New Scientist Live – The LHC: Solving the Mysteries of the Universe
New Scientist Live - The LHC: Solving the mysteries of the universe. This year, the world's biggest particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider – is focused squarely on solving some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. What happened to the antimatter created in the big bang? What is "dark matter", the invisible stuff that makes up much of our universe? Two researchers at the sharp end discuss what we've learned and where we're heading. Is our best theory of reality's roots about to be replaced by another, called supersymmetry?
Can Corbyn’s Labour Become a Mass Movement for Radical Change?
Open participatory discussion on the subject: Can Corbyn’s Labour become a movement for radical change? A debate with Ken Livingstone, Kate Hudson, Kate Osamor MP, Kevin Ovenden, Neil Faulkner and Kevin Maguire.
Money rarely gets the attention it deserves from us. What is the origin of the dread so many of us experience in money matters? Where does money get its power to provoke conflict and discord? Is it even possible to live a soulful, authentic life in the presence of money?
This talk given by Stephen Jenkinson brings the quietly tortured relationship we have with money up into the light, where it belongs, the first mandatory step in redeeming the personal and cultural amnesia which accrues to money, the first step to a principled sanity and soulful skill where money is concerned.
Martin Roscoe makes his Conway Hall debut with a programme highlighting the dramatic, lyrical and expressive qualities of the piano.
Beethoven: Sonata in G Op.14/2
Schubert: Impromptus D.935 Nos. 2 & 3
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor Op.13 'Pathétique'
Chopin: Impromptu No.2 in F sharp Op.36 & Fantaisie-Impromptu Op.66
Fauré: Impromptu No.1 Op.25 & No.2 Op.31
Beethoven: Sonata in A flat Op.110
Multiculturalism is a conservative idea that is seen as progressive. It is about background, ethnicity, belonging, spokespersons and roots. Those who talk about roots talk about an idyll of the past, a historical El Dorado - in contrast to impartial institutions, technological achievements, gender equality, and modern society. A reactionary ideology does not become more radical just because ‘progressive’ journalists, politicians, and academics are cherishing it. The developed world has dragged a Trojan Horse into its midst.
Dr Göran Adamson will present this, albeit highly controversial, perspective on living cheek-by-jowl with many different races and cultures. This should ensure a lively discussion.
Duo Diez is an innovative and eclectic musical collaboration between guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas and violinist Violeta Barrena. Their repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles from Bach, Mozart and Schubert to Sarasate, Piazzolla and Villa Lobos. Watch thrilling tangos, Brazilian dances and traditional Spanish songs being performed by this outstanding duo.
New Scientist – Live: Healthy eating – What science has to say
Confusion reigns about what foods we should eat to stay healthy. Meat, fat, sugar and salt have all been the subject of conflicting news stories. Preserved meats and "low fat" foods seem to have been added to the danger list. Two leading researchers will discuss what science has to say about our food and how best to stave off disorders such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Chris Connors – How to Improve Your Quality of Life
In this interactive workshop, creative mentor, business coach and meditation teacher Chris Connors talks about how living in stillness, between the yin of mindfulness and the yang of change, creativity and innovation, can enhance your life.
Does success lead to happiness? What makes for a happy work life? Can we create more happiness in our daily lives? And how can we contribute to a happier world? Nic Marks will explore these questions and more in a thought-provoking and interactive session.
Today, 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, reflecting double standards between the rich and poor countries. In Thailand alone there are 472,000 in slavery prostitution, many having HIV. Slavery is illegal in every country in the modern world, but it still exists. Even within the narrowest definition of slavery, it is likely that there are far more slaves now than there were victims of the Atlantic slave trade. Gillian Kaile will reveal the shocking nature and the dire prospects for this dark inhuman activity which is still practised around the world.
The Small Publishers' Fair is an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. It’s held in London’s Conway Hall. 2015 dates are Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November, 11am to 7pm daily.
The Unfortunate Colonel Despard: “Governor of Belize”, Anti-racist, Democrat, Executed as a Traitor 1803
Colonel Edward Despard was executed in London in 1803 as a terrorist and traitor. However, the seeds of his radicalism were sown on the other side of the world, during his military service in the Caribbean. A patriotic war hero who fought alongside Nelson, he fell from favour with the British government after he was appointed governor of Belize and allocated equal shares of land to black and white settlers.
London is Wild: Wildlife and Landscape in the City
Join Londonist at Conway Hall for this discussion and celebration of our animal, bird and plant life with David Lindo, Helen Babbs, the London Wildlife Trust’s Mathew Frith and urban bat detective Kate Jones.
Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm: Adam Brown - guitar
Recital at 6.30pm: Florin Ensemble
Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio Op. 10 in C
Seiber: Sonata da Camera for violin & cello
Klein: String Trio
Schubert: String Trio Satz in Bb D. 471
Martinů: Madrigal for violin & viola
Beethoven: String Trio Op. 9 No. 3
The Changing Face of the NHS: Markets and Morality
The increasing role of market mechanisms and the changing types of health care providers, together with the use of choice and competition to drive improvements in quality in the National Health Service (NHS), all have important ethical implications. Dr Lucy Frith will explore these developments and consider how the NHS can respond to the challenges of austerity, changing demographics and political agendas.
George Hibbert M.P. (1757-1837) and the Defence of British Slavery
George Hibbert was an early and powerful defender of the slave trade and later slavery. He was a Chairman of the West India Merchants Society, a Member of Parliament between 1806-1812, and Agent for Jamaica between 1812-1832. As early as 1790 he campaigned for the payment of compensation for those whose livelihoods depended on the labour of enslaved people. This talk will explore the different strategies used by Hibbert to delay the ending of slavery, as well as to ensure that the government compensated the slave-owners for their 'property in people'.
