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How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist's view of Popper

Recorded on: 28 September 2016

Speaker(s): Sir Paul Nurse

In this talk, the 8th Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture, Sir Paul Nurse will discuss how the philosophical works of Karl...

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Women in Science: past, present, and future challenges

Recorded on: 27 September 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Patricia Fara, Professor Melissa Hines, Dr Cailin O’Connor

Despite progress in recent decades, women remain under-represented in many areas of science. Why is this, and what can...

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The Rotten Financial System (Rot $) is the Enemy. We are the Opposition, Part 1

Recorded on: 26 September 2016

Speaker(s): Vivienne Westwood

Drawing on her experience as a fashion designer and activist, Vivienne Westwood discusses how we can resist propaganda...

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The Wealth of Humans: work, power, and status in the twenty-first century

Recorded on: 26 September 2016

Speaker(s): Ryan Avent

In his new book, The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-First Century, which he will discuss in...

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Arab Dreams: growing up in the shadow of dictators

Recorded on: 22 September 2016

Speaker(s): Riad Sattouf

Riad Sattouf's (@RiadSattouf) graphic novel series The Arab of the Future tells the unforgettable story of his...

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Britain after Brexit: will something continue to turn up?

Recorded on: 20 September 2016

Speaker(s): David Smith

Most economists argued against Brexit, on the grounds that it would significantly damage Britain’s economic prospects,...

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Signals and Social Consequences from Shrinkflation to Fighter Jets

Recorded on: 19 September 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Pippa Malmgren

Economics would be better served by complementing the backward looking approach inherent in algorithms, models and data...

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Politics: between the extremes

Recorded on: 15 September 2016

Speaker(s): Nick Clegg

A cautionary tale. An exposé. A defence of the centre-ground. An appeal to reason. A call to arms. An honest account...

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Anti-Semitism in the Modern Age

Recorded on: 7 September 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Yehuda Bauer

Professor Bauer will explore the fault lines and distinctions between radical criticism of the Israeli government's...

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The Euro: and its threat to Europe

Recorded on: 30 August 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph Stiglitz

In his new book The Euro: And its Threat to Europe, Nobel Prize-winning economist and bestselling author Joseph...

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Tough Rides: Brazil

Recorded on: 4 August 2016

Speaker(s): Ryan Pyle

Join adventurer and TV presenter, Ryan Pyle as he talks about his two months traveling through the most remote and...

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Power and Pragmatism

Recorded on: 25 July 2016

Speaker(s): Sir Malcolm Rifkind

For almost forty years, Malcolm Rifkind served at the forefront of British politics. In this lecture, Sir Malcolm will...

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Growing Trade the Progressive Way

Recorded on: 14 July 2016

Speaker(s): Chrystia Freeland

In a world of growing protectionist trends, how can trade respond to the concerns of people who feel they were left...

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The Rise and Fall of Nations

Recorded on: 12 July 2016

Speaker(s): Ruchir Sharma

Ruchir Sharma explores the forces triggering political revolts and economic slowdowns in every major region. By...

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The Hidden Wealth of Nations

Recorded on: 30 June 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Gabriel Zucman

This lecture will discuss how big the wealth hidden in offshore tax havens is, what are the consequences for...

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The Welfare Trait: how state benefits affect personality

Recorded on: 29 June 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Adam Perkins, Dr Kitty Stewart

In this lecture Dr Perkins argues that welfare policies which increase the number of children born into disadvantaged...

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After the EU Referendum: What Next for Britain and Europe?

Recorded on: 29 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Simon Hix

Presented by the Harold Laski Chair and Professor of Political Science, Simon Hix, this lecture will discuss the...

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Globalisation, Migration and the Future of the Middle Classes

Recorded on: 27 June 2016

Speaker(s): Branko Milanovic

The talk will discuss empirically recent changes in global income distribution, creation of a “global middle class”,...

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The Secret of Our Success

Recorded on: 22 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph Henrich

The ability of human groups to socially interconnect and learn from one another has allowed us to create ingenious...

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Protecting South Africa's fragile democracy

Recorded on: 21 June 2016

Speaker(s): Mmusi Maimane, Dr Kate Orkin

The institutions of South Africa’s democracy are under strain, making the miracle of South Africa’s democracy more...

