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Public lecture podcasts and videos: 2012


Demystifying the Chinese Economy
Recorded on: 18 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Justin Lin
As a result of the miraculous growth since the market-oriented reform in 1979, China’s status in the global economy has...
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Visualizing Political Struggle in the Middle East
Recorded on: 13 December 2012
Speaker(s): Lina Khatib
Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's latest book Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in...
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Rousseau and the State of War
Recorded on: 11 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Chris Bertram
What can Rousseau’s recently reconstructed fragment Principles of the Right of War tell us about war and “humanitarian...
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Can we learn from History?
Recorded on: 10 December 2012
Speaker(s): Andrew Marr
Andrew Marr is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He hosts the Sunday morning BBC1 programme The Andrew Marr Show as...
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Putting Rights Back Together Again
Recorded on: 6 December 2012
Speaker(s): Salil Shetty
The indivisibility of human rights is proclaimed as a goal, but the reality is different. Separating civil and...
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With Good Reason: a debate on the foundations of ethics
Recorded on: 6 December 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Julian Baggini, Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, Dr Mark Vernon
Religious and secular philosophers have long debated whether ethics have an objective basis (moral realism) or a...
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Antifragile: how to live in a world we don't understand
Recorded on: 5 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Taleb believes that many of the best and most successful systems in the world (such as evolution) have antifragility at...
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Iran's Nuclear Programme: A Surge into Modernity
Recorded on: 5 December 2012
Speaker(s): David Patrikarakos
Drawing on years of research and access to unique sources, David Patrikarakos will tell the history of Iran’s nuclear...
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Blaming Europe? Citizens, Governments and the Media
Recorded on: 5 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Sara B Hobolt
“Who is to blame?” has become a familiar question in response to the economic crisis that is sweeping Europe. Professor...
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How Can We Improve UK Drug and Alcohol Policy?
Recorded on: 5 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor David Nutt
David Nutt will reflect on his ten years’ experience on the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs until...
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Free will in a deterministic world?
Recorded on: 4 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Christian List
Science, especially the idea that everything in the universe is physically determined, is often thought to challenge...
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Algeria and Post-colonialism
Recorded on: 4 December 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Jonathan Hill
In this lecture, Dr Hill seeks to make the case that Algeria has exerted a profound influence on the discipline of...
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Replacing the Nation: South Africa's passive revolution?
Recorded on: 4 December 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Gillian Hart
In the light of the conflicting forces that have unfolded in South Africa over the last decade, Gillian Hart takes a...
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The Future of Academic Impacts - Conference
Recorded on: 4 December 2012
Speaker(s): Patrick Dunleavy, Chris Thong, Sir Adrian Smith, Nicola Dandridge, Simon Bastow, Victor Henning, Ziyad Marar, Jason Priem, Jane Tinkler, Julia Lane, Cameron Neylon, David Sweeney, Stephen Curry, Mark Thorley, Robert Kiley, Jude England
The Future of Academic Impacts was an all day conference hosted by the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences project team...
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The future of the European Union after the euro crisis: Political union and its discontents
Recorded on: 3 December 2012
Speaker(s): Ulrike Guérot, Mark Leonard, Anthony Teasdale, José Ignacio Torreblanca
The euro crisis has dealt a powerful blow to the EU’s political system. Many European leaders have been ousted, more...
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The Eurozone's Design Failures: can they be corrected?
Recorded on: 28 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Paul De Grauwe
The eurozone experiences an existential crisis. What can we do about it? This event is part of the eurocrisis@lse...
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The Creative Mind
Recorded on: 27 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Margaret Boden, Professor Gregory Currie, Professor Nicholas Royle
Creativity is among the most treasured human traits, and many of us admire and strive for more creativity in our lives....
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Social Movements and Social Change
Recorded on: 27 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun
Drawing on his decades of research on social protest, Professor Calhoun will explore the roots of radicalism and the...
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Secured transactions and the process of international harmonisation and domestic law reform
Recorded on: 27 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Roy Goode QC
An admired academic at the top of his field, Professor Goode discusses the reshaping of the law governing security and...
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When Gay People Get Married
Recorded on: 26 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor M V Lee Badgett
Same-sex couples on four continents—including eleven countries and six American states—can now legally marry. The...
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Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826): utopian imperialist
Recorded on: 26 November 2012
Speaker(s): Victoria Glendinning
How the East India Company, a dysfunctional commercial entity too big to fail, elevated and then spat out the...
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Syria: From Rebellion to Civil War
Recorded on: 26 November 2012
Speaker(s): Nir Rosen
Journalist Nir Rosen spent eight months in Syria during the current uprisings with unprecedented access to all parties...
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Should the Human Rights Act be replaced with a New Bill of Rights?
Recorded on: 22 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Conor Gearty, Professor Francesca Klug, Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky
A debate on the value of the Human Rights Act against a British Bill of Rights. Conor Gearty is professor of law at...
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"No Enemies - No Hatred" - Liu Xiaobo and The Struggle for Democracy in China
Recorded on: 22 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Perry Link
In this lecture, Professor Perry Link will discuss the thinking of Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, and the prospects for...
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The Rise and Decline of the American "Empire"
Recorded on: 22 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Geir Lundestad
While the United States has been the world’s leading power from 1945 into the new millennium, it is now being...
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More Relatively-Poor People in a Less Absolutely-Poor World
Recorded on: 22 November 2012
Speaker(s): Martin Ravallion
Relative deprivation, shame and social exclusion matter to the welfare of people everywhere, but this fact is ignored...
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Was Churchill more of a Progressive than a Reactionary?
Recorded on: 21 November 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Piers Brendon, Professor John Charmley, Professor David Edgerton, Lord Hurd of Westwell
Churchill was both a Liberal who championed social reform, and a Conservative who believed in Empire. This event will...
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Islamists in Power: governing the Arab world?
Recorded on: 21 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Gilles Kepel
Islamist movements have won most of the elections that took place in the aftermath of Arab revolutions. Have they...
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How Protest Movements Change America
Recorded on: 21 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Frances Fox Piven
Professor Piven will examine a number of pivotal movements in American history, including the mobs of the revolutionary...
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Monetary policy and the financial crisis 2006-2009
Recorded on: 21 November 2012
Speaker(s): Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey is Reader in Political Science in the Government Department of the London School of Economics...
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The Gulag: what we know now and why it matters
Recorded on: 20 November 2012
Speaker(s): Anne Applebaum
We now understand far better what the gulag was, how it evolved, what purposes it served, how many people lived and...
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On Being Progressive
Recorded on: 20 November 2012
Speaker(s): Maurice Fraser, Polly Toynbee
‘Progressive’ is a slippery term. Right (i.e. Left) - thinking people use it with casual abandon, to confer moral...
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The Elves and the Shoemaker
Recorded on: 20 November 2012
Speaker(s): Giles Hedger
Giles Hedger joined Leo Burnett in September 2008 as Chief Strategy Officer. He leads one of the largest and most...
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Dazed and Confused: making sense of an uncertain economy
Recorded on: 19 November 2012
Speaker(s): Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett, a social anthropologist and one of the world’s leading financial journalists, will examine the current...
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On Cosmopolitanism
Recorded on: 19 November 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Laura Valentini, Dr Lea Ypi
What does it mean to be a cosmopolitan? Does cosmopolitanism demand the creation of ‘global’ institutional structures...
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Competing Economic Visions in the Arab Uprisings: Navigating without Roadmaps
Recorded on: 19 November 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Nasser Saidi
As the Arab uprisings have unfolded, the need for economic reforms across the region has only become more urgent. But...
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US leadership in the 21st Century
Recorded on: 19 November 2012
Speaker(s): Julian Castro
The United States economy remains the worlds' largest. Demographic change is seeing Texas and other states increase...
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Developmental Diasporas in China and India: a reconsideration of conventional capital
Recorded on: 14 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Kellee Tsai
Comparisons of China and India’s economic development typically focus on either the nature of state intervention in the...
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The Future of the Union: England
Recorded on: 14 November 2012
Speaker(s): Lord Heseltine
Part of the Future Of The Union series discussion on the future of each nation within the UK. Michael Heseltine is the...
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Decentralization and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia
Recorded on: 14 November 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Jean-Paul Faguet
Dr Faguet will speak about his new book Decentralization and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia....
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Conspiracies, distrust and suspicions of health programmes in Africa
Recorded on: 13 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Tim Allen, Dr Laura Bogart, Dr Heidi Larson, Professor Nicoli Nattrass, Dr Melissa Parker
This panel discussion will explore the challenges posed by distrust and conspiracy beliefs about public health...
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Knowledge Matters: the public mission of research universities
Recorded on: 13 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun
The university is an institution in upheaval. In his Inaugural Lecture as Director of LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun...
