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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

July 2015
£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

General Elections: Manufacturing Consent in a Democratic Society?

Sunday 5th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
General Elections: Manufacturing Consent

In this talk, Graham Bell will look at the schema that Walter Lippmann developed in the 1920s for conducting national elections and his justification of it. To what extent do his prescriptions reflect current General Elections in the UK?

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£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
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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.

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Migrants or People?

Sunday 12th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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.

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£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
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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.

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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
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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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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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Bankers are a Force for Good

Sunday 19th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Bankers are a force for good

DEBATE: Jonathan Parker v Paul Carroll.

This is a 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.

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Free

The Central London Humanist Group presents:

Evidence Matters – Accountable Elections, Effective Politics

Wednesday 22nd July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Prateek Buch

After telling us a little about Sense about Science, speaker Prateek Buch will focus on how asking for evidence can increase public pressure on politicians to use evidence effectively and transparently. This is particularly apt now that the general election is over. Prateek will draw on topical examples, celebrating where it’s done well (MPs changing their minds, policy trials in areas like education); exposing where evidence is abused (drugs policy, welfare and crime); and sharing insights into the complexity and uncertainty at the heart of how evidence should inform policymaking in the public interest. He will also explore how the public asking for evidence fits with other evidence-related initiatives from Sense About Science’s partner organisations at election time and otherwise – fact checking, improving the supply of evidence and so on.

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£15

Action for Happiness presents:

Living Danishly: Why are Danes so happy and what can we learn from them?

Wednesday 22nd July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Helen Russell

Join us for a unique and fascinating evening with Helen Russell as she explores why Danes are so happy and what we can learn from the country often ranked as the happiest in the world.

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Free

Index On Censorship and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Unsilencing Pakistan — a Tribute to Sabeen Mahmud

Thursday 23rd July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Sabeen Mahmud

In May 2007 Sabeen Mahmud founded The Second Floor (now known as T2F), a coffee house and “community space for open dialogue” in Karachi, Pakistan. In April 2015, Mahmud was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Travelling home after hosting a panel discussion on the missing people of Balochistan, a poor but resource rich province of Pakistan, armed motorcyclists surrounded her car and opened fire.

Three months after this brutal act of censorship, some of Britain’s Pakistani community are working together with Index on Censorship to commemorate and celebrate an extraordinary woman.

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Free

GlobalNet21 & Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

War, Terror and Community – An Islamic Perspective

Friday 24th July @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Terror or Community?

How do we work with different religions to foster understanding between our communities and what common values can we identify that will create cohesion?

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