At A Glance...
Jesus has Two Daddies/Waking up from a Biblically Induced Coma
14 Sep 2012, 19.30
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) Presents.
Jesus has Two Daddies/Waking up from a Biblically Induced Coma
Two special performances by US based theatrical artist and activist, Peterson Toscano.
Toscano uses brilliant comedy and hard won insight to interweave his long journey out of the closet and through years of “ex-gay therapy”,
He also hilariously deconstructs traditional views of the bible and tells pretty much every bloody genital Bible story that exists.
TICKETS: £8. Booking recommended
US-based theatrical performance activist Peterson Toscano uses comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns and queer issues. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting (and failing) to change his gay orientation, he has emerged as a queer cheeky voice of reason in the midst of the culture war.
The Pod Delusion’s Big Birthday Bash!
15 Sep 2012, 19.30
Conway Hall & The Pod Delusion Presents...
The Pod Delusion's Big Third Birthday Do!
To celebrate the radio show and podcast's third birthday on September 15th – we’re hosting a big event after the Secular Europe March in London – and we’d love it if you could join us!
Expect an evening of interesting things featuring…
- Kate Russell from BBC Click
- Young Atheist Handbook Author Alom Shaha – not talking about his book, but performing some MAGIC.
- Guardian Blogger Martin Robbins on Why The Daily Mail Is Evil!
- Pod Delusion regular Drew Rae offering us some Risk Assessment for the Apocalypse!
- ‘Skeptic’ Magazine editor Deborah Hyde on the Psychology of the Supernatural!
- and fire scientist Claire Benson – who hopefully won’t be burning down Conway Hall!
- …with MORE to be announced!
Tickets are £5.95 (including booking fee)
Ulster Altruism: Hazlitt and Hutcheson
15 Sep 2012, 14.00
The Hazlitt Society Presents
The Annual Lecture: Ulster Altruism: Hazlitt and Hutcheson, given by Terry Eagleton
The eighth annual Hazlitt Society lecture at Conway Hall is given this year by Terry Eagleton, the leading Marxist practitioner of literary theory and cultural studies.
He is a prolific writer, whose output is a highly individual combination of sometimes highly abstract literary and cultural theory, practical criticism of literary texts and political polemic. Literary Theory (1983), possibly his best-known work, traces the history of modern intellectual traditions from the Romantics to the postmodernists. Eagleton has written compellingly on Hazlitt's stature as a radical thinker.
Lecture starts 14.00, £ Free but booking required. After lecture tea will be provided in the foyer until 5pm
The Centre For Pagan Studies Conference 2012
16 Sep 2012, 10.00
The Centre For Pagan Studies
In Association with Greenmantle Magazine
THE CFPS CONFERENCE 2012
“A Day with Ronald Hutton and Friends - Modern witchcraft: Building a future from history”
The big debate with refreshing views from our speakers and panel experts.
Prudence Jones, Philip Heselton, Rufus and Melissa Harrington, Peter Nash, Caroline Wise and of course Ronald Hutton – Professor of History, Bristol University
Musical contributions from Talis Kimberley
Evening entertainment from Damh the Bard and The Dolmen
Quality Stalls: Books, Jewellery, Ritual Items etc.
Food provided by Green’s Cuisine
Supporting the Doreen Valiente Foundation and Pagan Pride.
Conference hotline: 07733 581504
Open House London 2012
23 Sep 2012, 10.00
For the second year running Conway Hall is opening its doors and joining in Open House London.
Throughout the week-end of 22nd - 23rd September Conway Hall will provide guided tours of our historic and fascinating building.
Starting from 10.00 until 16.00 walk around the building with a guide who will tell you which Prime Minister played in his youth on stage at Conway Hall and visit our Humanist Library and Archives to see first hand who built this unique and wonderful building.
Built in 1929, for £28,485 at the time, this beautiful Art Deco building has many treats to discover, so come along and find out about Conway Hall - the building!
Sunday Lecture - The Menace of Science Without Wisdom
23 Sep 2012, 11.00
Nicholas Maxwell believes we are in a state of impending crisis. And the fault lies in part with academia. For two centuries or so, academia has been devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and technological know-how. This has enormously increased our power to act which has, in turn, brought us both all the great benefits of the modern world and the crises we now face. Almost all our current global problems have arisen because some of us have acquired unprecedented powers to act, via science and technology, without also acquiring the capacity to act wisely.
