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Public Lectures and Events: podcasts and videos

A collection of podcasts and videos from LSE's programme of public lectures and events.

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In addition to the podcasts listed here a catalogue of more than six hundred public event podcasts and videos dating from 1990 to 2006 can be found in the LSE Digital Library

The Global Refugee Crisis: a challenge to our common humanity

Recorded on: 11 February 2016

Speaker(s): Baroness Amos

Our world continues to be challenged by conflict and consequent flows of people across the world. How can and should we...

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Feminism in Transnational Times: a conversation with Christine Delphy

Recorded on: 10 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Christine Delphy, Professor Sylvie Tissot

On a rare visit to London, Professor Christine Delphy, one of the world's most influential feminist thinkers, joins us...

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Are Conspiracy Theories Bad for Democracy?

Recorded on: 10 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor David Runciman

Conspiracy theories go hand in hand with political mistrust. Are they symptom or cause of current levels of mistrust in...

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Political Economy and Development: a progress report

Recorded on: 10 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Tim Besley

Professor Besley gives his inaugural lecture as Sir William Arthur Lewis Chair in Development Economics. A major change...

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Each Age Gets the Bloodshed it Needs: 20,000 years of violence

Recorded on: 9 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Morris

20,000 years ago, the average person stood a 10-20% chance of dying violently. Today, the chance is under 1%. We have...

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'Je ne suis pas féministe mais...' 52 minutes on the life of Christine Delphy

Recorded on: 8 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Christine Delphy, Professor Sylvie Tissot

On a rare visit to London, Professor Christine Delphy, one of the world's most influential feminist thinkers, joins us...

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Autism and Minds Wired for Science: ethical implications

Recorded on: 8 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor John Dupré, Dr Bonnie Evans

Our panel will offer perspectives from neuroscience, history and philosophy on autism: How has our understanding of...

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Britain and the EU: a view from the European Parliament

Recorded on: 5 February 2016

Speaker(s): Martin Schulz

Turbulent times, multiple challenges, permanent crisis mode. Can Europe cope? Are nation states better off alone? Is...

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Going Beyond 'Dangerous' Climate Change

Recorded on: 4 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Kevin Anderson

Despite high-level statements to the contrary, there is little to no chance of maintaining the global mean surface...

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Russia and the EU: back to realism?

Recorded on: 3 February 2016

Speaker(s): Fyodor Lukyanov

Leading Moscow analyst Fyodor Lukyanov argues that it's time to redefine the Europe – Russia relationship based on a...

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Comrade Corbyn: a very unlikely coup

Recorded on: 3 February 2016

Speaker(s): Rosa Prince

Until recently, Jeremy Corbyn was barely known outside political circles, yet last summer he rode a wave of popular...

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One Second of Light

Recorded on: 3 February 2016

Speaker(s): Giles Duley

One Second of Light is Duley’s latest book, covering his work on the effects of conflict and humanitarian disaster over...

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Not Yet Over the Rainbow: contemporary barriers to LGBT+ equality in the legal profession

Recorded on: 2 February 2016

Speaker(s): Claire Fox, Sarah Hannett, Daniel Winterfeldt

Drawing on a mix of personal experience and professional insight, speakers from the City, the bar and the bench will...

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Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation

Recorded on: 2 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Paul van Gardingen

How can ecosystem management in developing countries contribute to poverty alleviation, as well as to inclusive and...

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Empire of Things: why we have too much stuff, and what to do about it

Recorded on: 1 February 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Frank Trentmann

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated...

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Green Bonds: a solution to finance the future?

Recorded on: 1 February 2016

Speaker(s): Suzanne Buchta, Sean Kidney

Are financial markets the enemy of social equality and the environment? Or can market forces help nurture a more...

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Lessons from the Greek Crisis

Recorded on: 28 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Louka T Katseli

The Chair of the National Bank of Greece visits LSE to discuss the lessons from the Greek crisis. A welcome address...

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Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow

Recorded on: 28 January 2016

Speaker(s): Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Caroline Pidgeon, Peter Whittle

Ahead of the 2016 London Mayoral elections, this event will allow the candidates from the main political parties to...

