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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

September 2015
£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society & 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 & Houses of Parliament 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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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Hierarchy and the Political Economy

Sunday 13th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Hierarchy and the Political Economy

Inequality, oppression, corruption, war and the destruction of nature are products of the Political Economy shaped to benefit the Structural Elite, and rooted in the hierarchical structure of society.

In this presentation, Clive Menzies will present a penetrating analysis of this interpretation of the undoubted present woes in today’s society and will argue from an apolitical standpoint that salvation lies in the dissolution of hierarchy. The challenge is how?

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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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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

When was Once Upon a Time?

Sunday 20th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Once Upon a Time

In this event our thought-provoking speaker, Peter Logan, will contradict the common sense view that there are thousands of myths and that they change continually over time. He sets out to demonstrate that not only is there just one myth, but also that there has always been only one myth, and it has been incredibly influential in the development of our society.

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£15

Rita Carter presents:

Brain-Buzz: electrical brain stimulation: miracle or myth?

Monday 21st September @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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brain buzz

Electrical brain stimulators can now be bought freely. Are they risky, pseudoscientific gimmicks, or is this a genuine breakthrough in treating mental health?

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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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£2

Central London Humanists presents:

From Jesus & Mo to Charlie Hebdo – Chris Moos

Wednesday 23rd September @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Jesus and Mo

Chris Moos talks about the secular struggle for freedom of expression; from Jesus & Mo to Charlie Hebdo.

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Business – The Search for an Ethical Compass

Sunday 27th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Ethical Compass square

In this event Andrew Leigh will take a hard but informed look at the relationship between business and ethics. He will consider what ethics in business actually means, and ask the question what are the realistic prospects of changing the culture under which businesses operate?

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£5 - £8

Conway Hall Ethical Society & Londonist presents:

London is Changing: Regeneration, Gentrification and Redevelopment

Monday 28th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
London is Changing

Join us for the first of many Londonist.com special events at Conway Hall. This time Iain Sinclair, Anna Minton, Tom Bolton and Helen Parton take part in a discussion on London, how it is changing, how it affects us and what can be done about it.

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