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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


11.20 Doors open 
11.40 Sermon starts
12.30 Refreshments served 
13.00 End

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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 - From the Centre for Secular Space and researcher into polygamy and the law.
  • 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. 

Then everyone will form a panel and take questions from the audience.

The evening will conclude around 9.30 p.m. 

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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London Thinks - Ben Goldacre: I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That!

Mon 1 Dec 2014, 19:30

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

London Thinks - Ben Goldacre: I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That!

The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling "Bad Science" and "Bad Pharma" and his new book "I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That" - which is now an Amazon No.1 Bestseller.

The event will be chaired by Prof. Trisha Greenhalgh OBE.

In ‘Bad Science’, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In ‘Bad Pharma’, he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

Dr. Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.
His first book “Bad Science” (4th Estate) has sold over 500,000 copies to date, is published in 18 countries, and reached number one in the UK non-fiction bestseller charts. Bad Pharma, is on bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine more broadly, and I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That! is about the complex world of bad journalism: it is now a top ten UK best seller.

Ben's books will be available to buy on the night. 

Prof Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact at Barts Hospital, and an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and a non-principal general practitioner in north London. She joined Barts and the London Medical School in 2010 to set up the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit within the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. 
Her many awards and prizes include Order of the British Empire for Services to Medicine, National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator Award, Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award and European Health Management Association Baxter Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research in Healthcare Management.

Complimentary wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available on the night too.

Tickets £15/£5 concessions and Conway Hall Ethical Society Members.

London Thinks is Conway Hall Ethical Society's monthly discourse on the big issues and problems of society in our age.

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Dreaming a New Dream – Finding a New Future for and with Our Planet

Wed 17 Dec 2014, 19:30

Tony Kearney presents

Dreaming a New Dream – Finding a New Future for and with Our Planet.

This talk will explore among other things the ecology of being, the ecology of change and becoming and being the change one wants to see in the world.

Looking to the future to find the future from the future about the future. Sustainability as you may never have thought of it before!

Tonight will explore how instead of looking at the problems of the past and perhaps making even greater mistakes by trying to correct them, we can see the opportunities the future has in store for us all and thereby find new ways to be, to think, to do, to change, to arrange ourselves to receive and shape the future instead of facing the future with the prison/s of the past.

The possibilities of the future are as infinite and limitless as the Universe itself if we can find together what the future might have in mind for us rather than what we have in mind for the future.

Therefore if you are interested in finding a new, shared vision of the future then come and join us for a fascinating research into how what hasn’t happened yet can help what has! 

It promises to be a mind changing evening. 

Tanya Adams is a Shamanic Practitioner who works with individuals and groups to access their own inner wisdom and connect with the natural world.  She is also an experienced Town and Transport Planner, Energy Advisor and Community Sustainability Advisor.

Tony Kearney is an educator, trainer, facilitator, mediator, farmer, environmentalist and published author. (Who Owns the Future?, Boo! and The Tao of Awe.)  He travels widely from his home in Ireland facilitating events to do with personal and planetary change.

Entry: £5 General Admission/ £3 for concessions and Conway Hall Ethical Society Members.

START AND END TIME: 19.30 – 21.30pm

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Rhinegold Live: Nicholas McCarthy

Wed 28 Jan 2015, 19:00

Rhinegold Live presents

Nicholas McCarthy

6.15pm drinks reception
7.00pm recital

Nicholas McCarthy is a one-handed concert pianist whose historic graduation from the Royal College of Music in 2012 made press headlines around the world. Nicholas has performed extensively throughout the UK in major venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, among others. Internationally, he has performed in the USA, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Malta. As a champion of piano music for the left hand, Nicholas fronted International Piano’s ground-breaking exploration of the genre for the magazine's July/August issue.

The concert will include original pieces for left hand alone, with transcriptions by Paul Wittgenstein and Nicholas himself.

"Mr McCarthy… now finds himself on the brink of a career as an international performer after astounding professionals and wowing audiences with his ability to play so seamlessly" –
The Independent, August 2012

Programme to include:

  • Scriabin – Prelude and Nocturne, Op.9
  • Schubert/Liszt (arr. Zichy) – Der Erlkönig
  • Bach/Gounod (arr. Wittgenstein) – Ave Maria
  • Haydn Wood (arr. McCarthy) – Roses of Picardy
  • Wagner/Liszt (arr. Zichy) – Fantasy on Tannhäuser

This concert is followed by a Q&A which will be conducted by Claire Jackson, Editor of International Piano magazine.

Nicholas McCarthy, piano 

Free: Reserve your ticket

Every ticket-holder will be guaranteed a seat and a drink; there will be a limited number of places available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis, but on-the-day seats do not include a complimentary drink. There are 150 pre-registered tickets available, and each ticket must be applied for separately.

Once registered, you will receive an email which is your ticket: please print this email out and bring it with you on the day.

Please only book a ticket if you plan on attending the event.

(Image credit: Nicholas McCarthy
© Raymond George Photography)

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