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February 2017
Free

Bee Midtown presents:

Bee Midtown Conway Hall Walk

Thursday 23rd February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 23rd February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bee Midtown Information Kiosk, Holborn Station, London, WC2B 6AA United Kingdom
Bee Midtown

Conway Hall, home of the Conway Hall (nee South Place Ethical Society), one of the world’s oldest free-thought communities. Today get to see inside this hallowed building, with a guided tour taking in the Main Hall, Library and Green Room. Meeting point is by the Bee Midtown Information Kiosk outside Holborn Station, please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. The walk will last for 45 minutes.

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£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Stepping into Britain: the early human occupation of Europe

Sunday 26th February @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 26th February @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Jansson Map of Europe in Antiquity

Nick Ashton speaks on recent fieldwork on the coast of East Anglia and how it has pushed back the evidence of humans in northern Europe to almost a million years ago. The talk will discuss the new evidence from Happisburgh in Norfolk, including the rich fauna, flora, stone tools and the remarkable survival of footprints.

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March 2017
£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

One Nation, Under Trump?

Sunday 5th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 5th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
American Flag in front of The White House in Washington D.C. Background out of focus. Photomontage.

Professor Sarah Churchwell, America-born and educated offers some thoughts on Trumps administration, reflecting on some of the issues arising from such unprecedented and disturbing times.

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£15 - £25

5×15 presents:

5×15 and The Pool: On Anxiety

Tuesday 7th March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7th March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
5x15 Anxiety

Over 8 million people in the UK suffer from anxiety disorders, with women and the under 35s most affected. It’s widely acknowledged that we are in the midst of an anxiety epidemic and women, their loved ones, and the NHS are all struggling to cope.

Join 5×15 in their quest to understand more as we team up with The Pool to host an evening exploring anxiety and women.

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£10

Centre of Pan African Thought presents:

Tackling Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Thursday 9th March @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 9th March @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome? For some it provides hope and positivity within the BME communities, yet for others it “lifts away moral responsibility from those engaged in self-destructive, anti-social, and criminal behaviour,”. Which argument is more valid?

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£18 - £20

The School of Life presents:

Jack Monroe on Greed

Sunday 12th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 12th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
jack-monroe

Join the iconic food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe as she explores the way we live now.

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£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

How Should the West Handle North Korea? 

Sunday 12th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 12th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Map of North Korea. Selective Focus.

North Korea is probably the most isolated country on the planet. So what’s it really like there? Leader Kim Jong Un has recently successfully tested nuclear weapons and made clear he is very willing to use them if the United States does not back away from his interests on the Korean peninsular. At the same time, new US President Trump has not sounded terribly diplomatic. So how should the West handle North Korea?

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£3 - £2

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

East West Street: Genocide in WWII

Sunday 19th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 19th March @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
East West Street

A uniquely personal exploration from Philippe Sands QC, of the origin of ‘crimes against humanity’ in international law, centring on the Nuremberg trials of 1945-49.

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£99 - £249

Wise Old Uncle Ltd presents:

Silicon Beached 2017

Wednesday 22nd March @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 22nd March @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Silicon Beached

Ten of the World’s most highly respected thinkers, creators and doers; all of them innovators, will convene in London for one day only to explore themes of digital innovation and its ongoing impact on advertising, design and media.

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£10 - £30

The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies presents:

The Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Students Convention 2017

Saturday 25th March @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 25th March @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
The Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Students Convention 2017

On Saturday 25 March 2017, Conway Hall – the oldest surviving freethought society in the world – will play host to the AHS Convention 2017, for a fun-filled day of fascinating talks, in-depth discussion, brilliant comedy, and entertainment.

The AHS Convention is the standout event each year for atheist, humanist, and secular students across the UK – and 2017 is no different. Be sure to buy your ticket now. In the past we’ve heard from speakers such as AronRa, A C Grayling, Shappi Khorsandi, and many more at our events, and we have a great line-up for 2017.

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April 2017
£20

London Fortean Society presents:

Deception Day: Hoaxes, Lies and Fake News

Saturday 1st April @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 1st April @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Orion Deception Day 1 April Conway

The 1st of April is the traditional day for hoaxing and japes but deception and deceit riddles everyday communication. From hoax hip-hop stars and haunted houses to military deception and fake news: join the London Fortean Society and Conway Hall Ethical Society for a day of unreal things. Those are charming, others are terrifying.

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£3 - £2

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Mensheviks and Bolsheviks 1917 – 1923

Sunday 2nd April @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 2nd April @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Fist with seals in stencil look over aged paper, with ribbon .

Why did the Russian revolution turn out the way it did? How did Russian revolutionaries themselves perceive their revolution? What were the alternative visions of revolution, socialism and the future of the Russian empire propounded in 1917? This talk focuses on the Menshevik wing of Russian social-democracy – the losing faction in 1917 – and explores how their preconceived schemas of revolution locked them into a political course which proved disastrous.

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May 2017
£2 - £3

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Morality as Cooperation: How Evolution Explains Ethics

Sunday 14th May @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 14th May @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
A sign that says "Doing The Right Thing."

What is morality and where does it come from? With Dr Oliver Scott Curry.

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£25 - £30

how to: Academy presents:

President Trump: 100 days Debate

Tuesday 16th May @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Tuesday 16th May @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Donald Trump

how to: Academy presents – James Rubin & Jonathan Freedland in debate with Melanie Phillips & James Delingpole. Moderated by Emily Maitlis.

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£5 - £8

Newham Bookshop with Conway Hall presents:

An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson

Saturday 27th May @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 27th May @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson

Join us at Conway Hall for An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson to hear all about her brand new book, Wave Me Goodbye, which is set at the beginning of WWII. Jacqueline will also talk about her life, how she has become one of the best-selling authors of recent years and about a host of her well known characters such as Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker.

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June 2017
£20 - £25

Urban Curiosity presents:

Urban Curiosity Walkshop: Bloomsbury

Friday 9th June @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 9th June @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holborn Station, Kingsway, London, WC2B 6AA United Kingdom
Urban Curiosity

On your Bloomsbury Urban Curiosity Walkshop you will reclaim time and headspace for creativity.

Best of all?

You will leave inspired by London’s literary locale and be armed with practical tips to reframe your digital life and cultivate every day curiosity.

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