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Blood Donation

21 July - 17 November 2014

The Next National Blood Donation dates at Conway Hall are:


Mon 21st Jul, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Wed 10th Sep, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Mon 17th Nov, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Available to walk in

Appointments can be made

 


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GLC Games CLub

Regular Mondays

The GLC Games Club presents

A regular meet-up for games aficianados

The GLC Games Club is for aficionados of boardgames, table top figure battles and role playing. The club meets every Monday - public holidays permitting.

Please visit our Facebook page for dates and details.


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Talks & Lectures

Alan Henness - the rise of the laptop lizards - fighting misleading advertising

Wed 20 Aug 2014, 18.30

The Central London Humanist Group presents

Alan Henness - the rise of the laptop lizards - fighting misleading advertising

Over the last three years, the Nightingale Collaboration has given the Advertising Standards Authority possibly their most difficult challenge: curbing the misleading claims made on complementary and alternative therapy websites. As a result, many practitioners have realised their responsibilities and taken down long lists of 'what homoeopathy can help with...', 'how cranio-sacral therapy can cure your baby's colic', etc, etc. Some, however, continue to defy the regulator.
But we've been using other regulators as well, particularly the medicines regulator, the MHRA, to ensure manufacturers, sellers and advertisers of homoeopathic and herbal medicines comply with the rules, regulations and laws they are supposed to. Then there's our complaints about claims for cancer treatments that have been dealt with by Trading Standards.

Doors at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 pm
Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our charity wine bar find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Alan's chosen charity which is the British Red Cross

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we do rely on those who can, to make a donation of what they can afford, to cover the costs of room, equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.


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Special Events

The Ancestors Trail

Fri 29 Aug 2014, 19.00

The BHA, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the Central London Humanist Group presents

The Ancestors Trail Evening Lectures

To mark the start of our weekend’s entertainment we are hosting a series of evening lectures that you are welcome to attend, irrespective of whether you can join us for rest of the weekend's events.

Speakers:

7pm - Andrew Copson - Chief Executive British Humanist Association

Andrew became Chief Executive in January 2010 having coordinated BHA’s education and public affairs work for five years. Andrew writes about secularist issues for journals and newspapers and has appeared widely on television and radio representing the BHA. 

8pm - Professor Armand Leroi – Professor of Evolutionary Development Biology at Imperial college, author and broadcaster.

Armand Leroi is not your average Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology. As a scientist, his expertise lies in tiny worms and why they grow to precisely the same size. But outside the lab he has written about human mutants, presented several TV shows and done (serious) research into the evolution of pop music. In 2004, Leroi adapted his book into a television series called Human Mutants for Channel 4. This became the first of a number of successful documentaries he has presented, covering fascinating subjects such as “What Darwin didn’t know” and “Aristotle’s Lagoon”, about the groundbreaking studies of the ancient Greek philosopher/naturalist.

9pm - Dr Yan Wong – Evolutionary Biologist, co-author of 'the Ancestor's Tale' and broadcaster for TV’s ‘Bang Goes the Theory’.

Dr Yan Wong’s work on modelling the evolutionary effects of self-recognition systems in plants led to him being a research contributor to the Ancestor’s Tale book. Yan is well-informed over an extensive set of scientific disciplines, including maths, chemistry and ecology. In 2009 Yan joined the presenting team of BBC1's prime-time series "Bang Goes the Theory" and demonstrated a wide and eclectic range of scientific ideas to members of the public.  He delights in the challenges of live science demonstrations and often incorporates live science demonstrations into his talks.

Our knowledge of our evolutionary history is advancing all the time and Yan will be updating us on the Ancestor’s Tale and also demonstrating how to use OneZoom, a piece of software that he has developed to highlight the diversity of life on Earth. 

BHA Members, children and students:           £12:00

Non BHA Members:                                         £17:00

The annual Ancestor’s Trail evolutionary pilgrimage takes place in Epping Forest and the Lea valley over this weekend.  Based on Richard Dawkin’s book, The Ancestor’s Tale, details of the free walks, youth hostel accommodation, talks and celebrations can be found on the Ancestors Trail website.

The centrepiece to the week-end is the walk and combined with entertainment in the evening and lectures the following morning, a stay at Cheshunt YHA over Saturday evening is the best way to fully relax and enjoy everything. Friday night accommodation is bookable separately at Cheshunt YHA should you want to join in early or need somewhere convenient to stay in the area. The YHA is next to Cheshunt railway station on the Liverpool Street line.


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Courses & Workshops

Machiavelli to Mill

Thursday Evenings

The Virtual Philosopher presents

Machiavelli to Mill

A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

This course runs for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)

The course will run from 8.10pm - 9.40pm  in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2. 