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Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet
Recorded on: 13 November 2012
Speaker(s): Charles Arthur
Charles Arthur has been with The Guardian since 2005. His 2012 book “Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the...
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Economic Transition in the Arab world: Challenges and Opportunities
Recorded on: 13 November 2012
Speaker(s): David Lipton
Almost two years after the start of the so-called "Arab Spring", the countries concerned are facing significant...
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The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth
Recorded on: 12 November 2012
Speaker(s): Fred Pearce, Professor Anthony Hall, Dr Charles Palmer
‘Land grabbing’ has been described as the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world...
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America and the World - After the Election
Recorded on: 12 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Anne Applebaum, Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Michael Cox, Gideon Rachman
After a closely fought election, this highly topical LSE public debate will look ahead to Obama’s second administration...
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Secularism, Religion and Sexuality: A Postcolonial Genealogy
Recorded on: 12 November 2012
Speaker(s): Saba Mahmood
The relegation of religion and sexual reproduction to the private sphere is widely regarded as a key feature of modern...
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In the Zone: Spontaneity and Mental Discipline in Sport and Beyond
Recorded on: 8 November 2012
Speaker(s): Michael Brearley, Professor David Papineau
What is meant by ‘being in the zone’? Can philosophy or cognitive science help explain the combination of mental and...
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Salafi Islam, Online Ethics and the Future of the Egyptian Revolution
Recorded on: 8 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Charles Hirschkind
A look at the politics of the Salafi movement in Egypt in relation to changing practices of religious media use. The...
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The Future Of The Union: Wales
Recorded on: 8 November 2012
Speaker(s): Carwyn Jones AM
Part of the Future Of The Union series discussion on the future of each nation within the UK. Carwyn Jones is the first...
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From Kaiser Wilhelm to Chancellor Merkel. The German Question on the European Stage
Recorded on: 7 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Andreas Rödder
The German Question has kept Europe in suspense for more than a century. It appeared to have eventually been solved by...
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In Conversation with The Hon Mr Justice Singh
Recorded on: 7 November 2012
Speaker(s): The Hon Mr Justice Singh
Sir Rabinder Singh is a High Court judge who as a barrister was involved in many leading cases, including on Iraq. A...
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Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century
Recorded on: 7 November 2012
Speaker(s): Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels
A conversation about new models of governance, looking at Western democracy, Eastern mandarinates and the search for...
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Accounting Harmonisation and Global Economic Consequences
Recorded on: 6 November 2012
Speaker(s): Hans Hoogervorst
A look at international financial reporting standards and accounting harmonisation and what effect these developments...
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The Stateless Citizen: irregular migration and cosmopolitan citizenship
Recorded on: 6 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Andreas Kalyvas
This lecture explores the politicisation of irregular migrants over the last two decades and describes the rise of the...
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Managing Uncertainty
Recorded on: 6 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Bradley
How should we manage the uncertainty that we face in our decision making? Can this uncertainty be measured and tamed?...
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What has art got to do with sport?
Recorded on: 6 November 2012
Speaker(s): Ruth Mackensie
Ruth Mackenzie was the director of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012 which has featured a range of cultural programmes and...
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Good Derivatives: a story of financial and environmental innovation
Recorded on: 5 November 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Richard Sandor
Dr Richard Sandor will give a first-hand account of his experiences as an inventor of new markets- in interest rates,...
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How Long Does "Post-War" Last? Feminist Warnings
Recorded on: 5 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Cynthia Enloe
"Post-war" in many societies is a time of flux when new, more just gender relationships can be forged. But a post-war...
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Underground Sociabilities - International Seminar
Recorded on: 2 November 2012
Speaker(s): Various - see description
Session 1 - Opening Ceremony.

Speakers: Professor Stuart Corbridge, Maria Helena Gasparian, Ana Souza, Isabel...
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Europe's Unfinished Currency: the political economics of the Euro
Recorded on: 1 November 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Thomas Mayer
Dr Thomas Mayer is Senior Fellow at the Center of Financial Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt and Senior Advisor...
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Restless Empire: China and the world since 1750
Recorded on: 1 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Arne Westad
Arne Westad argues that China’s role in international affairs over the past 250 years has been determined by the...
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The Challenge of Agricultural Development in Africa: what lessons from China?
Recorded on: 1 November 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Li Xiaoyun, Professor Henry Bernstein, Professor Thandika Mkandawire, Professor James Putzel
Professor Li will introduce his new book followed by a panel discussion.

Li Xiaoyun is dean of the College of...
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Consumption and the Philosophy of Denim
Recorded on: 31 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Miller
What can we learn from the study of consumption? How can this contribute to wider issues in social science and even...
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The Ethics of Human Enhancement
Recorded on: 30 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Nick Bostrom, Professor Anne Kerr
This dialogue will consider how issues related to human enhancement fit into the bigger picture of humanity’s future,...
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Ethics and Regulation
Recorded on: 30 October 2012
Speaker(s): Claire Enders
Claire Enders is a founder of Enders Analysis that offers its subscribers research and advice covering the major...
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Strengthening Competitiveness and Growth in Europe
Recorded on: 30 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Philipp Rösler
The aftermath of the financial crisis has challenged Europe. Dr Rösler will discuss the reasons as well as new...
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America Votes
Recorded on: 29 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Michael Cox, Dr Pippa Malmgren, Professor Sir Robert Worcester
With just a week to go to the US presidential election, this panel of experts will assess the state of the race, look...
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The Mediterranean – an opportunity?
Recorded on: 26 October 2012
Speaker(s): Lawrence Gonzi
Not for the first time in its chequered history, the Mediterranean region is in a state of transition. In the south,...
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The Gulf and the Global Economy: the state of the world
Recorded on: 25 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Iain Begg, Arnab Das, Dr Gerard Lyons, Rachel Ziemba
As US and European economies teeter on the verge of ever-greater slowdown, what prospects remain for growth elsewhere...
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The Arab Uprisings
Recorded on: 25 October 2012
Speaker(s): Jeremy Bowen
For many living in the Arab world, change felt like a distant dream. But the desperate act of a young Tunisian man in...
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The Relevance of International History
Recorded on: 25 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor David Stevenson
This lecture will re-examine the origins of international history in Britain after the First World War and re-assess,...
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After the Arab Spring: the Gulf monarchies in an age of uncertainty
Recorded on: 24 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Christopher Davidson
Christopher Davidson discusses the political and economic pressures building in the Gulf monarchies and considers the...
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The Nature of Business
Recorded on: 24 October 2012
Speaker(s): Kelly Grainger, Giles Hutchins
Giles Hutchins will introduce his new book The Nature of Business, in which he presents the challenges to the...
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Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence
Recorded on: 24 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Christian Parenti
An exploration of how climate change is already causing violence as it interacts with the social legacies of economic...
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In Conversation with Keir Starmer QC
Recorded on: 24 October 2012
Speaker(s): Keir Starmer
As the head of the CPS, Keir Starmer QC has been instrumental in a number of high profile prosecutions and is at the...
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Secularism, Human Rights and the Middle East: challenges and reflections
Recorded on: 23 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Gilbert Achcar
A critical reflection on the politics of secularism and human rights following the so-called “Arab Spring” and the...
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The Global Drug Wars
Recorded on: 23 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor David Courtwright, Nigel Inkster, Dr William B McAllister, Dr Ethan Nadelmann
How did the international drug control system arise, why has it proven so durable in the face of failure, and is there...
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Lies, damn Lies and Statistics
Recorded on: 23 October 2012
Speaker(s): Ben Page
Ben Page is Chief Executive of the polling company Ipsos MORI. Named one of the "100 most influential people in the...
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Asia's Challenges: Ensuring Inclusive and Green Growth
Recorded on: 22 October 2012
Speaker(s): Rajat M Nag
If Asia is to achieve its full potential, it will have to be through sustainable growth. To have sustainable growth,...
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Participatory Democracy in America's Long New Left
Recorded on: 22 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Linda Gordon
Most writing about the American New Left mistakenly refers only to the white student-intellectual movement that...
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Violence and Democratic Perspectives in Syria
Recorded on: 22 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Haytham Manna
Dr Haytham Manna is head of the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in exile. An academic and human...
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From Hippy to Hip: dissent in a globalised world
Recorded on: 19 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Kumi Naidoo
The environmental movement has achieved widespread popularity since its rise in the 1970s. What are the challenges...
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The Cuban Missile Crisis: regional perspectives 50 years on
Recorded on: 18 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Antoni Kapcia, Professor Hal Klepak, Dr Carlos Alzugaray Treto
October 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. This panel will re-evaluate the impact of the...
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Occupy's Predicament: The Moment and the Prospects for Movement
Recorded on: 18 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Todd Gitlin, Professor Craig Calhoun
Erupting in September 2011, Occupy Wall Street was jump-started by a radical core who devised a form of action,...
