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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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Why Cities Succeed and Fail Today

Recorded on: 7 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Storper, Dr Thomas Kemeny, Dr Naji Makarem

How well a city will cope with new opportunities and challenges relies on economic specialisation, human capital...

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HeForShe #GetFree tour: panel discussion on developing an inclusive campus culture

Recorded on: 7 October 2015

Speaker(s): Douglas Booth, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Lena Schofield, Hilary Stauffer, Charles Stephens

The panel discussion will focus on building a more inclusive campus culture. During the panel discussion, we intend to...

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A Right to Migrate?

Recorded on: 6 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Chris Bertram, Emily Dugan, Professor Matthew Gibney, Madeleine Sumption

Most people would agree that we have a right to leave our country of origin. But since leaving one country usually...

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On Liberty: a conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

Recorded on: 6 October 2015

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti

To mark the paperback release of On Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti will be in conversation with Conor Gearty and taking...

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Myanmar on the Brink

Recorded on: 5 October 2015

Speaker(s): Mark Canning, Dr Jurgen Haacke, Shibani Mahtani

In 2010 the world saw in Myanmar both relief and opportunity when - thirteen years after Myanmar achieved ASEAN...

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Does Europe Have a Future?

Recorded on: 1 October 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Stephen M Walt

Professor Walt will discuss strategic challenges facing the European Union and explore the geopolitical implications of...

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'Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL': Machine Intelligence and the Law

Recorded on: 30 September 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Murray

HAL 9000 will soon no longer be science fiction: sentient machines will quickly be with us. As “smart agents” make...

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The Future of Britain and Europe

Recorded on: 30 September 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Simon Hix

With the countdown to a likely In/Out Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Professor Hix will...

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The Nature of Memory: perspectives from art, history and neuroscience

Recorded on: 29 September 2015

Speaker(s): Jessica Bland, Dr Sebastian Groes, Professor Adam Roberts, Professor Barry C Smith

Our ability to mentally travel in time and re-experience past events is thought to be a fundamental feature of what...

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Cyberphobia: identity, trust, security and the internet

Recorded on: 28 September 2015

Speaker(s): Edward Lucas

Crossing the road, we look both ways. Riding a bicycle at night, we use lights. Driving a car, we wear seatbelts. So...

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The Way Forward for Europe: a union of solidarity and differentiation?

Recorded on: 24 September 2015

Speaker(s): Emmanuel Macron

"From one border of the EU to the other, the European ideal is being challenged. Now is the time to reopen the economic...

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Why Demography Needs (New) Theories

Recorded on: 23 September 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Wendy Sigle

It is widely acknowledged that the theoretical perspectives that inform demographic inquiry have often come from other...

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One plus One Equals Three: a masterclass in creative thinking

Recorded on: 21 September 2015

Speaker(s): Dave Trott

Dave Trott will talk about his latest book, One Plus One Equals Three, that goes straight to the heart of the creative...

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Inside the Nudge Unit: how small changes can make a big difference

Recorded on: 15 September 2015

Speaker(s): Dr David Halpern

It all started as a cautious experiment. In 2010, David Cameron set up the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT or ‘Nudge...

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Black Earth: the Holocaust as history and warning

Recorded on: 14 September 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Timothy Snyder

In this lecture Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) will talk about his new book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History...

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What Economics and Public Policy Can Learn from Engineering Design

Recorded on: 9 September 2015

Speaker(s): Guru Madhavan

Guru Madhavan will discuss the essentials of the engineering mind-set—based on narratives from his book Think Like an...

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How to Apply the 80/20 Rule for Increased Productivity, Happiness and Freedom

Recorded on: 8 September 2015

Speaker(s): Shaa Wasmund

Entrepreneur and author of bestsellers Stop Talking, Start Doing and Do Less, Get More, Shaa Wasmund explains how to...

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How Business Can be a Force for Good

Recorded on: 12 August 2015

Speaker(s): Nick Giles, Michael Hayman

Business as usual is over. Belief is the new currency and to succeed you must follow new rules: purpose as the route to...

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When Will America and China go to war?

Recorded on: 6 August 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox

We have been told for years that war between great powers is a thing of the past: something that has been consigned...

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Making sense of the Islamic State: An Organic Crisis in Arab Politics

Recorded on: 30 July 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Fawaz Gerges

Fawaz A. Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE),...

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Sacred Mountains of China

Recorded on: 29 July 2015

Speaker(s): Ryan Pyle

Join adventurer and renowned photographer, Ryan Pyle, as he spends months exploring and photographing Western China’s...

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Something Will Turn Up: Britain's economy, past, present and future

Recorded on: 28 July 2015

Speaker(s): David Smith

Sunday Times economics editor and best-selling author David Smith leads us through the mire of government policy and...

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The Impact of Geography on International Politics

Recorded on: 13 July 2015

Speaker(s): Tim Marshall

Foreign Affairs Broadcaster and Journalist, Tim Marshall, author of new book Prisoners of Geography explains how...

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Do we need a New Macroeconomics?

Recorded on: 9 July 2015

Speaker(s): Lord Meghnad Desai

Lord Desai is an Indian-born British economist and Labour politician. He unsuccessfully stood for the Speaker in the...

