Maybe it’s time to live. Philosopher John Sellars walks us through the history of Epicureanism, showing us how it can help us think anew about joy, friendship, nature and being alive in the world.
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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall
*ONLINE* Reweirding: Love-Locks – The History and Heritage of a Contemporary Custom | Thursday 11th February
Love-locks is are new custom, demonstrating love and devotion with a padlock attached to a public space, often a bridge or other landmark. They are everywhere: Paris and Taiwan; New York and Seoul; Melbourne and Moscow; London and Westcliff on Sea. Ceri Houlbrook explores the worldwide popu-larity of the love-lock as a ritual token of love and commitment by considering its history, symbolism, and heritage.
Graham Hutchings offers a vivid, gripping account of 1949: the year in which China abruptly changed course and pulled the rest of world history along with it. The overthrow of Chiang Kai-shek’s government by Mao Zedong reverberated across the world, resulting in long-lasting consequences that are still being felt today.
In 2020 we saw clearer than ever that Black people are still fighting for the right to not the colour of their skin. In the words of Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, “there is no freedom without rights and no rights with-out the freedom to exercise those rights.”
Forty years of feminism and still women do the majority of the housework. Why? Sally Howard investi-gates how we got here and what the future could look like for feminism’s final frontier: the domestic la-bour gap.
In the future, how many identities will you have? How many do you want? From surveillance and identity hacking to social media and our legacies beyond the grave, Tracey Follows presents a fascinating and urgent exploration of what personal identity will mean for all of us in the coming decades.
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Britain and Borders – A Story of Migration, Race and Law | Sunday 28th March
As borders multiply, so too must campaigns of resistance. From ‘Detained Voices’ to acts of cross-border solidarity, people are fighting back to break down borders and standing up for everyone’s right to belong.
How did a collective of self-taught internet sleuths end up solving some of the biggest crimes of our time? Bellingcat is what the world needs right now – an intelligence agency by the people, for the people.
*ONLINE* National Secular Society: Inventing Secularism – The Radical Life of George Jacob Holyoake – book launch with Ray Argyle | Thursday 22nd April
In this talk to mark the launch of Inventing Secularism, the first modern biography of Holyoake, author Ray Argyle will describe how Holyoake’s life helped shaped the modern world. He will also explain how Holyoake’s vision rings with renewed clarity at a time when secularism is under siege worldwide.
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.
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.