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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

December 2018

In the last Sunday Assembly of 2018, fashion journalist, author and lecturer Tamsin Blanchard will talk about the Fashion Revolution project and how we can all make ethical buying choices this Christmas. 

Using the latest research into the media, decision science, heuristics, and emotional reasoning, Bobby Duffy examines why the populations of some countries seem better informed than others, and how we can address our ignorance of key public data and trends.

January 2019

Social interest is a key concept in Adlerian psychology for the growth of a healthy human being. The role of the community in the deepening of the spiritual life of humankind is an important aspect of many spiritual traditions. This talk by Harvey Gillman reflects on the contribution of both psychology and spirituality to the relationship of the self and the world at large.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have been leading the campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships since 2014 when they were refused a civil partnership at their local registry office. They ask, should Civil Partnerships be open to both mixed-sex as well as same-sex couples, and what are the implications?

A public conversation between Dr Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, and Stephen Reid, founder and co-director of The Psychedelic Society. They will describe their personal journeys involving psychedelics and social change before entering into a dialogue on important questions.

Personality tests. Desktop surveillance. Acronyms. Diminishing job security. Dan Lyons, bestselling author of Disrupted and writer on the HBO series Silicon Valley, deliciously roasts the new work climate, while asking what can be done to recoup some sanity and dignity for the expanding class of middle-class serfs.

Start 2019 with practical ideas to help you get “beyond busy” and discover how to worry less, achieve more and love what you do. Bestselling author Graham Allcott will share practical, and potentially life-changing, ways to feel calmer and rediscover the joy in everyday life.

Our changes to the Earth in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. In the first Thinking on Monday series talk, Gaia Vince shows us what the Anthropocene means for all of us.

Comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief?

Nina Edwards, author of Darkness, a Cultural History, reveals how the idea of darkness pervades art, literature, religion and every aspect of our everyday language.

What key aspects of our lives are predicted to shift radically over the next ten years? As Bloomsbury celebrates ten years of outstanding publishing as Bloomsbury Academic, we’ve invited some of our most fascinating authors to fill us in on the opportunities, challenges and biggest changes coming to our lives in the next ten years.

February 2019

Sophia Kingshill examines the complex family tree of the mermaid, from ancient images to modern media. Mythology, symbolism, romance and lechery, with a touch of fraud and a taste of salt.

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