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Endless Endeavours: from the 1866 women's suffrage petition to the Fawcett Society

Recorded on: 21 June 2016

Speaker(s): Elizabeth Crawford, Dr Ann Dingsdale, Jane Grant

Some people are inclined to begin a subdued kind of agitation for the franchise: the evolution of the women’s suffrage...

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Thinking in Public: philosophy, politics and the public

Recorded on: 16 June 2016

Speaker(s): Catherine Audard, Professor Geoffrey Bennington, Professor François Noudelman

What does it mean to take philosophy beyond academia and into the public sphere? What is the value of philosophy in the...

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The European Union: a citizen's guide

Recorded on: 15 June 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Chris Bickerton

For most of us today, 'Europe' refers to the European Union. At the centre of a seemingly never-ending crisis, the EU...

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Alternatives to Austerity?

Recorded on: 9 June 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Laura Bear, Anna Coote, Dr Andrea Muehlebach, Dr Carly Schuster

This panel discussion will look beyond the present into a future without austerity. Participants will discuss the...

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Fawcett at 150: new horizons or same old battles? What future for feminism?

Recorded on: 9 June 2016

Speaker(s): Sam Smethers

Discover the present and future feminist agenda for the Fawcett Society, reflections on progress achieved, what we...

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The Case for Brexit: why Britain should quit the EU

Recorded on: 8 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Alan Sked

This talk will include an analysis of the failings of the EU and the advantages of Brexit. Alan Sked is Emeritus...

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Equal Rights and Equal Dignity of Human Beings

Recorded on: 6 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Tariq Ramadan

In our globalised world, pluralism is a fact and equality, a hope. We need to start with the basic statement reminding...

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Tales of the Unexpected: gender equality and social progress in Bangladesh

Recorded on: 3 June 2016

Speaker(s): Juli Huang, Professor David Lewis, Professor Amartya Sen

This panel will discuss why gender indicators for Bangladesh have shown a marked improvement despite various...

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Growth Challenges in Fragile States

Recorded on: 2 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Tim Besley, Professor Sir Paul Collier

This panel of experts will explore the major challenges that state fragility poses for creating an environment...

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UN - to be fit for purpose

Recorded on: 2 June 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Igor Lukšić

Many believe that this is by far the best time in history a human being can be born. Growing life expectancies, ever...

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The UK and Europe: an insider's view

Recorded on: 2 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Jonathan Faull

Jonathan Faull (@FaullJonathan) has worked in senior positions across the European Commission for most of the period of...

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Industrial Development – China and Africa

Recorded on: 1 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Chang-Tai Hsieh, Professor John Sutton

This panel of experts will explore the strengths and pitfalls of China’s growth model and the lessons for African...

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Misbehaving: the making of behavioural economics

Recorded on: 1 June 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Richard H Thaler

Richard Thaler, described by The Spectator as ‘the godfather of behavioural economics’, will be in conversation with...

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Stop Bombing Hospitals: Medecins Sans Frontieres and the protection of medical space

Recorded on: 31 May 2016

Speaker(s): Vickie Hawkins, Dr Stuart Gordon

MSF has witnessed first-hand the impact that violations have on the civilian population and infrastructure including...

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The History of China's Future

Recorded on: 26 May 2016

Speaker(s): Isabel Hilton, Dr Leigh Jenco, Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom

In China, history isn't just about the past - it shapes the future. With the rise of China over the past four decades,...

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Slippery Slope: Europe's troubled future

Recorded on: 26 May 2016

Speaker(s): Giles Merritt

Slippery Slope is far from the usual run of uncritical EU-related studies. Its aim is to set alarm bells ringing across...

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Challenging Inequalities

Recorded on: 25 May 2016

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti, Duncan Green, Phumeza Mlungwana

This panel will debate different approaches to addressing key inequalities. Shami Chakrabarti is the Former Director of...

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Cities for a Small Continent

Recorded on: 24 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Bruce Katz, Professor Anne Power

Cities for a Small Continent is an international handbook, drawing together 10 years of ground-level research into the...

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In Conversation with Steve Schwarzman

Recorded on: 23 May 2016

Speaker(s): Stephen A Schwarzman

This event will be a wide ranging discussion and interview with Mr Schwarzman about his life and career. Mr Schwarzman...

