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Wednesday, 9 December 2009, 11:30AM
Museum of London

Death Control: The Last Taboo? - Part One 'Death Control' and 'Development of the UK's Longevity Market'

Professor Tim Connell, Rajeev Shah, Katherine Whitehorn

Euthanasia, whilst becoming a more frequent topic for comment in the Press, is still viewed with as much suspicion as eugenics a hundred years ago.  Ethical issues, legal and financial questions are touched on but tend to provoke well-worn responses.  This Symposium provides an opportunity for serious debate on this important topic.

This part of the symposium consists of the following talks:

        Death Control: The Last Taboo - An Introduction         by Professor Tim Connell

        Death Control         by Katherine Whitehorn

        Development of the UK's Longevity Market         by Rajeev Shah

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An honorary life fellow of Gresham College, Professor Tim Connell is an Emeritus Foundation professor from City University, where he sat on Senate for many years. He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has studied in Spain and Mexico. He also holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from City, University of London.

His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists, of which he is a Fellow and a Vice-President, and is a regular contributor to the professional journal The Linguist. He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Languages Group, which he addresses with some regularity.

International education is another area of key concern. Tim is deputy chair of the international course board for ESCP Europe, (the French grande école based in Paris) which also covers London, Berlin, Madrid and Turin. He has had professional links with Latin America for many years, which has provided ample material for his classes on cultural communication and awareness.

He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and diverse cultural topics. He sits on an editorial board for Cambridge Scholars Publishing and has dealings with various publishers. In the past three years he has published chapters on livery companies in the City of London, languages and Brexit and was the lead writer for Get Smart About Scandals, a report on past lessons for future finance. He has just completed a revision of the history of Canning House, home to the Luso-Hispanic Brazilian Society, with which he has had an association for nearly forty years.

Tim has developed particular links in the Square Mile as a Freeman of the City of London and sits on the Court of the Stationers' Company where he is currently developing a policy on public access as part of the new Hall charity.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. Since 2006 he has been Chairman of the Gresham Society, which supports Gresham College.

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Katharine Whitehorn is a renowned journalist and author. She grew up in London and studied at Cambridge. She has had distinguished career on Fleet Street, writing for The Spectator and Picture Post, among others. She went on to be the first woman to have her own column in the Observer, and was the star columnist there for almost forty years. Katharine currently writes a monthly column for Saga Magazine, as well as writing features for newspapers including The Guardian.

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9 December 2009

Death Control: The Last Taboo? - Part One 'Death Control' and 'Development of the UK's Longevity Market'
Professor Tim Connell
Rajeev Shah
Katherine Whitehorn

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