At A Glance...
Sunday Assembly London
1st & 3rd Sundays, 11.00
The Sunday Assembly presents
The Sunday Assembly
The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.
We (usually*) meet every first and third Sunday in the Main Hall.
The Assembly is free to attend, is run by volunteers but need donations to cover hall hire.
*Please note: We will not be holding Sunday Assembly at Conway Hall on 2 March 2014.
About the Sunday Assembly:
Sanderson Jones (over enthusiastic, bearded) and Pippa Evans (musical, hilarious) will join their host of inspirational speakers to create a morning that is part-atheist church, part-foot stomping show.
Each themed event has songs, readings and a final address on that topic. No matter what the subject, the goal of The Sunday Assembly is to solace worries, give perspective and inject a bit more whizziness into your daily life.
The Sunday Assembly is the brainchild of comedians Sanderson Jones (international purveyor of The Comedy Sale) and Pippa Evans (BBC Radio 4, Live at the Electric, The Showstoppers) who discovered on one long car journey to a gig that they were both thinking about starting a friendly community gathering for like-minded people.
The Sunday Assembly has had a whole host of fabulous speakers, including Sandi Toksvig, Marcus Brigstocke, Professor Richard Layard, Hadley Freeman and Arthur Smith.
The Psychotherapeutic Relationship
Tue 11 Mar 2014, 19.30
The Adlerian Society presents
Adlerian Society London Lecture:
“The Psychotherapeutic Relationship: a personal exploration If we are truly helping, how does this happen?”
Presented by Harry Dowling
The Psychotherapeutic Relationship: a personal exploration If we are truly helping, how does this happen? On the basis of what he has gleaned from training, reading, life experience and psychotherapeutic practice Harry Dowling will attempt to shine some light on the therapeutic encounter in counselling, individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. He will attempt to justify interventions intended to be helpful and to show that they are indeed helpful.
Harry Dowling is an Adlerian Psychotherapist in private practice in Surrey. He gained his Diploma in Individual Psychology at Bucks Adlerian Training and has worked for a decade with people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Before his training he worked in production, sales and marketing in printing, librarianship, publishing and engineering. Harry continues his therapeutic work with individuals and groups in the Surrey area. He is also very active in the Adlerian Society and facilitates seminars in London and Surrey.
Admission £7 (concessions £4) All welcome. No need to book. CPD certificates are available.
Lecture enquiries: email@example.com
Start and End times: 19.30 – 21.00
Wed 12 Mar 2014, 19.00
Central London Humanists presents
Honor Diaries - Culture is no excuse for abuse
The first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls in Muslim societies.
Doors 18.30, Start 19.00
Tickets £6 Advance /£10 cash only on the door
Honor Diaries features a cast of women’s rights activists, including New York Times Bestselling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. “In male-dominated cultures, like Saudi Arabia, women and girls are treated like property, forced into marriage, and suffer female genital mutilation,” said Ayaan Hirsi Ali. “In Honor Diaries, I am proud to join these courageous women to speak the truth; that culture is no excuse for abuse.”
Honor Diaries brings together a diverse coalition of human rights groups to champion this important cause, including: Women’s Voices Now, the AHA Foundation, All Afghan Women’s Union, Alliance of Iranian Women, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Congress of Racial Equality, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Girls’ Globe, Tehrik-e-Niswan (The Women’s Movement of Pakistan) and more.
These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.
The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.
Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.
More than a movie, Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.
The Oppression and Resilience of Women
Sat 15 Mar 2014, 10.00
Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the National Secular Society are pleased to announce a joint event to celebrate International Women's Day.
International Women's Day:
The Oppression and Resilience of Women
Our Conference - The Oppression and Resilience of Women will celebrate women's achievements in the arts, sciences and politics, we will also look at health, wealth and education and how society, men and religions impede women. We will be highlighting the appalling oppression that many women still have to cope with in the 21st century and the positive achievements of women despite the many challenges they face, and we will end the day with some comedy.
Stalls include, Newham Books, Plan UK and Survivors Voice.
