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Courses & Workshops

Neo4j GraphDay

Thu 13 Nov 2014, 9:00

Neo Technology presents   

Neo4j GraphDay

Join us for a one-day event and get complimentary graph database training and one2one advice from our graph experts!

During this free one-day event, Neo4j experts will introduce you to graph databases and demonstrate how to create graph-based applications. Neo4j GraphDay starts with a discussion of graph databases and demonstration of how Neo4j powers business applications. Two customers will share their experience in setting up a graph database for their business.

The afternoon sessions offer complimentary training as well as the chance to talk one2one to our experts, so that you will leave with the skills required to become effective with graphs and productive with Neo4j.

Tickets: Free event, please register online


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Small Publishers Fair 2014

14-15 Nov, 11am - 7pm

The Small Publishers' Fair presents

The Small Publishers’ Fair 2014

The annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. 

  • Over 60 publishers from across the UK and around the world
  • established and iconic alongside new and emerging presses
  • thousands of original works to buy – for your collection, for presents or on a whim
  • stands run by the creators and publishers – talk with them as you browse

FREE entry to this friendly fair and all activities

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Film & Theatre


14 - 15 November 2014

The Conway Collective presents


Writings on the Human Body

A performance installation exploring writings about the human body written as you watch on human bodies.

To coincide with the Small Publishers Fair, The Conway Collective, Conway Hall's resident ensemble of artists and performers, will singing the body electric in Conway Hall's treasure of a library.

Friday 14th November 7.30

Saturday 15th November 4.00

This is a free event.

There will be nudity.

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Peter Tatchell: Organised Religion is the greatest threat to human rights

Fri 14 Nov 2014, 19:30

London LGBT Humanists (GALHA) present

Peter Tatchell: Organised Religion is the greatest threat to human rights

Legendary human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be speaking about the assault by faith leaders on the rights of women, LGBTIs, Humanists, and religious minorities.  

The event is scheduled to start at 7.30. The bar will be open from 7. This event is likely to prove very popular, so we recommend arriving in good time to be sure of a seat!

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Sunday Concerts

Kelsier Trio

Sun 16 Nov 2014, 18.30

Colin Scobie violin
Reinoud Ford cello
Simon Lane piano 

Pre-concert recital at 17.30:
Colin Scobie violin & Reinoud Ford cello
Kodaly Duo for Violin & Cello Op.7

Main recital:
Beethoven Trio in E flat Op.1/1
Grieg Andante con moto
Mendelssohn Trio in D minor Op.49

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

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert recital at 17.30. Main Concert Start 18.30

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Special Events

New Scientist Live - How the universe began

Wed 19 Nov 2014, 18:30

New Scientist Magazine presents

New Scientist Live - How the universe began

Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge

A second speaker to be confirmed

Fifty years ago, two scientists in the US discovered a microwave signal that seemed to emanate from everywhere in the universe. Today it's better known as the cosmic microwave background - the afterglow of the big bang. Earlier this year we found that this signal also bears the scars of gravitational waves, the squeezing and stretching of space time itself. All this has enabled us to build an increasingly detailed picture of the birth of the universe.

Doors to Conway Hall will open at 6pm, the talk will commence at 6:30pm.

Tickets £14/£12

Tickets will only be available in advance through Eventbrite (subject to availability).

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Special Events

South London Women Artists Symposium

20 November 2014

South London Women Artists Collaborative are proud to announce an Arts Council England funded Symposium at Conway Hall Holborn, London, on the subject of the archaeology of mind and memory. 

A chaired panel of 3 speakers will expand and explore abstract notions around being, knowing, identity, time and space, giving a major contribution on the contemporary discourse of these enduring questions. The evening will also include stand-up poetry and performances followed by a drinks reception.

This Symposium coincides with South London Women Artists Collaborative residency and site-specific exhibition at Conway Hall - Finders Keepers Losers Weepers (4 November 2014 to 28 February 2015), an exhibition that is prompted by the creative and independent thought and free speech behind the Conway Hall Ethical Society, 1787 to date. Finders Keepers Losers Weepers is a school-ground chant and is an English adage with the premise that when something is unowned or abandoned, whoever finds it can claim it. Taking the artwork as a starting point, this panel of 4 prominent female experts in the fields of art, philosophy and science will discuss the rhyme and explore the broader issues of mind, memory, possession and loss.