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The Single EU Capital Market: progress and challenges

Recorded on: 23 May 2016

Speaker(s): Jonathan Hill

The development of a single capital market in Europe is one of the major undertakings of the Juncker Commission....

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Somalia's Foreign Policy Priorities

Recorded on: 20 May 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Abdusalam H Omer

In this lecture the Foreign Minister will present Somalia's newly adopted foreign policy. He will also discuss the...

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Surveillance and the Public Sphere: confronting a democratic dilemma

Recorded on: 19 May 2016

Speaker(s): Oscar H Gandy Jr, Professor Louise Amoore

The increasingly precise segmentation and targeting of commercial messages has been enabled in large part through the...

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Politics Beyond Interest: ethics, kinship and the collective self in Argentine labour unions

Recorded on: 19 May 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Sian Lazar

Taking inspiration from how Malinowski approached exchange, magic and law, Dr Lazar explores some of the realms of...

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Rebuilding the Politics of Hope

Recorded on: 17 May 2016

Speaker(s): Jeremy Corbyn

Trust and belief in politicians is low, while the crash has broken the idea that each generation will be better off....

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Taxes, Targets, and the Social Cost of Carbon

Recorded on: 12 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Pindyck

In the Economica-Coase Lecture 2016, Professor Pindyck, one of the world’s leading micro-economists will discuss his...

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Race, Reform and the New Retrenchment: the perils of post-racialism after Obama

Recorded on: 11 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw

Heightening tensions in the US over police killings of black people have undermined confidence that the election of...

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The Rise and Fall of American Growth

Recorded on: 11 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Robert J Gordon

Professor Gordon will examine the history of economic growth in the USA, and explore solutions needed to overcome the...

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Rights Under Pressure: practising constitutional law in turbulent times

Recorded on: 10 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Susanne Baer

Dynamics of globalisation, which include mass migration, international terrorism, and global trade, as well as the rise...

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Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Recorded on: 10 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Danny Dorling

The UK fares unfavourably in relation to other large countries in the EU in terms of health, educational fairness,...

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Rethinking the Global Monetary System

Recorded on: 10 May 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Raghuram Rajan

The global financial crisis has shaken up the international financial architecture. Regulatory changes and...

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Service Automation: robots and the future of work

Recorded on: 9 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Mary Lacity, Professor Leslie Willcocks

It’s predicted that five million jobs will be performed by robots in the next ten years. Contrary to the fears...

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Religion, Security and Strategy: an unholy trinity?

Recorded on: 9 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson

The uneasy relationship between the state and religion is most sharply seen in the context of security, terrorism and...

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Lakatos Award Lectures

Recorded on: 5 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Gordon Belot, Professor David Malament

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science. This year’s Award winners,...

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Protect and Develop

Recorded on: 5 May 2016

Speaker(s): Sir David Chipperfield

In this lecture renowned British architect David Chipperfield will discuss the current state of planning in London and...

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The New Politics of State, Class and Trade Union Power

Recorded on: 4 May 2016

Speaker(s): Frances O’Grady

With organised labour under attack and a new economy making working life tougher, are there opportunities for unions to...

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Respectable: the experience of class

Recorded on: 3 May 2016

Speaker(s): Lynsey Hanley

We talk a lot about the role class plays in British society, but how exactly do we move from one 'class' to another -...

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ISIS – a History

Recorded on: 3 May 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Fawaz A Gerges

The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What...

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Understanding the Stagnation of Modern Economies

Recorded on: 28 April 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Hall

The annual Phillips Lecture, jointly sponsored by the journal Economica and the Department of Economics in which...

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A Changing World - a UN in Progress

Recorded on: 28 April 2016

Speaker(s): Natalia Gherman

Natalia Gherman is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the...

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This House Believes We Should Leave the European Union

Recorded on: 27 April 2016

Speaker(s): Ben Cobley, Hugo Dixon, Professor Katrin Flikschuh, Dr Gerard Lyons

On June 23, voters in the will make a decision regarding their willingness to share or pool some of the UK’s...

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Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: how foreign aid became a casualty of war

Recorded on: 27 April 2016

Speaker(s): Peter Gill

In his latest book Peter Gill reveals how the ‘war on terror’ has ravaged the independence and neutrality of...

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To Brexit or not to Brexit: a taxing question

Recorded on: 27 April 2016

Speaker(s): Angel Gurría, Dr Thomas Sampson

In the run up to the referendum of 23 June on membership of the EU, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria will address...

