Join the presenters of ‘The Skeptics Guide to the Universe’ podcast for their one-off London show. Steven Novella, along with ‘Skeptical Rogues’ Bob Novella, Jay Novella and Evan Bernstein explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies and conspiracy theories (anti-vaccines, homeopathy, UFO sightings, and many more).
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This year’s festival theme is ‘Activists and Architects of Change’, to mark the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which permitted women to vote for the first time. Join our Sunday Bloomsbury Festival Hub for rousing talks, vital debates and thought-provoking exhibitions from some of the boldest and bravest voices around.
Sunday Assembly is a community that celebrates life by coming together to sing songs, hear inspiring talks and build real connections. We’ll be celebrating the Rights of Women, and asking: where next? FREE – Just Turn Up
Amidst all the barbarism and violence, there is one part of Syria that has stood out as a beacon of hope. The predominantly Kurdish areas that have formed the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria have established an autonomous bottom up democracy that should be a model for us all. In…
Heroine Addicts: So You Think You Can Chant – Activism, Protest and Making Change | Sunday 21st October
our women. One microphone. Celebrating heroines one story at a time. Heroine Addicts is a podcast that puts women and their stories centre stage, produced and co-hosted by Emma Pritchard, Miztli Neville, Alice Robinson and Louise Bastock. The podcast was inspired by the realisation that women’s stories have often been…
With Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Arif Zaman and Baroness Uddin. Muslim South Asia is widely characterized as a culture that idealizes female anonymity: women’s bodies are veiled and voices silenced. Complicating these perceptions is Siobhan Lambert-Hurley’s new book, Elusive Lives: Gender, Autobiography, and the Self in Muslim South Asia (Stanford University Press, 2018). The re-publication after…
From Votes for Women to #meToo, the Story of Women’s Rights, Past, Present and Future | Sunday 21st October
Helen Pankhurst will be leading a participatory discussion on women’s lives, reflecting on the changes in the UK since the right to a parliamentary vote was first granted to some women in 1918. The session will be informed by findings from her new book Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights,…
Ky Hoyle, founder and MD of Sh! Erotic Emporium, the first female-focused sex shop in the UK, curates a rousing conversation around sex and the politics of pleasure with other sex-positive pioneers looking to inspire and empower women to find their true sexual selves. FREE – but pre-booking is recommended
Join Faith to Faithless for a panel discussion and Q&A to better understand apostasy in the UK. Leaving religion can be a complicated process, and apostates often experience abuse. Learn from those who have left different faiths and hear about their experiences.
Can you hear through your eyes? When the viral ‘jumping pylon’ gif hit the internet recently, many people discovered they could ‘hear’ juddering or thudding sensations evoked by moving images. Neuroscientist Elliot Freeman will present his research findings, which reveal what kinds of people have a ‘visual ear’, and what their brains might be doing.
Forget everything you’ve heard about strippers: this talk is an antidote to stigma, shame and stereotyping. Stacey Clare has been part of the misunderstood and misrepresented world of UK strip clubs since the age of 22. She opens-up about her work and experiences with this candid and critical perspective of the industry.
5×15 Fright Night: An evening of Halloween tales curated by Sarah Perry, the bestselling author of the new gothic masterpiece Melmoth. Do not be afraid! Dare to join us for gothic tales, Halloween hijinks, stories of spectres and encounters with the other side.