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Upcoming Events

Links are provided to events which may be of interest to secularists. Unless otherwise stated the NSS does not necessarily support or endorse these events.

Quilliam Foundation Summer Ball

Sat, 29 Aug 2015

Date: Saturday 29 August.
Venue: Central London. (Details of the venue will be privately disclosed a week before the event).
The Quilliam Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of its Inaugural Summer Ball at an 18th century location in Central London on Saturday 29th August 2015. The ball marks the foundations move into the arts and we will be fundraising in support of our on-going work to inspire change, promote peace and build a robust, civil society. The foundation pledges a portion of the funds raised, to charities that protect children in war and conflict regions.

A rare opportunity to engage with some of the world's leading figures in inspiring change, combating extremism and promoting peace.

Celebrities will host this prestigious event as well as provide the entertainment. There will be a welcoming reception along with a three – course dinner, created by internationally renowned chefs. Maajid Nawaz and a number of respected speakers will address the guests.

Guests will also be able to bid in the main and silent auction for a fabulous selection of sports memorabilia, experience packages, holidays, fine art and other money-can't-buy prizes.

A guest list drawn from leading figures, including key policymakers, counter extremism and theatre practitioners, major business people, celebrities and media, will make this a gathering of the informed, the influential and the in touch.

Political Skulduggery: What Kept Charles Bradlaugh MP From Taking his Seat in Parliament?

Tue, 08 Sep 2015

Date: Tuesday 8 September
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

The NSS's founder Charles Bradlaugh, "Atheist, Republican and Malthusian", was a huge maverick figure in late nineteenth-century radical politics, and often filled Trafalgar Square with his followers. He was not everyone's hero; figures as opposed as Karl Marx and William Gladstone were united in hating him. Today, when the battles Bradlaugh fought are mostly won, he is a forgotten figure. Yet 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.

Speaker Deborah Lavin is active in the Socialist History Society and the Freethought History Research Group. She writes and often speaks on Charles Bradlaugh and his great public row with Karl Marx over the Commune of Paris.

London Thinks – Trigger Warning!

Thu, 10 Sep 2015

Date: Thursday 10th September | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tickets: £5-£10
Speakers: Julie Bindel, Brendan O'Neill, Pam Lowe

Trigger Warning! This discussion may change your mind.
Should Universities be Intellectual 'Safe Spaces'?

Universities are the intellectual heart of modern society. Students attend university to study, research and explore new ideas. In the faculty, students have access to some of society's greatest experts and thinkers. Higher education benefits not only those individuals able to access it, but society as a whole. Higher education correlates with lower levels of unemployment and poverty, better health and higher levels of social and civic participation- including volunteering, voting, and blood donation.

Secularism, Religion and Women’s Struggles: Infidel Feminism

Wed, 16 Sep 2015

Date: Wednesday 16 September
Venue: Glasgow Theosophical Society, 17 Queens Crescent, Glasgow West End, G4 9BL
Tickets: £5

Dr. Laura Schwartz, University of Warwick, is an authority on the histories of feminism and nineteenth century secularists. Her recent book, Infidel Feminism, is the first in depth study of this fascinating area. She argues that secular ideas were fundamental to the development of feminist thought.

This event is hosted by the Scottish Secular Society assisted by Glasgow Women's Library.

From Jesus & Mo to Charlie Hebdo – Chris Moos

Wed, 23 Sep 2015

Date: Wednesday 23rd September | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Tickets: £2

Chris Moos is from the London School of Economics Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society, who were at the centre of a row about free speech in 2013 when they were 'banned' from wearing 'Jesus and Mo' T-shirts by their Student Union. He writes for the Huffington Post, was nominated for the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year 2014 and campaigns against gender segregation, patriarchy, racism & political religion.

Hosted by the Central London Humanists Group. Doors open at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m. Charity Wine Bar.

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