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A Beautiful Question: finding nature's deep design

Recorded on: 8 July 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Frank Wilczek

In his new book, which he will discuss in this public lecture, world-class physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek...

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Digital Capital: where next for London in the tech revolution?

Recorded on: 7 July 2015

Speaker(s): Gerard Grech

The extraordinary growth of the UK's Digital Economy reflects all the paradoxes of British culture and history. What...

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Decoding Glamour

Recorded on: 2 July 2015

Speaker(s): Virginia Postrel

Drawing on her path-breaking new book, The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, Virginia Postrel...

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When Firms Become Persons and Persons Become Firms: neoliberal jurisprudence in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

Recorded on: 1 July 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Wendy Brown

In the United States, the extension of civil liberties to corporations is transforming democracy through rights...

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Above the Parapet - Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 30 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ruth Simmons, Dr Purna Sen

This event is part of the Above the Parapet project, which seeks to capture the experiences of high profile women who...

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The Folly of Crowds?

Recorded on: 25 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Ayton, Dr Sepideh Bazazi, Professor Chris Frith

In our modern world we are constantly exposed to the opinion of the group. When is the crowd wise and when is it prone...

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Above the Parapet – Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 23 June 2015

Speaker(s): Julia Gillard, Dr Purna Sen

This event is part of the Above the Parapet project, which seeks to capture the experiences of high profile women who...

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International Cooperation and Climate Change

Recorded on: 23 June 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Alina Averchenkova, Professor John Broome, Professor Robyn Eckersley, Fergus Green

Tackling climate change is crucial for human well-being. So why has the international community been faltering on...

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Understanding Economic Development

Recorded on: 22 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor Dani Rodrik

2015 marks the centenary of the birth of the LSE’s Nobel Prize winning economist, William Arthur Lewis (1915-1991). Sir...

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The EMU: a work in progress

Recorded on: 19 June 2015

Speaker(s): Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy is a Belgian politician who formerly served as Prime Minister of Belgium and then as the first...

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Striving for a Progressive Israel

Recorded on: 19 June 2015

Speaker(s): Isaac Herzog

In his lecture Mr Herzog will argue that most Israelis want to live in a country that is not only secure, but just,...

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After Your Death

Recorded on: 18 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sam Scheffler

Imagine you discovered that shortly after your death an asteroid would destroy the world. How would that affect how you...

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Why People (Don't) Buy: the GO and STOP signals

Recorded on: 11 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Amitav Chakravarti

Successful consumer insights and policy interventions are elusive; often they tend to follow a hit-or-miss pattern. The...

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Rhetoric and Reality: from Magna Carta to human rights today

Recorded on: 10 June 2015

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti, Professor Francesca Klug

The Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, has come to stand for the rule of law, curbs on executive power and the freedom to...

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Misbehaving: the making of behavioural economics

Recorded on: 9 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are...

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Is the American Century Over?

Recorded on: 9 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph S Nye

For more than a century, the United States has been the world's most powerful state. Now some analysts predict that...

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No Ordinary Disruption: the four global forces breaking all the trends

Recorded on: 8 June 2015

Speaker(s): Richard Dobbs, Jonathan Woetzel, Stephanie Flanders

Since the start of the new century, the world has started to change - and radically. The collision of four global...

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Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

Recorded on: 3 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern of Brentford

Introducing his new book, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change Professor Stern...

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Do it Like a Woman: contemporary feminist activism and how you can change the world

Recorded on: 3 June 2015

Speaker(s): Caroline Criado-Perez

A lecture by the woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system, Caroline Criado-Perez,...

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On Free Speech

Recorded on: 2 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lisa Appignanesi, Professor Rae Langton, Dr Stephen Law, Professor Peter McDonald

What does it mean to have a right to free speech, and who has the right to curtail it? <br><br>Lisa Appignanesi,...

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The Rise of China and its Impact on the Future Global Order

Recorded on: 1 June 2015

Speaker(s): Kevin Rudd

Drawing on both his high-level political insights and personal expertise, Kevin Rudd will discuss the rise of China,...

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Irrational Exuberance: as relevant as ever

Recorded on: 1 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Robert J Shiller

Robert Shiller, who warned of both the tech and housing bubbles, now cautions that signs of irrational exuberance among...

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Flood of Fire

Recorded on: 29 May 2015

Speaker(s): Amitav Ghosh

Flood of Fire, the conclusion to Amitav Ghosh's bestselling Ibis Trilogy, takes us from India to China, through the...

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Equality Without Equivalence: an anthropology of the common

Recorded on: 28 May 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Harry Walker

What would individualism and equality look like if detached from their foundations in a logic of equivalence?...

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The Case for Europe: the Italian vision

Recorded on: 28 May 2015

Speaker(s): Sergio Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella is the President of the Republic of Italy. He was born in Palermo in 1941. In 1964 he obtained a...

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Hubris: why economists failed to predict the crisis and how to avoid the next one

Recorded on: 27 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Desai, Professor Charles Goodhart, Stephen King

Meghnad Desai discusses his latest book Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next...

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When to Rob a Bank: a rogue economist's guide to the world

Recorded on: 27 May 2015

Speaker(s): Stephen J Dubner

When Freakonomics was first published, Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner started a blog—and they’ve kept it up,...