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When China Rules the World Revisited
Recorded on: 18 October 2012
Speaker(s): Martin Jacques
Martin Jacques renews his assault on conventional thinking about China, above all, the failure to grasp how China is...
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A Life in Politics: Nigel Lawson
Recorded on: 17 October 2012
Speaker(s): Lord Lawson of Blaby
Nigel Lawson will discuss his career and life in the front line of British politics over the course of four decades....
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True Believers: collaboration and opposition under totalitarian regimes
Recorded on: 17 October 2012
Speaker(s): Anne Applebaum
The horrifying genius of Soviet communism was the system’s ability to get the silent majority in so many countries to...
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Voices from Syria's Opposition
Recorded on: 17 October 2012
Speaker(s): Bassma Kodmani, Nicholas Noe, Yara Nseir
How did the opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria emerge? This panel will explore the evolution of the Syrian...
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Going South: Why Britain will have a Third World Economy by 2014
Recorded on: 16 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dan Atkinson, Larry Elliott
Two leading journalists explain how and why Britain has fallen into decline from being a superpower in 1914 to having a...
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Imagining the Internet: policy challenges
Recorded on: 16 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Robin Mansell, Professor William H Dutton, Professor Robert Wade
Big challenges face policy makers trying to balance conflicting interests in the information society. This lecture...
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Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Colombia
Recorded on: 16 October 2012
Speaker(s): Tom Feiling
Tom Feiling, who has spent years in Colombia, unpicks the tangled fabric of this oft-misunderstood country and explores...
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What Makes a Great Speech?
Recorded on: 16 October 2012
Speaker(s): Philip Collins
The talk will set out the conditions that have to be in place for a speech to be considered a great example of its...
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Selling the Unsellable: Bringing Experiential and Ephemeral Works of Contemporary Art to Market
Recorded on: 15 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Noah Horowitz
Since the 1960s artists have created ephemeral and experiential works of art that were frequently informed by a desire...
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Adapt: Problem solving in a complex world
Recorded on: 15 October 2012
Speaker(s): Tim Harford
Tim Harford combines biology, statistical physics, psychology and of course economics to explore how complex problems...
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Freethinking, Secularism and the Arab Spring
Recorded on: 15 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Aziz Al- Azmeh
What is the condition of the relationship between religion and polity in the Arab World following the upheaval of the...
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Time to Start Thinking: America and the spectre of decline
Recorded on: 15 October 2012
Speaker(s): Edward Luce
As it stands, the US faces new countries on the ascendant that will compete with it ever more fiercely as its own power...
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What I learned by Doing Capitalism
Recorded on: 11 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr William H Janeway, Professor Dimitri Vayanos
In this talk William Janeway will discuss his new book, Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets,...
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The Right to Offend
Recorded on: 11 October 2012
Speaker(s): David Aaronovitch, Mehdi Hasan
What right is there under freedom of speech to cause offence? How can we balance ideals of free expression with respect...
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Distilling the Frenzy
Recorded on: 11 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Hennessy
Peter Hennessy will examine the special considerations that apply to writing the history of one’s own times, with...
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Bergson: a machine for the making of gods
Recorded on: 11 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson
This lecture will consider the dramatic questions about human existence that Bergson poses in the conclusion to his...
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23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism and what they mean for our economic prospects
Recorded on: 10 October 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Ha-Joon Chang
It has been four years since the global financial crisis broke out. If this were a normal downturn, the economy should...
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Reinventing Europe: one crisis, many futures
Recorded on: 10 October 2012
Speaker(s): Robert Cooper, Richard Corbett, John Peet
In a period during which much is being made of fundamental changes in the balance of power, how can Europe redefine...
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A Conversation with Senator John McCain
Recorded on: 10 October 2012
Speaker(s): John McCain
On the eve of a Presidential election and with the United States ‘pivoting’ to Asia, Senator John McCain of the US...
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Black Consciousness, Black Theology, Student Activism and the Shaping of the New South Africa
Recorded on: 9 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Barney Nyameko Pityana
A programme of the Steve Biko Foundation, the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture is a platform to reflect upon the legacy of...
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Twenty Years of Inflation Targeting
Recorded on: 9 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Mervyn King
Since 2008, we have experienced the worst financial crisis and recession since the 1930’s. What challenges does this...
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BBC News: Why good journalism matters in the digital age
Recorded on: 9 October 2012
Speaker(s): Mary Hockaday
Mary Hockaday is one of the BBC’s leading journalism executives. Her latest mission was to oversee the historic move of...
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Manifesto for a post-national and federal Europe
Recorded on: 8 October 2012
Speaker(s): Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Guy Verhofstadt
Europe is in crisis. How did we get here? What didn’t work? Faced with such an emergency, are the euro zone states not...
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The crisis always rings twice
Recorded on: 8 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Manuel Castells
This event will present the analyses contained in a new book Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis, edited by...
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Spain's Economic Policy Strategy
Recorded on: 4 October 2012
Speaker(s): Luis de Guindos
Luis de Guindos is Spanish Minister of the Economy and Competitiveness.
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Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
Recorded on: 4 October 2012
Speaker(s): Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time. With over forty years of service to...
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Achieving your Dreams
Recorded on: 2 October 2012
Speaker(s): Gurbaksh Chahal
Entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal will discuss the lessons learned in his experiences on how people can achieve their...
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South Sudan - the path back from war
Recorded on: 2 October 2012
Speaker(s): Aggrey Tisa Sabuni
Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, Economic Advisor to the President, will discuss the successes and challenges of building core...
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Rebuilding Banking
Recorded on: 1 October 2012
Speaker(s): Stephen Hester
Stephen Hester took over as Royal Bank of Scotland CEO after the UK Government was forced to rescue the bank from the...
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The Decline of the US Middle Classes and the Transformation of the Republican Party
Recorded on: 1 October 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Anatol Lieven
This lecture will describe how the economic decline of the American white middle classes (which in US terms includes...
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Policy Challenges for Growth in Africa and South Asia
Recorded on: 25 September 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Omotunde E.G. Johnson, Dr Louis Kasekende, Dr Ijaz Nabi, Dr Abdul Hafiz Shaikh
The developed world has recently fallen behind in the numbers game, as African and Asian countries have experienced...
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A Universe from Nothing
Recorded on: 24 September 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lawrence M. Krauss
The question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?" has been asked for millenia by people who speculate on the...
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Cities: Places to Live, Places to Work
Recorded on: 24 September 2012
Speaker(s): Ben Akabueze, Professor Paul Collier, Professor Tony Venables
Urban areas are the most productive parts of the developing world, yet concentrated urban poverty presents some of the...
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A European policy outlook: the crisis and beyond
Recorded on: 17 September 2012
Speaker(s): Pierre Moscovici
Pierre Moscovici will address both the policy outlook in France and the ongoing crisis management developments at the...
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Policies for Inclusive and Balanced Growth
Recorded on: 11 September 2012
Speaker(s): Heiner Flassbeck, Professor Robert Wade
In the context of the ongoing fall-out from the global financial crisis, income distribution is back to the centre of...
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The Greek Crisis and its possible resolutions
Recorded on: 11 September 2012
Speaker(s): Apostolos Doxiadis, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Michael Jacobides, Andreas Koutras, George Prokopakis
The first part of the discussion focused on (a) what should be the long-term “vision” for Greek economy and society,...
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Can the next US President make America 'great' again?
Recorded on: 2 August 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Mick Cox
Professor Mick Cox is one of Europe’s leading commentators on the United States. He holds a Chair in International...
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From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
Recorded on: 30 July 2012
Speaker(s): Pankaj Mishra
The Victorian period, viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, was experienced by Asians as a...
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Britain should stay in the European Union
Recorded on: 24 July 2012
Speaker(s): Sir Stephen Wall, George Eustice MP, Roger Helmer MEP, Mark Reckless MP, Dr Helen Szamuely
With the crisis continuing in the eurozone, recent polls suggest that the vast majority of the British electorate would...
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A Conversation with President Bill Clinton
Recorded on: 11 July 2012
Speaker(s): William Jefferson Clinton
William Jefferson Clinton is the Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation| and 42nd President of the United States....
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Family Planning: Why Do We Need a London Summit?
Recorded on: 10 July 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Ernestina Coast, Gary Darmstadt, Karl Hofmann, Ashley Judd, Nina Muita
On July 11, the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will launch the London Summit on Family...
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Great Powers and the State of the Global Economy
Recorded on: 10 July 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah
Danny Quah is Professor of Economics and Kuwait Professor at LSE. He is Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS, and had previously...
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Iran: The Next War in the Middle East?
Recorded on: 5 July 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Hamid Dabashi
Will the dispute over Iran's potential nuclear proliferation lead to war? Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian...
