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The Director's channel

This channel highlights podcasts and videos featuring LSE’s Director.

Some of the videos and podcasts posted below were recorded when Howard Davies was LSE’s Director. LSE's current Director is Professor Craig Calhoun (from 1 September 2012). See Meet the Director for further information.

To view other video and audio content including the full catalogue of LSE's public lecture podcasts and videos - see channels.

Welcome to LSE

Released on: 26 September 2016

Contributor(s): Professor Julia Black

Welcome to all LSE students and staff from Professor Julia Black, interim Director

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The final Gearty Grilling: Craig Calhoun on facing the future

Released on: 2 July 2015

Contributor(s): Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE and world-renowned social scientist, discusses his research and the future of LSE.

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Season's Greetings from LSE

Released on: 17 December 2014


2014 was another extraordinary year for LSE. We saw accolades for our staff, students and graduates, a stellar array of...

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LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun discusses the legacy of WW1

Released on: 25 September 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

World War One was the most catastrophic event of the last century, responsible for the transformation of nation states...

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LSE Literary Festival 2014 - The books that inspired Craig Calhoun

Released on: 17 February 2014

Contributor(s): Amy Mollett, Craig Calhoun

To celebrate and support the LSE Literary Festival the LSE Review of Books is asking prominent LSE academics and event...

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Human Suffering and Humanitarian Emergencies

Recorded on: 5 November 2013

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

Humanitarian emergencies are not simply brute facts, appealing directly to our emotions or our moral sensibilities....

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Social Movements in the US: From the American Revolution to Obama

Recorded on: 23 July 2013

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication,...

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The Democracy Project

Recorded on: 30 April 2013

Speaker(s): Dr David Graeber, Professor Craig Calhoun

From the earliest meetings for Occupy Wall Street, David Graeber felt that something was different from previous...

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LSE China Lecture Series - What Threatens Global Capitalism Now?

Recorded on: 20 March 2013

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

In this lecture LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, considers the threats, internal and external to global capitalism.

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Get to know LSE's Director

Released on: 4 February 2013

Contributor(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

In this short film Professor Craig Calhoun talks about his academic career and intellectual development. Find out what...

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LSE Director's Inaugural Alumni Lecture

Recorded on: 30 January 2013

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was...

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Social Movements and Social Change

Recorded on: 27 November 2012

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

Drawing on his decades of research on social protest, Professor Calhoun will explore the roots of radicalism and the...

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Knowledge Matters: the public mission of research universities

Recorded on: 13 November 2012

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun

The university is an institution in upheaval. In his Inaugural Lecture as Director of LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun...

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America and the World - After the Election

Recorded on: 12 November 2012

Speaker(s): Professor Anne Applebaum, Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Michael Cox, Gideon Rachman

After a closely fought election, this highly topical LSE public debate will look ahead to Obama’s second administration...

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America Votes

Recorded on: 29 October 2012

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Michael Cox, Dr Pippa Malmgren, Professor Sir Robert Worcester

With just a week to go to the US presidential election, this panel of experts will assess the state of the race, look...

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Occupy's Predicament: The Moment and the Prospects for Movement

Recorded on: 18 October 2012

Speaker(s): Professor Todd Gitlin, Professor Craig Calhoun

Erupting in September 2011, Occupy Wall Street was jump-started by a radical core who devised a form of action,...

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Financial Reform in China

Recorded on: 14 October 2010

Speaker(s): Howard Davies

In the 6th of an annual series of lectures, Howard Davies reviews the development of the Chinese financial system over...

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Steering the British Economy

Recorded on: 6 October 2010

Speaker(s): Howard Davies

Howard Davies delivers an orientation lecture to LSE students giving an insiders perspective on monetary policy and the...

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The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?

Recorded on: 28 September 2010

Speaker(s): Howard Daves, Robert Peston

There is still no consensus on who or what caused the financial crisis which engulfed the world, beginning in the...

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LSE Director's Dialogue with Paul Volcker

Recorded on: 13 May 2010

Speaker(s): Howard Davies and Paul Volcker

Howard Davies is director of LSE. Prior to this, from 1997-2003 he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority,...

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