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Courses & Workshops

Get Productive

Wed 30 Apr 2014, 19.00

NOW Live Events presents

Get Productive

A self-development workshop with Magdalena Bak-Maier

Learn the real secret of work-life balance and getting results you actually want with Magdalena Bak-Maier, author of Get Productive! (Capstone,£12.99), a neuroscientist and performance coach who works with everyone from individuals to global NGO leaders and CEOs.

In this workshop you will learn: - How to turn weekends from ‘recovery time’ into re-energising time - A foolproof system to help you achieve what you want this year - 13 powerful ideas to become more efficient at work, in relationships, to shift fear and overcome procrastination For more information on Magdalena Bak-Maier, you can see her TED talk at youtube.com/watch?v=sBsuIAscshE

TICKETS: £15 

7-8.30pm 


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Film & Theatre

To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine

Sat 3 May 2014, 19.00

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”

- Thomas Paine

Was he “one of the most brilliant minds in human history” or merely a “filthy little atheist”? He was certainly one of the most misunderstood men in American history. 

Thomas Paine is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, social programs and morality were truly revolutionary. He changed the world, only to have the world he changed turn its back on him. He ignited revolutions but died largely ignored and disdained, yet when he was writing he was at the epicentre of world events and literally transforming nations through his words.

The one-man show “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine” , leaps from the stage and captures the living essence of America's brilliant, fiery and most radical Founding Father. It brings to life the wit, contradictions and contrariness of a man whose intellect and words shaped the American national character, inspiring Americans always to be their better selves.

His pen sparked the American Revolution,
defined the French Revolution and championed the Age of Reason. He went from hero on the streets of Philadelphia to prisoner in Paris awaiting the guillotine. His books were the biggest best sellers in history and at his funeral… there were six mourners. 

Today there is the Occupy movement, back then there was Thomas Paine.

Tickets Advance: £10 (plus booking fee), Concs. £5

Admission £15/£7 on the door.

Doors 18.30. Start 19.00

Ian Ruskin (writer/actor) trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed his other one man play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks about labour leader Harry Bridges well over 200 times. The film version, directed by Haskell Wexler, has aired in America on PBS for the past 4 years. This is the London première of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine which has been performed just over 30 times in the past two years.

“Ruskin’s Paine provides more than a mere history lesson; it’s a sort of performance art. Not only do we learn of a largely untold slice of the American story, we also get to see an actor in top form. So nuanced and layered is Ruskin’s performance, and so enlightening is his script, it’s as if Paine has been brought to back life just to speak to us”.

Ben Miles, showmag.com, Los Angeles

“Ian Ruskin’s performance had a profound impact on our students…who are all in their own right struggling to realize their own value and contributions to this world, and the lessons learned as a result of experiencing this brilliant performance are many…for weeks following they commented on such things as: wanting to read more about the extraordinary life of Thomas Paine; wanting to read a particular work mentioned in the play…It is our upmost pleasure to give the highest praise and to recommend this play without reservation”.                                   

Julie Davis, Professor, History and Women’s Studies, Cerritos College

“It is a spectacular way to introduce people to the historical struggles and the ideas of the most important revolutionary thinker of the late eighteenth century. You bring Paine alive and create throughout the play excitement for history and the world of ideas, and deliver important lessons for our own time…to the possibility that democracy can attain great things, and that we have visionaries who can get us back on that virtuous forward path.”         

Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School


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Special Events

The Surveillance Society

Sat 3 Mar 2014, 10.30

Centre for Inquiry UK and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents
 
The Surveillance Society
 
Including Caspar Bowden, Tom Sorell, Judith Rauhofer.
 
Post Snowden, where do we go now? When is surveillance acceptable, and when is it wrong? Should whole swathes of public policy regarding surveillance now be junked? Three leading experts in the field present accessible and fascinating talks on our emerging surveillance society – and what to do about it.
 
