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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Rhythm of the Wood by Gabrielle Bradshaw

6th October 2016 - 31st January 2017
Fri, 23rd Sep, 2016
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An exhibition of work by Gabrielle Bradshaw

6 October 2016 to 31 January 2017

Private view, Wed 2 Nov, 6-9pm, The Brockway Room. All welcome. Drinks served.

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  • Conway Hall Ethical Society
£140 - £200

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese and German

Monday 16th January @ 12:00 pm - Friday 31st March @ 9:05 pm
Fri, 6th Jan, 2017

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. They run lunchtime and evening courses from beginner to advanced level in: Spanish, Italian, French, German and Brazilian-Portuguese.

The next term will start the week beginning 16 January and last for 11 consecutive weeks. Class times are: 12:00 to 13:00 / 13:00 to 14:00 / 18:00 to 19:30 / 19:35 to 21:05.

The fee is £140 for lunchtime and £200 for evening courses. There are a maximum of 8 students in each group.

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  • Lingua Diversa Group
£5

London Fortean Society presents:

British Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970’s

Monday 23rd January @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon, 24th Oct, 2016
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Gary Parsons will be discussing the documentaries made at the height of the British witchcraft revival in the early 70’s.

Organiser:
  • London Fortean Society
£75

School of the Freudian Letter presents:

Causality in Psychosis

Monday 23rd January @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, 22nd Dec, 2016

Penny Georgiou lectures in Lacan’s 1946 paper ‘A Presentation on Psychical Causality’.

Organiser:
  • School of the Freudian Letter
£25 - £37.50

how to: Academy presents:

how to: An Evening with David Salle

Tuesday 24th January @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon, 31st Oct, 2016
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An Evening with David Salle. David Salle is the leading American postmodernist painter, the shaping spirit of a movement which provocatively took the entire history of art as its raw material as well as subject matter. His works are mysteriously original, yet everything they contain has had a life elsewhere: in paintings, in advertising, in comics, in photographs, yet somehow the result is all art. To coincide with his new book – How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking about Art– Salle will walk us through the museum without walls that is his world.

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  • how to: Academy
£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

My Death, My Decision?

Sunday 29th January @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon, 14th Nov, 2016

What is a ‘good death’? For some people, it is a medically assisted death, when they feel their life is complete – something denied in the UK.

Phil Cheatle will explain the approach of the campaign group ‘My Death, My Decision’, providing much stronger protection for ‘vulnerable people’, while rejecting the restriction of assisted dying to those with a life-expectancy of 6 months or less a criterion that attracts criticism from both sides of the debate.

Organiser:
  • Conway Hall Ethical Society
Free
£10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Piatti Quartet

Sunday 29th January @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 6th Dec, 2016

Haydn Quartet in C Op.76/3
Britten 3 Divertimenti
Brahms Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.51/2

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  • Conway Hall Ethical Society

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

a school of thought: thinking & language

Wednesday 1st February @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, 8th Dec, 2016

Take part in a series of six interactive, collaborative workshops using a think-share-explore approach. These Wednesday-evening workshops will encourage you to think, read, discuss and relate to different topics around the links between thinking and language.

Organiser:
  • Conway Hall Ethical Society
Free

Conway Hall presents:

Amorphous by Melissa Budasz

Thursday 2nd February - Monday 27th February
Wed, 18th Jan, 2017

An exhibition of work by Melissa Budasz 2 – 27 Feb 2017 Opening event/private view 6-9pm, Fri 3 Feb.   Melissa Budasz studied fine art painting at Camberwell and Norwich Art School (1997) and has a studio at Brookmill Studios Deptford, London.  Her practise of photography, drawing and painting connects to symbolic and discursive systems […]

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  • Conway Hall

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London’s Agitators and Protesters for Equality 1880s-1980s

Thursday 2nd February @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon, 31st Oct, 2016
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This course will provide information and tell stories from from a selection of these struggles that took place over a 100 year period from the 1880s to the 1980s – from the struggles of women making matches in the Bryant and May factory to the mass protests against apartheid outside South Africa Houses. It will attempt to illuminate how these struggles began, what they were trying to achieve, how they recruited supporters and activists and what they did.

