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Special Events

Money Talks with John Lanchester

Sun 23 Nov 2014, 11:40

The School of Life presents

Money Talks with John Lanchester

Many of us feel we kind-of understand how the economy works, roughly know what it means when interest rates rise, when the budget deficit has been reduced. But this kind of semi-knowledge has meant that we have left the details, the decisions to the ‘experts’. Using a language that is jargon-filled, complex and often baffling, those in charge of our economies have made some catastrophic decisions that only a few individuals really understood.

John Lanchester is on a mission: to teach us to ‘speak money’. He aims to guide us to a genuine understanding so that we and not the financial elites can begin to write the rules. Clear sighted and funny, John will make a case for why we should care, what we should know and what we can do with that knowledge.

Along the way we’ll learn the difference between bullshit and nonsense and how ‘reform’ never ever means 'hiring more people and giving your current workforce more generous pay and conditions'.

Join us for a fun and possibly revolutionary Sunday Morning.

About Sunday Mornings

Since 2008 The School of Life has presented Secular Sermons exploring the values we should live by today. We ask maverick cultural figures to give us their take on the virtues to cling to or the vices to be wary of in our complex world. Expect persuasive polemics, pop-song hymns and artist-made buns and biscuits.

John Lanchester is the bestselling author of Capital and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay. A former editor at the publishers Penguin, he is a member of the editorial board of the London Review of Books and is a regular contributor to several newspapers and magazines, including Granta, The New Yorker, and The Observer,and The Daily Telegraph, for whom he writes a weekly column. His latest book How to Speak Money has been praised as a clear and brilliantly entertaining guide to the world of finance.

Tickets: £15

Timetable

11.20 Doors open 
11.40 Sermon starts
12.30 Refreshments served 
13.00 End


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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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Courses & Workshops

NOW Live Events: Alastair Creamer - Am I in the Right Job?

Tue 25 Nov 2014, 19:00

NOW Live Events presents

Alastair Creamer: Am I in the Right Job?

A self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine.

In this powerful, interactive session, leading creative thinker, coach and energetic Eyes Wide Opened co-founder Alastair Creamer will reveal the most powerful questions to ask yourself ahead of a big career decision or shift within your current place of employment and help you to get both mind andheart in the right place for career fulfilment. You have the answers, says Creamer. This will help bring them to the forefront.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Decide what kind of work really suits you.
  • Create a more meaningful job where you are right now.
  • Work out what’s next if you’re not in the right job.
  • Ask yourself the right questions about work and what it means to you.
  • Learn why ‘What do you want to do?’ is the wrong question. 

TICKETS: £15

7-8.30pm

This event is in partnership with Psychologies Magazine (www.psychologies.co.uk) as part of our NOW Live Events ongoing events series.


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Courses & Workshops

Larger than Life: creating solo performance

Sat 29 Nov 2014, 13:00

The Centre for Solo Performance presents

Larger than Life: creating solo performance a workshop with Janice Perry

For performance artists, dancers, visual artists, philosophers, sociologists, mathematicians, poets, and others interested in creating new performance-based work.

Participants may bring in pieces that they are working on, or use this workshop to begin new work. We’ll develop short performance pieces that can stand on their own, be joined together to create longer inter-related pieces, or serve as a springboard for full-length monologues, plays or other performative work.

We’ll work in a collaborative atmosphere that encourages and supports risk-taking, using body, voice, text, and – if desired – traditional and/or digital media. Themes will be chosen by participants.

Perry’s teaching techniques are derived from her experience as a writer and performer, and participants are strongly encouraged to evolve their own, unique writing and performance styles.
Bring cameras, laptops, ipads, ipods, cellphones, cables, card-readers, dongles, pencils, paper and/or other media that you might want to use in creating new work.

Feedback from workshop participants:

“Whatever the word for “the opposite of risk averse” is, Janice Perry is it.”

“  …the whole experience was intense but made to feel like a safe environment, due to the strong but reassuring encouragement given by Janice throughout the process… probably the most quote-able phrase, ‘Let’s deal with the possibilities first and the restrictions second.”

“She got us acting painlessly. I never saw our progress evolving – but suddenly everyone was so much better. Then it got REALLY fun!”

“Really great! Janice is an excellent teacher and good at giving feedback supportively. I very much appreciated her refusal to fret over potential problems and her trust in the group and the process to resolve issues in due course. Overall Janice’s approach created a very safe & supportive environment in which to make work and take risks.”

“My experience with you has permanently changed the way I work.”

Workshop sizes are limited so early booking is recommended.

Workshop: £33. 1pm - 5pm.


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Sunday Concerts

Trio Petrus

Sun 30 Nov 2014, 18.30

Peter Fisher violin
Peter Adams cello
Peter Hewitt piano 

Haydn Trio in C major HobXV:27
Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in E minor Op.67
Schubert Trio in B flat D898

£9 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

Thinking on Sunday: Has human prosperity peaked already?

Sun 30 Nov 2014, 11:00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society

Thinking on Sunday - Has human prosperity peaked already? with Hazhir Teimourian

Will the future bring only greater poverty and more turmoil? Is it too late for us to take preventive action? Do we have any real leadership in the world, or are we merely drifting? These questions sound hyperbolic and we must hope they will prove just that. But the signs are frightening. We are not reversing climate change and the population of the world, particularly in the tropics, continues to grow rapidly. Unicef predicts that there will be over one billion under-18s in Africa alone by the middle of the century, only 36 years away. If that extra population were to achieve a decent standard of living, the consequences for the climate would be dire. The prediction is that it will not achieve even a modest standard of living, one of the results being severe migration pressures towards the industrialised world.

