The Ralph Miliband programme

The Ralph Miliband programme is one of the LSE's most prestigious public lecture series, receiving attention not only at the LSE but across London, the UK, and globally. 


The programme was set up in 1996 thanks to a generous anonymous benefaction from a former PhD student inspired by "Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought". He specified that the funds be used in memory of his friend and mentor 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry' and the diversity of thought that has always been the hallmark of LSE.

Convenor: Dr Robin Archer, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology


One hundred years after the Russian Revolution and fifty years after the start of the Cultural Revolution, we aim to reassess the impact of revolutions – both classical and contemporary. We hope to examine not just political revolutions but also the social, economic, scientific and cultural revolutions that have shaped and are continuing to reshape our lives. 

Upcoming Events


Celebrating (or not) the Centenary of the Russian Revolution 

Speaker: Professer Sheila Fitzpatrick

Date and time: Wednesday 3rd May, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building


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The French Election and the Left 

Speakers: Professor David Bell, Rokhaya Diallo and Professor Philippe Marlière 

Date and time: Tuesday 9th May, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building


The Revolution: it might be a dinner party after all      

Speaker: James Meek

Date and time: Tuesday 6th June, 18.30-20.00.

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building