Event: Talks at Gresham Hall in February

29Jan09

Gresham College in London has been offering free lectures for over 400 years and what better way to continue listening and learning in life than in the historical Barnard’s Inn Hall. Amongst the usual myriad of themes and ideas this month there are two which may prove of interest to those involved in discussions on women, weddings and fertility.

Ideological Weddings: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
02.02.2009 6pm

Speaker: Professor Rodney Barker

New rights and new lefts in Britain as both the chronological and the short twentieth centuries draw to a close. How new is new, how left is left, and how right is right? Is there genuine innovation, or just a rearrangement of old arguments?

Fertility and Feminism
16.02.2009 6pm

Speaker: Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE

Has IVF increased women’s control over their fertility and careers? Freezing their eggs may give women the opportunity to be fertile for as long a timespan as men: is this an advantage and what should the law be where two partners disagree over the future use of embryos that they stored with agreement? What are the risks to their health and are women being exploited by clinicians and researchers? How will women be affected by the development of artificial gametes and wombs?

Check out the Gresham Hall website for more info and directions, and get there early as non ticketed events operate on a first come, first served basis and there is only so much room.

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