19th century radicals and their “Alternatives to Religion”, a series of talks at Conway Hall, Autumn 2013

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents a series of talks, curated by Deborah Lavin on five  leading 19th century figures who argued and campaigned  for ethical “Alternatives to Religion”

George Jacob Holyoake; Tuesday 8th October 2013 at 7pm
Speaker: Stefan Dickers, archivist at Bishopsgate Institute

Charles Bradlaugh, Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 7 pm
Speaker, Bryan Niblett, author of Dare to Stand Alone, a new biography of Charles Bradlaugh explores the importance of atheism to Bradlaugh’s radical thinking

John Stuart Mill, Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 7pm
Speaker Prof. Greg Claeys. examines Mill’s idea of secular progress, his arguments in support of Malthusianism and feminism; alongside a discussion of his growing interest in socialism and concern to reconcile the conflicted demands for more equality and social justice with the dynamism of the Liberal meritocratic and individualist ideal.

Harriet Law, Tuesday 29 October 2013 at 7pm
Dr Laura Schwartz, author of Infidel Feminism  presents Harriet Law as a deeply unrespectable woman. Freethinker, feminist and socialist, who  abhorred religion, condemned the institution of marriage and was the first woman to sit  on the General Council of the International Workingmen’s Association, where she allied herself with Karl Marx.

Annie Besant, Tuesday,  5th November 2013 at 7pm
Speakers: Marie Terrier  on Annie Besant’s secularism as a weapon in the fight for women’s emancipation (1874-1890). Louise Raw on Misinterpretations of Annie Besant, Socialist, Strike Leader, “Unsexed Woman”, Atheist, or Religious Leader? 

The Brockway Room
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL

For further information and tickets: https://conwayhall.org.uk/

Supported by the Socialist History Society: http://www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk/