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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

July 2019

Hear Dan Barker recount his journey from being an evangelical Christian preacher to being an outspoken atheist and humanist working for the advancement of secularism and freethought in the US and worldwide.

Brexit has exposed some major faultiness in British Politics that has been growing over many years. Our representative form of government has often been grid locked and unable to respond. This talk & debate will look at five opinions about the crisis of democracy and alternative views of what can be done.

August 2019

Nathan Alexander

What is the relationship between atheism and racism? Nathan Alexander explores the racial views of atheists and other nonbelievers in Britain and the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century and offers some reflections on the present day.

September 2019

Eleanor Gordon-Smith speaks at Conway Hall on 1st September 2019

In an increasingly divided world, how we might change the minds of others? Philosopher and journalist Eleanor Gordon-Smith discusses some lucid, gripping stories that show the limits of human reason with Little Atoms podcaster Neil Denny.

AC Grayling discusses with Selina O’Grady her ground-breaking new book In the Name of God: A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance and asks: is each faith really an ossified religion which can never come to terms with the Enlightenment and the world it has helped form?

Occult rites are staged in hippie strip clubs; music hall dame Old Mother Riley haunts a vam-piric Bela Lugosi; TV puppet Sooty doles out intoxicating pharmaceuticals; velvet-voiced Vincent Price presents a full-fat cookery programme…

He is the most notorious tyrant in history. But the most important things we think we know about Adolf Hitler are wrong. Cambridge Professor Brendan Simms offers a revelatory new analysis.

The raid of the Dambusters is one of the most exhilarating episodes in British history. In this talk, our most brilliant military historian, Sir Max Hastings, uncovers the truth behind the legend.

The definitive history of how evil magic has survived into the present day from the largely rural world of Georgian Britain and the time of the British Empire to the multicultural present, as recounted by Thomas Waters.

RAF officer, MI6 spy, BBC war correspondent: the life and career of Frederick Forsyth is as thrilling as any bestseller.

Revealed: how Brexit will change Britain. As Gavin Esler explains, from the food markets of Kent to NHS operating theatres to the boardrooms of big employers, Brexit throws up many surprises.

You are invited to step inside the Oval Office and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room. Join BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel as he takes you inside Trump’s West Wing and discusses the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions.

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