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In Conversation with Secretary Lew

Recorded on: 27 May 2015

Speaker(s): Jacob J. Lew

The conversation will focus on the state of the global economy ahead of the Secretary’s travel to a meeting of G-7...

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Quality of Life in Urban China: economic growth and the environment

Recorded on: 26 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Kahn

Professor Kahn, a leading expert on environmental and urban issues, will examine China’s economic growth to present key...

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Race and Class: challenging inequalities

Recorded on: 26 May 2015

Speaker(s): Liz Fekete, Kiri Kankhwende, Professor James Nazroo, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard

This event will consider the ongoing significance of race and class to shaping inequalities in contemporary British...

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Scarcity: a talk for people too busy to attend talks

Recorded on: 21 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

Why does poverty persist? Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? A single psychology--the...

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Above the Parapet - Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 20 May 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Purna Sen

As part of LSE Research Festival 2015 the Above the Parapet project will showcase its recent research on women in...

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The Government Paternalist: nanny state or helpful friend?

Recorded on: 20 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julian Le Grand

Should governments save people from themselves? Do governments have the right to influence citizens’ behavior related...

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The Happiness of Cities

Recorded on: 20 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ed Glaeser

Residents of big cities typically earn higher wages, but are they any happier? According to surveys on life...

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The Great Divide

Recorded on: 19 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph E Stiglitz

Why has inequality increased in the Western world and what can we do about it? In this new book, The Great Divide,...

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Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How you Live and Lead

Recorded on: 18 May 2015

Speaker(s): Laszlo Bock

Google receives more than two million unique job applications a year. In this talk, Laszlo Bock, the head of their...

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Decolonising Gender

Recorded on: 18 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Raewyn Connell

The creation of contemporary knowledge about gender is a revolution in thought that has been closely connected with...

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In Defence of a Liberal Education

Recorded on: 18 May 2015

Speaker(s): Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria argues the turn away from the liberal arts is a mistake. In today’s world, the jobs of the future will...

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The Moral Challenge of Robust Cultural Pluralism

Recorded on: 14 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Richard A Shweder, Dr Bradley Franks, Professor Anne Phillips

Are there limits to liberal moral concepts for judging others? What does a highly developed social intelligence look...

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Inequality Matters: austerity policies, gender and race

Recorded on: 14 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Stephanie Seguino, Saphieh Ashtiany, Diane Negra

Austerity policies lead to cuts in social spending that have a potentially disproportionately negative effect on women,...

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The Election and the Left

Recorded on: 12 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Curtice, Polly Toynbee, Hilary Wainwright

What do the results of the British general election mean for the left? <br><br>John Curtice is Professor of Politics at...

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The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future

Recorded on: 11 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Prasenjit Duara, Professor William A Callahan, Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Professor Rana Mitter

Professor Duara will discuss his new book, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future,...

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Dealing with China

Recorded on: 11 May 2015

Speaker(s): Hank Paulson, Lionel Barber

Hank Paulson has dealt with the government and business communities of China to a greater extent than any other...

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Inequality in The 21st Century: A Day Long Engagement with Thomas Piketty

Recorded on: 11 May 2015

Speaker(s): David Soskice, Wendy Carlin, Bob Rowthorn, Diane Perrons, Stephanie Seguino, Lisa McKenzie, Naila Kabeer, Dr. Laura Bear, Gareth Jones, Mike Savage, Sir John Hills, Sir Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty

A day-long conference with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in...

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Money and its Redemption

Recorded on: 7 May 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Laura Bear, Professor David Graeber, Professor Bill Maurer

Can “bad money” be made good? Leading economic anthropologists will debate the morality of money, philosophies of...

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Anglo-American Civilisation and its Discontents in World Affairs

Recorded on: 6 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Katzenstein

Professor Katzenstein will discuss the Anglo-American civilisation, how it compares to the world’s other civilisations,...

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Divided Cities: urban inequalities in the 21st century

Recorded on: 6 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Fran Tonkiss

What kinds of cities are emerging as urbanisation grows alongside worsening inequality? Why does urban inequality...

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Making a Difference in Education: what the evidence says

Recorded on: 6 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Cassen, Professor Sandra McNally, Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor Steve Strand

Is education policy evidence-based? The speakers have written a book, Making a Difference in Education: What the...

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China, the United States and Asia in the Twenty-first Century

Recorded on: 5 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Arne Westad

The rivalry between China and the United States for influence in Asia will determine the geo-political landscape in...

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Barrel of a Gun? The Armed Struggle for Democracy in South Africa

Recorded on: 5 May 2015

Speaker(s): Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo will reflect on revolutionary heroism and the impact of the ANC’s turn to armed struggle in the fight for...

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Portugal's Way Forward: how to turn challenges into opportunities and lessons into policy

Recorded on: 5 May 2015

Speaker(s): Maria Luís Albuquerque

Following a difficult adjustment period, the Portuguese economy is now recovering and standing on more solid ground –...

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Inequality: what can be done?

Recorded on: 30 April 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, Tom Clark, Professor Baroness Lister

Introducing his new book, Inequality: what can be done?, Professor Atkinson will argue we can do much more about...