Organiser:
  • Conway Hall Ethical Society
£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

New Frontiers in UK Politics?

Sunday 5th February @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 10th Jan, 2017

Discussion Event: Jonathan Bartley (Co-Leader, Green Party), Peter Taheri (Chair, Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party) and Timothy Barnes (Conservative candidate for Bloomsbury Ward 2018).

The new leadership of the Green Party has called for a “progressive alliance” involving Labour, Greens, Plaid Cymru, the SNP and the Lib Dems to take on the Conservatives in a 2020 election. This requires progressives to put aside their differences and unite behind a common new purpose – but are they up to the challenge?

Or is the way forward in the UK best left to one of the established main parties? Can they adapt and meet the aspirations of our nation in this new era of political turmoil?

Organiser:
  • Conway Hall Ethical Society
Free

Sunday Assembly London presents:

Attraction Matters: Or Does It?

Sunday 5th February @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat, 21st Jan, 2017

Bi-monthly celebrations of life from Sunday Assembly London, with singing, reflection and a lecture from Social Psychologist Viren Swami about attraction.

Organiser:
  • Sunday Assembly London
Free
£10

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents:

Barbican Piano Trio

Sunday 5th February @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun, 25th Dec, 2016

Beethoven Trio in D Op.70/1 ‘Ghost’
Beethoven Trio in E flat Op.70/2
Beethoven Trio in B flat Op.97 ‘Archduke’

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  • Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

Action for Happiness presents:

Positive Psychology – new ideas for happier living

Wednesday 8th February @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon, 16th Jan, 2017
Positive Psychology - new ideas for happier living

Join Action for Happiness for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening to explore exciting new discoveries from the science of happiness.

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  • Action for Happiness
£20

Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Stand Up For Darwin

Saturday 11th February @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed, 14th Dec, 2016
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Stand Up For Darwin returns, featuring: Lawrence Krauss, Jay Foreman, Kate Smurthwaite, London Humanist Choir and special guests.

Organiser:
  • Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society

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Venue Hire

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

The Bertrand Russell Room has a capacity of 35 people, and is perfect for auditions, rehearsals and meetings.

Brockway Room - room hire in central London

The Brockway Room has a capacity of 70 people, and is ideal for meetings, lectures, and even exhibitions.

Catering at Conway Hall

Mayfair Catering specialises in providing the highest standard of in-house catering for a range of occasions at Conway Hall.

Venue Hire: Main Hall

With a capacity of 400 spread over balcony and floor seating, our Main Hall retains its period features and is internationally renowned for its excellent acoustics.

Venue hire - Conway Hall

Further information on our facilities and support available from Conway Hall’s staff and partners.

Venue and room hire in central London

Our Foyer and a further suite of three additional rooms, with capacities between 8 and 35, fulfils our complement of discrete hireable, rooms and spaces.

Weddings at Conway Hall

Starlight Design is an events company dedicated to the production of any event at Conway Hall, whatever the size.

A wide range of AV equipment is available to hire – technical support for events can be arranged in advance.

Library

The largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource in the UK, our Library and archives are open to all.

Jessica Beck

In this new series of blogs, PhD student Jessica Beck sheds some light on the musical past of Conway Hall

Conway Hall’s library and archives contain a wealth of historical texts, artworks, music and other printed materials.

A reference Library open to all. Whether you’re a dedicated researcher or just curious, come and browse our shelves.

The Humanist Library and Archives has commenced the process of digitising our collections in order to share them beyond the confines of our building. Our first digital collection is called Architecture and Place and explores the history of the buildings that have or do shelter our Society, the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the spaces which we have called home.

Experience the Library as if you were here!

You can search both our library books and archives online via our catalogue.

From the Archives allows us in the Humanist Library and Archives to share some of our wonderful items and our learning with you!