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How Much is Enough? Work, Money and the Good Life
Recorded on: 4 July 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky, Dr Maurice Glasman
Why do we work almost as hard as we did 40 years ago, despite being on average twice as rich? Robert Skidelsky suggests...
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Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet
Recorded on: 3 July 2012
Speaker(s): Andrew Blum
The internet is not some abstract "cloud" of connectivity - it exists in tubes - on the ground and under the sea....
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The Price of Inequality
Recorded on: 29 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Joseph E Stiglitz
In his new book, The Price of Inequality, which he will discuss in this lecture Joseph Stiglitz considers the causes of...
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Creating a Learning Society
Recorded on: 28 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Joseph E Stiglitz, Professor Amartya Sen
Joseph E Stiglitz was chief economist at the World Bank until January 2000. He is currently University Professor at...
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Ending the Housing Crisis: Should we ever build on the Green Belt?
Recorded on: 27 June 2012
Speaker(s): Tony Burton, Alex Morton, Professor Henry Overman, Professor Anne Power
House prices in Britain remain exceptionally high. We urgently need more housing, but where should we build it? Can we...
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Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the most dangerous place on earth
Recorded on: 26 June 2012
Speaker(s): Frederick Kempe
Kempe explores the war of nerves between the young, untested President Kennedy and the bombastic Soviet leader, as they...
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How to Watch the Olympics
Recorded on: 25 June 2012
Speaker(s): David Goldblatt
Seventeen days, 12,000 athletes, 29 sports, 302 gold medals: this event will be your personal trainer for the back...
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Winner Take All: The Race for the World's Resources
Recorded on: 25 June 2012
Speaker(s): Dambisa Moyo
Dambisa Moyo discusses the increasingly heated competition for the world's water and land, and the likely geopolitical...
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A Capitalism for the People
Recorded on: 21 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Luigi Zingales
When the Italian-born economist Luigi Zingales first arrived in the United States in the 1980s, he embraced the...
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Resisting intolerance: an ethical and global challenge
Recorded on: 20 June 2012
Speaker(s): His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting the LSE to deliver the opening speech of a one' day conference entitled...
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Philosophy and European Union
Recorded on: 19 June 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Simon Glendinning
A look at the role of philosophy in launching the idea of a European Union with reference to Kant and Nietzsche....
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The Big Society Debate: a new agenda for social welfare?
Recorded on: 19 June 2012
Speaker(s): Faiza Chaudary, Dr Armine Ishkanian, Professor David Lewis, Ralph Michell, Professor Simon Szreter
To coincide with the publication of The Big Society Debate: a new agenda for social welfare? the speakers will examine...
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The Rule of Law
Recorded on: 19 June 2012
Speaker(s): Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor Nicola Lacey, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Dr Maung Zarni
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Member of Parliament of Kawhmu...
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The political economy of fiscal stability in the Gulf
Recorded on: 15 June 2012
Speaker(s): H.E. Mohammed Al-Sabah, Steffen Hertog
H.E. Dr Mohammed Al-Sabah is the former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kuwait. Steffen Hertog is...
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"Enough": policies for a sustainable economy
Recorded on: 14 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Diane Coyle
The world's leading economies are facing many crises. What these crises have in common is a reckless disregard for the...
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Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
Recorded on: 13 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Sebastian Seung
Sebastian Seung, a dynamic young professor at MIT, is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience which believes...
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The new growth strategy: How responsible companies are profitable companies
Recorded on: 13 June 2012
Speaker(s): Anders Dahlvig
Businesses are in the spotlight as never before and consumer trust in many sectors has deteriorated badly in recent...
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Republicanism, Representation and Demoi-cracy in the EU
Recorded on: 12 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Bellamy
This lecture will contrast liberal and republican models of democracy and representation and will apply them to the EU....
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The Past and Future of Social Democracy and the Consequences for Europe
Recorded on: 12 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Sheri Berman
Ralph Miliband believed that socialism should be both revolutionary and practical. This talk will argue that at least...
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Pakistan after Bin Laden: Free-fall or Resurgence?
Recorded on: 7 June 2012
Speaker(s): Ali Dayan Hasan
As the Pakistan-US relationship reaches an unprecedented low, Pakistan appears to be in human rights and security...
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At the Origins of Modern Atheism
Recorded on: 6 June 2012
Speaker(s): Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Professor John Gray
In the first event of the Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion, Giles Fraser examines the links between...
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Freud on Translation
Recorded on: 6 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Robert JC Young
The translations of Freud have been a subject of controversy for many years, but how did Freud himself theorise the...
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In Conversation with Daniel Kahneman
Recorded on: 1 June 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Kahneman, Professor Paul Dolan
This public conversation with Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman hosted by LSE and the Hay Festivals will focus on his best...
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On Immortality
Recorded on: 30 May 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Stephen Cave, Professor John Gray
The will to live forever is central to the human story. Can it be fulfilled? And should we want it to be?...
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LSE Growth Commission Evidence Session 5a - Science, Engineering & Innovation
Recorded on: 30 May 2012
Speaker(s): Ayman Asfari, Keith O'Nions, Jon Moulton
In this session, Ayman Asfari, Keith O'Nions and Jon Moulton will discuss their views on "Driving Growth through...
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End This Depression Now!
Recorded on: 29 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Krugman
The Great Recession is more than four years old—and counting. Yet, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and...
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Kiss of the Dragon? China's Geoeconomic Strategy in a Changing Global Order
Recorded on: 29 May 2012
Speaker(s): Jonathan Fenby, Guy De Jonquieres, Linda Yueh
In an era characterised by economic crisis in the West, what kind of global role does China's geoeconomic strategy...
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Promoting Global Trade: the role of export credit agencies
Recorded on: 29 May 2012
Speaker(s): Pedro Carriço, Jon Coleman, Dr Hans-Joachim Henckel, Peter Luketa, Geetha Muralidhar, Professor Danny Quah, Lars H Thunell
A look at the role of export credit agencies and financial institutions in promoting global trade and the challenges...
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The Emerging Left in the "Emerging" World
Recorded on: 28 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Jayati Ghosh
Dynamic left movements are emerging that go beyond traditional socialist paradigms to incorporate ecological...
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Seasons in the Sun
Recorded on: 28 May 2012
Speaker(s): Dominic Sandbrook
In the mid-1970s, Britain's fortunes seemed to have reached their lowest point since the Blitz. Across the country, a...
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LSE Growth Commission: Evidence Session 4 - Management and Growth
Recorded on: 28 May 2012
Speaker(s): Ian Davis, John Van Reenen, Hal Varian
In this session, Ian Davis (formerly McKinsey & Co.), John Van Reenen (Director, CEP, LSE) and Hal Varian (Chief...
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Philosophically speaking about freedom
Recorded on: 24 May 2012
Speaker(s): Quentin Skinner
Among contemporary political theorists, the idea of individual liberty is generally defined in negative terms as...
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Unlawful Laws: How far can arbitrators go?
Recorded on: 23 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Pierre Mayer, Professor Jan Paulsson
The 3rd LSE Arbitration Debate will confront Pierre Mayer and Jan Paulsson over the question whether international...
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What Money Can't Buy - the moral limit of markets
Recorded on: 23 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Sandel, Stephanie Flanders, Professor Julian Le Grand, Rt Revd Peter Selby
Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from...
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Austerity and growth: time to shift gear
Recorded on: 23 May 2012
Speaker(s): Corrado Passera
Corrado Passera is Italian minister of economic development, infrastructure and transport. From 2002 to 2011 he was...
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LSE Growth Commission: Evidence Session 3 – Infrastructure, Measurement & Growth
Recorded on: 23 May 2012
Speaker(s): Stephen Fries, David Newbery, Bridget Rosewell
In this session, Stephen Fries, David Newbery and Bridget Rosewell will give their views on the relationship between...
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How Can European Migration Policies Promote Development?
Recorded on: 23 May 2012
Speaker(s): Tobias Billström, Peter Sutherland
Migrants play a crucial role in the development of countries of origin and countries of destination. How can labour...
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Envisioning Real Utopias: alternatives within and beyond capitalism
Recorded on: 22 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Erik Olin Wright
Wright argues that we can be simultaneously utopian and practical by pursuing projects for social transformation within...
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Singing Neanderthals? The Evolution of Music and Language
Recorded on: 22 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Steven Mithen
What can the archaeological record of our stone age ancestors bring to our understanding of the relationship between...
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Advancing Global Trade and Employment Together: Shared Opportunities and Responsibilities for the United States and the European Union
Recorded on: 22 May 2012
Speaker(s): Ambassador Ron Kirk
In a major address, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will discuss opportunities for the U.S.-EU trade relationship at...
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Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change Research
Recorded on: 21 May 2012
Speaker(s): Anna Wesselink, Neil Hirst, Philip Webber, Nick Mabey, James Smith, Juliet Davenport, Nafees Meah, David Kennedy, Jason Lowe, Sarah Samuel, Professor Sir Brian Hoskins
Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change Research is a half-day conference hosted by the LSE's Public Policy...
