Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall
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.Find out more »
Should Britain pay reparations for slavery? Join Dr Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International, in an interactive discussion that will look at the arguments for and against.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Almost two hundred years after the anti-slavery legislation associated with William Wilberforce, the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act, acknowledging the fact that slavery had never really gone away. What is different now is that “modern slavery”, is present within the UK itself rather than in far-flung countries where Britons preferred to overlook working conditions. This talk will briefly trace the links between historical forms of slavery and its modern manifestations, and will critically examine claims by the government that the Act is world-leading.Find out more »
It’s easy to find yourself doing more, more, more – and yet never really getting to where you want to be, says entrepreneur and bestselling author of Do Less, Get More, Shaa Wasmund.
After the death of her partner, Wasmund fell into an ultra-busy, ultra-controlled life as a coping mechanism, but realised this was a trap of her own making. She knew something had to change, and so consciously started to focus only on what really mattered. She found that by doing less, she was actually able to accomplish much more and was far happier in the process.Find out more »
Hear about the science of Doctor Who from a scientist who is also a consultant to Doctor Who’s scriptwriters, find out about the credibility (scientifically and otherwise) of ghost-hunting TV programme from a former ghosthunter now turned ghostbuster, and discover just how much bullshit science reporting there really is in our national press.Find out more »
In 1968, Fight for Education was published in reaction to the prospective abolition of grammar schools, the onset of new universities and continuous assessment in place of exams. 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. Did these changes in education cause a collapse in the transmission of culture, or did they lead to the “better” education that is on offer today?
Finally, do these considerations help inform us as to how we might develop education going forward?Find out more »
Bestselling author, speaker and creativity expert Chris Baréz-Brown will be launching his latest project, called The Great Wake Up! in 2016.Find out more »
In this intriguing and timely event, two high profile figures Tehamina Kazi and Boyd Sleator will discuss these important issues impacting our society today.Find out more »
Award-winning artist Grayson Perry CBE will deliver the inaugural Donaldson Lecture, launching a programme of special events celebrating 175 years of architectural education at The Bartlett School of Architecture, the founding school of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.Find out more »
Join us in our Ethics & Politics meeting with GlobalNet21 where we will discuss Ethics of Climate Change.Find out more »
The sixth (!) The Story conference will be on Friday, February 19th, at Conway Hall in London. Last year you told us it was the best event yet, with brilliant speakers including Nelly Ben-Hayoun, James Bridle, Alexa Clay, Kati London, Gary Carter, Lucy Perman and Simon Munnery. This year we’re getting an even more eclectic, challenging and inspiring list of speakers together, so get your tickets now!Find out more »