Thursday 24 February 2011 The Studio, Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP. 7.00pm until 8.45pm Bill Hughes recently completed his PhD on 18th-century dialogue, communicative reason and the English novel. Jan Bowman is author and illustrator of THIS IS BIRMINGHAM, a history of the original Lunar Society and its effect on the city. Our speakers will be discussing their work and the factors which made the Enlightenment such an inspiring, eventful milestone in human history. Jan’s slideshow will situate the discussion in its visual context and explain the inspiration behind her book on Birmingham’s original ‘salon’. 300 years ago an explosion of new ideas and discoveries led to great social upheavals, and revolutions in the USA and France. This period — the Enlightenment — gave rise to such new cultural phenomena as the salon, the novel, and Birmingham’s Lunar Society.