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UK-Argentina: is there a way forward?
Recorded on: 17 May 2012
Speaker(s): Ambassador Alicia Castro, Dr John Hughes, Professor George Philip
Although thirty years have passed since the South Atlantic conflict, disagreements over the Falkland/Malvinas islands...
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Mobile for Development – Global Justice
Recorded on: 16 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Joshua Cohen
The second lecture in this series will reflect on political-philosophical challenges raised by the "mobile" approach to...
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Visible Cities: International Media Portrayals of Cities in the Global South
Recorded on: 16 May 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Dr Vandana Desai, Jamal Osman, Susan Parnell, Dr Scott Rodgers, John Vidal
As the world population urbanises, it is crucial that we critically examine how the media invites us to ""see"" cities....
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Hayek on the Wisdom of Prices
Recorded on: 15 May 2012
Speaker(s): Richard Bronk
How far was Hayek justified in viewing the price mechanism as a marvel in its capacity to solve the problem of...
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Mobile for Development Meets Human-Centred Design
Recorded on: 15 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Joshua Cohen
The first of two lectures which explore the idea of using mobile platforms and human centred design to promote...
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The Architecture of the Olympics
Recorded on: 15 May 2012
Speaker(s): Andy Altman, Professor Ricky Burdett, Jim Eyre, Jim Heverin, Michael Taylor
This event brings together the key decision makers and architects of the London 2012 Olympic Games facilities to...
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The Kurdish Spring: State-society relations and dissent in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Recorded on: 15 May 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Nicole Watts
Dr Nicole Watts, who was in Sulaimaniya last spring for the 'Kurdish Spring', discusses her ongoing research on dissent...
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Health of our Institutions Today: foreign policy in the UK courts
Recorded on: 14 May 2012
Speaker(s): Lord Sumption
As part of the Health of our Institutions Today series, Jonathan Sumption will discuss foreign policy in the UK courts....
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The Future of the Left: the case of the United States
Recorded on: 14 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Eli Zaretsky
The US, Zaretsky argues, has always had a vibrant and powerful left in times of crisis. He discusses three such crises:...
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Adding Value In Africa: some reflections from the grandson of a Ghanaian cocoa farmer
Recorded on: 10 May 2012
Speaker(s): Lord Boateng
Ed Vulliamy, who reported extensively on the mid-1990s war in Bosnia, will discuss his new book The War Is Dead, Long...
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Precautionary Politics: explaining the shift in global regulatory leadership from the United States to Europe
Recorded on: 10 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor David Vogel
Since 1990, the United States and the European Union have traded places. During the previous three decades, health,...
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Rebel Cities: The Urbanization of Class Struggle
Recorded on: 10 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor David Harvey
Given the strong relationship between urbanization and capital accumulation, and the consequent urban roots of both...
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Dial M for Murdoch
Recorded on: 9 May 2012
Speaker(s): Martin Hickman, Tom Watson MP
In this event the authors will discuss their new book, Dial M for Murdoch which "looks to uncover the inner workings of...
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The War is Dead, Long Live the War
Recorded on: 9 May 2012
Speaker(s): Ed Vulliamy
Ed Vulliamy, who reported extensively on the mid-1990s war in Bosnia, will discuss his new book The War Is Dead, Long...
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Fuel on the Fire: oil and politics in Iraq
Recorded on: 8 May 2012
Speaker(s): Greg Muttitt
The author of Fuel on the Fire will talk about lessons from Iraq on oil, war and democracy. Greg Muttitt is campaigns...
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The Eurozone's Awkward Threesome: fiscal stance, macroeconomic stability and growth
Recorded on: 8 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Leszek Balcerowicz
Unsustainable fiscal policy hampers growth - the effect not only of sovereign debt distress but also of an overblown...
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On Guilt
Recorded on: 8 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Eaglestone, Dr Edward Harcourt
What, if anything, is common to moral guilt, guilt at breaking a diet, survivor guilt, and collective guilt? Do...
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Finance and the Good Society
Recorded on: 3 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Shiller
The reputation of the financial industry could hardly be worse than it is today with the ongoing financial crisis....
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The Politics of Squares
Recorded on: 2 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Helmut K Anheier, Professor Mary Kaldor, Ahmed Naguib, Laurie Penny
As part of the launch of the tenth anniversary edition of the Global Civil Society yearbook, two of the founding...
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Toward Economic Feudalism? Inequality, Financialisation, and Democracy
Recorded on: 2 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Richard B Freeman
This lecture contends that the last 3-4 decades' increase in inequality and financialization threatens the success of...
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LSE Growth Commission: Evidence Session 2 - Measurement
Recorded on: 2 May 2012
Speaker(s): Sir Tony Atkinson, Paul Schreyer, Jean-Paul Fitoussi
In this session, Tony Atkinson, Paul Schreyer and Jean-Paul Fitoussi will give their views on the best ways of defining...
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After the Arab Spring: power shift in the Middle East?
Recorded on: 1 May 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Amnon Aran, Roger Cohen, Professor Anoush Ehteshami
As the revolutions of 2011 become the politics of 2012, has power shifted in the Middle East, and has Iran been the...
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Moving Beyond the Diktat: there is an alternative
Recorded on: 1 May 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Robin Murray, Dr Gavan Titley, Hilary Wainwright
Our political leaders claim there is no alternative to austerity cuts. Two academics, who are also activists, argue...
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The New Population Bomb? The Politics of Population Change
Recorded on: 1 May 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Jack Goldstone, Professor Eric Kaufmann, John Parker
This panel will discuss the current global demographic revolution – the contrast between an aging developed world and a...
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Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles
Recorded on: 30 April 2012
Speaker(s): Ruchir Sharma
In this talk Ruchir Sharma will discuss his new book, Breakout Nations. After a decade of rapid growth, the world's...
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Genesis: the origins of humanity
Recorded on: 30 April 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Ruth Mace, Professor Catherine Rowett, Professor Volker Sommer
What does it mean to be human? What are the origins of humanity, and what distinguishes us from non-human animals? Ruth...
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The Return of the Subject
Recorded on: 30 April 2012
Speaker(s): Ash Amin, Michel Wieviorka, Claire Alexander, Richard Sennett
This event will launch two new books on the society of strangers discussing issues of hyper-subjectivity and...
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Future of the Union: Northern Ireland
Recorded on: 30 April 2012
Speaker(s): Martin McGuinness MP MLA
The deputy first minister of Northern Ireland will discuss his view of Northern Ireland’s position in the future of the...
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The Civil Service
Recorded on: 26 April 2012
Speaker(s): Lord O'Donnell
As part of the Health of our Institutions Today series, the former cabinet secretary will discuss the health and...
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Decent Capitalism: what protestors should protest for
Recorded on: 25 April 2012
Speaker(s): Christian Kellermann
Is "decent capitalism" a contradiction in terms? This panel will discuss how capitalism can be made better, within the...
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The Notion of "Innate Right" in Kant's Doctrine of Right
Recorded on: 25 April 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Katrin Flikschuh
What does it mean to have an "innate right to freedom"? Is the innate right to freedom a natural right? Is it the role...
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Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and where it is heading
Recorded on: 24 April 2012
Speaker(s): Jonathan Fenby
In this event to mark the publication of his new book, Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How it Got There and Where...
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What About Women in London?
Recorded on: 23 April 2012
Speaker(s): Victoria Borwick, Jenny Jones, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick
In the run up to the London mayoral elections, the Fawcett Society has invited the leading mayoral campaigns to debate...
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Inside East-West Espionage
Recorded on: 19 April 2012
Speaker(s): Edward Lucas
In this talk, Edward Lucas will discuss his newly published book Deception: Spies, Lies and how Russia Dupes the West,...
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What Would an Evidence-Based Copyright Law Look Like?
Recorded on: 2 April 2012
Speaker(s): William Patry
Copyright laws are declared to be the underpinnings of creativity, innovation, the knowledge economy, and everything...
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Can Greece get out of the crisis?
Recorded on: 28 March 2012
Speaker(s): Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Moritz Kraemer, Vicky Pryce, Poul Thomsen
This is a very timely discussion of whether Greece can get out of its current economic crisis. The financial markets...
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International Policy Responses to Changes in the Arab World
Recorded on: 27 March 2012
Speaker(s): William Hague MP
William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, presents Plenary Session II of the 2012 BRISMES...
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Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, Reluctant Entrepreneurs and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day
Recorded on: 26 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Abhijit Banerjee
Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo won the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2011 for their...
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Revolution and Revolt: Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change in the Arab
Recorded on: 26 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Ghassan Salamé
Professor Ghassan Salamé, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) presents the I.B. Tauris Plenary Session I...