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This Is London

Recorded on: 26 January 2016

Speaker(s): Ben Judah

This is the new London: an immigrant city. Over one-third of Londoners were born abroad, with half arriving since the...

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The Promise (and Threat) of Algorithmic Accountability

Recorded on: 26 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Frank Pasquale

From search engine results to credit scores, software orders and weights hundreds of variables into clean, simple...

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Whither France? The Pessimistic Turn in Modern French Thought

Recorded on: 25 January 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh

How have the rise of conservative and inward looking intellectual traditions undermined France’s progressive...

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Subjects of Reason: goods, markets and imaginaries of the global future

Recorded on: 21 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Sheila Jasanoff

The lecture will look at how discourses of exchange create commensurable systems of exchange across highly disparate...

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IMPRESS and the Future of UK Press Regulation

Recorded on: 20 January 2016

Speaker(s): Walter Merricks

The Chair of Impress, Walter Merricks, will outline the role and ambitions of his organisation, which has been...

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Lessons for the Euro from America's Past

Recorded on: 19 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Jeffry Frieden

Drawing on early America’s struggle to develop a single currency, Professor Frieden will discuss the implications for...

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Business for Punks

Recorded on: 19 January 2016

Speaker(s): James Watt

BrewDog has been built in an unconventional way, borne out of boredom with conventional lagers and a desire to enjoy...

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Your Body By Darwin

Recorded on: 19 January 2016

Speaker(s): Jeremy Taylor

An evolutionary understanding of our bodies throws new light on why we get ill and how to cure disease. Jeremy Taylor...

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Emotions: do they control us?

Recorded on: 18 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Lisa Bortolotti, Professor Giovanna Colombetti; Dr Benedetto De Martino

From financial decisions to medical choices and political beliefs, emotion plays a crucial role. What is emotion and...

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Non-Western Mathematics

Recorded on: 18 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Robin Wilson

Explore the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and the Mayans. Robin Wilson is Emeritus Professor...

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Debt, Demographics and the Distribution of Income: new challenges for monetary policy

Recorded on: 18 January 2016

Speaker(s): Dr Gertjan Vlieghe

Debt, demographics and the distribution of income can have significant and long-lasting effects on the economy....

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Expectations of Openness in an Age of Secrecy: where the 'Right to Know' comes from

Recorded on: 13 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Schudson

In an age of WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden, it may seem odd to argue that we have expectations of...

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How to Have a Good Day

Recorded on: 13 January 2016

Speaker(s): Caroline Webb

Behavioural economics has the capacity to transform our everyday lives. Caroline Webb will demonstrate how easy it is...

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Economics Of Migration

Recorded on: 12 January 2016

Speaker(s): Professor Alan Manning

Immigration is currently the most common response when asked about the most important issues facing Britain. This...

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The Power of Ideas: a discussion with David Harvey

Recorded on: 10 December 2015

Speaker(s): Professor David Harvey

David Harvey's politicised work on geography, social theory, urban political economy and capitalism has shaped academic...

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Fighting the Behemoth: law, politics and human rights in times of debt and austerity

Recorded on: 10 December 2015

Speaker(s): Zoe Konstantopoulou

Greece is at the forefront of questions connecting human rights protection, debt and austerity. Zoe Konstantopoulou...

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In the Front Line of Climate Change

Recorded on: 10 December 2015

Speaker(s): Anote Tong

Kiribati is in the front line of climate change. Despite Kiribati's best efforts at mitigation, relocation of its...

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Tackling Extreme Poverty through Programmes Targeting the World's Ultra-Poor

Recorded on: 9 December 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Oriana Bandiera, Mushtaque Chowdhury, Professor Esther Duflo, Anna Minj, Muhammad Musa, Desmond Swayne

Can extreme poverty be eliminated through programmes targeting the world’s ultra-poor? The panel will discuss the...

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Each Age Gets the Great Powers It Needs: 20,000 years of international relations

Recorded on: 8 December 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Morris

20,000 years ago, ‘international relations’ meant interactions between tiny foraging bands; now it means a global...

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Will Machines Rule the World?

Recorded on: 7 December 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Kate Devlin, Dr Mateja Jamnik, Professor Huw Price, Dr Mark Sprevak

AI is progressing fast. What level has it reached? Is human-level AI a realistic possibility? And if it is achieved in...

