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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

February 2018
Conway Hall Book Club - The Great War

A monthly book club, open to all, where each time we discuss a title from our resident publishers, Istros Books and Peter Owen. This month we will be reading The Great War by Aleksandar Gatalica.

Free Will and Moral Responsibility

The talk from Robert Lockie will address some classic issues in the determinism/free-will/moral responsibility debates. It concerns the relationship between free will, determinism-indeterminism and moral responsibility. We will ask whether moral responsibility is compatible with any position on determinism/indeterminism – whether moral responsibility is even possible.

Education - Is Finland the Way Forward?

Come along and engage with Finland’s former Minister of Education and leading expert in the field. How their unique system, doing everything so different to what other countries do, delivers incredible outcomes. What can the UK learn from this and why aren’t we learning from it?

Kat Arney

From strange patterns of inheritance to real life genetic superheroes living amongst us, whose DNA provides them with resilience against serious illnesses, science writer and broadcaster Dr Kat Arney explains what we do and don’t know about how our genes work.

March 2018

An evening of Croatian music, words, art and wine. Listen to a live reading from the first full-length English translation of Uncle Maroye by Marin Držić, violinist Anda Vican playing works by Luka Sorkočević and see an exhibition of photographs of Dubrovnik taken by Bari Goddard.

Population Matters

More people emit more carbon: join experts and campaigners in a groundbreaking discussion of the link between population growth and climate change.

Plasma Ball - electromagnetism

Dr Peter Ford MBE asks: Is there any other form of intelligent life out there? We spend a lot of money trying to answer this question and our tool to do this is invisible stuff called electromagnetism. It fills the whole of space, indeed is responsible for humanity itself.

Sunday Assembly at Conway Hall

An awe-inspiring talk from Adam Larter followed by mass singalongs to power ballads, an awesome spoken word artist, a story from a member of our community and a vat of tea afterwards.


Democracy, like all powerful terms, is a slippery word to get a grip on. What is the essence of democracy? What are the ideals? Brett Hennig will take us on a voyage back in time through democracy’s intriguing and complicated history to explore these questions and discover how we got to where we are.

Herne The Hunter

Historian Dr John Callow explores the roots of Herne’s tale and how his legend has inspired generations of writers and artists to create a powerful figure for both the modern Pagan pantheon and the wider environmental movement.

Professor Gabriel Segal

The processes of addiction and recovery can be very hard to understand from the perspectives of common-sense, clinic and theory. But today, as Professor Gabriel Segal will explain, ideas from Alcoholics Anonymous, psychology and neuroscience fit neatly together to form a coherent explanation of these perplexing phenomena.

20180314 New Lands Matthew Sweet

From a political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment – broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet reveals the bizarre and untold story of how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters during the Cold War.

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