The confirmed speakers for the conference so far include:
Anne Marie Waters - National Secular Society
Sue Cox - Survivors Voice
Pragna Patel - Director of Southall Black Sisters
Sara Kahn - Director & Co Founder of women's rights group Inspire
Baroness Cox - Life Peer & CEO of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
Baroness Flather - Life Peer & Vice Chair & long standing member of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group
Peter Whittle - Broadcaster and Founder of the New Culture Forum
Lejla Kuric - Activist & Blogger
Ahlam Akram - Journalist and founder of BASIRA
Siana Bangura - Editor of Feminist blog No Fly on the Wall
Marianna Fox - Director of Passion for Freedom
Kate Smurthwaite - Comedian & Activist
There will also be a selection of stalls relating to Women's issues and achievements at the event.
We suggest minimum donation of £5 entry for unwaged or low waged and £10 waged which will go towards covering costs and any additional money raised will go to charities that support women chosen by our speakers.
We will also be screening, 'Honor Diaries - Culture is no excuse for abuse' on 12 March, the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls in Muslim societies. The film is being promoted by BASIRA in the UK.
The conference will run from 10.00 until 17.00
Sat 15 Mar 2014, 18.30
The Zeitgeist Movement presents
The Zeitgeist Movement is a global sustainability activist group working through education & explicitly non-violent means to bring the world together for the common goal of human and environmental sustainability.
Please join us in London to hear some great speakers & as always Z-Day gives members the opportunity to socialize, make new friends, discuss & hopefully put into action your own ideas with many different people.
This year we have Rou Reynolds from the band 'Enter Shikari' giving a presentation, also Desmond Kilroy from the 'Centre for the Advancement for the Steady State Economy', Myles Dyer, Ben McLeish with more to follow.
A full programme will be released a month before the event.
If anyone has special needs, disability requirements etc. or any other queries please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Zeitgeist Movement
Divisive notions such as nations, governments, race/colour, political parties, religions, creeds or class are non-operational distinctions in the view of The Movement. Rather, we recognize the world as one system and the human species as a singular family, sharing a common habitat.
Doors 18.00. Start 18.30
Tickets £5 (plus booking fee)
Sun 16 Mar 2014, 17.30
Jamie Campbell violin
Hannah Strijbos viola
James Barralet cello
Simon Callaghan piano
The Brahms Project: Concert 3
Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm:
Brahms: Violin Sonata in D minor Op.108
Main recital at 6.30pm:
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor Op.25
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor Op.34
£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)
Doors open at 17.00. Start 17.30
The London-based Werther Ensemble consists of four distinguished musicians - Jamie Campbell (violin), Hannah Strijbos (viola), James Barralet (‘cello) and Simon Callaghan (piano), who are all leading soloists and chamber musicians in their own right with interesting and varied careers.
The individual members have won many major prizes and performed at most of the major UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall and throughout Europe. For several years the Werthers have played together in different formations, both in the UK and abroad. They gave their first performance as a piano quartet in February 2013, when they played Brahms’ op 60 -’the Werther’ - from which they take their name. In May 2013 they made an enormous impact at the inaugural Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, of which James Barralet is the Artistic Director, and they will return to this festival in 2014 with four concerts of Schubert.
Tonight's concert is the third in a series of four concerts which will explore the chamber music of Johannes Brahms (the fourth concert will take place on May 25th). Please join us!
Sunday Lecture: Intelligently designed; the creationist assault on science
Sun 16 Mar 2014, 11.00
The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:
Intelligently designed; the creationist assault on science
“Creation science” is a 20th century heresy, albeit with far older roots. Its central claim is that beliefs compatible with biblically inspired creationism are in fact scientifically superior to mainstream views on evolution and an old earth. Its arguments for supernatural intervention range from the ludicrous to the highly sophisticated; from “Flood geology” to the origin of biological information; from Jehovah’s Witnesses pamphlets to seemingly scholarly works invoking cellular complexity or the so-called Cambrian Explosion. The creationists themselves are not necessarily stupid, nor ill-informed, nor (in other matters) deluded. In all cases, their deep motivation is the wish to preserve the supernatural role of God the Creator, and a particular view of the man-God relationship.
