Tuesday 10 March 2020, 18:00-20:00
Old Theatre, Old Building
With public trust in democracy at the lowest it's been in decades; in a time of mounting social discontent and increasing inequality particularly between the rich and poor, the healthy and sick, old and the young, the homed and the homeless; who is it we can look to for help in such uncertain times?
It's said knowledge is power, yet what do the economists, political scientists, policy makers, lawyers and social science researchers offer us in terms of a way forward? What information and tools, can, or should they have provided us, the people, with in order to tackle some of the complex problems arising in society today?
STICERD and the Department of Economics, in partnership with the Department of Law and School of Public Policy, will look to answer some of these questions by putting the social sciences on trial for the crime of failing society.
In the form of a mock trial, presided over by a 'judge', the prosecution will argue the case on behalf of the people, while the professors will defend their science. The jury (the live audience) will also have the opportunity to question witnesses. The trial will decide whether the social sciences, as an area of research, commentary and investigation has failed society.
This is a free public event: Register via Eventbrite
Twitter hashtag: #LSETrial
Find out the cast and more information here.