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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

September 2016
£0 - £10

Conway Hall & throughline presents:

#NoDust: Don’t Let the Dust Settle on Brexit

Monday 5th September @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Explosion of coloured powder on white background

An evening of fast-paced talks, performances and provocations intended to stimulate independent thinking about the EU Referendum. Where to from here?

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£5 - £10

Conway Hall in association with the British Humanist Association presents:

London Thinks – In Conversation: Richard Holloway & Andrew Copson

Monday 12th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Holloway Copson

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, Richard Holloway and Andrew Copson talk about the trials and tribulations of religion and belief, and what it means to be a humanist in the 21st century

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£3 - £5

Arab Humanists presents:

History of Doubt in the Muslim World

Tuesday 13th September @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Arab Humanists

A presentation by Nourhan Nassar, founder & member of Arab humanists

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£7 - £12

The Martin Ryle Trust and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Islam and the West: a personal perspective — a lecture by Sir Michael Atiyah, OM FRS

Wednesday 14th September @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Sir Michael Atiyah

Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, will discuss the relationship between Islam and the West, building on his personal involvement. He will emphasise the cultural, scientific and commercial interactions over the centuries, including ethical, political and security aspects.

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£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Fortean Society presents:

From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor

Wednesday 14th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Fortean Hawksmoor Conway

Owen Hopkins explores how and why this mythology has grown up around Hawksmoor and his work and how it relates to the real historical figure.

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£15

Russell Davies presents:

Interesting 2016

Thursday 15th September @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Building 1000 moustraps

The return of the Interesting Conference 2016.

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£95 - £195

sounddelivery presents:

Being the Story

Friday 16th September @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
being the story

Being the Story is a one day event featuring the stories of 10 inspirational individuals which will spark conversations, challenge perceptions and provoke ideas.

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Free

Free Verse presents:

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair 2016

Saturday 17th September @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Will the Robots Win?

Sunday 18th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
3D illustration of robots.

Dirk Gorissen aims to demystify the topic of machine learning, tell us where the state-of-the-art is and what societal questions it raises.

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Abolition of Aging?

Sunday 25th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Abolition of Aging

If we choose to prioritise this project, there’s a high probability that comprehensive, affordable, reliable therapies for human rejuvenation will be available by 2040. People everywhere, on the application of these treatments, will, if they wish, stop becoming biologically older.

In this provocative talk, David Wood reviews the ethical dilemmas and opportunities arising. He will urge society to embrace a project for “The abolition of aging” (the title of his recent book), which could change humanity forever.

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October 2016
£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Penultimate Curiosity: Science, Religion and the Big Questions

Sunday 2nd October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Penultimate Curiosity

The Penultimate Curiosity sets out to answer one of the most profound questions about the development of human thought: why is it that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as ‘science’ and ‘religion’ have been so closely entangled?

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£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – An Evening with Onora O’Neill

Thursday 6th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Onora Oneill

Join us for an intimate evening with Baroness O’Neill as she embarks on a wide-ranging discussion with Ideas Roadshow host Howard Burton on her academic career, philosophical evolution, and the vital public role for philosophy and philosophical thinking.

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£7 - £4

Adlerian Society UK presents:

Trauma, Connection and Recovery

Tuesday 11th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
AntheaMillar-bw

This illustrated lecture will describe how traumatic events can shatter our sense of connection and belonging, and how enabling reconnection of mind, body and relationships is essential for recovery.

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£10

Centre of Pan African Thought presents:

Myth of the Hyper Sexual Black Man

Thursday 13th October @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
pan african thought

In this debate we ask our panel to explore if black males are accustomed to hyper-sexuality and infidelity to ensure they fulfil their basic evolutionary desire to reproduce. Or is this rhetoric propaganda?

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£0 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Religious Education – where it’s been, what it is doing and where is it going?

Sunday 16th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Religious_Studies_ToS_700x420

The story of Religious Education is one inhabited by Gods and Demons. The different political and ideological camps know all too well who is and is not on their side.

John Holroyd will discuss some of the key moments in the recent history of Religious Education in Britain, and some of the current and projected causes of concern and sources of hope for this vital aspect of a child’s education.

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Free

Paul Johnson presents:

Going to Strasbourg: Book launch

Friday 21st October @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
going to strasbourg

Book launch for “Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights”.

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£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society & London Fortean Society presents:

Phil Hine – A Phallic (K)night

Monday 24th October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
(c) Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

In this talk, Phil Hine examines the life of Richard Payne Knight. the key themes of “A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus” and its republication in the nineteenth century as both erotic and ethnographic text.

Phil Hine is an independent researcher and occult practitioner, he has been writing and lecturing on esoteric themes and practices for over thirty years.

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£25 - £30

how to: Academy presents:

Understand Contemporary Society – Insights from the World Expert in Evolutionary Biology

Tuesday 25th October @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Understand Contemporary Society – Insights from the World Expert in Evolutionary Biology with Robert Trivers

Robert Trivers, ‘arguably today’s most original thinker in evolutionary theory’ (Richard Dawkins) joins the how to: Academy to apply the theories of evolutionary biology to some of the most complex issues of society and identity in the contemporary world.

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November 2016
£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – An Evening with Roger Penrose

Thursday 10th November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Roger Penrose

Celebrated theoretical physicist Sir Prof Roger Penrose speaks with Ideas Roadshow host Howard Burton on the current and future state of theoretical physics in keeping with his latest book, Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe.

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£11.11 - £25.84

Festival of the Spoken Nerd & Conway Hall presents:

An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail

Tuesday 29th November @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
AEOUD

The team behind Festival of the Spoken Nerd are putting on their biggest Evening of Unnecessary Detail so far; In collaboration with Conway Hall…

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December 2016
£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – An Evening with John Elliott

Thursday 1st December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
John Elliott

Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus at Oxford University joins Ideas Roadshow host Howard Burton to discuss Spain, Catalan separatist movements past and present, and the life of a historian.

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