Making Capitalism Responsible/Possible?

Occupy LondonOur Conway Conversations series kicks off this semester with an event on Tuesday, 28 February addressing one of the most toxic issues of our time, which affects all of us in the deepest of ways: the current world financial crisis and the perils and/or possibilities of capitalism.

This event follows on a stirring debate held just last night at the Oasis Centre, 5 minutes walk from Conway Hall, in which the Secretary of State for Business and Innovation, Vince Cable, went head to head with Occupy London members on the question of the evils and goods of the world’s dominant financial system.

Our panel will follow up on that event with an even more controversial debate led by: Ken Boehner (Notre Dame Law Program alum and current partner in one of London’s oldest international law firms); Paul Fenton (Professor of Sociology and Principal of the Oasis Centre’s College for Community Service Training); and Indy Johar (Founder of The Hub, a Westminster based organisation dedicated to facilitating “civic business,” or the promulgation of new businesses that prioritise enhancing local community life).

LUP students are invited to reserve their seat by emailing (enter “Capitalism” in the Subject line).

(Photo by Alan Denney, used under Creative Commons, with thanks.)

Conway Conversations – past and future

During the Fall 2011 semester, the London Undergraduate Program launched a new series of events – Conway Conversations. These discussions, symposia, readings, and debates take place in Conway Hall Student Activities Centre (SAC), taking advantage of the new facilities.

The series began with Bob Conway, himself, speaking on the central topic of “ND London, Cross-Cultural Experience, and Your Global Future.” to a packed room of students.

Conway Conversations – Robert Conway

The second Conway Conversation focused on this occasion on the urgent topic of “9/11 and the New World Order.” Chaired by LUP Director Greg Kucich, the panel included LUP professors Richard Heffernan and Clive Bloom, and Dr Hakim Adi from the University of Chichester. As panellists and audience debated the Coalition Government’s austerity measures, responses to perceived terrorist threats, and the controversy over global capitalism now encapsulated in the Occupy London protests outside St Paul’s Cathedral, the “Conversation” was intense, bordering at times on raucous, but always rewarding. Just the ideal of “Conway Conversations”!

Conway Conversations : 911

The third event featured Spencer Reece, American poet currently living in Madrid, giving an inspiring poetry reading. The reading was followed by a short film by Hollywood Director/Actor James Franco adapted from one of Spencer Reece’s narrative poems, The Clerk’s Tale. Lively discussion and a reception ensued.

Conway Conversation – Spencer Reece

Please click through to see the photo gallery of each of these events.

The Conway Conversations series will pick up again on February 28th, with a panel focusing on the topical subject “Making Capitalism Responsible/Possible?”

The Other Eliza Haywood

On March 1st, the London Centre will be playing host to the third annual Chawton House Library and University of Notre Dame, London Lecture on British Women’s Writing.

Professor Kathryn King (University of Montevallo), will revisit the history of novelist, playwright and pamphleteer Eliza Haywood and suggest that heteronormative habits of mind may have prevented critics and biographers from recognizing potentially queer spaces in the stories told by Haywood and in the stories that we tell about eighteenth-century women writers.

The Other Eliza Haywood

The lecture is free, however pre-registration is required. Please call Chawton House Library with your details: 01420-541010 or email

Stratford-Upon-Avon & The Taming of the Shrew

On Saturday, Professor Boika Sokolova led a London program trip linked to her two classes on theatre of Shakespeare’s era to Stratford-Upon-Avon and took students to see the RSC’s performance of The Taming of the Shrew.

Under Professor Sokolova’s leadership, students visited Holy Trinity Parish Church, where Shakespeare was baptized and buried; the house in which Shakespeare was born; and the site of the large house that Shakespeare built upon his return to Stratford in retirement years.

After time for lunch and strolling around the atmospheric Tudor buildings of Stratford, students went to a rip-roaring Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Taming of the Shrew. Brilliant, boisterous, and bawdy, this performance inspired sparkling conversation on the coach ride back to home in Waterloo.

The Observer reports on Conway Hall’s dedication

Conway Hall Spotted in The Observer, for this report on Conway Hall’s formal dedication at the end of January:

“First the building housed a hospital for women and children in the early 20th century.
Then it was a gloomy, dilapidated building in the background of a Sherlock Holmes film. Now it is home to more than 130 Notre Dame students.”

This formal news report from the Provost’s Office also celebrates both the building’s renovation and it’s future purpose.

“Now, thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Conway and others who have made Conway Hall a reality, we dedicate the largest international residence building for the flagship program of an ambitious international agenda” – Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.