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Talks, Debates & Lectures taking place at Conway Hall

October 2018

Halloween 2018 and the world is still haunted. Join the London Fortean Society for talks by Dr Caron Lipman and Sarah Sparkes on contemporary ghost story collecting from haunted homes to Senate House and beyond.

The First Resort- Pamphleteering and Politics in Early Modern Britain

Prof Joad Raymond discusses how dreamers of a better world used pamphleteering to communicate alternative political ideas and challenge power in early modern Britain.

Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse will consider the aims of scientific research in the light of global challenges and political agendas. Stressing the importance of mature and informed discussions, he will survey the characteristics research systems need if they are to produce reliable, useful knowledge in the public interest.

November 2018

magCulture’s ModMag returns to Conway Hall for its annual celebration of editorial creativity. We’ll be following the familiar format: a day of talks from international magazine-makers, mixing the new and old, the large and small, the indie and mainstream.

1968 was a year of political upheaval and rebellion, but those times were also important in culture and education – and not just in rock music! This event celebrates those times and asks, what is the legacy? Chaired by Michael Rosen, with speakers including Tariq Ali, Melissa Benn, Ken Loach and Professor Lynne Segal.

The Elimination of Slavery from the Whole World- Problems of Anti-Slavery in Victorian Britain

Dr Joseph Kelly examines the problems faced by the slavery abolition movement in Britain after the 1830s in their efforts to eliminate slavery from the face of the Earth.

Join us for an entertaining and insightful evening as bestselling author Helen Russell takes us on trip around the world to discover the secrets of happiness from 30 countries.

A series of six Wednesday evening talks on pamphleteering, contemporary blogging and some of the myriad issues covered in Conway Hall’s largely 19th century pamphlet collection, curated by Deborah Lavin, featuring Prof Joad Raymond, Dr Joseph Kelly, Dr Gregory Claeys, Prof David Nash, Viv Regan and Deborah Lavin.

Marx, Morris and Utopia

Dr Gregory Claeys considers whether, despite Marxism’s well know rejection of earlier Utopian socialism, Karl Marx might be termed a Utopian thinker, and how some of his ideas were adapted but also built upon by the English socialist William Morris.

Join Richard MacLean Smith, creator of the ‘world’s spookiest podcast’ Unexplained as he takes you on an atmospheric journey through the extraordinary tale of the Hexham Heads. The heads seem to move themselves and strange creatures were witnessed stalking the homes of anybody that housed the bizarre artefacts.

We are so excited to introduce our second ever Sunday Assembly LATES, where we have not one but TWO speakers joining us: psychotherapist, author and presenter Malcom Stern and self love and relationship coach Sarah Adefehinti, as well as the incredible Lonan Jenkins from the Embers Collective doing some storytelling for us!

Burnout and other associated health issues are gathering extraordinary momentum particularly with frontline employees. Why do we do this highly pressurised, persistently demanding work which requires enormous breadth and depth of skill and who is responsible for our wellbeing? Camilla Ghazala will discuss whether we can really avoid burnout.

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