A weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates on key issues affecting the world today is launched this week by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Conor Gearty, Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law, will be subjecting LSE academics to a five-minute grilling on their research and ideas in the new series, called The Gearty Grillings. From the financial crisis and fracking, to housing policy and human rights, the debates will put LSE’s leading authorities on some of humankind’s most provocative issues under the spotlight.
The series, which aims to showcase LSE’s world class research and faculty, is being filmed at LSE’s new media studio. It will build on the School’s highly popular podcasts and videos which already attract over five million downloads a year.
Commenting on the launch, Conor Gearty said “The IPA is pioneering new forms of engagement and the Gearty Grillings, with their focus on short and sharp exchanges, are just one strand of this work. As an interviewer I am seeking to use these cross-examinations to challenge academics on the tensions, and possibly the contradictions, in their work. The rules of engagement are clear: we only allow one take and stick to length. I am, of course, enormously grateful to my colleagues at LSE who have submitted themselves to these grillings: their brilliant work is what makes them possible.”
It is featured in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2014/apr/29/mid-staffordshire-avoided-local-tony-travers
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