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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

September 2019

Istros Books launch The Trap by Ludovic Bruckstein

An event to celebrate the first publication in English of this Romanian-Jewish writer whose novellas reveal the fate of his people during WWI in the multi-cultural region of Maramureș.

From Blurred Lines to gang signs, how does society cause toxic masculinity? But what is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump’s twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be ‘toxic’, ‘fragile’ and ‘in crisis’.

Many people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with how school education operates in this country. This is a meeting to develop new ideas about our education system, which screams for reform and what steps we need to take to do that.

October 2019

An unmissable talk by Rory Sutherland, the acclaimed Behavioural Economist and – with 6.5m views – a TED Talk superstar, on how your ideas, products and brands can triumph in defiance of logic.

We are so excited to have Caroline Riggs along to speak with us for this assembly! As the granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper she innately loves the seas. The ocean covers 71% of the earths surface and contains some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. Lets take some time during this assembly to wonder at just how incredible they are.

The London Review of Books invites readers behind the scenes for the first time, reproducing a fascinating selection of artefacts and ephemera from the paper’s archives, personal collections and forgotten filing cabinets, to bring an idiosyncratic slice of Bloomsbury’s heritage to life.

An Evening with Faisal al Mutar – How an Iraqi refugee is spreading Humanism throughout the Middle East.

In this talk on the oratorical skills of a variety of brilliant women from Michelle Obama to Virginia Woolf, Viv GroskopV/B> will pinpoint exactly what it is that these women do to get their audience to sit up and really listen – and then advise you how to apply their qualities to your own lives.

Feeling impotent in the face of the climate crisis? The bestselling author of Everything is Illuminated and Eating Animals is here to teach us that we really can make a difference.

By popular demand, the Times columnist and Olympian returns for a second date this autumn.

John Holroyd will discuss his book Judging Religion: A Dialogue for Our Time with Anja Steinbauer, editor of Philosophy Now. His book has been reviewed as being ‘clearly written, carefully argued, motivated by universal goodwill yet unafraid of tackling bitterly controversial topics.’

Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It defines us as a species and it’s this overlooked ability that could make unbelievable changes to us as individuals and to society, if we embraced it. Shane O’Mara celebrates this miraculous ability.

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