2006-2007 lecture series

Global Risks and Politics in the 21st Century

Summer Term

8 May:  Mr Jeremy Rifkin · The Hydrogen Economy: Making the Transition to the Third Industrial Revolution and a New Energy Era

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC. He is an American economist, writer and an activist who seeks to shape public policy in the United States and globally. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has engaged in litigation extensively to ensure 'responsible' government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues. His numerous publications include 2004, The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream; 2002, The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth; 2000, The Age Of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism, Where All of Life Is a Paid-For Experience, Putnam Publishing Group; 1998, The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World.

22 May:  Professor Avner Offer · The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control, Well-Being, and Future Shock

Avner Offer is Chichele Professor of Economic History in the Faculty of History, Oxford University. In his lecture Avner Offer will draw on his recently published book The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950 (Oxford University Press, 2006).

5 June:  Professors Hilary Rose & Steven Rose · Globalization, Biotechnology and Democracy

Steven Rose is a professor of biology and neurobiology at the Open University and University of London. Rose studied biochemistry at King's College, University of Cambridge and neurobiology at Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry. His research focuses on the biological processes involved in memory formation and treatments for Alzheimer's Disease. He writes for The Guardian and is a regular panellist on Radio 4 ethics debates. He is married to Hilary Rose. Hilary Rose held the Gresham professorship for sociology at the Open University. She is a former lecturer at LSE. Together with her husband, they have written and edited a number of books including 'Alas Poor Darwin: arguments against evolutionary psychology'.

Lent Term

!! CANCELLED !! February 5:   Professors Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri · The Collapse of Unilateralism, the Impossibility of Multilateralism, and the Genealogy of Resistance                                                                                                       

Michael Hardt is Associate Professor in the Literature Program at Duke University. Antonio Negri is a moral and political philosopher and former inmate in Rebibbia Prison in Rome. Both are probably best known for their co-aouthorship of Empire (Harvard University Press, 2000) and have recently published Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004).

12 February:  Dr Saba Mahmood · Islamist Politics and the Euro-American Left: an impasse?

Saba Mahmood is an anthropologist at UC Berkeley and the author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2005). Professor Mahmood's talk challenges her audience to re-think some of the foundational assumptions about politics, ethics, morality, and democracy at the centre of liberal political thought.

7 March:  Professors Michael Clark & Mary Kaldor · Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism and Human Security: a Debate

Michael Clarke is the director of the Centre for Defence Studies and of the International Policy Institute at King's College. He is senior Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997. Since 2004 he is also member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Mary Kaldor is Director of the LSE Centre for the Study of Global Governance. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END), founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly, and a member of the International Independent Commission to investigate the Kosovo Crisis.

Winter Term

November 1:  Professor David Held · Reframing Global Governance: apocalypse soon, or reform!

David Held is Graham Wallace Professor of Political Science and co-director of LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance.

November 20:  Sir Professor David King · Climate Change: global solutions for an international problem

Sir David King is chief scientific adviser to the UK government, head of the Office of Science and Technology and professor of chemistry at Cambridge.

December 5:  Professors Tony Barnett & Alan Whiteside · Governing Disease: lessons from the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Professor Tony Barnett is professorial research fellow in the Development Studies Institute. Alan Whiteside is director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.