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The GV Design Sprint: how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days

Recorded on: 26 April 2016

Speaker(s): Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

Join Google Ventures design partners Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, who will be discussing their new book Sprint: a...

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The Women's Equality Party: why equality is better for everyone

Recorded on: 26 April 2016

Speaker(s): Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker will talk about the her experiences as leader of the UK fastest-growing new political party, overseeing...

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Managed Nationalism under Putin: an experiment gone wrong

Recorded on: 25 April 2016

Speaker(s): Charles Clover

In the Putin era, Russia's leadership has dealt with independent political movements both by force but also by...

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Clash! How to Thrive in the Multicultural World

Recorded on: 25 April 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Hazel Markus, Professor Chandran Kukathas, Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

As the world gets smaller, people with different cultural backgrounds are colliding more than ever before. Drawing on...

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Against the Double Blackmail: refugees, terror and other troubles with the neighbours

Recorded on: 20 April 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Slavoj Žižek

In this talk Professor Žižek will talk about his new book, Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other...

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What Works: gender equality by design

Recorded on: 14 April 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Iris Bohnet

Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people’s minds...

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From Oscar Pistorius to Reality TV: the implications of using the courtroom as a television studio

Recorded on: 13 April 2016

Speaker(s): Lord Dyson, Ruth Herz, Dikgang Moseneke

The Judicial Images Network Project was established in 2014 to bring together scholars and across disciplines and...

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Culture and Intelligence

Recorded on: 12 April 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Nisbett

Are humans getting smarter? Are some groups smarter than others? Are some groups getting smarter faster than others?...

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Europe and the Return of Geopolitics

Recorded on: 22 March 2016

Speaker(s): Pierre Vimont

The Ukraine crisis marked the return of geopolitics in Europe. Can the EU, which has been originally designed to...

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The Life Project: the extraordinary story of 70,000 ordinary lives

Recorded on: 22 March 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Helen Pearson

On 5th March 1946 a survey began that is, today, the longest-running study of human development in the world, and has...

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In Conversation with Hilary Benn about Britain and Europe

Recorded on: 17 March 2016

Speaker(s): Hilary Benn

Hilary Benn (@hilarybennmp) is the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds Central and the Shadow Foreign Secretary....

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Fraud at polls: can journalists and statisticians check? The Mozambican experience

Recorded on: 16 March 2016

Speaker(s): Johan Ahlback, Dr Joseph Hanlon, Dr Jouni Kuha

In every Mozambican election, the ruling party (Frelimo) won, and the opposition cried fraud. Can we tell who really...

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What Are Prisons For?

Recorded on: 15 March 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Christopher Bennett, Professor Kimberley Brownlee, Andrew Neilson

In this time of austerity, many of those who want a small state are also committed to a highly expensive criminal...

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Each Age Gets the Inequality it Needs: 20,000 years of hierarchy

Recorded on: 15 March 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Morris

Changes in how we capture energy from the environment have determined the degree of inequality in society – but what...

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Reconstructing the Law of Voyeurism and Exhibitionism

Recorded on: 15 March 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Stuart Green

The work discussed in this lecture is part of a much larger, book-length project titled Criminalizing Sex: A Unified...

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How to Boost Growth as the Oil Price Falls: transformation and reform of the Norwegian economy

Recorded on: 11 March 2016

Speaker(s): Siv Jensen

The low oil price is testing the Norwegian economy’s flexibility and ability to re-adjust. Economic policy should...

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"Rhodes Must Fall": South African universities as sites of struggle

Recorded on: 9 March 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

The university in South Africa became a key site of struggle in 2015. Faculty and university leadership were taken by...

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Clear and Present Challenges to the Chinese Economy

Recorded on: 9 March 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Keyu Jin

Dr Keyu Jin will discuss the impact of China’s financial reforms. <br><br>Keyu Jin (@KeyuJin) is a Lecturer in the...

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Thus Bad Begins: a conversation with Javier Marias

Recorded on: 8 March 2016

Speaker(s): Javier Marías

Distinguished Spanish novelist Javier Marías discusses his latest work with the historian Paul Preston. <br><br>Javier...

