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Why (and How) Things Happen

LSE and The Young Foundation Public Lecture

Date: Thursday 8 September 2005
Time: 6.30pm
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Professor Charles Tilly
Chair: Geoff Mulgan

Charles Tilly is one of the world's leading social scientists and unmatched in his ability to bring new insights to very varied fields. Having started his career as an historian, his recent work has provided compelling explanations of some of the most important social phenomena of our times. In Durable Inequality he addressed the deep-seated causes of inequality and why, for example, gender and race inequalities have persisted. In The Politics of Collective Violence he looked at the causes of violence in all its forms, from communal riots in India, to genocide in Rwanda and football hooliganism in the UK. In Social Movements; 1768-2004 he described the continuities and evolution of social change from the movement against slavery to the anti-globalisation movement. In his lecture he will be talking about how we explain complex social phenomena as diverse as 9/11, pay inequality and urban riots.

The Young Foundation, which is being launched this autumn, is a unique organisation that undertakes research to identify and understand social needs then develops practical initiatives and institutions to address them. More information about The Young Foundation can be found at www.youngfoundation.org.uk

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. 
Update: 10.00am Wednesday 7 September

The online ticket request form is now closed as all tickets for members of the public, LSE staff and alumni have been allocated.  Tickets for this event were distributed as of Thursday 1 September. Any applicants who were unsuccessful in their ticket request have been advised.

All tickets for LSE students have also been allocated.

If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then you have two options on the day:

Returns Queue:
There will be a returns queue in operation for the Old Theatre. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located on the ground floor of the Old Building, next to the Old Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.

Video Link Venue:
There will also be a live video link to the New Theatre, East Building. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry to this venue will be on a first come, first serve basis.


Text of Professor Tilly's lecture - Why (and How) Things Happen (PDF)

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk.