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Stoicon 2016 in London – October 22

Can the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism help us in responding to acute political and personal problems? How does Stoicism reconcile the search for inner peace of mind with affection, love and social concerns?

Come for an afternoon of talks, interviews, and question-and-answer sessions, with plenty of audience participation, social breaks, and free evening drinks. This is the third Stoicon held at QMUL on since 2014. Saturday October 22 2016.

£15 ticket price for four hours of talks and workshops by experts, afternoon tea, and evening drinks and nibbles. Book here.  The event is at Queen Mary, University of London, in the Arts 2 theatre. Nearest tube Mile End Road.

Talks and workshops will be from 2.30pm to 6pm, followed by drinks from 6 to 7.30. The programme will include:

Tim LeBon on Stoic responses to the Brexit vote or a possible Trump victory.

Christopher Gill interviews Elena Isayev on her experiences with refugees in the West Bank and the Calais ‘jungle’.

Jules Evans talks to members of European champions Saracens rugby club about the value of Stoic wisdom in dealing with training, victory and defeat.

Donald Robertson talks about Stoic approaches to resilience and love and how the two are linked.

Gabriele Galluzzo discusses Stoic emotions – those we want to get rid of and those we want to develop.

Antonia Macaro talks about Stoic and Buddhist meditations on death

Coffee / tea and evening drinks are included in the ticket price

Geoff Dyer on peak experiences

Here’s the first episode of the new Living with Feeling podcast from the Centre for the History of Emotions – it’s an interview by me with my favourite living writer, Geoff Dyer, about the theme of peak experiences in his writing. Dyer is the author of two novels and several non-fiction books on everything from DH Lawrence to the history of the Somme to jazz to a study of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. The podcast will hopefully eventually be listed on iTunes podcast page – watch this space!