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Genetic ancestry testing – the hype and the reality

Debbie Kennett

When?
Tuesday, May 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

https://monarchbar.com/

Who?
Debbie Kennett

What's the talk about?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing went mainstream in 2017 and more than 16 million people around the world have now tested. Marketing campaigns encourage people to test to learn if they are a Viking or a Celt or to discover what percentages of their DNA come from different parts of the world.

But can a DNA test really tell you where you are from? Is your DNA your destiny? Debbie Kennett cuts through the hype and tells you what you can and can’t learn from a DNA test.

Debbie Kennett is a genealogist who has been using genetic testing as part of her research since 2007. She is now internationally recognised as an expert on genetic genealogy. She has lectured on the subject throughout Britain and Ireland and has also been an invited speaker at genealogy conferences in North America and Portugal. In 2013 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. Debbie writes about DNA testing for all the UK family history magazines and is the author of two books, DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TUESDAY

£3 to cover expenses.

Cerys Bradley

When?
Monday, June 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

https://monarchbar.com/

Who?
Cerys Bradley

What's the talk about?

 For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance or ability to raise children? These are the questions that science has asked and the answers have had an impact not only within the scientific world but also on public policy and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens.

Given the highly politicised nature of the topic, it is perhaps not surprising to discover biases and prejudices hidden in the construction, conduction, and conclusions of these studies but are they still valuable contributions to science?

PhD student (and lesbian) Cerys Bradley will discuss the scientific research into the LGBTQ+ community as well as its societal implications, and ask "just because science can ask a question, should it?".

£3 to cover expenses

Ash Price

When?
Monday, July 2 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

https://monarchbar.com/

Who?
Ash Price

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the travelling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery taught him by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians’ tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous).

See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically manipulate your finest silverware and read the minds of your peers.

Or maybe, it’s all just a trick? The show will involve demonstrations and explanations of telekinesis tricks, metal bending, psychic surgery and remote viewing as well as look at government funded research into psychic phenomena, and the shoddy protocols that allowed “psychics” to beat the legendary Zener card experiments in the 1930s.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will be numerous on-stage demonstrations of mentalism. Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

Stagetime Promotions Magician of the Year 2017, and Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell out performer 2016 and 2017, Ash Pryce brings his crowd-pleasing mix of paranormal illusions, comedy and entertainment to the UK as part of a summer tour of 2018. Find Ash on most social media as “Psychic Conman” and check out his website .

£3 to cover expenses

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