Hazhir Teimourian believes that the underlying main cause of the present turmoil in Arab countries is large numbers of young people unable to find worthwhile jobs.  He hopes to be proved mistaken, so please come along and show him!

Hazhir Teimourian was born in the Kurdish country of western Iran in 1940 and has lived and worked in the UK as a commentator on the Middle East for decades, mainly with the BBC and The Times. He is the author of a detailed biography of Omar Khayyam, the eleventh century freethinker and poet who nearly succumbed to the lynch mob. He is writing a book with a professor of demographics at the University of Oxford to investigate these trends and has begun to consult some of the world’s top thinkers and scientists to aid him.

Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Doors 10.30. Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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Talks & Lectures

A ‘New Magna Carta’?

Thu 4 Dec 2014, 18:00

The National Secular Society presents

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, has the time come for the UK to have a written constitution? And if so, what form should it take?

These issues will be discussed at a public event at Conway Hall on 4 December, by Graham Allen MP, chair of the Parliamentary Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, and Bob Morris, from the UCL Constitution Unit.

The speakers will set out the pros and cons and consider the possible implications for secularism.

The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee has launched a major consultation into the UK's current and future democratic settlement, which could potentially lead to the constitution being codified in what is being called a 'New Magna Carta'. The committee have recommended three possible ways forward:

  • Constitutional Code – a document that doesn't have legal force, but which would set out the existing principles of the constitution and the workings of government.
  • Constitutional Consolidation Act – a document which would consolidate existing constitutional laws in one place.
  • Written Constitution – a document of basic law by which the UK would be governed, setting out the relationship between the state and its citizens.

Graham Alan, the Labour MP for Nottingham North, is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, and a high profile supporter of constitutional reform.

Bob Morris is a former Home Office career civil servant. At the UCL Constitution Unit. Bob Morris has worked on a number of ecclesiastical and royal issues, including their 2009 report on Church and State in 21st century Britain.

The event is free and open to all but attendees must either register online or reserve places by calling 020 7404 3126.


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Sunday Concerts

Bridge Quartet

Sun 7 Dec 2014, 18.30

Colin Twigg violin
Catherine Schofield violin
Michael Schofield viola
Lucy Wilding cello

Haydn Quartet in D Op.76/5
Butterworth Suite
Dvorak Quartet in C Op.61 

Since their formation in 1989, the Bridge String Quartet have enjoyed a reputation as ambassadors for English music with their enterprising programming supported by excellent recordings. They have travelled widely to festivals in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Kenya and have broadcast English music live on continental radio stations.

The Bridge Quartet have a diverse educational portfolio, developing varied links from Hounslow Community residency to an association with Kingston University. They are respected coaches of students and amateur chamber musicians and their recent courses in France, Holland and in this country have been very popular. Artistic collaborations include “Shared platforms” and “CamBRIDGE Connection Concerts” To support some of these projects, they gratefully acknowledge the support of the Bridge Initiative Trust “BRIDGE IT” (charity no. 1133156).

£9 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

Martin Rowson's "The Coalition" Talk

Fri 12 Dec 2014, 19:30

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Martin Rowson's "The Coalition Talk" 

"When you've got a vicious bunch of cut throats in power you need a cartoonist who is up for the evisceration.  Rowson's your man." - Mark Thomas

After the historic General Election of 2010, Britain ended up with a Tory-Lib Dem coalition government. While the media has reported onits highs and lows, no one has captured the cabinet's actions better than Martin Rowson, who has been documenting his own version of events in cartoons for The Guardian, The Mirror, The Morning Star and other publications. 'The Coalition Book' collects his best, most brutally funny and visceral cartoons from the last four years.

Cameron and Clegg take centre stage as we're reminded of some of the highlights of their term in power: phone-hacking, double-dip recession, riots, endless arguments about Europe - topics that will be central to the debate in the lead up to the next general election in 2015.  Rowson provides a full cast list of the principle players from the world of politics and the media, and a brief descriptive scene-setter to each cartoon.  Laced with Rowson's characteristically savage satire, 'The Coalition Book' is a political pantomime with a rottweiler's bite.

One of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists, Martin Rowson has contributed regularly to The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Times, The Spectator, Time Out, The New Statesman and many other publications. He is also the author of several graphic novels including adaptations of The Wasteland, Gulliver’s Travels, and Tristam Shandy (SelfMadeHero).  His prose books include The Dog Allusion: Gods Pets and How to be Human, and the memoir Stuff. He lives in London.

Tickets: £5 Standard Advance, Free for Ethical Society Members. £24.99 with book pre-order (to collect on the night).

The Coalition Book will be available on the night for £20.


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Sunday Concerts

Pentagon String Ensemble

Sun 14 Dec 2014, 18.30

Lucy Jeal, Lucy Curnow - Violins
Martin Bloor - Viola
Pavlos Carvalho, Rachel Threlfall - Cellos

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Roderick Swanston.  Schubert's String Quintet: Old Bottles, New Wine 

Boccherini String Quintet in E Op.11/5
Beethoven Sonata in A Op.47 'Kreutzer', 1st movement (arr. for string quintet)
Schubert Quintet in C D956

£9 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

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


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