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Language, Culture, and Being Human
Recorded on: 22 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Everett
Over the past fifty years, the most popular theory of language is that it is an outgrowth of an innate biogram, often...
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COP 17 the awakening of the Climate Vulnerables
Recorded on: 22 March 2012
Speaker(s): Leon Charles, Karl Hood
Grenada's role during the Climate Change negotiations at Durban, during COP17, as the chair of the Alliance of Small...
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2012 Management Accounting Research Group (MARG) Conference
Recorded on: 22 March 2012
Speaker(s): Robert Hodgkinson, Kirstin Gillon, Josep Bisbe, Andrea Dossi, Ian Herbert, Michael Bromwich, Phillie Karkaria
The 33rd annual MARG Conference took place on 22 March 2012. The theme for the 2012 conference was 'Management...
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Citizens' Privileges or Human Rights? The Great Bill of Rights Swindle
Recorded on: 20 March 2012
Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti
New Labour arguably left Britain more comfortable in its diversity and better protected by anti-discrimination law....
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Kuwait Programme seminar: The Gulf and the Global economy
Recorded on: 16 March 2012
Speaker(s): Danny Quah, Alastair Newton
Danny Quah is Kuwait Professor at the LSE. Alastair Newton is Senior Political Analyst at Nomura International.
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Critical Rationalism and Religious and Political Reform in Iran
Recorded on: 15 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Abdulkarim Soroush
Professor Soroush will discuss the role of philosophy – and Popper's thought in particular – in Iranian religious and...
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Has the Future a Left?
Recorded on: 14 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Zygmunt Bauman
Being on the left in times of globalisation and divorce of power and politics. New mechanisms of domination and...
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The Role of Skills in a Growth Strategy for the UK
Recorded on: 14 March 2012
Speaker(s): Eric Hanushek, Steve Machin, Ludger Wößmann
LSE Growth Commission, Evidence Session 1: Human Capital | In this session, Eric Hanushek, Stephen Machin and Ludger...
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Enemies: A History of the FBI
Recorded on: 13 March 2012
Speaker(s): Tim Weiner
The United States is a country founded on the ideals of democracy and freedom, yet throughout the last century it has...
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Re-thinking Alienation
Recorded on: 13 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Rahel Jaeggi
Does modern society cause us to be alienated from ourselves? This lecture will argue that a re-thinking of the...
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Start Your Business in 7 Days
Recorded on: 13 March 2012
Speaker(s): James Caan
On Dragons' Den, James Caan saw over 1,000 budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas from anything that ranged from the...
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Climate Treaties and Approaching Catastrophes
Recorded on: 12 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Scott Barrett
Professor Barrett discusses whether the prospect of approaching climate catastrophes makes international cooperation on...
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Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare in the Global Glass House
Recorded on: 12 March 2012
Speaker(s): Joel Brenner
A former intelligence insider illuminates the strategic vulnerabilities created by the technologies that run our public...
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Indian Democracy's Ferocious Faultlines
Recorded on: 12 March 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Patrick French, Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor Sunil Khilnani
This panel will focus on the underside of Indian democracy, as visible in, among other things, the insurgencies in...
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Will Competition Improve the NHS?
Recorded on: 12 March 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Zack Cooper, Paul Corrigan, Frank Dobson MP, Alastair McLellan, Zoe Williams
This event will bring together a range of experts in the field of NHS reform to debate whether competition has a role...
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Impact of Social Sciences Conference - From Research to Policy: Academic Impacts on Government
Recorded on: 12 March 2012
Speaker(s): Prof Patrick Dunleavy, Simon Bastow, Adam Cooper, Jonathan Portes, Prof Bernard Silverman, Neil Wholey, Dr Alan Cann, Prof Vicky Randall, Prof Stephen Hanney, Prof Huw Davies, Richard Bartholomew, Prof Edward Melhuish, Prof Sandy Thomas
A half day conference hosted by LSE's Public Policy Group/Impact of Social Sciences Project held on Monday, 12th March...
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What is a Rational Response to Catastrophic Risk?
Recorded on: 8 March 2012
Speaker(s): Evelyn Fox Keller
A substantial literature on risk perception demonstrates the limits of human rationality, especially in the face of...
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The British Economy: Past and Future
Recorded on: 7 March 2012
Speaker(s): Alistair Darling MP
Alistair Darling is MP for Edinburgh South West and former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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The Future of Egalitarian Capitalism, in Light of its Past
Recorded on: 7 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Kathleen Thelen
Do economic crisis and the emergence of service economies make established ideas about "liberal" and "coordinated"...
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Mental Health: The New Frontier for the Welfare State
Recorded on: 6 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Layard
CEP founder Richard Layard will close this series of lectures with a discussion on the economic and social costs of...
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Sport and the Nation: interpreting Indian history through the lens of cricket
Recorded on: 6 March 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Ramachandra Guha
In India, cricketers are even more famous than its film stars; they are venerated and worshipped as gods. This lecture...
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Literary Festival 2012: Latin America: Between social realism and magical realism
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Rolando Bompadre, Matías Néspolo
As tense as a thriller, as vivid as an undercover documentary, Matías Néspolo’s first novel, Seven Ways to Kill a Cat,...
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Literary Festival 2012: The Happiness of Blond People
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak is an award winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. She was born in 1971 in...
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Literary Festival 2012: Capital: Relating the Financial Crisis
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): John Lanchester
In his latest state-of-the-nation novel, Capital, John Lanchester tells the story of an ordinary street in the capital,...
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Literary Festival 2012: Under the Cranes: literature, film and the city
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Michael Rosen, Emma-Louise Williams, Lasse Johansson, Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Emma-Louise William’s film, Under the Cranes (2011), is based on the documentary play for voices, Hackney Streets, by...
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Literary Festival 2012: Faith, Doubt and Certainty in a Secular Age
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Richard Holloway, Alex Preston
The former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway's memoir, Leaving Alexandria, recounts a life defined by the struggle...
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Literary Festival 2012: Travelling the Known and the Unknown
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Horatio Clare, Dr Alex Gillespie, Abigail King
This panel will discuss the relationship between perceptions and realities of travel, and the influence of travel...
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Literary Festival 2012: Rhetoric, Lies and Politicians
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Lord Hurd, Sam Leith, Ian Leslie, Jonathan Powell
This distinguished panel will discuss the importance of rhetoric, that famous art of persuasion, as well as the...
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Literary Festival 2012: Storytelling and Translation
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Marina Lewycka, Jeremy Sams, George Szirtes
A panel of experts discuss translation and storytelling in novels, poetry and opera. Are there fundamental elements to...
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Literary Festival 2012: Writing in the Social Media Age with Sarah Salway
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Sarah Salway
Using social media means it has never been easier to get your words out there, but how can you be sure you are being...
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Literary Festival 2012: Approaches to Bamiyan: Afghanistan’s Cultural Crossroads
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Llewelyn Morgan
Dr Llewelyn Morgan explores historical and contemporary approaches to one of Afghanistan's most famous monuments, the...
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Literary Festival 2012: The Art of ‘Relating Cultures’ with Reshma Ruia
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Reshma Ruia
Reshma Ruia was born in India and grew up in Rome, Italy. After an undergraduate degree in International Relations and...
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Literary Festival 2012: Wired for Culture
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Mark Pagel
Since humans left Africa less than a hundred thousand years ago there has been a staggering explosion of cultures. What...
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Literary Festival 2012: Writing fiction – on and off the page with Jonathan Gibbs
Recorded on: 3 March 2012
Speaker(s): Jonathan Gibbs
The introductory session to the day’s workshops will be looking at ways of getting started, or restarted, in writing...
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Literary Festival 2012: Money into Art: Finance and the Novel
Recorded on: 2 March 2012
Speaker(s): Justin Cartwright, Professor John Sutherland, DJ Taylor
Recent literary responses to the financial crisis take their place in a rich tradition of novelistic portrayals of the...
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Literary Festival 2012: Noughties: Narrating the Student Experience
Recorded on: 2 March 2012
Speaker(s): Ben Masters
Ben Masters' debut novel Noughties examines the highs and lows of modern student life, which reach a climax for his...
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Literary Festival 2012: Charles Dickens: the best of men, the worst of men
Recorded on: 2 March 2012
Speaker(s): John Carey, Claire Tomalin
Claire Tomalin’s biography of Charles Dickens, published to mark the bicentenary of his birth this spring, has been...
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Literary Festival 2012: The Fight for Free Speech: forty years on
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Pavel Litvinov, Michael Scammell
Acclaimed writer and founding editor of Index on Censorship. Michael Scammell and former Russian dissident Pavel...
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Social democracy as the highest form of liberalism
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Colin Crouch
Reflection on a century of European social democracy reveals its finest triumphs to have been when it has ensured a...