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In Wartime: stories from Ukraine

Recorded on: 7 December 2015

Speaker(s): Tim Judah

Veteran war reporter and Economist correspondent Tim Judah explores the impact of the ongoing conflict on the...

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What Should we Study When we Study Economics?

Recorded on: 3 December 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Wendy Carlin

The financial crisis triggered a fundamental rethinking of how economics students are taught and what they learn. An...

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How Can the UK Improve Productivity and Still Build the Workforce?

Recorded on: 2 December 2015

Speaker(s): Vince Cable, Professor Diane Coyle, Bronwyn Curtis, Anna Leach

This event marks the official launch of the LSE Business Review blog bringing together a panel of prominent economists...

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Democracy, Diversity, Religion

Recorded on: 1 December 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Charles Taylor

Professor Charles Taylor will look at the constant temptation for modern democracies to veer towards exclusion. This is...

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The Future of the Professions: how technology will transform the work of human experts

Recorded on: 30 November 2015

Speaker(s): Daniel Susskind, Professor Richard Susskind

In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, we will neither need nor want doctors, accountants,...

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Unstable Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood: a range of threats to European security

Recorded on: 26 November 2015

Speaker(s): Edgars Rinkevics

Russia's aggression in Ukraine and the rise of ISIL has brought the issue of European security to the forefront....

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The Creative Economy: invention of a global orthodoxy

Recorded on: 25 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Philip Schlesinger

The discourse of the creative economy is everywhere. First developed by the British New Labour government in the late...

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Europe's Perfect Storm: racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and resurgent nationalism

Recorded on: 23 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Michel Wieviorka

Evil has dramatically changed in modern Europe. The turning point was the mid-eighties. Terrorism, anti-Semitism,...

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Next Steps in EU Antitrust Law: boosting national enforcement

Recorded on: 20 November 2015

Speaker(s): Margrethe Vestager

National authorities (NCAs) and national courts are empowered to apply the EU competition rules together with the...

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Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: the politics of the UN Security Council's approach to the protection of civilians

Recorded on: 19 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Anne Marie Goetz

Sexual violence has been deployed strategically in a wide range of conflicts, and though long recognized as an unlawful...

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Red Flag over Houghton Street? The Radical Tradition at the LSE - Myth, Reality and Fact

Recorded on: 19 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox

Founded by Fabian socialists in the 1890s and attracting such radical figures as Harold Laski, R.H. Tawney and Ralph...

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Postcapitalism: a guide to our future

Recorded on: 18 November 2015

Speaker(s): Paul Mason

We know that our world is in the process of seismic change - but how can we emerge from the crisis a fairer, more equal...

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Enough! Will Youth Protests Drive Political Change in Africa?

Recorded on: 18 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Alcinda Honwana

Disaffected African young people risk their lives to try to reach Europe. Others join radical groups such as Boko...

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Migration: an English history

Recorded on: 18 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Tombs

Migration has been a crucial element of British and English history. England emerged as a nation amid a period of...

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Debt and austerity: post-crisis lessons from Ireland

Recorded on: 17 November 2015

Speaker(s): Patrick Honohan

After a long run of seeming prosperity, the financial crisis left Ireland’s banks more under water and its public and...

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GDP: a brief but affectionate history

Recorded on: 16 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Diane Coyle

Why did the size of the U.S. economy increase by 3 percent on one day in mid-2013—or Ghana's balloon by 60 percent...

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Order without Law? Gangs and Other Forms of Alternative Social Order in and Beyond the Prison

Recorded on: 16 November 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Insa Koch, Dr Lisa McKenzie, Dr David Skarbek

There has been much debate in recent years about the role of gangs in both disrupting and providing social order. In...

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New Forms of Cultural Capital

Recorded on: 16 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Coulangeon, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Laurie Hanquinet

A panel of leading international experts discuss whether traditional forms of 'highbrow' cultural capital associated...

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Making News For The New World

Recorded on: 12 November 2015

Speaker(s): Lionel Barber

The future of media is now. News organizations today face new and numerous opportunities and challenges, from the rise...

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Shadow Sovereigns: how global corporations are seizing power

Recorded on: 12 November 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Susan George

Can Progressives slow the success of neo-liberalism? In recent years links between big business and government have...

