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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

February 2020

David Marquet is the kind of leader who comes around only once in a generation… His ideas and lessons are invaluable’ – Simon Sinek

The single greatest indicator of what your job will be is the job of your parents. Power and privilege are concentrated among the 7% of the privately educated population. Hashi Mohamed tell his story of social mobility and inequality – and a searching analysis of what needs to change.

Why did women join ISIS? What is the line between victim and collaborator? Azadeh Moaveni discusses an intimate account of the women who made a shocking decision: to leave their lives behind and join the Islamic State.

Join composer, journalist, and lecturer Robert Hugill for a pre-concert talk exploring the history of the cello sonata.

Join us for an inspiring evening with author and BBC presenter Claudia Hammond to discover how to find rest in a busy world.

March 2020

We are obsessed with status. Annual awards and league tables of universities, liveable cities and national happiness reflect this obsession. But how valid are these rankings?

Arthur I Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans – and someday will surpass us. This is not a dystopian account; Miller celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.

Described by a former senior Intelligence official as a ‘long-term thorn in the side of the intelligence establish-ment’, and winner of numerous awards for his journalism Richard Norton-Taylor reveals the secrets of his for-ty-year career as a journalist covering the world of spies and their masters in Whitehall.

As a teenager, Harriet Shawcross stopped speaking at school for almost a year, retreating into herself and communicating only when absolutely necessary. As an adult, she became fascinated by the limits of language and in this talk she asks what makes us silent?

April 2020

British composer, journalist, and lecturer Robert Hugill returns to Conway Hall to give a free pre-concert talk about the evening’s programme.

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

The myths and magic surrounding shapeshifters are brought vividly to life by John B. Kachuba in as compelling and original cultural history.

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