Organized and chaired by Stephen Law
 
£10 (£5 students, Members of Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the British Humanist Association). Free to friends of CFI UK.
10.30 registration. 11.00 – 15.45
 
11.00 Caspar Bowden. Caspar Bowden is an independent advocate for information privacy rights, and public understanding of privacy research in computer science. For nine years he was Chief Privacy Adviser for Microsoft for forty countries.
12.00 Tom Sorell. Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick. Tom will be talking about the relation between the power of an agent of surveillance and the prima facie wrongness of surveillance.
13.45 Judith Rauhofer. Is a lawyer and lecturer in IT law at the University of Edinburgh. She will be speaking about about surveillance and the rule of law, the different understandings of "lawfulness" and the concept of privacy as a common good.
14.45 Plenary.
15.45 END
 
CFI UK reserves the right to change the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Sunday Concerts

Cellophony

4 May 2014

Richard Birchall, Matthijs Broersma,
Pau Codina, Ashok Klouda,
Bartholomew LaFollette, John Myerscough,
Brian O'Kane  & Ella Rundle cellos

Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm: ‘Estrada do Sol – Road to the Sun’

Stephanie Oatridge (oboe) and Adam Brown (guitar)

Piazzolla: Cafe 1930
Lauro: Maria Carolina
Silvestrini: Le Ballet Espanol
Barrios: Julia Florida
Falla: Canciones: El Pano Moruno, Nana & Cancion
Machado: Quebra Queixo
Machado: Pe De Moleque
Piazzolla: Bordel 1900

Main recital:

Schubert: Three Songs from Schwanengesang
Mendelssohn: Ave Maria
Birchall: Mirrors
Dvorak: Silent Woods
Wieniawski: Scherzo-Tarantella
Wagner: Prelude to Tristan & Isolde
Bach: Three Preludes & A Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Sollima: Violoncelles, Vibrez! 007

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Start 17.30


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Community

London Humanist Hustings: European Elections 2014

Tue 6 May 2014, 18.30

The British Humanist Association (BHA), Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Central London Humanist Group (CLHG) presents
 
A humanist hustings for the upcoming European parliament elections (22 May 2014).

Reserve your place now. This is your opportunity to quiz a cross section of candidates on their views and opinions on all things relating to Humanism.

The discussion will address key issues of interest to humanists in the EU, such as:

  • Secularism and European institutions;
  • Defence of the rule of law, democracy and human rights;
  • Scientific research policy;
  • and International Relations

The need for a strong humanist stance in Europe is more important now than ever. Developing radical populism and reactionary conservatism in many member states has given rise to xenophobia, homophobia and anti-democratic activity. Combined with the weight of powerful religious lobbies, the task facing the Humanism movement in Europe is great.

We will be expecting a lively question and answer session surrounding these issues, and the challenges facing humanists in Europe today.

Speakers

  • Mary Honeyball MEP, Labour Party
  • Jean Lambert MEP, Green Party
  • Matt J. McLaren, Liberal Democrats
  • Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP
  • Dr. Louise Irvine, NHA party 
  • Caroline Attfield, Conservative Party 

This is a free event and you can register your attendance below.

Start 18.30. Ends 21.30.


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Sunday Concerts

Tippett Quartet

Sun 11 May 2014, 17.30

John Mills violin
Jeremy Isaac violin
Lydia Lowndes-Northcott viola
Bozidar Vukotic cello

Pre-concert talk at 5.30pm by Roderick Swanston

Pierre Rode: Quartet in E flat Op.11/1
Emanuel Aloÿs Förster: Quartet in F minor Op.16/5
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Op.18/1

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Start 17.30


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Talks & Lectures

Sunday Lecture - War criminals, refugees and the UK

Sun 11 May 2014, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

War criminals, refugees and the UK - Brian Moore

Genocide, murder, torture, mass-rape and wanton destruction in violent conflicts have shamed the world for millennia and, sadly, continue today.

Yet many people consider war crimes are only committed by a handful of despots whereas the reality is very different. Mass violence requires all the resources of the state – its army, police, prisons, security & intelligence services, civil service, local politicians and business people as well as the connivance of influential institutions. In fact, most war crimes are committed by junior members of the state which suggests, even over the last 25 years in conflicts in the Balkans, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that there are likely to be many thousands – if not hundreds of thousands - of suspected war criminals at large. But what happens to them and where do they go when the regime changes or they are on the losing side?

The UK Home Office reports that there are about 100 ‘suspected war criminals’ known in the UK but research suggests these are only the people who self-declare their presence in the UK.

