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
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/