Barristers Kathryn Cronin and Louise Hooper of Garden Court Chambers discuss slavery in Britain today.
Who are the victims, where do they come from, how are they recognised and what are we doing about it?
Where are you from? This is a question many of us were asked at some point in our lives. The majority of people tend to answer this by giving the name of a country, for example, ‘I am from the UK’. Others are more specific, preferring to identify with a region or a city – ‘I am a Londoner’. Some feel strongly about their parents’ country of origin, others only consider their own country of birth.
The Legacies of British Slave-ownership project traced the contentious lives and legacies those slave-owners who lived close to the newly-founded UCL and was first shown at UCL to mark Black History Month 2011.
Thinking on Sunday: Gandhi and Non-violence – Dr Shahrar Ali
Using Gandhi’s teachings as inspiration, what is the meaning of nonviolence as a form of political action and how does it work? Dr Shahrar Ali characterises and assesses what is as much of a legitimate question of our times as it was in his day. He will also explore the question of whether violence can coexist with nonviolence as part of an all-embracing account of political action.
Who Said What About EU Migration? – Alexandra Bulat
Does the phrase ‘uncontrolled EU migration’ sound familiar to you? But what exactly was said about EU migration during the campaign? Who spoke about EU migrants in the UK? Who was given as an example of ‘EU migrant’? Was there a balanced debate on EU migration, with equally strong positive and negative cases made in this respect?
In the Shadow & Light of the Archive: A Day Symposium
Through four different and thought provoking events the speakers and those attending the symposium will take part in a deep reflection on the meaning of the Institute’s work and history. Situated at its heart is the work to catalogue the Institute’s archive, what it means for this unique document of social history to be made publicly available for society at large and those of us working as Tavistock practitioners today.
Percy Bysshe Shelley: a literary and musical exploration of his humanism
John Webster will discuss 19th century Humanism through the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley: idealism, social conscience, political activism, romanticism and atheism, all in the hope for a democratic, pluralist and secular future.
An Evening with Chris Bonington. A Life on the Edge
When Sir Chris Bonington started climbing, none of the 14 peaks that rise into the ‘death zone’ above 8000 metres had been conquered. In a career spanning six decades he has learnt what it takes to conquer fear, develop the skills to attempt the world’s most difficult peaks and adapt to its most uninhabitable places.
Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Can it be fixed? Only if it is transformed, argues Kate Raworth, with seven essential shifts in economic thought in order to make it fit for the 21st century challenges ahead.
For performance artists, dancers, visual artists, philosophers, sociologists, mathematicians, poets and others interested in creating new performance-based work. Participants may bring in pieces that they are working on, or use this workshop to begin new work. We’ll develop short performance pieces that can stand on their own, be joined together to create longer inter-related pieces, or serve as a springboard for full-length monologues, plays or other performative work.
This whole weekend course will look at some remarkable people and movements who spoke up and campaigned for progressive ideas and social change in London from the 1790s-1940s. David Rosenberg will tell their individual and collective stories, explore how they popularised their ideas, and influenced each other, visit sites of protest, and consider their lasting achievements.
Take part in a series of six interactive, collaborative workshops using a think-share-explore approach, which will encourage you to think, read, discuss and relate to different topics around the links between thinking and language.
Exploring Hygge: Celebrating the Simple Pleasures in Life
Psychologies Magazine and NOW Live events: Charlotte Abrahams, author of Hygge: A Celebration Of Simple Pleasures. Living The Danish Way, will explain why she thinks happiness and hygge are connected, and share her thoughts on how focusing on uncomplicated joys can help us live more contented lives.
Photography: Process, Theory & Practice Group – #3 Transform
Join a monthly photography meetup facilitated by Grace Gelder in the library at Conway Hall. Each session will begin with a presentation and discussion on a specific theme and then a short practical exercise. This group aims to create an inclusive space for people to share ideas, build a community, create new work and get the support and feedback that they wish to receive on a regular basis.
Much has been written about the, cultural, political and sociological aspects of fundamentalism. But why are some people attracted to fundamentalist beliefs? What kind of inner worlds do fundamentalists have? Why might they become violent? Richard Burgess presents a psychoanalytic viewpoint with its focus on the deeper causes of human behaviour.
Join Action for Happiness for an inspiring evening with Jeffrey Sachs as he explores the causes of happiness and unhappiness in modern Western culture and shares his vision for a better culture and a happier world.
Janice Perry – Not Just Another Pretty Face: a retrospective
Janice Perry laughs us through her 35+ years as an international performance artist and political satirist. Free-ranging from Pope to Pop, from Marilyn Monroe through a few Gulf Wars, High Fashion, Erotica, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Robert Mapplethorpe’s naked men and Arts censorship. “One of the World’s Most Respected Performance Artists” said BBC Radio.
Dr Meg-John Barker: “How to Understand Your Gender”
In this presentation Meg-John Barker presents key ideas from their new
book - with Alex Iantaffi - How to Understand Your Gender, many of which were also drawn on in the guidelines they've just written for therapists on this topic.
The Business Plan for Peace: Making Possible a World Without War
Renowned peace expert Dr Scilla Elworthy will draw on research for her latest book to offer insights into the forces driving conflict and how these can be countered. She will present a costed business case for peace and suggestions for how everyone can help work towards it.
What is gender? How do you know someone’s gender? What about those who feel or express their gender in ways that go against social norms? Who are trans people? And what does it mean to value and celebrate gender diversity in our society? These are the questions Dr Jay Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, will pose.
In this talk, Rebecca Stott will tell of her family’s experiences within the Exclusive Brethren sect in the 1960s, and the decades-long aftermath of their breaking away. She will use her family story to consider the psychology of cults and totalitarian systems and the effects on second and even third generation survivors.
This writing workshop will have you constantly creating as Sean Bruno (co-author of Creating Solo Performance), guides you through an eclectic mix of writing exercises (some clever, some technical, some ridiculous) designed to playfully invigorate your perspective and help you transform the most mundane observations into captivating story or monologue material.
e-PERFORMANCE: Publishing, podcasting and other alternative lives for your show
In this practical workshop, Sean Bruno & Luke Dixon will look how you can bring your performance, theatre piece or story to life through podcasting, blogging and digital publishing; and how you can use these mediums to create new work and discover new audiences.
We are being joined by Camille Barton, who will explore the idea that racism is worst in countries such as the USA. She will speak about how this may also be a source of apathy and confusion when navigating these issues in a UK context. This talk will explore strategies to dismantle racism with a compassionate approach, utilising examples from Camille's time living and engaging in social justice work in the USA and the UK.
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