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Literary Festival 2012: Poetry Unites
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Phillip Gross, Sarah Salway, Ewa Zadrzynska
The Poetry Unites project consists of a series of five-minute films shown on TV, the Internet and in cinemas, in which...
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Literary Festival 2012: Dr Seligman and the Islanders: considering Charles Seligman and his work
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Adam Kuper
Adam Kuper, who has written widely on the history and theory of anthropology, introduces the work of Charles Seligman,...
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Literary Festival 2012: A Moment of Mishearing
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Amit Chaudhuri, Ian Jack
A conversation between award-winning Indian wrtier and musician Amit Chaudhuri and former Granta and Independent on...
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Literary Festival 2012: Class Wars/Culture Wars: Owen Jones and the chavs
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Sue Christoforou, Professor Mary Evans, Owen Jones
The recent riots in parts of England have focussed increased attention on what has increasingly been described as the...
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Literary Festival 2012: Modernity's Contents and Discontents in India and Pakistan
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Patrick French, Reshma Ruia, Kamila Shamsie
The panellists will discuss and compare the political, social and economic trajectories of India and Pakistan since...
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The importance of strong data protection rules for growth and competitiveness
Recorded on: 1 March 2012
Speaker(s): Viviane Reding
Viviane Reding has been the Vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamentals Rights and...
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Literary Festival 2012: Myths for a Modern World
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): AS Byatt, Robert Irwin
AS Byatt and Robert Irwin discuss the enduring relevance of mythical stories and their portrayal of the human...
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Demonstrations, Riots, and Uprisings: mediated dissent in a changing communication environment
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Simon Cottle
This lecture examines some of the complex ways in which media and communications represent and enter into...
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Rethinking Respectability: returning to value and ideology?
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Beverley Skeggs
Professor Skeggs will revisit her 1997 study on "respectability" and its political parallels in the present day. In...
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Literary Festival 2012: Censorship in an Age of Freedom
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Charlie Beckett, Heather Brooke, Nick Cohen
We will be talking about the paradox that we live in an age when the Internet should make information more available...
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Literary Festival 2012: Science in the Media
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor Pedro Ferreira, Professor Elaine Fox, Mark Henderson
Media reporting of the sciences can shape public opinion. While it may be insightful and revelatory, it can also be...
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Growth for Europe: Resuscitating the Single Market
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): RNDr Petr Nečas
In this lecture by Petr Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, he will examine how amidst a severe economic...
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Literary Festival 2012: The Medicine Chest of the Soul: arts and health
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Jane Davies, David McDaid, Margaret Perkins, Jeanette Winterson
This session explores the substantial role that arts can play in improving health and wellbeing. A number of studies...
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Creating a Common Future Together: Towards a Visionary Europe
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Mr Egemen Bağış
LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture - Creating a Common Future Together: Towards a Visionary Europe. Egemen...
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Literary Festival 2012: The Culture of Europe
Recorded on: 29 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Roger Scruton, Maurice Fraser
What are the distinctive features of European culture today? To what extent can we lean on our European cultural...
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Comparing Real Wages: the McWage Index
Recorded on: 28 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Orley Ashenfelter
Real wages measure worker welfare and the cost of labour. After providing some historical background and the basis for...
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European Questions – Turkish Angles: Europe's unemployment
Recorded on: 28 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Luc Bovens, Dr Marco Simoni, Professor Insan Tunali
These events take up a theme at the heart of contemporary European life, and draw on the expertise of Turkish scholars...
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What Are Universities For?
Recorded on: 28 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Stefan Collini
Across the world, universities are now more numerous than they have ever been, yet at the same time there is...
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The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and England
Recorded on: 27 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Roy Bridge
The Archduke Franz Ferdinand was heir to the thrones of Austria-Hungary before his assassination in 1914. Had he lived,...
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The Burning Issue: The DNA of Human Rights
Released on: 24 February 2012
Contributor(s): Professor Conor Gearty
'What are human rights and where do they come from?', asks Professor Conor Gearty in the latest Burning Issue lecture...
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The Politics of Resistance and the Arab Uprisings
Recorded on: 23 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Charles Tripp
This talk will look at how resistance to regimes' appropriation of public space has been a central theme of the Arab...
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Climate Change and the New Industrial Revolution - How we can get there: building national and international action
Recorded on: 23 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern
Five years on from the Stern Review there have been important changes in the world which are likely to have a profound...
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Literary Festival 2012: Fantasy versus Reality
Recorded on: 23 February 2012
Speaker(s): Caroline Bird, William Fiennes, Meg Rosoff, Philip Womack
The most popular books today are filled with vampires, ghosts, wizards and other fantasy figures. Is real life so...
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Building A Democratic State in Syria
Recorded on: 22 February 2012
Speaker(s): Louay Hussein
Louay Hussein is one of Syria's leading intellectuals who has spent his life writing and publishing on political and...
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Climate Change and the New Industrial Revolution - How we can respond and prosper
Recorded on: 22 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern
Five years on from the Stern Review there have been important changes in the world which are likely to have a profound...
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Global Calls for Economic Justice: the potential of Islamic finance
Recorded on: 22 February 2012
Speaker(s): Mukhtar Hussain, Professor Volker Nienhaus
It is felt that conventional financial systems have failed and should be replaced, or supplemented, by more ethical...
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Climate Change and the New Industrial Revolution - What we risk and how we should cast the economics and ethics
Recorded on: 21 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern
Five years on from the Stern Review there have been important changes in the world which are likely to have a profound...
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Of Public Intellectuals, Universities, and a Democratic Crisis
Recorded on: 21 February 2012
Speaker(s): Michael D. Higgins
On 11 November 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland. A passionate political...
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On Friendship
Recorded on: 21 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Mark Vernon
What, in fact, is the love called friendship? What is the nature of its rules and perils, as well as its promise? Mark...
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Philanthropy in India: A quality model of giving?
Recorded on: 21 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dweep Chanana, Anwar Hasan,Shiv Nadar
Mr Dweep I. Chanana is a Director of Philanthropy & Values-based Investing at UBS AG. For the past five years he was...
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European Community of Democracies – Towards a New Foundation of Europe
Recorded on: 20 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Ulrich Beck
German euro-nationalism is not inevitable. Europe's crisis is an opportunity to enlarge democracy. Ulrich Beck is...
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African Development: the miracle of Mauritius?
Recorded on: 16 February 2012
Speaker(s): Pierre Dinan
Unlike other African economies since independence, Mauritius has experienced long term sustained economic growth and...
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Dispatches from the Dark Side: on torture and the death of justice
Recorded on: 16 February 2012
Speaker(s): Gareth Peirce
Evidence suggests that the British government has colluded in a range of extrajudicial activities – rendition,...
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The Burning Issue: Right to Die
Released on: 16 February 2012
Contributor(s): Professor Emily Jackson
In a humane society, should it be legal to help those who are suffering terribly to end their lives? Emily Jackson,...
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Independence and Responsibility: the future of Scotland
Recorded on: 15 February 2012
Speaker(s): Alex Salmond MSP
Alex Salmond will set out his vision for Scotland's future, including the opportunities provided by independence,...
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Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do
Recorded on: 15 February 2012
Speaker(s): Loretta Napoleoni
In this lecture, which coincides with the publication of her latest book Maonomics, Professor Napoleoni will argue that...
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Does Culture Matter?
Recorded on: 15 February 2012
Speaker(s): Kurt Barling, Sehrish Ejaz-Khan, Rajiv Gopie
Kurt Barling, uses media to examine social injustice, racial prejudice and inequality. Over the past 20 years Kurt has...
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Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law
Recorded on: 14 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Roger Brownsword, Professor Neil Levy, Professor Sir Michael Rutter
Will developments in the neurosciences change our moral and legal notions of criminality and responsibility – and if...
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The Islamist Moment in the Middle East: Domestic and Geostrategic Implications
Recorded on: 13 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Fawaz Gerges
Islamist parties from Tunisia to Morocco to Egypt, and most likely in Libya when elections take place soon, have won...
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How the clash between John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek continues to define the difference between left and right today
Recorded on: 13 February 2012
Speaker(s): Nicholas Wapshott
Eighty years ago at the LSE, Friedrich Hayek launched an assault upon the new economic thinking of John Maynard Keynes....
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Ghosts of Afghanistan
Recorded on: 9 February 2012
Speaker(s): Jonathan Steele, Francesc Vendrell
Jonathan Steele's new book, Ghosts of Afghanistan, is the definitive study of the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, by...
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OECD Labour Markets in the Great Recession
Recorded on: 9 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Christopher Pissarides
Labour markets across the OECD reacted differently to the financial crisis of 2008 and the debt crisis that followed....
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Freedom of Speech on Campus
Recorded on: 8 February 2012
Speaker(s): Nicola Dandridge, Professor Sue Mendus
When does freedom of speech threaten the cohesion of a university as a learning community? Should there be any limits...
