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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.

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