Brian Moore, former Chief Constable and Director General of the UK Border Force, is the founder of an organisation called Torture Aware UK. He outlines the relevant international treaties which inform the UK’s legal commitments to providing no safe haven for international criminals whilst affording refuge to those facing persecution. Drawing from his research, he critiques the UK’s approach to war criminals and outlines what more should be done, in particular the vital role that communities could play in helping to hold perpetrators to account.

This is a subject suffused with dilemmas about how to achieve justice where a person is a victim or a criminal or sometimes both.

Doors 10.30, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea & Coffee will be available.


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Film & Theatre

Parade

Mon 12 May 2014, 19:30

The Conway Collective presents

Parade

The elegant main space at Conway Hall echoes with memories of the original Ballet Russes, the lost romance of Alain Fournier's Le Grandes Meaulnes and the melancholic circus of Federico Fellini.

Curated by Luke Dixon and Jane Turner this Parade will be a glorious unfolding display by experienced, individualistic artists, their essential best, flashes of ingenuity and a multiplicity of theatrical forms intertwine in Conway's atmospheric theatre that is emblazoned with the banner

'to thine own self be true....'

Turner & Dixon bring together 25 years of artistic collaborations and mix with the vibrancy of fresh young talent.

Tickets £10 adv.


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Talks & Lectures

Through the Looking Glass

Tue 13 May 2014, 19.30

The Adlerian Society UK presents

Adlerian Society London Lecture:

Through the Looking Glass – Entering the Client’s Metaphoric Imagery

Presented by Paola Prina

Metaphor holds a crucial place in human communication and experience. It can offer valuable insight into what is really being said by a client and can be a useful tool in therapy. Paola will give a brief description of Metaphor Therapy and the original techniques developed by Dr. Richard R. Kopp in the use of client-generated metaphors as opposed to therapist-generated metaphors. These are the metaphors that spring naturally and spontaneously in our everyday language (spoken metaphors) and, under certain conditions, in Early Recollections. The two techniques he has developed are based on one principle: the therapist is responsible for the “process” and the client is responsible for the “content". The therapist stays "out of the way” as opposed to many approaches where an active participation from the therapist is expected in terms of interpretation, challenge, sometimes confrontation and re-framing.

Paola Prina was introduced to these techniques at an ICASSI Summer School in Ottawa, Canada, and subsequently she trained with Richard Kopp to add to her qualifications as an Accredited Adlerian Counsellor (IIP), a Psychotherapist (Dip. PHTA) and an Adlerian Supervisor (Cert. IIP). She is one of the Vice-Presidents of the UK Adlerian Society, a member of the Institute for Individual Psychology and one of the editors of the UK Adlerian Year Book.

Admission £7 (concessions £4) All welcome. No need to book. Start 19.30, End 21.00

CPD certificates are available. Lecture enquiries: evans_patel@hotmail.co.uk


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Talks & Lectures

The Future of Humanism and Observations on Ethics and Science

Wed 14 May 2014, 19.00

The Central London Humanist Group presents

The Future of Humanism and Observations on Ethics and Science

John Shook - AHA 

John Shook, PhD, is the education coordinator of the American Humanist Association. He is visiting the UK in May and has kindly agreed to come along and talk to CLH.

After receiving his PhD in philosophy from the University at Buffalo in 1994, he taught at small colleges and then was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006. John then joined the faculty of the Science and the Public online EdM program at the University at Buffalo, and he continues to be an instructor for this online program.

Also, since 2006, he has worked for several secular and humanist organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, the Humanist Institute, and the Institute for Humanist Studies, and for several years he was President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers.

John has authored and edited more than a dozen books about science, pragmatism, naturalism, ethics, politics, and religion. His recent book is The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between), and he also edited a volume of William James’s writings on pragmatism and a volume of Paul Kurtz’s writings on skepticism. He has published many articles about naturalism, secularism, and humanism in academic journals and magazines such as Free Inquiry, The Humanist, Humanist Perspectives, Think, and The Philosopher’s Magazine. 

Doors at 18.30 for the talk at 19.00.

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 John's chosen charity which is the British Humanist Association.

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. 


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