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From a Culture of Connectivity to a Platform Society

Recorded on: 7 March 2016

Speaker(s): Professor José van Dijck, Professor Sonia Livingstone

Online platforms are penetrating the organisation of societies, disrupting private and public sectors. What is their...

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The EU: friend or foe for progressive politics

Recorded on: 3 March 2016

Speaker(s): Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas will explore the role of the EU as a force for progress; the likely impact of the EU referendum campaign...

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Managing Europe – What is Germany's Responsibility?

Recorded on: 3 March 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Wolfgang Schäuble

Wolfgang Schäuble is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who has served as Germany’s Federal...

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The Evening After the Night Before: analysing Super Tuesday

Recorded on: 2 March 2016

Speaker(s): Kate Andrews, Steve Erlanger, Gideon Rachman, Stephanie Rickard, Peter Trubowitz

On the 1st of March millions of American voters in 12 states will go to the polls in the 2016 US presidential...

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A Question of Law and Wealth

Recorded on: 2 March 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Jonathan Fisher, Dr Eva Micheler, Professor Niamh Moloney, Dr Joseph Spooner

The law plays a crucial part in the creation, proliferation, and distribution of wealth. Through private law...

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Panama: consolidating democracy, growth and human development

Recorded on: 2 March 2016

Speaker(s): Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado

Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Panama, will discuss her nation’s role as a...

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Blood Oil: tyrants, violence and the rules that run the world

Recorded on: 1 March 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Leif Wenar

Natural resources empower the world's most coercive men. Autocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend oil money on weapons...

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Darwinism and the Social Sciences

Recorded on: 29 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Tim Lewens, Dr Alex Mesoudi, Professor Christina Toren

A growing number of researchers are applying Darwinian ideas to explain aspects of human society, but this work has...

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Literary Festival 2016: Out of our Bodies: can we ever free consciousness?

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Ned Beauman, Dr Kate Devlin, Professor Nicholas Humphrey

While social psychologists and cognitive scientists affirm that minds do not exist separated from biological and social...

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Literary Festival 2016: Worlds Elsewhere: global Shakespeare

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Ben Crystal, Andrew Dickson, Dr Varsha Panjwani

Shakespeare has been translated into virtually all the world’s most commonly spoken languages. His plays are performed...

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Literary Festival 2016: The Future City: cruel or consoling Utopia?

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Darran Anderson, Dr Matthew Beaumont, Professor Rachel Cooper

The Future City, as an idea that often relies upon Utopian thinking to sustain itself, can be as cruel as it is...

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Literary Festival 2016: Re-Writing History

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Tom Holland, Margaret MacMillan

This discussion explores the ways in which history has been re-written to serve the purposes of political leaders or...

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Literary Festival 2016: BBC: British Born Chinese

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Elena Barabantseva, Anna Chen, Andy Lawrence, Dr Véronique Pin-Fat

British Born Chinese engages the everyday struggles of two boys, Dan (aged between 11-13) and Kevin (aged between...

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Literary Festival 2016: Utopian Gardening, Landscapes and the Imagination

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Anna Pavord, Dan Pearson, Margaret Willes

This panel explores our fascination with landscapes, gardening and the control of nature throughout history - their...

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Literary Festival 2016: My Friend Maigret: escapism, dreams and the imagination in Simenon

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor John Gray, Ros Schwartz, John Simenon

Georges Simenon is one of the 20th century’s most prolific authors. His prestigious output included 75 novels starring...

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Literary Festival 2016: Re-Writing the Past vs Imagining the Future

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Miriam Halahmy, Philip Womack, M M Vaughan

In this discussion aimed at young adults (or adults who are young at heart), our panel of critically acclaimed YA...

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Literary Festival 2016: Ideals of Equality: feminisms in the twenty-first century

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell, Professor Heidi Mirza, Professor Jacqueline Rose, Zoe Williams

What is the future for feminism? How does feminism interact with concerns about other forms of oppression, such as...

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Literary Festival 2016: Party Animals: growing up communist

Recorded on: 27 February 2016

Speaker(s): David Aaronovitch

David Aaronovitch talks to Charlie Beckett about his new book Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists. A memoir...

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Literary Festival 2016: To Boldly Go: what Star Trek tells us about the world

Recorded on: 26 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Michèle Barrett, Duncan Barrett, Professor Barry Buzan, Professor Steven French

Celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, our panel will explore what this enduring science fiction series can tell us...

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