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Talks & Lectures

The Ethical and Economic Case for Socialism

Sun 1 Feb 2015, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Jerry Jones

The concept of surplus labour – that is labour performed over and above that required to fulfil immediate consumption needs – will be used to explain: first, how economic development happens; second, why the current capitalist system, as a result of the appropriation of surplus labour, is both unethical and inefficient economically; and third, why a market system based on various forms of common ownership – which is identified as the underlying economic basis for socialism – is not only more efficient economically, but also more ethical because it is able to eliminate the appropriation of surplus labour.

Jerry was an academic at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and at King’s College London, specialising in the economic development of underdeveloped countries, and economic, social and agricultural policies related to food security and nutrition. His publications include, Resources and Industry in Tanzania: Use, Abuse and Misuse, academic papers on food policy, technology and economic development, as well as various pamphlets, and some 200 articles on economics as a columnist for the Morning Star. He is a member of the Left Economics Advisory Panel, the Economics Commission of the Communist Party, and Chair of the Labour Land Campaign.

If you would like to comment on this event please visit our Ethical Record section.

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.

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Special Events

Is Cameron more radical than Thatcher?

Mon 2 Feb 2015, 19:00

Guardian Live event: Is Cameron more Radical than Thatcher?

In their new book "Cameron's Coup" Polly Toynbee and David Walker argue that Cameron is turning out to be more radical than Thatcher. In conversation with columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards, they will explain why they think the cuts are cover for an assault on the post-war social settlement and the government is creating a harsher, meaner Britain.

Running time: 90 minutes with no interval. The book 'Cameron's Coup' is available for purchasing on the order form.

Tickets: £16-£20

Start and End: 19:00-20:30

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Talks & Lectures

Green Politics in the 21st Century

Wed 4 Feb 2015, 18:00

Biteback Publishing presents

Shahrar Ali in conversation with Rosie Warin: Green Politics in the 21st Century

Shahrar Ali, Deputy Leader of the Green Party and editor of Why Vote Green 2015: the Essential Guide, in conversation with Rosie Warin (co-MD of Global Tolerance). Refreshments provided and signed editions for sale.

Tickets: Admission free. All welcome.

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Talks & Lectures

Close Up II: The Relevance of The Collective

Thu 5 Feb 2015, 19:00

The Old Girls' Club presents

Close Up II: The Relevance of The Collective

The Relevance of the Collective will investigate the role of the collective within the photography industry, from establishing and co-ordinating to how they effect an individuals work.

Our speakers will discuss their own experiences and opinions of collectives as well as answer questions from the audience and debate hot topics we face within the world of photography that we face on a daily basis. 

Our speakers and panellists hail from all corners of the industry and will give a critical insight to the industry we work in as well as provide some sound advice for the those who want to hone their trade.

Anita Corbin -1st Women UK

London Alternative Photographic Collective

Jenny Lewis

Emma Taylor - Creative Advice Network

Made In Arts London

After the talks and Q&A you will also get a chance to network with our inspirational speakers as well as other influential guests from across the industry, giving you the chance to make some new contacts and maybe even start up your own collective...

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Tickets: Free

Small cash donations will be graciously accepted on the night of the event to go towards our supporters at Conway Hall who generously provided the venue to us for this seminar. We hope to pass on any donations from the night to the staff of Conway Hall who've helped us put this together and who continue to do amazing work within the community. 

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Talks & Lectures

So, there is no God. Is that so?

Sun 8 Feb 2015, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Prof. Anthony O’Neill and Ms. Dominique Williams

This event, going against the grain of the Conway Hall Ethical Society, considers two different views of the monotheistic “God”. One is given by Anthony O’Neill, Siemens Professor of Microelectronics at Newcastle University, who will invite us to reconsider the very atheistic foundations on which our Society was formed by saying what being a Christian means to him. The second view will be a quite different perspective given by Dominique Williams, who will argue that both notions have more in common than first meets the eye and she will challenge you to readdress your convictions. Both will take questions and comments and doubtless stoutly defend their respective corners.

Anthony O'Neill is Siemens Professor at Newcastle University. In 1994 he was Visiting Scientist at MIT where he pioneered research on a new generation of silicon chip devices.  In 2002 he became a Royal Society Industry Fellow with Atmel.  He was visiting professor at EPFL (Switzerland) in 2009.  He is the director of nanoLAB, Newcastle’s Nano-science and Technology Research Centre, a Fellow of the IET and a director of the National Microelectronics Institute.  He took a leading role in establishing eFutures (, a national network aiming to maximise the impact of UK electronics research.  His research interests span a wide range and include taking silicon into new areas such as the bio-electronic interface and into neuroscience.

Dominique Williams  Not a professor, not a doctor, not an author. Not in politics, not in the media, not in banking. Neither a philosopher but likes to gaze at life "through the looking glass" of philosophy. So maybe the soul of a poet. After 30 years in teaching and for the last 3 years caring for someone with Alzheimer's, she constantly learns to approach life from a different angle, and to keep on wondering.

If you would like to comment on this event please visit our Ethical Record section.

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.

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Where did you come from?

