into modern masterpieces. Arshile Gorky, Alan Hovhannes, Aram Khatchaturian, William Saroyan, Charles Aznavour, Sergei Parajanov helped defeat genocide. ...Read More »

Speaker: Nouritza Matossian

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