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


This year we aim to explore some of the dramatic and often unexpected political and social changes that are currently taking place, and which leave many people feeling like we are living through a period in which history has ‘sped up’.

Upcoming Events

The Generation that Built and Cut Down Democracy

Speakers: Zsuzsanna Szelényi

Date: 30th April 2019                             

Time: 18.30-20.00                                           

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Clear Bright Future: a radical defence of the human being

Speaker: Paul Mason                               

Date: 13th May 2019                                   

Time: 18.30-20.00                                           

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

The Problem of Modernity: reinterpreting decolonisation and the modern?

Speaker: Amit Chaudhuri                          

Date: 6th June 2019                                   

Time: 18.30-20.00                                           

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building