Wed 11th Feb 2015, 19:00

The Central London Humanist Group presents

"Where did you come from?" by Jeffrey Herrmann 

"Where Did You Come From?   From Genealogy to Genes ... From Family History to the History of our Species "

Jeffrey has given talks to CLHG in the past, and we are delighted that he has agreed to talk to us again, on one of his favourite topics.

Jeffrey is a retired American trial lawyer who has lived in London and been a member of CLHG since 2008. Jeff earned two university degrees in physics before attending law school. As a trial attorney, Jeff frequently presented expert witness testimony concerning scientific, medical and engineering subjects to lay juries.  He especially enjoyed exposing “junk science” propounded by unscrupulous expert witnesses. Since retiring and moving to London, Jeff has spent his leisure time pursuing all the scientific and philosophical questions he never had time to study while working.

Doors open at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m.

Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our CLHG Charity Wine Bar find your seat and chat with other members.

All profit from the wine bar will go to Jeff's chosen charity Crisis.

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.

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Talks & Lectures

The Vanished Self Returns: A Case Study

Thu 12 Feb 2015, 19:30

Adlerian Society UK presents

Adlerian Society London Lecture

"The Vanished Self Returns: A Case Study" Presented by Annie McDonald

Writer, producer, and psychodynamic psychotherapist, Annie MacDonald, presents an intriguing case study. 

Eight years ago, a young man in his mid-thirties began coming to see me for weekly therapy. Since adolescence he had been troubled by ‘severe and enduring’ mental health problems, having been sectioned three times with episodes of hypomania punctuated with periods of depression. His sense of self had all but vanished and he became convinced that his body emitted a foul odour which was uncontrollable and intermittent, and this conviction caused him great anguish. It was unbearable, he told me, being him. But, after 14 years of psychotherapy with various therapists, and with psychiatrically monitored medication, he managed to complete a Master’s degree in Health psychology, studied Yoga to instructor level, took up sport again and meditated regularly. Over the past 3 years he had developed a new self-confidence and self-belief and has now written a remarkable and detailed memoir of his journey from oblivion to stability and growth. We are currently working towards possible publication.

Annie MacDonald is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and a writer. After starting out studying psychology, she taught in an inner city primary school, became a scriptwriter at Thames Television, raised a family, produced an 18 year series for Channel 4 following children growing up (Citizen 2000) and has been in private practice as a therapist in London for the past 16 years. Her work has been enriched by courses on Jung and Adler. Her most recently published short story is ‘Avoiding the Toads’ in Tales of Psychotherapy (Karnac Books).

Tickets: Admission £7 (concessions £4) All welcome. No need to book.

CPD certificates are available.

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START AND END TIME: 7.30 – 9.00pm

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Courses & Workshops

Sarah Rozenthuler - How to Have that Big Conversation

Tue 17 Feb 2015, 19:00

NOW Live Events presents

Sarah Rozenthuler - How to Have that Big Conversation

A self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine (

Having life-changing conversations and talking about something that matters is a big threshold to cross. Communicating effectively at work and in your personal life strengthens relationships, opens doors to new opportunities and makes you feel better about yourself and others.

At this workshop you will learn:

- How to call up your courage and have that conversation

- Speak your truth without rupturing a relationship

- Express your feelings without being triggered

- How to communicate more effectively in general to improve your relationships

This fascinating workshop with psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler, author of Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies For Talking About What Matters Most, will give you the know-how to have that significant conversation, whether at work or at home.

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

Tickets: £18


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Talks & Lectures

5x15 featuring Jay Rayner, Matt Haig, Laura Bates and more

Wed 4 March 2015, 19:30

5x15 presents

5x15 featuring Jay Rayner, Matt Haig, Laura Bates and more

5 speakers, 15 minutes each

5 exceptional speakers have 15 minutes each to take to the stage to inform, inspire and entertain. It’s a little known fact that restaurant critic Jay Rayner would take a piano to his desert island. This evening he speaks about jazz piano and hungry jazz. Eminent international lawyer Philippe Sands talks about his extraordinary Songs of Good and Evil – a production mixing music, images and text to explore the origins of modern justice and the fate of individuals and groups; Laura Bates tells us about the 80,000 women who contributed to the Everyday Sexism Project; best selling novelist Matt Haig gives us Reasons to Stay Alive and Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario looks back on her ground-breaking work across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Tickets: £20/ £15 concessions + booking fee

Start and End Times:  7.30-9.15

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Talks & Lectures

Behind the Headlines: What's all the fuss about feminism?

Wed 18 March 2015, 19:00

Guardian Live presents

Behind the Headlines: What's all the fuss about feminism?

Why do some women hate feminism? What is the 'fourth wave' of feminism? Who decides what it means to be a feminist? Can men be feminists? And, with the pay gap still widening and sexism prominent across campus and offices, where has it really got anyone?

With gender equality firmly on the news agenda, and comment and criticism from all sides, Guardian Live presents a range of voices from different generations and perspectives. 

Chaired by founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, join us to discuss the why, the what and the where now for feminism. 

Behind the Headlines is a live series that dissects and debates some of the most prominent news stories of the time, hearing from the people making and shaping the news itself.

Tickets £15/£12

Start and Ends: 19:00-20:45

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