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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

April 2021

A passionate, poetic manifesto for urgent rebellion is also a paean to the deep and extraordinary beauty of the natural world from Jay Griffiths the author of Wild.

May 2021

An impassioned rallying cry for us to start talking frankly and openly about death in this new age of ageing.

A generation after the “Satanic Panic”, the world is confronted with a new era featuring the internet, social media and “fake” news. The same principles that fed the fear factory and insanity 30 years ago rolls on into new territories such as the rise of the White Supremacists.

As police racism unsettles Britain’s tolerant self-image, Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper details the activism that made movements like Black Lives Matter possible.

June 2021

The April 2021 riots in Northern Ireland were a reminder that peace there is fragile. Feargal Cochrane considers the region’s troubled history from the struggle for Irish independence in the nineteenth century to the present.

Poets and Philosophers Tom Whyman and Jack Underwood reflect on parenthood in a time of crisis. How might we cling to that hope as sea levels rise, forests burn and a pandemic sweeps across the world?

Whether we’re grieving or afraid, worn down by everyday troubles or relentless bad news, there is always hope. Bernadette Russell has the toolkit that will give you all you need to cultivate hope in yourself.

“Twins are or continue to be gods, beasts, spirits, monsters, animals, signals and signs, instruments, molecular assemblages, fungible communities, textual and filmic devices.” William Viney tells us more. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.

July 2021

Facing injury and interruption, Sonia Overall takes the path of the lone woman walker, seeking out ‘thin places’ where past and present collide, and where new ways of living might begin. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.

The urge to censor is as old as the urge to speak. From the first Chinese emperor’s wholesale elimination of books to the Vatican’s suppression of pornography, to the volatile politics surrounding censorship of social media, words and ideas have always been hunted down by those trying to suppress them.

Viewing mental distress with a medical model situates problems with the sufferer rather than a reaction to society and its problems. Dr James Davies examines why this view of mental illness has been promoted and why it is so misplaced and dangerous. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.

Jackie Higgins reveals how we, humans, sense and make sense of the world and the untold scientific revolution stirring in the field of our perception through the senses of animals. Jackie explores this evolutionary heritage and how we can engage with the world in ways we never knew possible. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.

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