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Why (and how) things happen

Professor Charles Tilly gives a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 8 September. He will explore how we explain complex social phenomena as diverse as 9/11, pay inequality and urban riots.

This event is the first in a series of LSE and The Young Foundation public lectures.

Charles Tilly is one of the world's leading social scientists and unmatched in his ability to bring new insights to very varied fields. Having started his career as an historian, his recent work has provided compelling explanations of some of the most important social phenomena of our times.

In Durable Inequality he addressed the deep-seated causes of inequality and why, for example, gender and race inequalities have persisted. In The Politics of Collective Violence he looked at the causes of violence in all its forms, from communal riots in India, to genocide in Rwanda and football hooliganism in the UK. In Social Movements; 1768-2004 he described the continuities and evolution of social change from the movement against slavery to the anti-globalisation movement.

Geoff Mulgan will chair this event, which is free and open to all, but ticketed.

Why (and how) things happen is on Thursday 8 September at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. A ticket is required.

Tickets for this event have now been allocated. A returns queue will be in operation on the night. For more information, click here|


  • Public tickets:
  • Press tickets: To request a press ticket, contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk


This event is the first in a series of LSE and The Young Foundation public lectures.

The Young Foundation, which is being launched this autumn, is a unique organisation that undertakes research to identify and understand social needs then develops practical initiatives and institutions to address them. More information about The Young Foundation can be found at www.youngfoundation.org.uk|.

The LSE and The Young Foundation public lectures continue with:

  • The Place of Islam in Non-Islamic Societies. Speaker: Tariq Ramadan on Thursday 15 September. Click here for more information
  • The Commercialisation of Intimate Life. Speaker: Professor Arlie Hochschild on Tuesday 20 September. Click here for more information

5 September 2005