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Margaret Thatcher - Everything She Wants

Recorded on: 11 November 2015

Speaker(s): Charles Moore

Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential...

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Phishing for Phools: the economics of manipulation and deception

Recorded on: 11 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Robert J. Shiller

Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material...

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Economic Blues: the left in government times

Recorded on: 10 November 2015

Speaker(s): Euclid Tsakalotos

What are the prospects of the Left in government after the summer agreement? Can that agreement be incorporated into a...

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Nigeria's 2015 General Elections: giving democracy a chance

Recorded on: 10 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Attahiru Jega

This lecture gives the inside story of Nigeria's first successful transfer of power in the contentious 2015 elections...

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Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy

Recorded on: 9 November 2015

Speaker(s): Zainab Salbi, Margot Wallström

What does Sweden’s concept of feminist foreign policy imply and what can it teach governments and institutions? How can...

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The Long Goodbye: how the crisis casts a long shadow

Recorded on: 9 November 2015

Speaker(s): Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times Martin Wolf gives an insightful and timely analysis of why the...

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What is the Future of Visual Arts Philanthropy in the UK?

Recorded on: 9 November 2015

Speaker(s): James Lingwood, Alex Sainsbury

In light of government funding cuts and the continuing air of austerity, alternative donor streams are crucial for many...

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In Conversation with Amartya Sen

Recorded on: 6 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Amartya Sen

At this event Amartya Sen will be in conversation about his latest publication, The Country of First Boys, which is a...

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Social Media and Social Change: analyzing debates over valuation

Recorded on: 5 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Walter W Powell

Civil society is challenged to demonstrate its impact. Network and linguistic analyses of webpages reveal intense...

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Suffragette: the making of the film

Recorded on: 5 November 2015

Speaker(s): Elizabeth Crawford, Sarah Gavron, Faye Ward

The Women's Library is one of LSE Library's most important special collections, documenting the history and foundation...

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Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-Building

Recorded on: 3 November 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Dimitri Trenin

Leading Moscow-based analyst Dimitri Trenin opens up the black-box of Russia’s foreign policy and sheds light in...

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Social Class in the 21st Century

Recorded on: 2 November 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Niall Cunningham, Professor Fiona Devine, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Lisa McKenzie, Professor Mike Savage, Dr Helene Snee, Dr Paul Wakeling

A fresh take on social class from the experts behind the BBC's 'Great British Class Survey'. Social class has...

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Will the 21st Century be Asian?

Recorded on: 2 November 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox, Professor Danny Quah, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

If the 19th century was Europe's - and the 20th century became America's - is there any reason why the 21st century...

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Alastair Campbell - Winners and How They Succeed

Recorded on: 2 November 2015

Speaker(s): Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell, the former spokesman and strategist for Tony Blair, will speak about Winners and How They Succeed to...

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Shaken but not Stirred? The Banking System Seven Years after the Crisis

Recorded on: 29 October 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Andreas Dombret

While bankers and regulators are still busy implementing the lessons learnt from the crisis, new challenges have arisen...

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Towards the Flame: empire, war and the end of Tsarist Russia

Recorded on: 29 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Dominic Lieven

This lecture and new book Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia is a study of the international...

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Anthropology and Development: challenges for the 21st century

Recorded on: 28 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor James Fairhead, Professor Katy Gardner, Professor David Lewis, Professor David Mosse

This is a panel discussion in support of the following publication Anthropology and Development Challenges for the...

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A Theory of Everything: evolution, history and the shape of things to come

Recorded on: 27 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Morris

In the last 50 years, knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, history, evolution, genetics and linguistics has...

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Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals: a new partnership between state and private sector

Recorded on: 27 October 2015

Speaker(s): Sir Suma Chakrabarti

President Chakrabarti’s lecture will focus on the importance of the partnership between the state and the private...

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Europe 2.0: The new challenges of the European Union

Recorded on: 27 October 2015

Speaker(s): Xavier Bettel

With Luxembourg chairing the EU Council of Ministers, the Luxembourg Prime Minister will focus on the various...

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Jobs only for the most skilled at the right age?

