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Podcasts are now available for many of our past events, with more being added to the archive soon!


The Enemy Within: a tale of Muslim Britain
8 March 2018

Sayeeda Warsi draws on her own unique position in British life to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of ‘British values’.

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Why we don't trust the news, and what to do about it
8 February 2018

This lecture delved into the shifting expectations of media, including what makes information trustworthy and what steps can be taken to earn back trust.

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Bullshit and Post-truth Politics
30 January 2018

Matthew D'Ancona, Tanya Filer, Andre Spicer and Juliane Reinecke discussed how bullshit has taken over the worlds of business and increasingly the political arena. Jonathan Hopkin chaired the discussion.

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 The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's attack on democracy

24 January 2018

Brian Klaas argued forcefully that with every autocratic tactic or tweet, Trump further erodes democratic norms in the world’s most powerful democracy. Jonathan Hopkin chaired the discussion.

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Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon
9 November 2017

Rachel Reeves MP discussed the political life and legacy of Alice Bacon – the first woman MP for Leeds and Yorkshire. David Soskice chaired the discussion.

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 Post-truth politics: Being a savvy news consumer

8 November 2017

This event included speakers Ali Cirone, Ben Lyons and Jason Reifler who all provided tips and tricks on how to successfully evaluate political information found on social media or political campaigns. Thomas Leeper chaired the discussion.

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Palestinian Rights, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement, and Transnational Solidarity
7 November 2017

This panel brought together leading Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) protagonists, rights-activists and academics to discuss the movement and its prospects. Panellists included Omar Barghouti, Samia Al-Botmeh, John Chalcraft, Nicola Pratt and Rafeef Ziadah.

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 Why International State-Building Fails: A New Interpretation

11 October 2017

In this public lecture we tackle the question of how to build states after conflict and discuss Susan L. Woodward’s book, The Ideology of Failed States (CUP 2017), an analysis of the significant but counterproductive role played by the concept of failed states in shaping international order and intervention since the early 1990s.

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Why Plumage Matters: the cultivation of political and public identity
28 September 2017

Rodney Barker, whose new book Cultivating political and public identity: Why plumage matters is LSE’s first open access book, introduced a discussion of the components – language, dress, diet, habitat -of the identities of nations, groups, and individuals, and of the perennial tension between identity as association with other people, and identity as distinction from them, a motor of both human progress and human conflict.

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If Only They Didn't Speak English: notes from Trump's America
7 September 2017

Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor, talks about his new book 'If Only They Didn’t Speak English – Notes from Trump’s America' in which he sets out to analyse how a country that he says once stood for the grandest of aspirations is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs.

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Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How To Fight Back
27 June 2017

One of the UK’s most respected commentators, Matthew d’Ancona, launches a powerful and deeply personal campaign in this urgent fightback manifesto. A precious value is being eroded – Truth. It’s time to leap to its protection.

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