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The Root of All Good

Recorded on: 28 April 2015

Speaker(s): Andrew Palmer

Finance distorts behaviour and destroys economies, but it also solves society's biggest problems. A new wave of...

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Integrating Financial Stability and Monetary Policy Analysis

Recorded on: 27 April 2015

Speaker(s): Oystein Olsen, Dr Sushil Wadhwani

The past decade shows how monetary policy and financial stability are interlinked. In recent years, Norges Bank has...

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Is Politics Based on Morality?

Recorded on: 27 April 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Fabienne Peter, Professor Catherine Rowett, Dr Stephen de Wijze

Is politics the instrument of moral ideals and values? Is it something like ‘applied morality’? In recent years there...

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The World Beyond Your Head: how to flourish in an age of distraction

Recorded on: 20 April 2015

Speaker(s): Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford will be in conversation with Professor Richard Sennett about his new book, The World Beyond Your Head:...

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General Election: The Opposition Leaders' Debate

Recorded on: 16 April 2015

Speaker(s): Jack Blumenau, Simon Hix, Tony Travers, Sue Cameron

The third of the general election debates, involving five opposition party leaders: Natalie Bennett (Greens), Nigel...

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Seeing What Others Don't: the remarkable ways we gain insights

Recorded on: 26 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Gary Klein

What are insights, and how do they happen? Observing people in their natural setting – from scientists and business...

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The Greek Economy: current developments and future prospects

Recorded on: 25 March 2015

Speaker(s): Yannis Stournaras

Yannis Stournaras will talk about the current developments of the Greek Economy. <br><br>Yannis Stournaras is Governor...

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Designing the Urban Commons: Lessons from the Field

Recorded on: 25 March 2015

Speaker(s): Assembly SE8 , Atelier d'architecture autogérée , Public Works Group

With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launched Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas...

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Which Digital Strategy for France and Europe in an Age of Disruption?

Recorded on: 20 March 2015

Speaker(s): Axelle Lemaire

Axelle Lemaire (@axellelemaire) has been at the French Ministry of State for Digital Affairs since April 2014, serving...

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Engaging Citizens: a game changer for development?

Recorded on: 19 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jon Paul Faguet, Dr Shirin Madon, Dr Duncan Green, Owen Barder, Yesil Deniz, Dr Bjorn-Soren Gigler, Abha Joshi-Ghani, Leni Wild, Vanessa Herringshaw, Fredrik Galtung, Duncan Edwards

Engaging citizens has a vital role to play in the process of development. It helps to improve transparency and...

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Deng Xiaoping vs Gorbachev

Recorded on: 18 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Alexander V Pantsov

Professor Pantsov will discuss why the USSR couldn’t follow the pattern of Chinese reforms in the decade leading up to...

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Above the Parapet - Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 18 March 2015

Speaker(s): Roza Otunbayeva

Roza Otunbayeva is the first female President of Kyrgyzstan and the first woman to head a country in Central Asia. In...

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Crowd-Sourcing, Surveillance, and the Era of the Synopticon

Recorded on: 17 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Connelly

Technology has led to unprecedented state surveillance, but may also be the key to preserving the principle of open...

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Shifting African Digital Landscapes

Recorded on: 17 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Sean Jacobs

Developments in online media point to interesting possibilities for African engagement in the global public sphere....

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The Global Transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations

Recorded on: 17 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Barry Buzan, Professor Craig Calhoun, Dr George Lawson, Professor Juergen Osterhammel, Dr Ayse Zarakol

This event marks the launch of a new book: The Global Transformation: history, modernity and the making of...

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VIP: Visual International Politics

Recorded on: 16 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor William A Callahan

Although we live in a visual age, few actually study the role of images in international politics. This inaugural...

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How to Run a Government

Recorded on: 16 March 2015

Speaker(s): Sir Michael Barber

Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Political leaders struggle to honour their...

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Beyond the Budget

Recorded on: 16 March 2015

Speaker(s): Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) is Scotland’s first female First Minister and the first female to lead any of the...

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The Law, Finance and the Abyss

Recorded on: 12 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julia Black, Dr Jon Danielsson, Professor Charles Goodhart, Professor Katharina Pistor

In financial markets law and finance are intrinsically connected. When markets collapse, however, legal rules are...

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Changing Patterns of Inequality in the UK

Recorded on: 12 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Hills, Dr Polly Vizard

John Hills will present new findings from the Social Policy in a Cold Climate programme of research on the ways in...

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European Politics and Government

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jonathan Holslag, Dr Mareike Kleine

This discussion will explore the vexed question of the demos of European citizenship and the democratic deficit....

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Liability, Proportionality and the Number of Aggressors

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jeff McMahan

The annual Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture will be delivered by a leading scholar in social and political philosophy....

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Code and Law between Truth and Power

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julie Cohen, Anne Barron

The problem of control over information flows has emerged as a doubly critical vantage point from which to interrogate...

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Political Economy of European Union

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Bob Hancké, Professor David Soskice

This discussion will explore the pressures facing Europe’s welfare states in a time of austerity, an aging population...