Recorded on: 26 October 2015

Speaker(s): Fredrik Reinfeldt

Structural changes and several crises in recent years have put tremendous pressure on the labour market. Many jobs are...

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Paris and Beyond: how will we gain traction and build momentum for the orderly transition to a zero carbon and resilient economy?

Recorded on: 22 October 2015

Speaker(s): Rachel Kyte

The Paris Accord, the hoped for ambitious agreement, to be decided at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC,...

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Too Many Children Left Behind: the US achievement gap in comparative perspective

Recorded on: 21 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jane Waldfogel, Dr Lee Elliott Major

The belief that with hard work and determination, all children have the opportunity to succeed in life is a cherished...

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Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in India

Recorded on: 21 October 2015

Speaker(s): Dushyant Dave

India has faced serious challenges from internal and external armed groups and terrorists. Tens of thousands of...

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Between Debt and the Devil: money, credit and fixing global finance

Recorded on: 21 October 2015

Speaker(s): Lord Turner

Too much private debt led to the disastrous crisis of 2008. In future public policy must constrain the quantity and...

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Natural Capital: valuing the planet

Recorded on: 20 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Dieter Helm

Natural capital is what nature provides to us for free. Renewables - like species - keep on coming, provided we do not...

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Other People's Money

Recorded on: 20 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Kay

Modern economies need finance, to enable us to make payments, transfer wealth across our lifetimes and between...

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The Modern Mercenary: private armies and what they mean for world order

Recorded on: 19 October 2015

Speaker(s): Sean McFate

It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from...

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Before Theory Comes Theorizing or How to Make Social Science More Interesting

Recorded on: 15 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Swedberg

By paying more attention to what happens in actual practice before a theory is formulated – what may be called the...

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The Book and the Believer: are Catholics, Jews and Muslims still outsiders in British society?

Recorded on: 15 October 2015

Speaker(s): Sughra Ahmed, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Dr Ruth Gilbert, Dr Edward Kessler

The Institute of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Pears Foundation and the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, will host...

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Cameron at 10 - the inside story of Cameron's premiership

Recorded on: 14 October 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon

On 11 May 2010, David Cameron entered Downing Street as the youngest prime minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. He...

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The Silo Effect: why putting everything in its place isn't such a bright idea

Recorded on: 14 October 2015

Speaker(s): Gillian Tett

As global organisations become increasingly sophisticated and complex, they also become interlinked but subdivided to...

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Confronting Gender Inequality: findings from the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power

Recorded on: 13 October 2015

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, Anne Perkins

The LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power will present their findings at this public debate, and copies of the...

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Shobhana Bhartia in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Recorded on: 13 October 2015

Speaker(s): Shobhana Bhartia

Shobhana Bhartia and Mukulika Banerjee will debate the sensitive relationship between media and politics in...

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The Future of the Euro and the Politics of Debt

Recorded on: 13 October 2015

Speaker(s): Martin Sandbu

Originally conceived as part of a unifying vision for Europe, the euro is now viewed as a millstone around the neck of...

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Migration and security challenges in the Mediterranean: every country for itself or a European response?

Recorded on: 13 October 2015

Speaker(s): Angelino Alfano

From London the Mediterranean looks a long way away, but this distance is deceptive. In 2015, 250,000 refugees and...

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Is Africa Rising: a personal perspective from Winnie Byanyima

Recorded on: 12 October 2015

Speaker(s): Winnie Byanyima

Winnie will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda, and discuss the true nature of Africa's...

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Women, Peace and Security: tackling the cycle of violence against women

Recorded on: 8 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Christine Chinkin

In 2000, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 acknowledged both the impact of armed conflict on women, and...

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The Crisis in European Security

Recorded on: 8 October 2015

Speaker(s): Sir Robert Cooper, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Professor Karen Smith

European security is in crisis. 25 years after the Cold War, we are still far from the OSCE vision of "Europe whole and...

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The Coming Revolution in 'Data Access and Research Transparency' in Social Scientific Research

Recorded on: 8 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Moravcsik

Advances in qualitative sources' accessibility are transforming the way these sources are used—and cited. Professor...

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Economics Rules: the rights and wrongs of the dismal science

Recorded on: 7 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Dani Rodrik

Based on his new book, Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science, Professor Rodrik will give an...

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