Are we fully alive? Or do we merely survive, repeating the same gestures, following the same itinerary that others have fixed for us, commuting to the same office every day?
Acclaimed philosopher Theodore Zeldin thinks you have the answers, if only you will let him ask you the right questions.
Professor Windy Dryden will present a seminar on dealing with Passive aggression and sulking In Relationships. This will be followed by some live sessions with volunteers, hopefully relating to the topic of passive aggression and sulking.
Award-winning artist Grayson Perry CBE will deliver the inaugural Donaldson Lecture, launching a programme of special events celebrating 175 years of architectural education at The Bartlett School of Architecture, the founding school of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.
How to be the Best Person in the World AND Save the Planet
Fresh and exciting ways, that you, (yes you!) can not only become the best person in the world by opening up your heart and letting the sunshine in, but how you can also help save the planet and the future at the same time!
Sunday Assembly is a free event, we simply ask for donations from people who can so we can keep it free for people who can'.
As well as this awesome talk, we will be celebrating the Yuletide with some belters of festive songs and enjoying some much deserved tea and cake afterwards.
Martyn Jackson - violin
Simon Callaghan - piano
Mozart: Sonata for Piano & Violin in G K379
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A K219
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466
This event will be hosted by Petroc Trelawny, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast.
In 1968, Fight for Education was published in reaction to the prospective abolition of grammar schools, the onset of new universities and continuous assessment in place of exams. Chris Bratcher and Chris Ormell will revisit this pivotal period in education to remind us, or reveal to a new generation, the extent of these opinions and concerns. Did these changes in education cause a collapse in the transmission of culture, or did they lead to the “better" education that is on offer today?
Finally, do these considerations help inform us as to how we might develop education going forward?
Science in the Media: Dodgy Science Reporting, Ghostbusting, and Doctor Who
Hear about the science of Doctor Who from a scientist who is also a consultant to Doctor Who’s scriptwriters, find out about the credibility (scientifically and otherwise) of ghost-hunting TV programmes from a former ghosthunter now turned ghostbuster, and discover just how much psuedoscience reporting there really is in our national press.
Atlantis is a new dance theatre performance, taking the audience on a journey from ancient Atlantis, through Disneyland, the works of Donovan and the end of the NASA space shuttle programme. This event will involve lots of popcorn, projection, a paddling pool and Plato.
Shaa Wasmund – Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way
It’s easy to find yourself doing more, more, more – and yet never really getting to where you want to be, says entrepreneur and bestselling author of Do Less, Get More, Shaa Wasmund.
After the death of her partner, Wasmund fell into an ultra-busy, ultra-controlled life as a coping mechanism, but realised this was a trap of her own making. She knew something had to change, and so consciously started to focus only on what really mattered. She found that by doing less, she was actually able to accomplish much more and was far happier in the process.
Identifying Unfinished Business: The UK Modern Slavery Act (2015)
Almost two hundred years after the anti-slavery legislation associated with William Wilberforce, the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act, acknowledging the fact that slavery had never really gone away. What is different now is that "modern slavery", is present within the UK itself rather than in far-flung countries where Britons preferred to overlook working conditions. This talk will briefly trace the links between historical forms of slavery and its modern manifestations, and will critically examine claims by the government that the Act is world-leading.
Fresh from their trio debut at the Sacconi Festival - where they received a standing ovation - John Paul Ekins (piano), Hannah Dawson (violin), and Pierre Doumenge (cello), will take to the Rhinegold LIVE stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor.
By comparing the democratic institutions that have been developed in Cuba since its 1959 Revolution with those that are claimed for Britain, speaker Graham Bell examines whether the quality of our democracy might be raised using Cuba’s experience.
Join A Day Called Wonder 2015 for a gathering dedicated to celebrating life, building communities and wondering deeply. Sunday Assembly are bringing together inspirational speakers, profound thinkers and great doers who will provide you with tools to improve your life, grow your community and lead change in the world.