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Human Capital, Inequality and Tax Reform: Recent Past and Future Prospects

Recorded on: 10 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Richard Blundell

Even before the financial crisis many developed economies were facing growing inequality and struggling to maintain...

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Class Matters: the working class in contemporary Britain

Recorded on: 10 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Selina Todd

Drawing on the testimonies of hundreds of people, Dr Todd refutes the claim that class is dead and exposes some of the...

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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? Women and Economics

Recorded on: 9 March 2015

Speaker(s): Katrine Marçal

Katrine Marçal charts the myth of ‘economic man’ – from its origins at Adam Smith’s dinner table to its adaptation by...

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A Conversation with Eric Ries

Recorded on: 6 March 2015

Speaker(s): Eric Ries

Eric Ries (@ericries) is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Constant...

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Beyond the Cold War: how summits shaped the new world order

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Kristina Spohr, Sir Rodric Braithwaite, Sir Roderic Lyne, Professor Arne Westad

Personal summitry, more than structural factors, shaped the peaceful ending of and exit from the Cold War. This lecture...

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On Civil Disobedience

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Kimberley Brownlee

When is it permissible to resort to civil disobedience? Do we sometimes have a moral duty to do so? Should we be...

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Touching and Feeling

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor David J. Linden

Professor Linden will explore the biology of touch ranging from sex to pain to caress, paying particular attention to...

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Why We Should Talk to Terrorists

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell was chief of staff to Tony Blair and the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland. In his new book...

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Yes, it is a Curse: politics and the adverse impact of natural-resource riches

Recorded on: 4 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Francesco Caselli

Professor Caselli will ask whether recent economic research could shed new light on the political and economic impact...

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Power and Order, Peace and War: lessons for Asia from 1914-18

Recorded on: 3 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Hugh White

Could it all happen again? Professor White will argue that imagining a new regional order to fit the fast-changing...

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Law, Economics and the Republic of Beliefs

Recorded on: 3 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Kaushik Basu, Professor Amartya Sen, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

Kaushik Basu (@kaushikcbasu) is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is the second World...

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Clean Energy and Renaissance: a report from the race between revolution and collapse

Recorded on: 2 March 2015

Speaker(s): Jeremy Leggett

A solar revolution is unfolding at a speed that is taking even the solar industry by surprise. But years of blindness...

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Gender and the Brain

Recorded on: 2 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Dupré, Professor Gina Rippon

Are there ‘hardwired’ psychological differences between men and women? Do these alleged differences show that gender...

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Literary Festival 2015: Changing Worlds

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Neel Mukherjee, Elif Shafak

What are the foundations of society? Two award-winning writers look at the underpinnings of cultures and societies in...

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Literary Festival 2015: Visions of Future Humans: science fiction and human enhancement

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Caroline Edwards, Professor Adam Roberts, Anders Sandberg

Utopian and dystopian visions of technologically manipulated and enhanced human beings have always been central...

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Literary Festival 2015: Is There Life in the Novel of Ideas?

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Boxall, Jennie Erdal, Andrew O’Hagan

Is the 'novel of ideas' an outdated genre or are we witnessing its resurgence? What answers can it offer to...

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Literary Festival 2015: The Stones of Venice: foundations and future

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Polly Coles, Jane Da Mosto, Liza Fior, Jonathan Keates

Venice has captivated artists and writers for hundreds of years, but in a city whose literal foundations are under...

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Literary Festival 2015: Communicating Chronic Pain

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, Dr Deborah Padfield, Jude Rosen

Pain is notoriously hard to communicate to others. Scholars have debated the relationship between pain and language:...

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Literary Festival 2015: Rebellion and Foundation: Southeast Asia, the UK and 50 years of development

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Nickson Fong, Yang-May Ooi

This year the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) becomes an integrated economic community. The year caps...

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Literary Festival 2015: Digital Personhood and Identity

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Luke Dormehl, Aleks Krotoski, Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor Andrew Murray

What are the foundations of our identity in the digital age? As digital devices make and manage more and more decisions...

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Literary Festival 2015: Rerum Cognoscere Causas: understanding our classical foundations

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Barbara Graziosi, Edith Hall, Tom Holland, Sir Peter Stothard

This panel explores the Classical wellsprings of Western literature, reflecting on the continuing value and relevance...

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Literary Festival 2015: The Human Age? Art and Identity in the Anthropocene

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Matthew Griffiths, Gaia Vince, Dr Kathryn Yusoff

The controversial designation “Anthropocene” names a geological epoch in which the planet has been irrevocably changed...

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Literary Festival 2015: Why Remember?

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Lisa Appignanesi, Darian Leader, Owen Sheers

This panel explores our relationship with our sometimes traumatic past, and asks why we should remember and what...

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Literary Festival 2015: Why Do You Write? And Can Knowing That Even Help? With Jonathan Gibbs

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Jonathan Gibbs

In this creative writing workshop we will be looking at the impulse to write, when they are so many reasons and excuses...

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Literary Festival 2015: Music and Poetry: common foundations

Recorded on: 27 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Bostridge, Dr Armand D’Angour, Professor Fiona Sampson

This discussion explores the links between music and poetry and how much each art form contributes to the other, as...

