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Cutting Edge Consortium Conference 2014

Sat 1 Nov 2014, 9:00

The Cutting Edge Consortium presents

Cutting Edge Consortium Conference 2014

Equality and Religious Freedom in a Changing World

The CEC Conference offers opportunities to listen, discuss, and learn about the interplay between faith, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and human rights. This year we are particularly looking at how religious freedom and equality issues based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be understood, challenged and resolved in various life situations such as schools, relationship recognition, asylum status and the work place. We are also looking at what are the challenges for activists and campaigners in the 21st Century.

Ticket Prices (including lunch & refreshments during the day):
Individual (waged): £25
Individual (unwaged): £15
Delegate (local & small organisations): £50
Delegate (national organisations & corporate): £100

Email: cuttingedgeconsortium1@googlemail.com  Tweet: @cecuk

9.00am – 5.00pm

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Mainstreaming Psychedelics

Mon 3 Nov 2014, 18:30

The Psychedelic Society presents

Mainstreaming Psychedelics

Psychedelic drugs have fascinated and delighted humans for thousands of years. Studies indicate that they can leave people calmer, happier, kinder and more open-minded, and they are being investigated as a treatment for a range of psychiatric illnesses. Although the authorities continue to attempt to prevent their use, there are signs that the time may be right to push for their legalisation. At this event, we will investigate the benefits of psychedelics, the arguments for legalisation and ask: how can we mainstream psychedelics? What are our strongest arguments, and the current political opportunities? Can we learn from other liberation movements? What's our vision of a 'psychedelic society'?

Short thoughtpieces from:

Prof David Nutt (Prof of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and Chair of DrugScience) on the latest science of psychedelics.

David Babbs(Executive Director of 38 Degrees) on lessons learned from other liberation campaigns.

Arielle Nylander (Welfare Enough festival support) on the conditions for a thriving psychedelic society.

Followed by audience Q&A

Doors 6.15pm for 6.30pm

Tickets £5

We don't want to exclude anyone on the basis of cost. If you'd like to attend but have difficulty paying, please contact enquiries@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

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Talks & Lectures

5x15 presents Atul Gawande and Will Self

Tue 4 Nov 2014, 19:00

5x15 presents

Being Mortal: Atul Gawande and Will Self in conversation

To mark the publication of Atul Gawande’s new book Being Mortal from the Wellcome Collection, join 5x15 for a discussion on the inescapable realities of aging and death. Surgeon and author Gawande is this year’s Reith Lecturer and the best selling author of  The Checklist Manifesto, Better and Complications. He will be in conversation with the brilliantly inventive journalist and author Will Self.

Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life – all the way to the very end.

Tickets: £15/ £12

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Pro Corda - Gala Concert

Sat 8 Nov 2014, 19:30

Pro Corda International Ensemble Training presents

Gala Concert

Pro Corda’s acclaimed series of chamber music courses have offered the highest standards in chamber music coaching for 45 years. Come and join us on November 8th for a stunning evening gala concert which will be given by students aged 7 to 18 who will perform wonderful chamber music with their own youthful and inspirational talent.

Pro Corda Trust is a music and educational charity established in 1969 founded by Pamela Spofforth MBE and Elizabeth Hewlins MBE and its purpose is ‘to provide for and conduct the education of young persons and others in the whole art, philosophy and theory of music, particularly chamber music’.

Pro Corda is the largest music organisation of its kind and is recognized as the UK’s centre of excellence for ensemble training.Pro Corda is the only youth music organisation in the UK providing a continuous and progressive programme of education through the medium of chamber music and ensemble training from age 5 to 24.  Based at Leiston Abbey, Pro Corda offers national provision and opportunities across the country.  All Pro Corda courses employ leading international artists and musicians at the forefront of their fields.

In addition to “core” courses for talented young musicians, accessible only through audition, Pro Corda has pioneered an innovative life-changing course for children with Special Educational Needs, using the power of ensemble training to benefit personal and social progression. This programme serves SEN schools and units across the country.

Pro Corda’s work employs a holistic approach and is based on the core principles of ensemble training the person and his/her social interaction as well as the musician. Our central mission is to unleash the wider  social benefits of chamber music in terms of participation, access and learning.

