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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

September 2021

In a special lecture for Pushkin House, acclaimed historian Antony Beevor looks at myths and misunderstandings around the Soviet role in World War II. The controversy continues, both in the West and in Russia.

Our medical model has failed us by promoting specialisation and overlooking perhaps the single most important component of our health: our state of mind. It shapes our responses to symptoms that we de-velop, dictate the treatments we receive, and influence whether they work.

Why we should all work less! Kyle Lewis and Will Stronge discuss their radical and pragmatic manifesto for tackling the interconnected crises of contemporary capitalism: work, care and the environment.

From alleged messages in the cosmic microwave background to the fine-tuning of the Universe,
scientists, philosophers, and popes have had to grapple with what astronomy does and doesn’t tell us
about humanity and religion.

To mark our 20th anniversary Stop the War are hosting a political and cultural afternoon with key figures from the movement, as well as musicians and artists who will both inform and entertain.

Bernice Hardie, co-founder and CEO of WAVE for Change, believes that when we create spaces where people of different abilities can socialise together, everyone benefits. In her talk, she will show us how we can gain confidence and reduce anxiety by bringing all members of our community together in positive and respectful environments.

Mary Ann Sieghart provides a startling perspective on the unseen bias at work in our everyday lives, to reveal the scale of the gap that still persists between men and women.

October 2021

Professor Kimberley Wade is a cognitive psychologist whose research explores the causes of autobiographical memory distortions. She will help us to understand how this phenomenon occurs and why it might actually be good for us.

Fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again – and we need to find a better way to fight it. Paul Mason, the bestselling author of Post-Capitalism, offers a guide to resisting the far right. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.

Guy Standing investigates the precariat, a new and growing group, finding a frustrated and angry new underclass who are often ignored by politicians and economists. Are you one of them and how has Covid affected you? This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.

Ollie Tunmer, the founder and director of Beat Goes On,, promotes the use of music as a means of encouraging wellbeing, for both individuals and teaching communities. For this assembly, Ollie will tell his story of how he became a music educator, as well as give a short demonstration of his body percussion workshops.

During this Café Humaniste event, Miss saHHara will delve into African Queer and Trans history, celebrating the trans community in Africa.

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