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Last Thursday Monthly
Gil and Shelley’s Pexava Salsa Social, with international championship competitors and professional teachers and performers. Salsa lessons, shows, club dancing and more!
The last Thursday of the month, your salsa weekend starts early! Experience an amazing central salsa venue with great salsa people.
Fantastic, spacious wooden dancefloor, special touches provided by dancers for dancers, the best salsa DJs on rotation, regular shows, cheap soft drinks.
19.15-20.15 Intermediate/Advanced class: with Gil & Shelley (please note: classes are suitable for experienced salsa dancers only; please see our Pexava website for our beginners courses in other locations).
20.15-23.30 Salsa Social: Dance your socks off on a wonderful floor with lovely people! Shows at 22.30 for “Showtime events”.
Tickets: £8 on the door including free class.
The Roots and Fruits of Humanism – A C Grayling
Tue 27 Nov 2012, 19.00
Central London Humanist Group (CLHG) and South Place Ethical Society presents.
The Roots and Fruits of Humanism – A C Grayling
Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.
He has written and edited over twenty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are The Good Book, Ideas That Matter, Liberty in the Age of Terror and To Set Prometheus Free.
For several years he wrote the Last Word column for the Guardian newspaper and now writes a column for The Times.
He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service.
He writes the Thinking Read column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.
Anthony sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Doors 18.30, Lecture 19.00
Suggested donation of £2
Drinks will be available from our charity wine bar.
Donations would be welcome on the night towards the cost of room and equipment hire.
All CLHG talks are open to the general public.
Please register your intention to attend on our Meetup site
Like Rain in Summer
Wed 28 Nov 2012
The Conway Collective In association with e15 Acting and Community Theatre program presents:
The premier of piece of epic theatre exploring the Cambodian genocide
Doors open 19.30
'When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer."
- Bertolt Brecht, Selected Poems
This new piece of physical theatre, receiving its first showing at Conway Hall, uses the stories of personal testimony to dramatise the terrible events that were the Cambodian genocide. An evening that will shock, move, provoke as you witness the best and worst of modern humanity.
In Spite of Christianity
28 Nov 2012, 18.30
NSRN Annual Lecture
Dr Matthew Engelke, ‘In Spite of Christianity: Humanism and Its Others in Contemporary Britain’
What do we talk about when we talk about religion? What do we recognize as essential and specific to any given faith, and why? In this lecture, I address these questions by drawing on fieldwork among humanists in Britain, paying particular attention to humanism’s relation to Christianity. In one way or another, humanists often position themselves in relation to Christianity. In a basic way, this has to do with humanists’ commitment to secularism—the differentiation of church and state. In more complex ways, though, it also has to do with an effort to move “beyond” Christianity—to encourage a world in which reason takes the place of revelation—while often, at the same time, recognizing what’s worth saving and even fostering from the legacies of faith. All these various relations and perspectives suggest how we should understand social life in contemporary Britain as what it is in spite of Christianity—and not.
Doors from 18.00, lecture at 18.30pm.
Followed by a drinks reception.
This event is free but places are limited.
To register, please email Lois Lee at
Italian with Lingua Diversa Group
29 November 2012
Introduction to Italian for only £4
29 November, 19.35
Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Italian language and learn some basics.
Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn a foreign language with communicative and fun activities.
The next lesson will be on Thursday 29 November from 19.35 to 20.35. This event is very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 8 students in each group.
Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.
To book your place please email Lingua Diversa Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note that this event is suitable to beginner students. If you have studied Italian before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage.
Why we need a Shaw National Theatre
Fri 30 Nov 2012
The Shaw Society presents
Why we need a Shaw National Theatre - a talk by Phillip Riley
Bernard Shaw is, in the view of many people, the second-greatest playwright in the English language. Shakespeare has his own ‘national theatre’ (the RSC). This developed slowly; the first theatre dedicated to Shakespeare opened in 1879 (Shaw described it as “an admirable building adapted to every purpose except that of a theatre”). This talk will put the case for Shaw having his own ‘national theatre’. If this seems an impossible goal, we might look to Canada where the Shaw Festival near Niagara, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, started with a few amateur readings in a Court House and now has an annual audience of a quarter of a million.
TICKETS: £2 members and £4 visitors (welcome)
Doors 6.30pm for 7.00pm start – ends 9.30pm.
Latin America 2012
Sat 1 Dec 2012, 9.30
The Latin America Conference 2012
With over 50 fantastic speakers who have been confirmed to appear at Latin America 2012 including activists and campaigners from the region, leading academics and leaders from across the trade union and labour movement.
Visit the website for more details.
Sun 2 Dec 2012, 18.30
- Marie Salvat violin
- Louise Salmona violin
- Hélène Desaint viola
- Lydia Shelley ‘cello
- Haydn: Quartet in G Op.76/1
- Britten: 3 Divertimenti
- Debussy: Quartet in G minor Op.10
£8 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)
Doors open at 17.30, Start 18.30
Sunday Lecture - Preventative medicine? Are screening tests about science or politics?
Sun 2 Dec 2012, 11.00
Dr Margaret McCartney talks about the ethics and politics of medical screening, and whether it is necessary.
Welcome to the world of sexed-up medicine, where patients have been turned into customers, and clinics and waiting rooms are jammed with healthy people, lured in to have their blood pressure taken and cholesterol, smear test, bowel or breast screening done.
In the world of sexed-up medicine pharmaceutical companies gloss over research they don’t like and charities often use dubious science and dodgy PR to ‘raise awareness’ of their disease, leaving a legacy of misinformation in their wake. Our obsession with screening swallows up the time of NHS staff and the money of healthy people who pay thousands to private companies for tests they don’t need. Meanwhile, the truly sick are left to wrestle with disjointed services and confusing options.
Explaining the truth behind the screening statistics and investigating the evidence behind the hype, Margaret McCartney, an award-winning writer and a GP in Glasgow. Her interests are risk, screening, evidence, medical professionalism and ethics. She broadcasts for Radio 4, writes for the BMJ and the lay press, blogs and tweets, bakesgood cakes and is also a mother of 3.
£3 on the door/free to members
Tues 4 Dec 2012, 19.00
Sold Out - Please do not Contact Conway Hall Regarding Tickets to this Concert.
We are not the organisers of this event.
It’s been almost a year since The Kentish Town Forum hosted James Blake’s last live performance on UK shores, but his unique brand of introspective electronica will return to the British stage once again for a special performance at Conway Hall.
Having released one of 2011’s most talked about and critically praised records in the form of his eponymous debut album, James has performed to heaving crowds at gigs and festivals across the planet, whilst album sales are getting on for half a million worldwide.