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Literary Festival 2015: A Magna Carta for Humanity: homing in on human rights

Recorded on: 27 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Francesca Klug

The Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, has come to stand for the rule of law, curbs on executive power and the freedom to...

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Literary Festival 2015: High Culture and the Western Canon: has the fightback begun?

Recorded on: 27 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Churchwell, Jonty Claypole, Maya Jaggi, Frederic Raphael

With the BBC having announced a remake of Kenneth Clark's TV series Civilisation, and Melvyn Bragg’s intellectual...

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Literary Festival 2015: "My Purse, My Person": money and identity

Recorded on: 26 February 2015

Speaker(s): David Birch, Professor Nigel Dodd, Tom Hockenhull, Professor Nicky Marsh

As our money increasingly takes the form of plastic cards and mobile phones, rather than cash, new questions are being...

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The Minimum Wage in the UK and Beyond

Recorded on: 26 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Alan Manning, Nicola Smith

The Centre for Economic Performance has played an important role in the development of the UK’s National Minimum Wage,...

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Literary Festival 2015: Origins, Translations and Adaptation: from page to stage

Recorded on: 25 February 2015

Speaker(s): David Harsent, Jeremy Sams

Is a translation or adaptation bound always to be measured against the work on which it was founded, or can it take on...

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Literary Festival 2015: The Soul of the Marionette: a short inquiry into human freedom

Recorded on: 25 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Gray

John Gray draws together the religious, philosophic and fantastical traditions that question the very idea of human...

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An urbanising world: triumph or tragedy?

Recorded on: 25 February 2015

Speaker(s): Herbert Girardet

Prof. Herbert Girardet’s public lecture was based on his new book, Creating Regenerative Cities, published by Routledge...

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Literary Festival 2015: Thought Stories: philosophy for a young audience

Recorded on: 25 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Luc Bovens, Anne Fine, Peter Worley

Literature is a successful medium to introduce philosophy to school children. Our panel features a children’s author...

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Literary Festival 2015: Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama

Recorded on: 25 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Sarah Carr, Paul Farmer, Nathan Filer, Dr John McGowan

How mental illness is portrayed in art, literature and on TV can have a positive or negative effect on how the public...

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Literary Festival 2015: Commemorating 1815: politics and the arts after Waterloo

Recorded on: 25 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Tim Hochstrasser, Dr Kirsten Schulze, Professor Alan Sked, Dr Paul Stock

In the bicentenary anniversary of Waterloo, a panel of LSE historians reflect on the legacy of Napoleon's defeat. The...

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Literary Festival 2015: The China Dream

Recorded on: 24 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor William A Callahan, Chan Koonchung, Isabel Hilton

The 'China Dream' is the keyword of contemporary propaganda discourse in the People's Republic. This panel discusses...

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Literary Festival 2015: The 'School': the LSE from the Webbs to the Third Way

Recorded on: 24 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox

In 1895 the LSE was born with little to suggest that it would one day become one of the most influential and respected...

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Middle East Border Geopolitics: established and emerging themes

Recorded on: 24 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Richard Schofield

In trying to make sense of the spontaneous appearance of new borderland spatialities in Syria and Iraq, as well as...

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Literary Festival 2015: Foundations of Faith

Recorded on: 24 February 2015

Speaker(s): Sarah Perry, Professor Graham Ward

A conversation exploring the role of religious belief in European life and literature. <br><br>Despite the increased...

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Literary Festival 2015: An Eye for Life

Recorded on: 24 February 2015

Speaker(s): Marion Coutts, Ali Smith

Ali Smith's How to be Both, in which the lives of a 15th-century fresco painter and a 21st-century Cambridge schoolgirl...

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Literary Festival 2015: Language, Landscape and Identity in Palestine

Recorded on: 23 February 2015

Speaker(s): Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh in conversation with Professor Craig Calhoun will discuss his new book, Language of War, Language of...

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Literary Festival 2015: Philanthropic Partnerships: innovation and social change

Recorded on: 23 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Lee Elliot Major, Clare Woodcraft-Scott

LSE's origins are rooted in philanthropy for change, with our foundation funded through Henry Hunt Hutchinson's bequest...

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Literary Festival 2015: Words in Time and Place

Recorded on: 23 February 2015

Speaker(s): David Crystal

If you lived in 1800, which words existed in English to let you talk about money or the weather? Or 1600? Or at any...

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Literary Festival 2015: A Little Gay History

Recorded on: 23 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Parkinson

Richard Parkinson will present a ground-breaking LGBT history project by the British Museum, drawing on objects ranging...

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Ayn Rand, the Financial Crisis and the Age of Selfishness

Recorded on: 18 February 2015

Speaker(s): Darryl Cunningham

An illustrated lecture by graphic journalist Darryl Cunningham based on his new book, Supercrash: How To Hijack The...

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The Brain's Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries

Recorded on: 18 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Norman Doidge

In his new book The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge shows the astonishing advances of neuroplasticity being used...

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Leaving the EU?

Recorded on: 17 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Damian Chalmers, Professor Carol Harlow, Dr Jan Komarek, Dr Jo Eric Khushal Murkens

Has the European Union reached the end of the road in the UK? The country has taken on a competence review aimed at...