A British-Owned Congo: Roger Casement’s Battle with Slavery in Peru (1910-1914)
Roger Casement was the twentieth century’s first outstanding humanitarian. Best known for his 1904 chilling report on conditions in King Leopold’s Congo, Casement continued his campaign for human rights in the Putumayo Valley bordering Peru and Colombia, where a rubber company with headquarters in London was abusing and murdering indigenous people on a massive scale - nearly thirty thousand workers had died for a few thousand tons of rubber. Casement’s 1912 Foreign Office published report made for disturbing reading. He was widely celebrated as a hero in his battle to expose widespread abusive labour regimes. In 1916, Casement was hanged on a charge of treason by the British Government.
Join beer experts Pete Brown and Melissa Cole, gin-historian Richard Barnett, and London brewers and distillers for a celebration and discussion of London and it’s drinking history and culture; from the taverns to the gin craze, to craft brewing and beyond. Londonist and Conway Hall Ethical Society are proud to present an evening of ale, gin, pubs, conversation and a tipsy toddle through our fantastic city’s history and life.
Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm: Hiro Takenouchi - piano
Schumann: Études Symphoniques Op.13
Main recital at 6.30pm: Arcadia Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in B flat Op.1/1 'La Chasse'
Beethoven: Quartet in D Op.18/3
Bartók: Quartet No.4 Sz.91
Storm Clouds Over the Countryside: What Future for Rural England?
This talk will outline the ominous threats to the English countryside from unsustainable and unplanned development, and look for signs of hope. It will examine the growing pressures for housing development,food production, the changing character of the landscape and rural economy, the relationship between town and country, and how we can reconcile conflicting objectives for the use of land, one of our most important natural resources.
Hustings and Vote for CISTA’s London Mayoral Candidate
In May 2015 CISTA became the first pro-drug reform political party to contest a General Election across the United Kingdom. We are a brand new political party with the ambition of building a broad-based community of candidates and members.
We want your help, not only to break stereotypes and show that everyday people are backing changes to cannabis laws, but to build a sustainable platform for real change.
Every week, two women in Britain are killed by their partners or ex-partners. And yet, funding to women’s shelters and services is under severe threat. Join Bridget Christie, Nimko Ali, Suzanne Moore, Jenny Landreth, Zoe Margolis, Martin Robbins, Isabel Adomakoh Young and the London Refugee Women’s Forum for an evening in aid of the Hackney-based women’s charity Nia.
Speaker: James Walvin, Prof of History Emeritus, University of York
Too often, slavery is seen as an exotic, discreet subject which belongs outside Western culture. This talk takes a different approach, arguing that slavery was pivotal to the way Western Europe emerged over a period of three centuries.
John Higgs brings us an alternative history of the strangest of centuries. He shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine but, in the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, 'stranger than we can imagine'.
Speaker Malcolm Kendrick has been a trenchant critic of the 'cholesterol hypothesis' for many years and wrote the book The Great Cholesterol Con. He is concerned about the potential for bias and manipulation that seems to have become ubiquitous in medical research, and his most recent book Doctoring Data looks at the way that data are distorted and manipulated, often for commerical purposes.
The Third Philosophy Now Festival. Open to everyone, and will include talks, debates and philosophical workshops. Philosophy workshops for children and teenagers, run by the Philosophy Foundation
The Great Balloon Debate, including your chance to vote on which historical philosopher should be thrown out of the balloon first!
The 5th Annual Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity: award ceremony and lecture
The George Ross Memorial Lecture: to be given by Professor David Papineau (King’s College London).
A free family storytelling event suitable for ages 4 - 10. As part of an initiative supporting the Explore Your Archives campaign organised by the National Archives, Conway Hall Library has teamed up with professional storyteller, Vanessa Woolf to use items from our collections to inspire a storytelling around the theme of freedom. Then get busy making a craft to take home.
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