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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

September 2019

Eleanor Gordon-Smith speaks at Conway Hall on 1st September 2019

In an increasingly divided world, how we might change the minds of others? Philosopher and journalist Eleanor Gordon-Smith discusses some lucid, gripping stories that show the limits of human reason with Little Atoms podcaster Neil Denny.

AC Grayling discusses with Selina O’Grady her ground-breaking new book In the Name of God: A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance and asks: is each faith really an ossified religion which can never come to terms with the Enlightenment and the world it has helped form?

Occult rites are staged in hippie strip clubs; music hall dame Old Mother Riley haunts a vam-piric Bela Lugosi; TV puppet Sooty doles out intoxicating pharmaceuticals; velvet-voiced Vincent Price presents a full-fat cookery programme…

He is the most notorious tyrant in history. But the most important things we think we know about Adolf Hitler are wrong. Cambridge Professor Brendan Simms offers a revelatory new analysis.

The raid of the Dambusters is one of the most exhilarating episodes in British history. In this talk, our most brilliant military historian, Sir Max Hastings, uncovers the truth behind the legend.

The definitive history of how evil magic has survived into the present day from the largely rural world of Georgian Britain and the time of the British Empire to the multicultural present, as recounted by Thomas Waters.

RAF officer, MI6 spy, BBC war correspondent: the life and career of Frederick Forsyth is as thrilling as any bestseller.

Revealed: how Brexit will change Britain. As Gavin Esler explains, from the food markets of Kent to NHS operating theatres to the boardrooms of big employers, Brexit throws up many surprises.

In this free Pre-Concert Talk, British composer, journalist, and lecturer Robert Hugill, discusses arrangement, transcription and popularisation in late 18th and 19th century composition.

You are invited to step inside the Oval Office and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room. Join BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel as he takes you inside Trump’s West Wing and discusses the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions.

Istros Books launch The Trap by Ludovic Bruckstein

An event to celebrate the first publication in English of this Romanian-Jewish writer whose novellas reveal the fate of his people during WWI in the multi-cultural region of Maramureș.

From Blurred Lines to gang signs, how does society cause toxic masculinity? But what is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump’s twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be ‘toxic’, ‘fragile’ and ‘in crisis’.

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