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Are Welfare Programmes Just Keeping People Out of Work? An Economist's Take on Benefits Street

Recorded on: 17 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Camille Landais

Dr Landais will examine the latest research into the best ways of determining the optimal level of welfare provision...

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Structural Crisis of the Modern World-System

Recorded on: 16 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein (@iwallerstein) is Senior Research Scientist in Sociology at Yale University. He is the former...

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The Challenge of Big Data for the Social Sciences

Recorded on: 16 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Kenneth Benoit, Kenneth Cukier

The ubiquity of "big data" about social, political and economic phenomena has the potential to transform the way we...

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Investor Protection in TTIP: fading democracy or new generation?

Recorded on: 12 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp, Professor Martti Koskenniemi

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)...

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Children's Rights in the Digital Age

Recorded on: 11 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sonia Livingstone, John Carr, Professor Robin Mansell

Are children’s rights enhanced or undermined by access to the internet? Charters and manifestos for the digital age are...

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How Good We Can Be: ending the mercenary society and building a great country

Recorded on: 11 February 2015

Speaker(s): Will Hutton

A compelling and sharply insightful lecture that will examine the state of Britain today and look forward to the...

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Syria and the Future of the State Order in the Levant

Recorded on: 11 February 2015

Speaker(s): Steven Heydemann

As the Syrian conflict nears its fourth anniversary, it poses a growing threat to the stability of the state order in...

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Tuition Fees Assist Access: discuss

Recorded on: 11 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Nicholas Barr, Martin Lewis

Nicholas Barr has been described as one of the architects of student loans and tuition fees, and in particular of the...

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Hong Kong: the struggle at the end of history

Recorded on: 10 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Conor Gearty, Raymond Li, Professor Danny Quah, Isabella Steger

The Umbrella Revolution has re-ignited a global debate on democracy. Why have the dynamics in this small ex British...

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Philosophy, the Public and Other Subjects

Recorded on: 10 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Simon Glendinning

50 years ago Professor Glendinning gave an inaugural lecture arguing for the abolition of inaugural lectures. His...

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Women, Peace and Security Centre Launch Event

Recorded on: 10 February 2015

Speaker(s): William Hague MP, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Professor Christine Chinkin

LSE today hosted First Secretary of State William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt to launch the UK’s...

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On Informed Consent

Recorded on: 9 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Baroness O’Neill, Professor Jonathan Wolff

Informed consent is not the most fundamental ethical standard, but a means of securing respect for other, more basic...

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STAR: using visual economic models to engage stakeholders to increase value in the NHS

Recorded on: 5 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Mara Airoldi, Professor Gwyn Bevan, Siân Williams

STAR is the Socio-Technical Allocation of Resource which has been designed, through an eight-year research programme at...

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How to See into the Future

Recorded on: 5 February 2015

Speaker(s): Tim Harford

Tim Harford will explain what’s really going on in the large-scale economic world – and what it means for us all in the...

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What do the Greek elections mean for Greece’s future?

Recorded on: 5 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Daphne Halikiopoulou, Dimitri Vayanos

The outcome of the Greek election on 25th January is being watched closely by euro-zone leaders and the financial...

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The Age of Sustainable Development

Recorded on: 4 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

In this public lecture Professor Sachs will talk about his upcoming book, The Age of Sustainable Development, which...

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Human Shield

Recorded on: 4 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Judith Butler

Recent debates about human shields in the summer bombardment of Gaza raised the question of how the unarmed human form...

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"Not in Our Name": contesting the (mis) use of psychological arguments in the immigration debate

Recorded on: 3 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Steve Reicher, Dr Suki Ali, Dr Caroline Howarth

Anti-immigration arguments rest on a series of unfounded psychological assumptions. Professor Reicher will propose a...

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The Butterfly Defect

Recorded on: 3 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ian Goldin, Professor Danny Quah

Professor Goldin will address how global hyperconnectivity creates systemic risks and how this can be managed...

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Enriching our lives – why the Humanities and Social Sciences matter now

Recorded on: 3 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julia Black, Greg Clark, Professor Lord Stern

In February 2014 the British Academy published Prospering Wisely, a multimedia resource which explores the nature of...

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A Stress Test Of The Welfare State

Recorded on: 2 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Tito Boeri

How did the welfare state in Europe cope with the Great Recession and the Eurozone crisis? While a lot of attention has...

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On Truth

Recorded on: 2 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Pascal Engel, Professor Simon Blackburn

Realists take truth to be a robust property of our thoughts and assertions, one which fits certain facts in the world....

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Hezbollah, Islamist Politics and International Society

Recorded on: 2 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Filippo Dionigi

Dr Dionigi will launch his new book on Hezbollah and Islamist politics, looking at how the norms of the liberal...

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Better Growth, Better Climate: cities and the new climate economy

Recorded on: 29 January 2015

Speaker(s): Graham Floater, Philipp Rode, Dimitri Zenghelis

This event is structured around research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the cities workstream...

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Materiality and Computer Art

Recorded on: 29 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Margaret Boden

Professor Boden will explore philosophical issues about art. Are computer artworks physical objects? Do they really...

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AEC 2015 – A Perspective from Business

Recorded on: 28 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dato Sri Nazir Razak

How will the ASEAN Economic Community change the political and economic landscape of Southeast Asia? What form will it...