A mixture of short lectures and group discussion focussed on classic works of political philosophy exploring questions of continuing relevance that emerge from them. No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed. 

Topic covered include: Must political leaders have 'dirty hands'? What is the justification for having a state? What is property? Must a legitimate state have the consent of the people? Can you remain free while being part of a democray? What is alienation? What are the limits of individual  freedom of expression in a civilised society?

Week 1. Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince

Week 2. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

Week 3. John Locke Second Treatise on Civil Government

Week 4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract

Week 5. Marx - The German Ideology Part One

Week 6. J.S. Mill On Liberty and The Subjection of Women

Full price for the course (6 sessions) is £100 payable in advance via the website. Concessions (students, unemployed, OAPs, those who have already signed up for or completed the Philosophy: the Basics  course) £80 using the drop down menu on the button.

maximum class size 35

teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed


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Courses & Workshops

Philosophy the Basics evening course

Thursday Evenings

The Virtual Philosopher presents

Philosophy: the Basics

A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

maximum class size 35

teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed

This course runs for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)

The course will run from 6.30p.m. -  8 p.m. (doors open from 6.15pm) in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2.

The price for the 6-session course is £100 payable in advance


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Courses & Workshops

Creating Solo Performance

Sat 6 Sep 2014, 10:30

The Centre for Solo Performance presents

A Six Week Course on Creating Solo Performance

Have you had that idea for a one person show, but are unsure how to get it off the page and into the performance space? Now is your chance to make that idea a reality.

Each week will feature practical exercises that will help you generate, edit and focus your ideas as well as further develop your stagecraft skill-set. Finishing with an opportunity to showcase your work to an audience.

Open to all levels of experience and all disciplines.
All you have to bring is your ideas and enthusiasm.

6 Saturday workshops 10:30am-12:30pm starting Saturday September 6th
£130 (places limited – £60 to reserve a place)

To book a place please email Luke Dixon: luke@centreforsoloperformance.com
or call him on 07952 960424


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Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

Sat 6 Sep 2014, 10:00

The Arts Council of England & The National Lottery presents

Free Verse Poetry Book Fair 2014

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.

Free Verse 2014 will be held on Saturday 6th September, 10am-4.30pm, at Conway Hall in London, with an evening do at the nearby Rugby Tavern for a grand night of poetry and socialising.

We are delighted that our application for an Arts Council Grant has been approved, which means we can offer travel bursaries to publishers travelling from afar, as well as create an accompanying publication which will contain publisher information and contemporary poems. 

To keep up with the latest news, you can sign up to our mailing list or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. If you are not a publisher but would still like to participate actively in the event, see the Volunteers page on this site. 


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Special Events

Rhinegold LIVE: Charles Owen - Piano Recital

Tue 9 Sep 2014, 18:15

Rhinegold LIVE presents 

Charles Owen - Piano Recital

Charles Owen will perform a programme featuring works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Debussy, and including the London premiere of Nico Muhly’s Short Stuff.

As part of the Rhinegold LIVE concert series, Muhly’s “swirling, post-Minimalist score” (NY Times, 2009), will receive its first performance in London. 

The evening will begin with a complimentary drinks reception and the recital will be followed by an informal Q&A between Charles and the editor of International Piano magazine, Claire Jackson. 

6.15pm reception for 7.00pm concert 

Tickets: Free (but should be reserved online beforehand).

(Photo Credit:© Agness Lugovska)


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The Festival of Life

Sat 13 Sep 2014, 10:30

The Festival of Life presents

The 11th Annual Festival of Life

The Festival is a unique one-day event with over 50 free talks, demos and workshops and a wide variety of stalls inside the hall and in the park in adjacent Red Lion Square, covering:

Self-healing and Self-empowerment, Natural Parenting and Nature Cures, Healthy Vegan Organic Meals and Whole-foods, Permaculture and Environmentalism,  Musical, Poetic and Artistic Expression,  Simple and Non-consumerist Living, Creating Community and Networks, Celebration and Connection

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Doors open: 10.30am

Talks and Workshops: 11am-10pm
Stalls: 10.30am-6pm

Conscious Dance Party: 7pm-11.30pm

Ticket price for full event: 10.30am-11.30pm: £20 /£15 (concs) at the door.
Late ticket prices - from 6pm onwards
£10 /£5 at the door.
Accompanied under 16's free. Entrance to Red Lion Square - free.

If you do not wish to stay for the dance party, you may request a £5 refund 
if you leave before 6pm. This will allow space for others to join at this point.


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