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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall
An awe-inspiring talk from Adam Larter followed by mass singalongs to power ballads, an awesome spoken word artist, a story from a member of our community and a vat of tea afterwards.
Democracy, like all powerful terms, is a slippery word to get a grip on. What is the essence of democracy? What are the ideals? Brett Hennig will take us on a voyage back in time through democracy’s intriguing and complicated history to explore these questions and discover how we got to where we are.
Historian Dr John Callow explores the roots of Herne’s tale and how his legend has inspired generations of writers and artists to create a powerful figure for both the modern Pagan pantheon and the wider environmental movement.
The processes of addiction and recovery can be very hard to understand from the perspectives of common-sense, clinic and theory. But today, as Professor Gabriel Segal will explain, ideas from Alcoholics Anonymous, psychology and neuroscience fit neatly together to form a coherent explanation of these perplexing phenomena.
Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers and Each Other | Wednesday 14th March
From a political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment – broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet reveals the bizarre and untold story of how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters during the Cold War.
What if modern policing’s problem is not its training, diversity or methods but its dramatic expansion over the last forty years and the fundamental shift in its role in society? What if the problem is policing itself? Are there alternatives to more police officers, more oppressive laws and more incarceration?
Renowned psychotherapist and bereavement counsellor Julia Samuels leads a compassionate and supportive discussion of what it means to lose someone you love.
With a lemon for a visual aid, scientist, awesome communicator and space cadet Vijay Shah will answering this question and more, leaving you feeling like a rocket scientist, as part of British Science Week! Plus there’s power ballads to sing along to and a vat of tea and coffee for after.
Thomas Jefferson once observed that “information is the currency of democracy.” If this is right, what happens when that currency is corrupted by bad information — alternative facts, fake news, conspiracy theories and pseudo-science? This is the question that Mike Flood will pose in this talk.
Join us for this debate on Democracy and whether the use of referenda enhances citizen democracy or undermines it by restricting a deliberative process. It’s a debate that’s raging in many countries and this is your chance to engage with it.