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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

January 2022

Public health expert Christopher Thomas argues that we must emerge from Covid-19 on the offensive – with a bold, new vision for our health and care. He imagines a radical expansion of the principles put forward by Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS, over 70 years ago.

February 2022

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Zoe Cormier, science communicator and author of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science, will share some amusing anecdotes which reveal deeper truths about human desire. Sunday Assembly is a secular community that celebrates life.

Our main speaker, Femi Fadugba, left his career in physics to write the story he wanted to read but couldn’t find anywhere else. In his talk, he will describe how he infused scientific facts into his debut sci-fi novel, The Upper World to enhance the emotional impact of the story.

From Men’s Rights activists and incels to spiralling suicide rates, it’s easy to see that, while men still rule the world, masculinity is in crisis. Nina Power explores how men and women can live together in a world where capitalism and consumerism has replaced the values that used to give our lives meaning.

Are you bored or annoyed by the clichés about you and your generation? Millennials, Baby Boomers, Gen Z—we like to define people by when they were born, but Bobby Duffy, explains why we shouldn’t.

March 2022

Beneath the glitzy surface of postmodernism there is a dirty secret: it is the fig leaf for a rapacious new kind of capitalism. Stuart Jeffries tell a radical new history of a dangerous idea.

Victoria Brooks offers an unflinching look at the lived experience of the mistress. Here she is recast as a potentially loving, free, intimate ‘other’ woman. She asks what happens when we opt for an ethics of sexual kindness and learning from mistresses, both straight and queer.

Should we eat animals? This was once a question reserved for moral philosophers and an ethically minded minority. Rob Percival, an expert in the politics of meat, searches for the evolutionary origins of the meat paradox, asking when our relationship with meat first became emotionally and ethically complicated.

April 2022

More than one-fifth of children want to become influencers and it’s easy to understand why. What if you could escape economic uncertainty by winning the internet’s attention? The reality is much murkier: Symeon Brown exposes the fraud, exploitation, bribery, and dishonesty at the core of the influencer model.

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