Historical Curiosity or Man of Tomorrow?
Join us for a glass of wine and cheese to listen to author Paul Frame bring the fascinating life of Richard Price alive.
In this talk we will explore Price's life and thoughts and its continuing relevance, not only to today's issues but those facing us tomorrow. Touching on a number of Price's significant contributions, including his mathematical work, the focus will be on the impossibly utopian sounding idea of 'Universal Benevolence', the desire and mentality to do good, and its applicability (or otherwise) to our increasingly factional society.
The talk will run from 19:30 - 20:30.
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Welsh born Dissenter Richard Price is one of the most influential Welshmen you may never have heard of and was one of 'the leading minds of the Enlightenment'. Price preached and lived at Newington Green for over 30 years where, as well as being a political radical, he also did pioneering work in maths and statistics whose diverse applications today can be found underpinning industries and technology from life insurance and Google to nuclear physics and climate change models.
During his time in Newington Green Price wrote and published on many subjects, including political reform, civil liberty, pensions, life assurrance, demography, science and theology. A friend to the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Tom Paine, Joseph Priestley and Thomas Jefferson, many of whom visited him at Newington Green, he supported the American revolutionaries and the opening events of the French Revolution.
The Richard Price Memorial Lecture is an annual event and the current series has been running since 2003. We have been excited to welcome a wide range of speakers and topics to shine a light on the humble and devoted character of Richard Price.
Previous talks have included Barbara Taylor, author of Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination, speaking on "Radical Dissent and Women's Rights in Eighteenth-Century Britain", Will Self addressing the need to disestablish the Church of England under the title "Why Religion Needs Satire", "Dishonesty" by Evan Davis, the economist and BBC presenter and Wendy Savage, a doctor and long-time campaigner for women's reproductive health, spoke on " Patients' Choice and Doctors' Responsibilities".
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