Tickets: £12, £8 Concessions/Child

Starts and Ends: 7.30pm – 10.30pm

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British Entomological and Natural History Society Annual Exhibition

Sat 8 Nov 2014, 11:00

British Entomological and Natural History Society presents

Annual Exhibition 2014

Around 200 members and visitors from all over the country are usually present. So this is an excellent opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, discuss problem species/techniques with the experts and see what other people have found during the year. Pemberley Books will be selling entomological and other natural history books, and other organisations expected include Amateur Entomologists’ Society, Butterfly Conservation, Dipterists Forum, London Natural History Society, Quekett Microscopical Club and Royal Entomological Society.

servery will be open at lunchtime (11.30am to 3pm) serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and light refreshments (sandwiches etc.). It is hoped that attendees will make full use of this facility. You may also bring your own food into the Exhibition.

11.00 am until 5.00 pm.

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Rhinegold Live: The Stages of Love

Mon 10 Nov 2014, 19:00

Rhinegold Live presents

Mary Bevan & Richard Peirson: The Stages of Love

6.15pm drinks reception
7.00pm recital

Mary Bevan recently made her house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro to much acclaim, with critics noting the “impact” of her stand out performance. Here she performs a programme of music for voice and piano exploring the various stages of love, accompanied by ENO repetiteur, Richard Peirson.


Wolf – Andenken; O wär dein Haus (Italienisches Liederbuch)
Schönberg – Schenk mir deinen Goldenen 
Quilter – Love’s Philosophy

Strauss – Ständchen (Sechs Lieder Op. 2 No. 2)
Wolf – Du denkst mit einem Fädchen (Italienisches Liederbuch)
Mendelssohn – Hüt du dich

Debussy – C’est l’extase langoureuse (Ariettes Oubliées)
Charpentier – La mort des Amants

Life together
Fauré – Notre Amour
Mendelssohn – Bei der Wiege
Wolf – Schweig einmal still; Wie lange schon (Italienisches Liederbuch)

Parting and Death
Peirson – Echo
Britten – Salley Gardens
Wolf – Mir ward gesagt (Italienisches Liederbuch)
Schumann – Requiem

This concert is followed by a Q&A which will be conducted by Ashutosh Khandekar, Editor of Opera Now magazine.

Mary Bevan, soprano
Richard Peirson, 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:Richard Peirson & Mary Bevan
© Victoria Cadisch)

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Talks & Lectures

Stop the First World War

Tue 11 Nov 2014, 19:00

Oppositions to the Great War

A series of talks and discussions every Tuesday evening at 7pm from September 30th to November 11th 2014.

Curated by Deborah Lavin, and presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Socialist History Society.

From Slaughter to Mutiny

Ian Birchall

As the war continued more and more workers in uniform began to revolt against the authorities sending them to needless deaths. In 1917 half a million French soldiers were involved in mutinies. In 1918 mutinies by German soldiers and sailors helped to bring the war to an end. And in 1919 a French naval mutiny in the Black Sea obstructed intervention against the Russian Revolution.

Ian Birchall is a British Marxist historian and translator, former senior lecturer in French at Middlesex University.. His research interests include the Cominterm, the International Working Class, communism and Trotskyism, France an Syndicalism. He is on the editorial board of Revolutionary History, a member of the London Socialist Historians Group and has just completed a biography of Tony Cliff.

Entry £5/£3 (Ethical Society and Social History Society members)

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London Thinks: Nate Phelps - Leaving Hate Behind

Thu 13 Nov 2014, 19:30

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

London Thinks - Nate Phelps: Leaving Hate Behind

Join us for a very special evening in which we hear from Nate Phelps, in an incredibly moving talk on the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in, and how he came to leave his family behind at the stroke of midnight on his 18th birthday.

Nate Phelps is son of the late Fred Phelps, founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church – “the most hated family in America”.

Nate is Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Calgary. A vocal LGBT advocate, he speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse, and serves on the board of directors for Recovering from Religion.

The lecture will be chaired by Samira Ahmed.

Samira is an award-winning journalist with 20 years' experience in print and broadcast.
She began her career as a BBC News Trainee in the 90s and has worked as a News Correspondent and a reporter on the Today programme and Newsnight, where she was one of the first broadcast journalists to investigate the rise of Islamic radicalism on British university campuses in the early 1990s. 

Samira won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year Award in 2009 for her film on so-called "corrective" rape in South Africa, and made the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series Islam Unveiled. Samira has also worked as a news anchor for BBC World and for Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and The Big Issue. She is a Visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University.

Tickets: £15 Standard Advance. £5 Conway Hall Ethical Society Members. Please book your tickets using the Eventbrite booking link below.

Doors & Reception: 18:30. Start: 19:30. Ends: 21:30

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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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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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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