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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

February 2019

Feminist Poster Exhibition image

The exhibition explores feminist activism through posters from Women’s Liberation Workshops in the borough and how the arts and especially theatre contributed to the local feminist scene. Ends 30th April 2019.

March 2019

Public Discourse - Debates Are Not The Answer

This meeting will look at whether debate has any value in our present society or whether there are other ways of engaging with each other that are more constructive. What we plan to do is put “debate” on trial.

Black in Academia: Staying the Course

These events are designed to encourage and support black students who are studying in the UK and considering a Masters, PhD or career in academia. Often, information about the steps students need to take to progress through academia is not transparent, easily accessible or well-circulated.

The new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain. This is not feminist science – it’s just science. Professor Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain, shows us the reality behind much of the data that is used to justify the gender gap, and explains how major breakthroughs in neuroscience will help us dispel these stereotypes and ‘neurotrash’.

A dialogue event with a panel of LGBT people from different faith and belief backgrounds, in which the central question is ‘can we agree a course of action on conversion therapy?’

April 2019

How does denialism work and why is post-denialism replacing it? And how can they be combatted? In this talk, Keith Kahn-Harris, author of Denial: The Unspeakable Truth, argues that a solution will only be possible when we come to terms with the truth of our darker desires.

In this lecture Dr Christine Parker reflects on her experience as head-teacher leading, then co-leading, a dynamic ‘Girls’ Chat Group’ of three 10-11-year-old girls, who grappled with questions related to anti-discriminatory practice and social justice, and over time girls led an anti-racism and anti-bullying campaign in schools.

We urgently need to talk about women’s sexual and reproductive health, about our experiences of sex and pregnancy and pain and pleasure. In this Thinking-on-Monday talk, Lynne Enright, author of Vagina: A Re-Education, does just that.

how to- Make Your Ideas, Products and Brands Triumph

An unmissable talk by Rory Sutherland, the acclaimed Behavioural Economist and – with 6.5m views – a TED Talk superstar, on how your ideas, products and brands can triumph in defiance of logic

The Scientific Truth About Diet

How can you know the truth about diets ? What works and what’s snake oil? From the Atkins to the South Beach diet, Cambridge University’s Dr. Giles Yeo is here with the scientific facts.

There may be a long-term global trend toward humanism, but in some regions of the world there’s a reverse trend, with an alarming rise of religious and nationalist fundamentalist groups. Come and join this discussion about the rise of Islamist and Hindutva fundamentalism in Bangladesh and India respectively, with Narendra Nayak, Bonya Ahmed and Andrew Copson.

Despite a widespread acceptance that we are living through a housing crisis, little seems to be being done to improve the living conditions of Londoners. George Turner discusses what is driving London’s housing market to dysfunction and reveals how the house building industry has managed to exploit the crisis in order to turn an enormous profit.

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