It also includes entries from the former A2R (Alternatives to Religion) blog, a collaborative project between Conway Hall and Bishopsgate Institute which sparked exploration of some of the ways people have tried to make sense of the world and live together ethically without the need for faith in a God or gods. The key themes linking this broad movement are Freethought, Ethics, Humanism, Rationalism and Secularism. Material for these entries came from the British Humanist Association, The National Secular Society and Conway Hall Ethical Society. Posts were written by archivists, Nicky Hilton and Carl Harrison.

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Ethical Record

52. And it Got to Come Out

Posted on: Mon, 2nd Jan, 2017
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

51. Becoming

Posted on: Fri, 30th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes

50. O’Keeffe the Artist

Posted on: Wed, 28th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

49. Project ‘I’

Posted on: Fri, 16th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes

Obituary: Dr Peter Draper 1933–2016

Posted on: Tue, 6th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Unveiling of Conway’s Bust

Posted on: Mon, 5th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
Lecture

Is it Time to Rethink the “University”?

Posted on: Thu, 24th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 4th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Jeremiads abound on the ‘end’ or the ‘death’ of modern universities. There are claims that they are been severely compromised by ‘neoliberalism’ and social changes and left behind by technological advances. An increasing number of writers believe the university has been transformed turned into ‘safe spaces’, an extended school environment, that infantilises students. Many people describe this ‘crisis’ in academia but few offer any visions of the future and fewer still try to propose alternatives. In this talk Professor Dennis Hayes, an expert in educational development, will describe what’s gone wrong and discuss some attempts to save the university sector, making it fit-for-purpose for the 21st century. ...Read More »

Speaker: Professor Dennis Hayes
Lecture

Cheering for Trump?

Posted on: Thu, 24th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 11th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Donald Trump’s conduct, temperament and outrageous utterances during the presidential campaign should have ensured his rejection by the electorate. He was patently prepared to say anything to achieve office. But our speaker today, Chris Bratcher, considers he was telling it as it is on two huge policy issues: Chris believes Trump is right about NATO; that it is obsolete; a relic of the Cold War, serving only to drag Europe into American adventures in countries we know well were, and are, no threat to either. Chris believes he is also right about the need to limit Free Trade. He feels it fosters the export of employment, and that imports free of tariffs smother any attempt to regenerate manufacture of those goods at home, because the risk to capital to re-enter these fields is too great. The arguments are not new: Joseph Chamberlain proposed tariffs to enhance both infrastructure and social conditions in the UK before the First World War. Perhaps globalisation is on the wane? Chris will explain why he considers Trump could just be a force for good. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Bratcher
Lecture

Poetic Naturalism – a New Understanding of Life and the Universe

Posted on: Tue, 29th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 18th Dec, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

“Naturalism” is the idea that there is only one world, the natural world, which follows the laws of nature and which can be investigated by scientific methods. The term “Poetic Naturalism” was introduced by theoretical physicist Sean Carroll in his 2016 book, The Big Picture. Carroll is perhaps the greatest living humanist thinker and in his book he explores humanity's big questions including: the origin of life, meanings in life and the origin of the universe. Poetic Naturalism accepts that traits of our everyday godless world can emerge from, and can fit together with, causes at the fundamental "Core Theory" physics level. Chris Street will hold your hand and take you through an incredible journey of new understandings of our existence on Planet earth. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Street
Lecture

My Death, My Decision?

Posted on: Thu, 24th Nov, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 29th Jan, 2017
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

What is a 'good death'? For some people, it is a medically assisted death, when they feel their life is complete - something denied in the UK. Polls regularly show over 75% of people in favour of a change in the law on assisted suicide, yet many politicians, religious leaders and medical professionals remain opposed. How can we change the minds of the establishment who seem so out of touch with the feelings of the majority? We should work vigorously to move the debate forward, addressing valid concerns. Phil Cheatle explains the approach of the campaign group 'My Death, My Decision' (www.mydeath-mydecision.org.uk), providing much stronger protection for 'vulnerable people', while rejecting the restriction of assisted dying to those with a life-expectancy of 6 months or less a criterion that attracts criticism from both sides of the debate. ...Read More »

Speaker: Phil Cheatle

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