Chaired by Professor Rebecca Fortnum, School of Art & Design, Visual Arts, Middlesex University.

Margaret CarlyleSSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge Professor Tina Chanter, Head of School, HumanitiesFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University. Jessica Voorsanger, Senior Lecturer Sculpture, School of Fine Art, UCA University of the Creative Arts.

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Talks & Lectures

The Tickle Stick: The Importance of Happiness and How To Get It

Sat 22 Nov 2014, 10:30

Centre for Inquiry UK and Conway Hall Ethical Socety present:

The Tickle Stick: The Importance of Happiness and How To Get It

Professors Lord Layard, Elaine Fox, and Heather Widdows discuss happiness.

Come and hear key scientific, political, and philosophical thinkers explain and explore the facts, the myths and the controversies.

Professors Lord Layard, Elaine Fox, and Heather Widdows discuss happiness. Come and hear key scientific, political, and philosophical thinkers explain and explore the facts, the myths and the controversies.

Organised and chaired by Stephen Law


11.00 Prof. Lord Layard is a labour economist currently working as director of Well-Being Programme at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance. He was one of the first economists to work on happiness and co-edited the 2012 World Happiness Report.

12.00 Prof. Heather Widdows. John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmngham. “More perfect, more happy?”

Professor Widdows will consider whether and in what ways appearance and body image – being perfect – is connected to happiness. A current prevalent assumption is that those who are more perfect will be happier. Many women (and men) judge themselves and others on how much they ‘fit’ the dominant ideal, on how perfect they are, and their sense of self often follows from this. That being perfect connects to being happy is often assumed: ‘if I’m thinner, prettier, sexier s/he’ll love me more’ or ‘if I was ten pounds lighter, I’d be happier with myself and my life would go better’.

1-1.45 lunch

1.45 Prof. Elaine Fox. Author of Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain. Prof. Fox is a psychologist and neuroscientist and currently a Research Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN).

2.45 End

CFI UK reserves the right to change programme.


General £ 9.00
Members and Students (members of British Humanist Association, members of Conway Hall Ethical Society, and friends of CFI UK) £ 5.00

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Sunday Concerts

Fitzwilliam Quartet

Sun 23 Nov 2014, 18.30

Lucy Russell violin
Marcus Barcham-Stevens violin
Alan George viola
Heather Tuach cello 

Tchaikovsky B flat Quartet
Suk Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn "St Wenceslas" Op.35a
Haydn Seven Last Words Op.51
(interspersed with readings of secular war poetry) 

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

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30

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Special Events

Looking for Common Ground

Tue 25 Nov 2014, 18:30

London Humanists groups in association with Conway Hall Ethical Society and the British Humanist Association as part of Interfaith Week, presents

Looking for Common Ground: How can Humanists and Muslims live and work together in 21st Century London?

All welcome and please bring an open mind.

London is probably the most diverse and vibrant city in the world. One in eight of our fellow Londoners is a Muslim, but how much do we know about London’s Muslim communities? And how much do they know about Humanism? Is there common ground? What diversity exists amongst Muslims in London? What is changing? Can we see beyond our differences? How can we work together?

This evening of discussion is a unique opportunity to address these questions and others you may wish to ask. 

Alom Shaha, author of “The Young Atheists Handbook” will be in conversation with:

  • Mamadou Bocoum - Public Relations Officer for the Sharia Council
  • Sara Khan - Co-Founder and Director of the human rights charity Inspire
  • Yasmin Rehman - Chief Executive of the Greenwich Inclusion Project (Grip) that works for community cohesion
  • Huda Jawad - Advisor at the Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies and Research Coordinator for Solace Women’s Aid.  

The event is free to attend and open to all but we will ask for donations on the door to cover our costs, we ask you to give what you personally can afford.

The evening is organised jointly by London Humanists groups in association with Conway Hall Ethical Society and the BHA as part of Interfaith Week.

In the first half of the evening each speaker will be in a one to one conversation with Alom Shaha. 

After an interval everyone will return as a panel and will take questions from the audience.

The evening will conclude around 9.30 p.m. 

Soft drinks and wine will be served before the event and during the interval by the CLHG.

Please register your intention to attend via Eventbrite, this is free to do so and important so we know how many intend to attend.

Doors at 18.30 for 19.00

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