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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

January 2019

Human Rights are at risk in Bangladesh, especially, the those of the LGBT+ and the secular communities. Let’s raise raise our voice and defend their rights. In this day of talks, Maryam Namazie, Gita Sahgal, Sadia Hameed and others will speak on behalf of these communities.

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.

In our eighth Out-of-the-Box Thinking series event, co-hosted with GlobalNet21 and London Futurists, Dr Becky FaithDavid Wood and Charles Radclyffe will discuss the future of work in an age of big data and artificial intelligence that will see a major shift in work patterns and employment.

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.

Depression in a Digital Age author Fiona Thomas traces her life dealing with anxiety and the subsequent depression, and how a digital life helped her find her community, find her voice, find herself.

How can we find happiness in our lives, even in dark times? Dr Maria Sirois will combine the latest research with timeless wisdom and powerful personal stories to explore the concepts of hope, happiness and resilience, as well as Positive Psychology and how we can put it into practice.

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.

Bob Churchill shares some of the most recent findings from The Freedom of Thought Report, and describes how Humanists International is working to promote non-religious rights and defend humanists at risk of persecution around the world.

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