What made the King of France terrified he might shatter? The answer: Delusion – a fixed idea, not shared by others, unshakable in the face of decisive evidence to the contradicting it. As Victoria Shepherd explains, the brain can misfire in extraordinary ways.
To close our spring 2022 series of concerts, Director of Music Simon Callaghan teams up with Conway Hall favourite, cellist Ashok Klouda and Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, Joint Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Sunday Assembly London: How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch
Our main speaker, particle physicist Harry Cliff, will talk will include personal stories of his own life in the modern world of physics while exploring the history of time (very briefly) starting from a fraction of a second after our universe began. And as always, we’ll have out-of-this-world pop and rock sing-alongs followed by tea and lively conversation.
An evening of poetry and prose, exploring the world and works of Walt Whitman, America’s ‘poet of democracy’. Uncover the intertwined history of Whitman and Conway Hall, and experience London’s first performance of Whitman on Walls! – a new show weaving together film and live poetry performance.
‘Decode the Gita’ is a one-hour lecture to be conducted by Bhaskarji. Discover the relevance of the ancient wisdom of the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in the modern times. In the words of Aldous Huxley: “Gita is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed.”
Thinking On Sunday: Expansion Rebellion – Stop the Third Runway, Save the World
This is a story of hope in the face of widespread consternation over the global climate crisis. Celeste Hicks traces the dramatic story of how campaigning lawyers prepared the case to stop Heathrow Airport’s third runway.
Ethical Matters: Polling UnPacked – The History, Uses and Abuses of Political Opinion Polls
Opinion polls dominate media coverage of politics, especially elections. But how do the polls work? Mark Pack gives us the full story, from the first rudimentary polls in the nineteenth century, to the very latest techniques and controversies of recent years.
Our main speaker, Dan Vo, is an award-winning LGBTQ+ tour coordinator and museum consultant. As the marketing manager for the new Queer Britain Museum, the UK's first LGBTQ+ museum, he will talk to us about why it's so important to have a place where people can go to learn about the history of queer culture.
Chris McGlade presents a fiercely powerful and critically acclaimed show about a brutally shocking story; his father's murder in 2011. How do you forgive your father’s murderer? Only Chris knows… Inspiring uproarious laughter, tears of sincerity and standing ovations, Chris’ conscientious comedy and cutting-edge poetry makes for a truly unforgettable show.
England On Fire: A Visual Journey Through England’s Psychic Landscape
Mat Osman (founding member of Suede, author of The Ruins) and world-renowned image hunter Stephen Ellcock discuss anarchic magic of their collaboration England on Fire. A mind-blowing selection of text exploring magic and mazes, ghosts and gardens, shipwrecks and cities.
Thinking On Sunday: Do Right and Fear No One: Birmingham Bombings to Grenfell
Inspired from a young age to help the marginalised and voiceless, Leslie Thomas QC has dedicated his career to fighting for the underdog and holding the State to account. He presents an intimate and personal record of some of the most significant, controversial and disturbing legal cases of the last fifty years.
Ethical Matters: Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases
British democracy is on trial. We can no longer hold our leaders to account; the state has too much power; and the truth doesn’t matter at all. At a crucial juncture for British governance, barrister Sam Fowles urges us not to take our freedoms for granted.
Thinking On Sunday: Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History
Statues are one of the most visible – and controversial – forms of historical storytelling. Alex von Tunzelmann looks at twelve statues in modern history; why they were put up; the stories they were supposed to tell; why those stories were challenged; and how they came down.
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