Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 28 September 2016

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Things to do today:

RIPPER DEBATE: Does the tourist industry around the Jack the Ripper murders disregard the lives of impoverished Victorian woman? Is ‘Ripperology’ — the amateur study of Jack the Ripper and his crimes — a useful piece of historical enquiry or a morbid and misanthropic pastime? Join Londonist and a panel from the 'Ripper world' for a conversation about Jack the Ripper: man, myth, history or misogyny? at Oxford House Theatre, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG 7.30pm-9.30pm.

CROSSRAIL EXHIBTION: It's the last day to see how stations, art and public space will combine to create the new Elizabeth Line at this New London Architecture exhibition. Free, just turn up, all day

BEDLAM ART: The Wellcome Collection's new exhibition Bedlam: The Asylum explores the role of asylums and their influence on how we cope with mental health today. Free, just turn up, all day from 10am (until 15 January 2017)

ITALIAN FESTIVAL: Devonshire Square is hosting Italia, amore mio, a festival featuring food from eight Italian regions with Italian music from artists including tenor Yuri Sabatini. Donations to Italy Earthquake Appeal encouraged, just turn up, all day from 11am (until 30 September)

OBESITY TALK: Oxford professor John Wass argues that Britain can become the first nation to beat the obesity pandemic that kills almost 3m people each year, in his talk at Royal College of Physicians. Free, book in advance, 6pm

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Gaming and typography is the theme for this month's Letterform Live at Protein Studios in Shoreditch. Speakers start with a single Letterform and their impromptu talk follows — there are free drinks too. £10 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7pm

ARCHITECTURE TALK: Expect humour, drama and vintage curiosities from authors John Grindod and Christopher Beanland, who are presenting a selection of their favourite films about architecture. £6 (+booking fee), book in advance, 7pm

IMPORTANCE OF NOVELS: Man Booker Prize Winner and Independent columnist Howard Jacobson discusses why the novel matters, at Goldsmiths University. The talk ends with the announcement of the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize shortlist. Free, book in advance, 7pm

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Good cause of the day

EAST END LECTURE: Historian and curator Owen Hopkinson discusses the career and decline of the reputation of architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, who designed Christ Church Spitalfields and St George-in-the-East. All proceeds go to The East End Preservation Society. Free (donations encouraged), book in advance, 6.30pm

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Our daily pick of Funzing events

ICE CREAM EXTRAVAGANZA: Visit five of London's best gelaterias and sample over 20 flavours including basil and chilli, on a 2.5 hour ice cream tour — I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream. £36, 28 September/1/29 October

TRUTH AND INTERNET: Think Brexit and Donald Trump; how do wild political claims become believed news? Charles Arthur explores how and why social networks manipulate the truth as part of LDN Talks @ Night. £10 18 October