For Maxwell then, we urgently need to bring about a revolution in universities so that the basic intellectual aim becomes, not knowledge merely, but rather wisdom – wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, thus including knowledge and technological know-how, but much else besides. The revolution we require would put problems of living at the heart of the academic enterprise, the pursuit of knowledge emerging out of, and feeding back into, the fundamental intellectual activity of proposing and critically assessing possible actions, policies, political programmes, from the standpoint of their capacity to help solve problems of living.
Nicholas Maxwell is emeritus reader in philosophy of science at University College London, and author of From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution for Science and the Humanities
Open to all. No need to book in advance.
School of Life Sunday Sermon: Will Alsop on Boredom
23 Sep 2012, 11.00
Will Alsop the most playful of contemporary architects shows us the potential of creative boredom.
'Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.’ – Walter Benjamin
There’s a boring bit in the process of painting a picture where you’re left watching the paint dry. If you keep painting over wet gloss before it sets, you make a mess. The reward of waiting is that when you’re forced just to sit and look, new possibilities start to appear.
This, argues Will Alsop, is a luxurious, dreaming kind of boredom. It’s vital to creating something fresh. It’s the irreplaceable pause where we have the space to reflect from inside the process.
But these days we fear empty time. So we don’t allow ourselves to indulge in just looking at the thing we’re creating. Instead managers rush ahead with fixed procedure rather than trust the wisdom of intuition or experience. And parents leap to fill the holiday void with excitement and entertainment rather than letting the child fall back on imagination.
Without the kind of boredom that gives space for creativity and reflection, we risk the dullness of an uncreative life. The paint never dries and we make a muddy mire of things.
Fortunately the most playful of contemporary architects is here to show us how we can indulge in the glorious potential of creative boredom.
Will Alsop OBE is the most exuberant visionary architect working in Britain today. He is has brought fresh vigour to the field by abandoning ‘acceptable’ style and emphasizing the joyful in everything he does. He is best known internationally for his designs for Peckham Library in London, Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers, New York, and the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. He is a Professor at the University of Technology in Vienna.
25 September - 30 October 2012
If you have ever said ‘I love music, but I’m not musical’ – this is for you!
MusicUpClose is a new series of performing events based at Conway Hall. Professional musicians and postgraduate students from Trinity Laban will be helping to illuminate not only specific pieces of classical music, but also the way in which they think about music and performing.
This series is designed for those who have an interest or even a passion for music – but feel they don’t know how it works. If you have ever said ‘I love music, but I’m not musical’ – this is for you!
The interactive series will be presented in a non-patronising fashion, excluding unnecessary technical terms, and will allow the audience to ask questions and explore what goes on in the minds of players during rehearsals and performances. The locations will be intimate and the performers will be – as the title suggests – up close.
Our first series will take place over six weeks and will use Beethoven as a starting point for our exploration of numerous topics. In the final event, a large chamber orchestra will perform Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.5.
Tickets for each session are priced at £10, or £55 for all six sessions.
They can be purchased in advance for each event, any remaining spaces will be sold on the door that evening.
Session One: Tone Deaf?
Tuesday 25 September 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Two: I Got Rhythm!
Tuesday 2 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Three: An Unanswered Question: how do composers ‘compose’?
Tuesday 9 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Four: Variations on a theme…
Tuesday 16 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Five: Conductors – What’s the Point?
Tuesday 23 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Six: Inside the Music!
Tuesday 30 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
MusicUpClose - Session 1
25 Sep 2012, 19.00
Beethoven composed some of the world’s best-known music when he couldn’t hear – or could he? Can we disprove the condition of being ‘tone deaf’? What difference does it make if a piece of music is in F major, C minor, Ab Major…? A live experiment will be conducted using a cello, soprano, piano and a mobile phone!
19.00 – 20.30 (followed by drinks)
The Big London Night Walk
28 Sep 2012
The Big Issue Foundation presents: The Big London Nightwalk - Friday 28th September 2012
See London in a whole new light
Walk along side vendors, get to know them and hear their stories
1 amazing night, 20km, over 600 people, walking past London's iconic landmarks and raising funds for homeless people!
This will take place from 23.00 at Leadenhall Market, 48-51, City of London, EC3V1LT (everyone must register to take part)
The walk is due to start at 23.30 at Leadenhall Market.
Refreshments / Stop Offs:
The Foundling Museum
All Souls Club House
St Martins in the Fields