Everyone thinks they know the real Winston Churchill. But now his biographer Andrew Roberts has uncovered new sources – including the private diaries of King George VI – that reveal this towering figure as we’ve never seen him before.
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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall
Thinking on Sunday: Examining Intelligence – Novelists on Education and Mental Ability | Sunday 12th May
How do you rate your own intelligence? In these three short talks Dr Michael Collins, Dr Sara Lyons and Dr Natasha Periyan will discuss how novelists such as Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and Mark Twain think about intelligence both in and out of the classroom.
Professor John Harris has been working on the ethics of influencing evolution and indeed on the nature of “persons” since around 1973. In this talk he will argue that we have good reasons to embrace revolutionary technologies in germ line modification, including CRISPR/CAS9 and MRT.
In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. Rachel Reeves MP writes of the inspirational achievements of women in parliament over the course of the past 100 years.
Chris Stokel-Walker lifts the lid on YouTube’s culture and influence based on his book ‘YouTubers’. The first independent, in-depth book investigating YouTube. He investigates the past, present and future of the world’s most popular video sharing website and its impact on society.
From secret military islands to tunnels deep beneath London, writer and activist Guy Shrubsole unearths truths concealed since the Domesday Book about who is really in charge of this country – at a time when Brexit is meant to be returning sovereignty to the people.
Thinking on Sunday: Lowborn – Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns | Sunday 16th June
Kerry Hudson discusses her book Lowborn with James Bloodworth, author of Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. Lowborn is a powerful, personal, agenda-changing work of non-fiction on poverty in Britain – a unique book that we all need to pay attention to.
A masterclass in how all of us can achieve extraordinary things from the man whose research inspired Malcolm Gladwell’s famous 10,000 hours rule with Professor Anders Ericsson.