A landmark charity for London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life. Over 200 years of apostasy, radicalism and rebellion, all under one roof.
Completing the sentence “When women gather…”, this exhibition of work by photographer Grace Gelder, curated with Marianne Mulvey, draws upon different definitions of gathering – from assembling for a specific purpose, to collecting from disparate sources.
Thinking on Sunday: The Perils of Perception – Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything | Sunday 16th December
Using the latest research into the media, decision science, heuristics, and emotional reasoning, Bobby Duffy examines why the populations of some countries seem better informed than others, and how we can address our ignorance of key public data and trends.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have been leading the campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships since 2014 when they were refused a civil partnership at their local registry office. They ask, should Civil Partnerships be open to both mixed-sex as well as same-sex couples, and what are the implications?
Thinking on Monday: Adventures in the Anthropocene – A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made | Monday 21st January
Our changes to the Earth in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. In the first Thinking on Monday series talk, Gaia Vince shows us what the Anthropocene means for all of us.
Nina Edwards, author of Darkness, a Cultural History, reveals how the idea of darkness pervades art, literature, religion and every aspect of our everyday language.
Thinking on Sunday: Depression in a Digital Age – The Highs and Lows of Perfectionism | Sunday 10th February
Depression in a Digital Age author Fiona Thomas traces her life dealing with anxiety and the subsequent depression, and how a digital life helped her find her community, find her voice, find herself.
A six-week course examining the often hidden or forgotten contribution of radicals, rebels, and revolutionaries to the development of ground-breaking ideas and campaigns in the nineteenth century such as human rights, birth control, women’s rights, the right to vote, republicanism, and free speech.
Thinking on Sunday: The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far Right Extremism | Sunday 24th February
Julia Ebner shows how far right and Islamist extremists have succeeded in penetrating each other’s echo chambers as a result of their mutually useful messages. Her book introduces readers to the world of reciprocal radicalisation and the hotbeds of extremism that have developed in the UK, Europe and the US, with potentially disastrous consequences for all.
Using data from twenty years of conversations including first dates, crisis negotiation, sales encounters and medical communication, social psychologist Elizabeth Stokoe will change the way you think about talk, and explain the big pay-offs to understanding conversation scientifically.
In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. Rachel Reeves MP writes of the inspirational achievements of women in parliament over the course of the past 100 years.