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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

August 2015
£5 - £15

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – What has Scientology got to Hide?

Tuesday 4th August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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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September 2015
£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

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

Tuesday 1st September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Debunking Economics - Steve Keen

Mainstream economists failed to anticipated 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. Steve Keen is a Professor of Economics & Head of the School of Economics, History & Politics at…

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£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society and 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
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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.

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Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

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

Tuesday 8th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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.

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£5 - £10

Centre for Inquiry UK presents:

God and the Bible

Saturday 19th September @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Old Bible With Sword

Join Professors Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Keith Ward and atheist philosopher of religion Stephen Law in debate and discussion of God and the Bible. A day conference presented by The Centre for Inquiry UK, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the British Humanist Association.

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Free

CPBML presents:

When Britain leaves the EU

Tuesday 22nd September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
brexit

With the euro in meltdown, come and discuss why Britain can only thrive outside the EU, and what Britain needs to do to retain its integrity, sovereignty and unity as an island of labour.

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October 2015
£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Freedom’s Debt: The Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672 – 1752)

Tuesday 6th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Freedom’s Debt, the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672 – 1752)

This talk will discuss the parts played by freedom and liberty in developing England’s contribution to the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans. It argues that Britain’s relationship with slavery has largely been viewed in terms of Britain’s contribution to the abolition of the trade. It suggests that British identity, British ideas, British institutions did much to develop the trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It examines the political deliberations that surrounded the Royal African Company – a monopolistic trading corporation formed to develop England’s slave trade that would become, by the middle of the eighteenth century, associated with some of the earliest embryonic arguments for the abolition of the slave trade. The lecture will examine the role that Britishness and freedom played in developing the largest forced-intercontinental migration in human history.

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£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

First Prime Minister of the London Empire: William Beckford, Jamaican Planter & Lord Mayor of London (1709 – 1770)

Tuesday 13th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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William Beckford

This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire. In a remarkable political career, he gained fame as a proponent of British liberties, while overseeing a transatlantic family business founded on colonial slavery. The talk will seek to demonstrate how these apparent contradictions highlighted many of the dilemmas Britain faced as a global empire, and helped to spark some of the earliest domestic debates about its future as an imperial power.

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£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Law’s Ambiguous Struggle with Slavery

Tuesday 20th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
The Law's Ambiguous Struggle with Slavery

Speaker: Prof Satvinder Juss, King’s College London.

Professor Juss is a human rights expert focusing on policy-oriented work.

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£3 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

George Hibbert M.P. (1757-1837): and the Defence of British Slavery

Tuesday 27th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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George Hibbert M.P. and the Defence of British Slavery

George Hibbert was an early and powerful defender of the slave trade and later slavery. He was a Chairman of the West India Merchants Society, a Member of Parliament between 1806-1812, and Agent for Jamaica between 1812-1832. As early as 1790 he campaigned for the payment of compensation for those whose livelihoods depended on the labour of enslaved people. This talk will explore the different strategies used by Hibbert to delay the ending of slavery, as well as to ensure that the government compensated the slave-owners for their ‘property in people’.

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