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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Red Kimono

Friday 4th March - Wednesday 31st August
Wed, 4th May, 2016
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The second exhibition of Red Kimono at Conway Hall marks the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Political is Personal by Anna Berry

Sunday 1st May - Monday 1st August
Wed, 4th May, 2016
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Artist Anna Berry’s ‘The Political is Personal’ exhibition was conceived around the time of the last general election. Anna constructed wreaths from election fliers from all the political parties.

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Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

a glimpse of art and imagination by Barbara Marks

Thursday 7th July - Friday 30th September
Tue, 21st Jun, 2016
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a glimpse of art and imagination, continued and evolving.
paintings on paper, collage and installation by Barbara Marks.
Opening event Thursday 7 July, 6pm to 9pm. All welcome. Drinks served.

Conway Hall are delighted to host a three month art residency by painter and printmaker, Barbara Marks.

£130 - £190

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

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

Monday 18th July @ 12:00 pm - Saturday 24th September @ 9:05 pm
Tue, 21st Jun, 2016
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Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese and German

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

BREXIT – light at the end of the Tunnel?

Sunday 24th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu, 30th Jun, 2016
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A little dust just may have settled but today we are organising a hot-hot debate/discussion on the referendum outcome. Do you think we have made a tragic error which should be reversed? Or have we created an incredible opportunity for our country in the medium term? Could this be the catalyst for real change in Brussels?

We are assembling a panel chaired by Trustee Professor Evan Parker, where each member will briefly declare their position on this critical topic.

Free

Mattering Press presents:

Mattering, Knowing, and Comparing

Monday 25th July @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed, 6th Jul, 2016
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Mattering, Knowing, and Comparing. Please join Mattering Press to celebrate the launch of their first four books.

£20

Action for Happiness presents:

Self-Compassion with Dr Kristin Neff

Tuesday 26th July @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed, 6th Jul, 2016
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Dr Kristin Neff will show how we can make changes needed in our lives, not because we’re worthless, inadequate or selfish, but because we care about ourselves.

£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Fortean Society presents:

A History of Life After Death

Tuesday 26th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 17th May, 2016
Afterlife by Philip C. Almond

Philip C. Almond examines the history of ideas surrounding life after death.

Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society & GlobalNet21 presents:

Economics As If People Mattered

Wednesday 27th July @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed, 1st Jun, 2016
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Join us at our next event on Ethics & Politics where we will be discussing  “Economics As If People Mattered” and will be held in collaboration with GlobalNet21.

£8

Pexava Salsa presents:

Pexava Salsa

Thursday 28th July @ 7:15 am - 10:30 pm
Mon, 25th Apr, 2016
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Pexava Holborn at the wonderful Conway Hall, Central London.

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Venue Hire

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.

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.

Bertrand Russell Room - room hire

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

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.

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

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

Catering at Conway Hall

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

Weddings at Conway Hall

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

Library

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

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

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Experience the Library as if you were here!

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See the amazing gems from our archives. An 18 month collaborative project between the Bishopsgate Institute and Conway Hall.

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

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

London Thinks

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Ladybird Books and Constructing the Future Past of Modern Britain

Monday 10th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 7th Jun, 2016
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In this lovingly illustrated evening, a gaggle of architects and historians talk us through the dreams and the reality portrayed in Ladybird books over the decades.

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Ethical Record

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37. We Have To Do Some Work!

Posted on: Sat, 2nd Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes
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36. Harris or Hemingway?

Posted on: Sat, 25th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
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35. Festival

Posted on: Fri, 10th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
Book Review

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

By: Tim Whitmarsh (Faber & Faber (2016))

Review by: Norman Bacrac

Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge, has compiled a most valuable record of atheist thought in the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Humanists need to know this early history – it will prevent their believing that supernatural explanations of the world and religious morality predated naturalist and atheist outlooks. It may even […]

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The Case for Abandoning CO2 Emission Reduction Targets

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 10th Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Much has been said on Climate Change and you may have thought there is not much else to say. Well, think again! It is the major problem facing humanity and unless we relentlessly pursue CO2 emission reduction targets, the global community will face catastrophe. This is the (misguided) mantra emanating from The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – manifest in the recent Paris conference, and is perceived as the current wisdom by the majority of nations. Evan Parker will present, without prejudice, a re-examination of the prospects of Climate Change. He and a colleague have developed a unique view and will set out to convince you that we are pursuing the wrong targets and that this has resulted in activities that are unethical, counter-productive and that will almost certainly fail. He will propose an alternative global strategic response, and advice what should be done at both government and citizen level. ...Read More »

Speaker: Prof. Evan Parker
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Google, Government and the Death of Liberal Democracy

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 3rd Jul, 2016
Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute

Whenever there is technological change, there is always political disruption. We’re currently living through one of the most profound technological revolutions in human history – so can we really expect our politics to remain unchanged? Technology and politics writer James O’Malley presents a provocative and sometimes shocking prognosis for democracy. ...Read More »

Speaker: James O’Malley
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Sex and Prostitution: Chalk and Cheese

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 19th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

What is the Nordic Model for dealing with prostitution? Why have Sweden, Norway, South Korea, Northern Ireland and France gone down this route? Should it be implemented in the UK? Why do we describe what happens in prostitution as sex? Survivors describe it as paid abuse. Who benefits from the multi-billion dollar sex trade and who is harmed? Who picks up the cost of that harm? Is prostitution compatible with human rights when 70% of those selling sexual access to their bodies started suffering sexual abuse as children, 75% have been homeless and 89% want to leave?’ Campaigner and activist Janice Williams will take us through this highly controversial topic. ...Read More »

Speaker: Janice Williams
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Lecture

The EU debate – le crunch

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Many of us still have to make up our mind on the EU Referendum. Rather than the vital facts we generally have heard exaggerated claims and biased conjecture, making it virtually impossible for the average person to take a well-informed view. Indeed, is it so complex a matter that all you can do is make a gut-decision based on your particular prejudice? Or can you do better than that? Today could be your only and last chance to get properly informed. We have been very fortunate to secure distinguished speakers who will succinctly debate the critical information you need. 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. This will be followed by a vibrant discussion where you can express your opinion. You should then be well-positioned to put your cross in the right box ...Read More »

Speaker: Takis Tridimas
Speaker: Patricia McKenna
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Lecture

Is Utopia within Reach?

Posted on: Thu, 26th May, 2016
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jun, 2016
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

There is perhaps an underlining and as yet, unnamed emerging ideology for the 21st century that we, in the most part, could collectively agree upon. It is called Political Humanism. This unsurprisingly embraces a range of ideas for a better system of governance, but more poignantly the originator of this new philosophy, Reggie Adams, has developed realistic routes to achieving this highly desired state of existence. He will share with us a unique new view of the world and an approach to maximizing human wellbeing. He advocates rallying around this position, ultimately to replace the current left/right wing paradigm of political thought. ...Read More »

Speaker: Reggie Adams
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34. Rothko and Sensitive Observers

Posted on: Mon, 23rd May, 2016
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

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