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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

May 2016
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Guardian Live presents:

Free Speech Under Attack

Tuesday 24th May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
The-Guardian-logo

Free Speech. What limits should there be to what we say, write and show? What should be regulated by law, and what’s left to standards of behaviour that we set and try to keep ourselves? Who should decide? With Timothy Garton Ash, Shami Chakrabarti, Rowan Williams, and Kenan Malik. Chaired by The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland.

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£8 - £10

Michael Mears presents:

Comrades in Conscience

Wednesday 25th May @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
comrades in conscience

An evening commemorating the courage of Britain’s first world war conscientious objectors, through drama, song and talks. Speakers include Cyril Pearce and Lois S. Bibbings.

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IMPACT presents:

Should students have to borrow?

Thursday 26th May @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
IMPACT

Dr Christopher Martin argues that forcing students to borrow is a serious mistake. He contends that higher education is a welfare good on a par with basic schooling and health care. Join IMPACT for the seminar and discussion at 6pm, followed by a reception.

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Free

LGBT Humanists presents:

PrEP School

Friday 27th May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
PrEP School

A panel of speakers on the facts about PrEP – the anti-HIV medicine that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected.

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£20

The School of Life presents:

Amanda Palmer on Motherhood

Sunday 29th May @ 11:20 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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In this Sunday Sermon, iconic singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer will explore what it means to be a new mother in 2016.

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£0 - £5

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

What Ails Muslims Today?

Tuesday 31st May @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Pervez Hoodbouy

Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy is a nuclear physicist who teaches mathematics
and physics in Lahore and Islamabad. He is active in defending human
rights, opposing religious extremism, and advocating peace between
Pakistan and India.

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June 2016
£5 - £10

Centre for Inquiry UK, The British Humanist Association and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Love Factually

Thursday 2nd June @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Come and experience a loved-up evening of geeky romance with bible historian Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou, magician and philosopher James David Parker, and comedian Robin Ince as CFI UK presents ‘Love Factually’.

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

How David Hume Became the First Modern Humanist

Sunday 5th June @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
David Hume Edinburgh

Dr Amyas Merivale, winner of Conway Hall’s Blackham Fellowship award, will tell the story of David Hume’s hugely significant moment in the history of ideas.

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Free

Vedanta Institute London presents:

Born In Captivity – How to obtain true liberation in life.

Monday 6th June @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Swami Parthasarathy

Swami Parthasarathy on how to obtain true liberation in life.

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£5 - £7.50

The Red Tent presents:

A Radical Feminist Examination of Evolutionary Psychology

Friday 10th June @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
The Red Tent

In this talk Marina Strinkovsky will look at what Evolutionary Psychology is, how it influences our interpretation of the social reality around us, and why this influence might be misleading and even harmful.

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Antiuniversity presents:

Towards a Decolonial Cultural Front

Saturday 11th June @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Towards a Decolonial Cultural Front

Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff on taking accountability of cultural institutions to account via the “Decolonial Cultural Front”.

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Antiuniversity presents:

Ground Control – the Privatisation of Cities and Destruction of Public Space

Saturday 11th June @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
ground control

Anna Minton, author of Ground Control, will give a special talk for Antiuniversity Now about the privatisation of cities and public space, linking that with the ‘super prime’ crisis and the destruction and demolition of low cost housing. Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London (UEL). She spent a decade in journalism, including a stint as a corporate reporter on the Financial Times. Finding daily journalism frustrating she began to focus on…

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£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The EU debate – le crunch

Sunday 12th June @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Professor Takis Tridimas of King’s College London and Patricia Mary McKenna, well known activist and former MEP for Dublin will give you the hard facts you need to consider – on costs, immigration, trade, security and democratic and social issues and the range of possible ways these are affected by our ultimate decision.

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£15 - £25

How To Academy presents:

how to: Brexit Debate

Monday 13th June @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
how-to-brexit

How to academy debates Brexit: Moderated by Matthew Taylor. Arguing to leave the EU: Tom Kremer, Roger Scruton, Daniel Hannan. Arguing to stay in the EU: Simon Glendinning, Justin Champion and Stanley Johnson. Don’t Know: Adam Zamoyski.

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£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Fortean Society presents:

London Stone: Mystery and Myth

Monday 13th June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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In this talk, John Clark investigates the ‘real’ story of London Stone, in Cannon Street, and the way in which myths have developed around it in the last 150 years.

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£4 - £7

Adlerian Society UK presents:

The Implications of Cortisol in Counselling

Tuesday 14th June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Emma Sweetland

Emma Sweetland talks about the actions of cortisol on stress-related conditions, including counselling.

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Free
£3

Central London Humanists presents:

God – The Greatest Placebo Ever Sold

Wednesday 15th June @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Dr Colin Brewer

Dr Colin brewer talks about the similarities between religion, addiction and placebos as an explanation of the longevity of belief in God(s).

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£20

Action for Happiness presents:

Ruby Wax on Mindful Living

Wednesday 15th June @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Join us for an entertaining evening as comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax shares her ideas on how we can become less frazzled and more mindful.

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£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks: Thinking the Unthinkable – The NHS

Thursday 16th June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Hospital Building

Tim Knox, Nick Cohen and the London Thinks audience debate the state of the NHS, and what its future could or should hold.

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£8 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society & the London Humanist Choir presents:

One Life – 2016

Saturday 18th June @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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An evening of music, comedy, music, a bit of science, did we mention music?
The choir will be joined on stage by our Compere Steve Cross (Science Show-Off), Kat Arney, and Jay Foreman.

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Free

Ubele Initiative presents:

Reclaim Our Spaces

Saturday 25th June @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Reclaim Our Spaces

Join Ubele Initiative, The Spark and Just Space for a day of activities, storytelling, workshops, film screenings and discussions about campaigning to reclaim public spaces.

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£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Is Utopia within Reach?

Sunday 26th June @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Utopia Paradise Next Exit

Reggie Adams will share with us a unique new view of the world and an approach to maximizing human well-being. He advocates rallying around this position, ultimately to replace the current left/right wing paradigm of political thought.

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July 2016
£25 - £35

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

how to: Enhance your Performance at Work with Mindfulness

Tuesday 5th July @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
one second ahead

Consultant to Accenture, Nike, Microsoft and Sony, Rasmus Hougaard joins the how to: Academy to teach us how to maintain focus and enhance our performance through mindfulness.

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£10 - £15

Gabriella Apicella presents:

Prostitution: Behind the Scenes

Thursday 14th July @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
prostitution behind the scenes

The lives of those who have lived inside prostitution have been shrouded in innuendo, romanticism and shadowy half-truths. But what is it really like? Women who have worked in brothels, on the streets and as escorts around the world, will speak at this no-holds-barred event.

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£17 – £33

London WNE presents:

Thinking Differently: Feminists questioning gender politics

Saturday 16th July @ 9:15 am - 4:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London Women's Networking Events

Topics covered will include: historicising transgenderism; analysing gender; the ‘transing’ of children; transgenderism and the impact on women; and no-platforming and the silencing of feminists.

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