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Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights

Recorded on: 28 January 2015

Speaker(s): Gareth Peirce, Professor Saskia Sassen, Professor Jeanne Theoharis

Since 9/11 the rules governing extradition from the UK to the US have been systematically relaxed, and safeguards...

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Institutionalising Public Deliberation: empowerment or appeasement?

Recorded on: 28 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Laurence Monnoyer-Smith

France’s institutionalisation of public debate faces criticism as being an instrument for appeasement....

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Sovereigns, Vultures and Ignoble Cowardice

Recorded on: 27 January 2015

Speaker(s): Felix Salmon

Atrocious jurisprudence has plunged Argentina into an unwanted default and upended the world of sovereign debt....

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Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Motivations and Implications

Recorded on: 27 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Neumann

Large numbers of foreigners, including many Europeans, have joined jihadist groups in the Syrian/Iraqi conflict. Who...

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The Organised Mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload

Recorded on: 26 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Daniel J Levitin

The information age is drowning us in a deluge of data, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts...

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The return of the 'German question'

Recorded on: 26 January 2015

Speaker(s): Hans Kundnani, Quentin Peel

A panel debate to mark the launch of Hans Kundnani's recently published book 'The Paradox of German Power'....

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Neighbours, Peers and Educational Achievement

Recorded on: 22 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Stephen Gibbons, Dr Tim Leunig, Professor Ruth Lupton

Many believe that education is very sensitive to the influence of school friends and neighbours. Professor Stephen...

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Hall of Mirrors

Recorded on: 21 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Barry Eichengreen

Popular understanding of the Great Depression shaped the response to the Great Recession. The experience of the Great...

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Being German, Becoming Muslim: race, religion, and conversion in the New Europe

Recorded on: 21 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Esra Özyürek, Dr Ruth Mandel, Dr Nasar Meer, Professor Joel Robbins

The panellists will discuss Dr Özyürek’s newly published book Being German, Becoming Muslim: race, religion, and...

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Defending Human Rights in Russia

Recorded on: 21 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dmitri Makarov, Dr Mary McAuley, Roman Udot

An unprecedented number of laws have been adopted in Russia over the past two years which dramatically restrict the...

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After Snowden

Recorded on: 20 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ronald J Deibert, Dr Gus Hossein, Professor Sir David Omand, Professor Ronald W Pruessen

What are the implications of surveillance, big data, malware and hacking for individuals and societies? What...

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Inequality and Taxation in a Globalised World

Recorded on: 20 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Gabriel Zucman

Dr Zucman will discuss recent evidence on rising inequality, proposals made to curb these trends and challenges raised...

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In Conversation with Professor Lawrence H. Summers

Recorded on: 20 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lawrence H. Summers

This public conversation with one of America’s leading economists, Professor Lawrence H. Summers, will focus on the...

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A Conversation on Central Banking

Recorded on: 19 January 2015

Speaker(s): Sir Alan Budd, Lord King

Lord King and Sir Alan will look back at central developments in banking over the last two decades. <br><br>Alan Budd...

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Managing Disruption, Avoiding Disaster and Growing Stronger in an Unpredictable World

Recorded on: 19 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Judith Rodin

Through dramatic stories, penetrating insights, and research from around the world, Judith Rodin, the President of the...

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Second Annual CAF-LSE Global South Conference

Recorded on: 16 January 2015

Speaker(s): See event programme for details

Geopolitics and the Global South: Challenges of the Emerging International Order. <br><br>Opening Ceremony and Keynote...

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Corporate Boards: facts and myths

Recorded on: 15 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Ferreira

Corporate Boards are a central part of a firm’s governance structure, and have since the 1980s received regulatory...

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Conor Gearty in Conversation with Chaloka Beyani

Recorded on: 14 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Chaloka Beyani

Dr Beyani will talk about international human rights, working with the UN and his duties as Special Rapporteur on the...

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Should Markets be Moral?

Recorded on: 14 January 2015

Speaker(s): Felix Martin, Professor Lord Skidelsky

Professor Lord Skidelsky will be in conversation with Felix Martin about the topic of a recent book he edited, to...

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Picturing Race and Inequality: the potential for social change

Recorded on: 13 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Mark Neville, Professor Tim Newburn, Professor Gwendolyn Sasse, Polly Toynbee

The panel will discuss effective ways of communicating and changing inequality, centring on the work of artist Mark...

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Signals: the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics

Recorded on: 13 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Pippa Malmgren

Economic signals are everywhere, from magazine covers to grocery stores to military events. They reveal the story of...

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The Cold War and the Culture of Secrecy

Recorded on: 13 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Connelly

Official secrecy in the U.S. during the Cold War altered the culture of government and served many hidden agendas....

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What Is Rationality, Anyway?

Recorded on: 13 January 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Peter Dennis

Appeals to rationality are found in every area of life. But how can we accuse one another of being irrational if we...

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Berber government: the Kabyle polity in pre-colonial Algeria

Recorded on: 12 January 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Hugh Roberts

In this lecture and book launch, Professor Hugh Roberts discusses his new book, Berber Government: the Kabyle Polity in...

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