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Thinking on Sunday was launched as a new series of events with different themes to the Sunday Lectures. These interesting and stimulating sessions have a talk or presentation followed by Q&A, debate and discussion. The speakers are experts in their field, and/or have a passion for subject. Especially popular with our ethical society members, Thinking on Sunday is open to the public and promises to motivate and nourish the mind!

April 2018

Bad Girls Cover

Join Caitlin Davies for an illustrated talk on the history of the suffragettes at Holloway Prison, a tale of both victimisation and bravery.

May 2018

Save Democracy - Abolish Voting

This talk by Paul Evans will attempt to offer a version of democracy that we would choose now if we were starting to create liberal democracy from scratch, knowing what we know about feed-back loops and the democratic flaws that have grown more pronounced as electoral government has evolved.

Florence Schechter

There is a penis museum in Iceland, but no vagina equivalent anywhere in the world. Comedian Florence Schechter discusses why she chose to set up the world’s first bricks and mortar vagina museum and the strange reactions she’s received along the way.

June 2018

Tim Marshall

Thousands of miles of fences and barriers have been erected since the turn of the century which have redefined our political landscape. Tim Marshall brings his trademark engaging and relatable style to examine the divisions caused by wealth, race, religion and politics.

Mike Wendling

This talk from Mike Wendling is a vital guide to understanding the Alt-Right – the white nationalist, misogynist, far-right movement that found a voice on 4chan then rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s successful election campaign in the United States.

July 2018

Why do people not vaccinate themselves or their children? Dr Andrea Kitta’s research draws on ethnography, media, Internet and narrative analyses to explore the vernacular explanations used in inoculation decision-making.

Almighty Dollar

Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the planet? Why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the USA its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing?

Turning-the-Tide-on-Plastic

Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

September 2018

From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power – the most important currency of all – is being transformed, fought over, won and lost.

There has been a long and vibrant relationship between LGBTQ people, homosexuality and consumer capitalism since the late nineteenth. Using sources ranging through early men’s magazines and erotic publications, government documents, business archives and oral histories, Justin Bengry asks who benefited from commercial interest in homosexuality?

Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas present an eye-opening study which offers a sobering overview of corrupted professional politics, while providing fertile intellectual ground for the development of new solutions for protecting democracy from authoritarian subversion.

October 2018

Rob Evans reveals the secret group of police spies and forty years of state espionage monitoring British protest groups. They used sex, intimate relationships and drugs to build their credibility. They betrayed friends, deceived lovers, even fathered children. And their operations continue to-day.

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