There are several interlocking organisations active in the UK to promote creationism. These include Glasgow’s own Centre for Intelligent Design (closely linked to the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and its notorious Wedge Strategy), Truth in Science, and The World Around Us/The Genesis Agendum, who between them have links to Brethren churches, the Christian Schools Trust, Answers in Genesis, and Creation Ministries International.
Paul will be discussing the attempts by such organizations to infiltrate the educational system, the inadequacies of official attempts to prevent this, and possible countermeasures. He will also be giving views on why creationist arguments are appealing to those without detailed background knowledge, and how we should respond.
Paul Braterman is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University, and former Regents Professor at the University of North Texas, where his research related to the origins of life was funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA’s Astrobiology program. He is a committee member of the British Centre for Science Education, and of the Scottish Secular Society, and has been following creationist infiltration into education in the UK for some years. He is a regular contributor to 3 Quarks Daily, and his most recent book, From Stars to Stalagmites, discusses aspects of chemistry in their historical and everyday contexts.
Doors 10.30, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members
Tea & Coffee will be available.
Sunday Lecture - The Idea of Israel
Sun 16 Mar 2014, 14.00
The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents
The Idea of Israel: Ilan Pappé
(Please note new date and time - your pre-booked tickets will still be valid)
A major new history of Zionism and Israel, by Ilan Pappé, renowned author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
Since its foundation in 1948, Israel has drawn on Zionism to provide a sense of self and political direction. In this groundbreaking new work, Ilan Pappé looks at the continued role of Zionist ideology in the creation of Israel. Join him as he discusses the way Zionism operates outside of the government and military in areas such as the country’s education system, media, and cinema, and the uses that are made of the Holocaust in supporting the state’s ideological structure.
Pappé has been attacked and received death threats since his work exposed the truth about how Palestinians have been treated, and the gruesome structure that links the production of knowledge to the exercise of power. The Idea of Israel is a powerful and urgent intervention in the war of ideas concerning the past, and the future, of the Palestinian–Israeli conflict.
Doors 13.30, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members
Tea & Coffee will be available.
This Is Improbable Too!
Tue 18 Mar 2014, 19.00
Father of the Ig Nobel Prizes, Marc Abrahams and scientists, researchers, and other colourful individuals explain research that will make you laugh and then think!!
What’s the best way to get a monkey to floss regularly?
How much dandruff do Pakistani soldiers have?
If you add an extra henchman to your bank-robbing gang, how much more money will you 'earn'?
How many dimples will be found on the cheeks of 28,282 Greek children?
Who is the Einstein of pork carcasses?
And what is the significance of Mr Buckley's exploding trousers? Along with more of the strangest and interesting research known to this pale blue dot.
Marc Abrahams is editor and co-founder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). Marc is the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, honouring achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK. The Prizes are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates at a gala ceremony held each autumn at Harvard University and broadcast on National Public Radio and on the Internet.
He is the author of This Is Improbable and lives in Cambridge, Mass, USA.
The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets
Wed 19 March 2014, 19.00
The Central London Humanist Group presents
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his latest book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes of The Simpsons.
Simon will also discuss how the writers of Futurama have similarly made it their mission to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series. As well as talking about how The Simpsons and Futurama have celebrated mathematics, Singh will also discuss how the two shows can be used to promote mathematics in the classroom.
Simon Singh is a science writer. After completing a PhD in particle physics and working for the BBC science department for six years, he authored Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book, Big Bang and Trick or Treatment (Alternative Medicine on Trial). His latest book is The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. After being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association in 2008, Singh was at the forefront of the Libel Reform Campaign.
Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our CLHG Charity Wine Bar find your seat and chat with other members.
Donations to the wine bar will go to Sense About Science Simon's chosen charity.
Simon's latest book will be available to purchase on the night at a discount price of just £10.
All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.
Doors at 18.30 for talk at 19.00