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Pity The Billionaire: the hard times swindle and the comeback of the right
Recorded on: 8 February 2012
Speaker(s): Thomas Frank
Economic meltdown usually brings calls for change – or it's supposed to. But when Thomas Frank set out to find these,...
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Does Law Have a Place in the Modern University?
Recorded on: 7 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Roderick MacDonald
Universities are facing increasing pressure to be relevant for students entering the job market. Yet law faculties are...
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The Origins of Sex: a history of the first sexual revolution
Recorded on: 7 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Faramerz Dabhoiwala
Nowadays we believe that consenting adults have the freedom to do what they like with their own bodies. We publicise...
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Crises and Revolutions: The Reshaping of International Development
Recorded on: 7 February 2012
Speaker(s): Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Sri Mulyani Indrawati will be exploring the cycles of global economic crisis and the sweep of revolutions and uprisings...
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Frederick the Great, Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln: what makes a national icon?
Recorded on: 6 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Alan Sked
Why do some people retain iconic status in the historical consciousness of various nations? What does this tell us...
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Muslim Cosmopolitanism or Heresy? Lessons for the Aftermath of the 2011 Arab spring
Recorded on: 6 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Carool Kersten
In the course of the last decade, dramatic political events involving Muslims across the world have put Islam under...
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Social Reproduction and Depletion: mapping gendered harm
Recorded on: 6 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Shirin M Rai
At times of crisis social expenditure is cut, but with what consequences? Using the concept of depletion, Professor Rai...
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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation
Recorded on: 6 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Sennett
Living with people who differ – racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically – is one of the most difficult...
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Social insurance alone is not enough: Should China build its social security system from the perspective of social policy?
Recorded on: 6 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Naijun Hu
What is social policy? According to Professor Tim Newburn, Head of the Department of Social Policy at LSE, "social...
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Civilian Assistance to Pakistan - Cure or Curse?
Recorded on: 2 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Ehtisham Ahmad, Rachid Benmassoud, Dr Robert Hathaway, Shahid Kardar, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Kashif Zafar
Has civilian assistance to Pakistan over the past three decades assisted with development and improvements in living...
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Reflections on Russia's place in Europe in the 18th Century
Recorded on: 2 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Alexander Kamenskii
In the course of the eighteenth century, Russia became an active participant in European diplomatic relations. But to...
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Religion for Atheists
Recorded on: 2 February 2012
Speaker(s): Alain de Botton
Is it possible to remain a committed atheist but nevertheless benefit from the wisdom of religion? Marking the...
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The Pattern of the Past in North Africa
Recorded on: 2 February 2012
Speaker(s): Dr James McDougall
South Asia, China, Europe, North America, sub-Saharan Africa: most major world regions have histories that can be...
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EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon: The EU's Influence in its Eastern Neighbourhood
Recorded on: 2 February 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Hiski Haukkala, Dr Petr Kratochwil, Dr Nicu Popescu, Professor Stefan Wolff
This roundtable on 'EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon: The EU's Influence in its Eastern Neighbourhood' looks at the...
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A Tale of Tottenham: race, riots and the future
Recorded on: 1 February 2012
Speaker(s): David Lammy MP
The riots across England in the summer of 2011 were sparked by events in Tottenham, north London. Tottenham was also...
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Portugal: restoring credibility and confidence
Recorded on: 1 February 2012
Speaker(s): Vítor Gaspar
Vítor Gaspar is Minister of Finance. He was appointed Portuguese Finance Minister in Prime Minister Pedro Passos...
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God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
Recorded on: 31 January 2012
Speaker(s): Cullen Murphy
For centuries states have used their power to censor information, to conduct surveillance, to impose belief, to...
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Revolution 2.0
Recorded on: 31 January 2012
Speaker(s): Wael Ghonim
In this conversation, Wael Ghonim will discuss his new book Revolution 2.0| providing a unique insider's story from the...
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Outside In: a conversation with Peter Hain
Recorded on: 30 January 2012
Speaker(s): Peter Hain MP
During a discussion on his latest book Outside In|, former anti-apartheid leader turned Labour cabinet minister Peter...
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Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Recorded on: 30 January 2012
Speaker(s): Paul Mason
Our world is changing dramatically. Social upheaval has followed worldwide economic crisis and the gulf between the...
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The Burning Issue: Parasites - enemy of the poor
Released on: 30 January 2012
Contributor(s): Professor Tim Allen
For millions of the world's poor, parasitic infections can be debilitating or even lethal. There are high hopes for ...
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From Regional to Global Players: The Emergence of Asian Firms in the Global Economy
Recorded on: 26 January 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Henry Wai-chung Yeung
In this lecture, Henry Wai-chung Yeung will aim to explain how a number of leading business firms from Asian newly...
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Ten Reasons Why India Will Not and Should Not Become a Superpower
Recorded on: 26 January 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Ramachandra Guha
High annual growth rates, a rising middle class, and successes in the software sector have led to much talk of India...
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Dangers and Demon(izer)s of Democratization in Egypt: Through an Indonesian Glass, Darkly
Recorded on: 25 January 2012
Speaker(s): Professor John Sidel
Over the past several months, an alarmist picture of developments in Egypt has emerged in the media, raising the...
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The Geostrategic Importance of Cyprus: long term trends and prospects
Recorded on: 25 January 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Placed at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus remains of key strategic importance in the Eastern Mediterranean....
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Histories of International Law: dealing with Eurocentrism
Recorded on: 25 January 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Martti Koskenniemi
Martti Koskenniemi is director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and visiting...
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Bill Gates and Hans Rosling addressing the 2012 Global Poverty Ambassadors and students at the LSE
Recorded on: 25 January 2012
Speaker(s): Bill Gates, Professor Hans Rosling
The Global Poverty Project has partnered with The Co–operative during the UN Year of Co-operatives to launch a new...
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The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage
Recorded on: 24 January 2012
Speaker(s): Jodi Kantor, Professor Sarah Churchwell
Jodi Kantor will be in conversation with Professor Sarah Churchwell to discuss her new book The Obamas: A Mission, A...
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The Soviet Union's Collapse: causes and consequences
Recorded on: 24 January 2012
Speaker(s): Rodric Braithwaite, Andrei Grachev, Professor Margot Light
What were the origins of the collapse of the USSR? What did 1991 look and feel like from the inside? What is the legacy...
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Willpower: Self-Control, Decision Fatigue, and Energy Depletion
Recorded on: 24 January 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Roy F Baumeister
A new understanding of how people control themselves has emerged from the past decade of research studies. Self-control...
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Bottom-up Politics: an agency-centred approach to globalisation
Recorded on: 23 January 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Helmut Anheier, Professor Mient Jan Faber, Professor Marlies Glasius, Professor Mary Kaldor
The panel will discuss the political implications of giving power to ordinary people in an era when the nation-state...
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How Labour's traditions can renew Beveridge for the 21st century
Recorded on: 23 January 2012
Speaker(s): Liam Byrne MP
As we enter the year of the Beveridge Report's 70th Anniversary, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne MP,...
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Negotiating Transitions: Arab Armies in Politics
Recorded on: 23 January 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Yezid Sayigh
The construction of authoritarian power in Arab states over past decades has enmeshed national armies in political,...
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The Global Banking Crisis: an African banker's response
Recorded on: 23 January 2012
Speaker(s): Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Against the backdrop of the ongoing global banking crisis, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi discusses the economic problems and...
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The State of the World Economy in 2012
Recorded on: 23 January 2012
Speaker(s): Jean-Michel Severino, Martin Wolf
Two economic experts discuss the state of the world economy after the eurozone financial crisis. Jean Michel Severino...
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EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon: The View from the Mediterranean
Recorded on: 19 January 2012
Speaker(s): Professor Atila Eralp, Professor Richard Gillespie, Dr Sharon Pardo
This roundtable on 'EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon: The View from the Mediterranean' looks at how the EU is perceived...
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Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the new World Order
Recorded on: 19 January 2012
Speaker(s): Philip Coggan
The world is drowning in debt. Greece is on the verge of default. In Britain, the coalition government is pushing...
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Margin Call
Recorded on: 18 January 2012
Speaker(s): Bronwyn Curtis, Dr Jon Danielsson, Professor Robert Wade
LSE Arts are pleased to host a very special screening of the highly anticipated film Margin Call| based on the...
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Supporting Reform on the Mediterranean's Southern Shores: The Role of Multilateral Cooperation
Recorded on: 18 January 2012
Speaker(s): Dr Lino Cardarelli
After the Arab Spring, lasting political change in North Africa will require sustained regional cooperation to promote...
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The EU in the global economy: challenges for growth
Recorded on: 18 January 2012
Speaker(s): Mario Monti
Mario Monti is Italian Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Finance, positions he has held since 16 November...
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