It's been a rollercoaster ride played out in space. After travelling 6.4 billion kilometres, the Rosetta spacecraft caught up with comet 67P. Philae, a tiny probe, then landed on the comet and sent back data before lapsing into sleep. Only months later did it wake up and make contact. Find out about these dramatic events from two key players in the project.
This course will explore a range of philosophical issues around death from Epicurus's arguments that we shouldn't fear death, through to Samuel Sheffler's recent discussion of our attitudes to what happens after our deaths, taking in ideas from such thinkers as Montaigne, David Hume, Albert Camus, Thomas Nagel, and Bernard Williams, along the way. No prior knowledge of Philosophy is assumed.
This course offers an introduction to philosophy and philosophical thinking. Topics will include What is Philosophy? Thought experiments in Philosophy. What is reality? What am I? How should I live? No prior knowledge of Philosophy is assumed.
Join an expert panel of Knowledge Quarter Partners to discuss and debate the societal impact of disruption across science, medicine, arts, culture and technology. This debate will explore the challenges and opportunities of disruption and the positive impact it can have on our everyday lives.
Positive Disruption in the Cultural and Creative Industries
Discover, discuss and debate emerging practice, cutting edge research and creative approaches to disruption in the cultural and creative industries. This lecture, given by Dr Jamie Brassett, will examine the challenges and opportunities of disruption in the arts and the positive impact it can have on our everyday lives. This event is one of many taking place across the four-day Bloomsbury Festival.
Political Skulduggery: What Kept Charles Bradlaugh MP From Taking his Seat in Parliament?
Charles Bradlaugh, “Atheist, Republican and Malthusian”, was a maverick figure in late nineteenth-century radical politics. Bradlaugh needs to be remembered, not just for standing trial under the Obscene Publications Act in 1877 with Mrs Annie Besant for publishing a birth control pamphlet, but for the six-year battle he fought to take his seat as M.P. for Northampton. Extraordinarily Bradlaugh won his parliamentary seat in 1880 as a Liberal, yet it was Gladstone’s Liberal government which kept him out for the entire parliament. A bit of historical skulduggery with lessons for today.
A rehearsed reading of How The Vote Was Won, a short comic play written by Cicily Hamilton and Christopher St John to campaign for suffrage. This event is one of many taking place across the four-day Bloomsbury Festival.
Discover, discuss and debate emerging practice, cutting edge research and creative approaches to disruption in in science and medicine. This lecture, given by Professor Jim Smith, will examine the challenges and opportunities of disruption in these sectors and the positive impact it can have on our everyday lives. This event is one of many taking place across the four-day Bloomsbury Festival.
The Conway Collective have installed an interactive performance artwork that focuses a beam of light on the incarceration of prisoners of conscience. In 1819, Richard Carlile was imprisoned in Dorchester Gaol for publishing Thomas Paine’s 'The Rights of Man'. The desk he had with him in prison now lives in the Conway Hall library and is a centrepiece of this event. Carlile is the first of a celebrated roll call of prisoners of conscience associated with Conway Hall.
Light Behind Bars not only remembers these prisoners, but, with the collaboration of Index On Censorship, throws light on those many prisoners around the world who are locked up today because of their thoughts, writings, art, and politics.
In its landmark 10th year, REEL ROCK features an extraordinary collection of short adventure and climbing films from some of the world’s best adventure filmmakers. Featuring alpine legends, amazing adventurers and climbing icons - prepare to be transported through the big screen to mountains and cliff faces across the globe as they strive to achieve their dangerous lifelong ambitions.
This talk considers the ambiguity that the law faced in the eighteenth century in its struggle with slavery. In this century, several English judges upheld the rights of slave owners to claim property in their "Negroes", either on the grounds that they were not Christians, or by appealing to the legal concept of jus gentium (law of nations). However, some judges upheld the rights of slaves, arguing that once a slave set foot in England, the slave became free.
'Hungry Road' tells stories about the lives of the unemployed men who gather at the side of the road around South African cities and rural areas waiting for the promise of a day's work. The three actors spent many hours researching and interviewing these men who shared insights into their lives, their hopes and their disappointments. Their astonishing stories were recorded, work-shopped and shaped into this 50-minute play.
Director Zwai Mgijima leads the three-member cast of Xolani Ngesi, Zwai Mgijima and Mongezi Ncwadi in telling the moving, humorous and sometimes desperate stories of these men and their families.
How is Gandhi and Non-Violence Relevant to Politics Today?
What is the meaning of non-violence as a form of political action and how does it work? Using Gandhi's teachings as inspiration, Dr Shahrar Ali will characterise and assess 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.
London Black Atheists are delighted to announce that Dr Gus Casely-Hayford will be giving a full talk followed by a Q&A on the Malian Kingdom as part of the Black History Month and 3rd Anniversary celebrations.
This year’s Ada Lovelace Day Live! our annual ‘science cabaret’ in celebration of women in STEM. Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live is an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for women and men, and girls and boys over the age of 12.
First Prime Minister of the London Empire: William Beckford, Jamaican Planter & Lord Mayor of London (1709 – 1770)
This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire. In a remarkable political career, he gained fame as a proponent of British liberties, while overseeing a transatlantic family business founded on colonial slavery. The talk will seek to demonstrate how these apparent contradictions highlighted many of the dilemmas Britain faced as a global empire, and helped to spark some of the earliest domestic debates about its future as an imperial power.
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