Beyond the Banality of Evil [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Steve Reicher | This lecture critically addresses Hannah Arendt's hypothesis on the banality of evil arguing that those who commit extreme acts are not aware of the consequences of their actions: rather, they celebrate these consequences as moral. Steve Reicher is professor of social psychology at the University of St Andrew's, Scotland
The West in a New World: what future for transatlantic relations? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Pierre Hassner | The world has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War, but the transatlantic relationship has yet to be reviewed. The time has come to rethink it, along with the concept of the West. Pierre Hassner is an emeritus senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po.
A Debate about the Definition of 'Britishness' [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Bernard Crick, Professor Anne Phillips | As the composition of British society transforms with immigration and transnational identities, ideas about the notion of 'Britishness' are changing too. In the interest of a cohesive citizenry, must the UK return to 'core British values'? Or should Britain's identity change with its population? Should a British identity even exist? Sir Bernard Crick is emeritus professor of Birkbeck College and author of Life in the United Kingd
Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor John Sidel [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Sidel | In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social scientists work to address the critical problems of the day. They survey the leading ideas and contributions made by their discipline, explain the types of problems that are addressed and the tools that are used, and explore the kinds of solutions proposed. John Sidel is Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics.
Hot, Flat and Crowded [Audio]
Speaker(s): Thomas L Friedman | Thomas L Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of our biggest challenges - the global environmental crisis and America's surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11 - and shows how they're linked. He argues that we need American commitment and leadership in a green revolution, a revolution that will be the biggest innovation project in history, one that will inspire us to summon all the intelligence, creativity, boldness and concern for t
Human Rights Day Event: The Right of Rights 1948-2008 [Audio]
Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti, Jonathan Cooper; Professor Conor Gearty; Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Professor Francesca Klug; Professor Peter Townsend | To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this fun yet challenging event will ask which is the greatest right.
Is Global Democracy Possible? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Daniele Archibugi, Professor Michael Cox; George Monbiot | This panel will explore whether or not the concepts and practices of democracy can be extended beyond borders to embrace the global order. Panellists take sharply different views on this question and very lively debate is promised. Daniele Archibugi is professor of innovation, governance and public policy at Birkbeck College. Michael Cox is professor of international relations at LSE. George Monbiot is a bestselling
Democracy in America: Jefferson, Tocqueville, and Lincoln [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Peter Onuf | Professor Onuf explores the development of the elusive and controversial ideal of democracy from Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary writings to Abraham Lincoln's great effort to vindicate republican principles in the American Civil War. Peter Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford.
LSE Literary Weekend - Ben Okri 'showcase' [Audio]
Speaker(s): Ben Okri | Poet in the City and LSE are honoured to be holding a special showcase event with the world famous poet and writer Ben Okri. Born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, he became world famous as a writer in 1991 when he won the Booker prize for his novel The Famished Road. Set in a Nigerian village, this was the first in a trilogy of successful novels about Azaro, a spirit child. In all he has published eight novels, and won countless awards and honours for his writing. His l
LSE Literary Weekend - I Shall Die by Inches: Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying [Audio]
Speaker(s): Will Self | "All but death" wrote Emily Dickinson "can be adjusted", and yet, the cold fact that bodies must eventually die only serves to hide the reality of death as a contested cultural domain, where competing notions of public and private, tradition and innovation, individual and collective, are played out, and discourses within literature, art, jurisprudence, medicine, religion, and politics all stake their claim to knowledge of the great unknown. This talk will illuminate the
A Lecture by President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev - in English [Audio]
Speaker(s): President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev | Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev was elected President of the Russian Federation in March 2008. In November 2005 he was elected First Deputy Prime Minister, previous to this he was Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office.
The State between Migration and Sojourning: the China difference [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Wang Gungwu | At the end of the 19th century, the Qing court described all Chinese living overseas as sojourners. Under the Republic, overseas Chinese were enjoined to be patriotic. After 1949, migration policies changed several times. Why did three different Chinese states pay so much attention to this subject?
The Lebanese Elections and Middle Eastern Democracy [Audio]
Speaker(s): Hussain Abdul Hussain | From military intervention in Iraq, to supporting an uprising in Lebanon, forcing elections in the Palestinian Territories and imposing international isolation on Syria, the world has tried several scenarios to spread democracy in Middle Eastern countries. In light of the Lebanese elections on June 7, Hussain Abdul-Hussain will explore the status of democracy in the Middle East as well as look at broader impact of these elections on the regional balance of pow
The Global Emerging Market and its role in a time of crisis [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Vladimir Kvint | The global emerging market, which did not exist 25 years ago, now has an input of about 50% into the world economy and attracts more than 40% of foreign direct investment. The economic dynamic of emerging market countries has a strong and positive influence on the world economy and, as such, has to be re-evaluated during this development of a new global order. Dr. Vladimir Kvint, economist and strategist, is the President of the International Academy of Emerging M
Stuff White People Like - How to find social success with the urban-dwelling middle classes [Audio]
Speaker(s): Christian Lander | When Christian Lander started a blog as a joke he never imagined that his inside joke would turn into a New York Times Bestseller and a piece of internet history with more than 60 million hits to his site. Here Lander investigates, explains and offers advice for anyone wanting to interact with the caucasian persuasion and needing to understand their ways.
Torture and Accountability: where does President Obama go from here? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Karen Greenberg; Professor Philippe Sands | Karen Greenberg and Philippe Sands discuss the issues facing the Obama Administration as it grapples with the consequences of President Bush's 'global war on terror', interrogation practises and other detainee issues, including issues of investigation and criminal liability.
The Reform of the International Financial System: a proposal with the lessons from the crisis [Audio
Speaker(s): José María Aznar | A crisis that has impoverished the world has shown the need for an enhanced rules-based framework for the international financial system. More transparency, better regulation, incentives and oversight and a more in depth understanding of the implications of increased financial interdependence in a globalized world are the basis for the reforms needed.
Victims or Survivors? The Emerging Economies and the Economic Crisis [Audio]
Speaker(s): Thomas Mirow. | 18 months into the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, which countries seem to have made the grade? And how have they done so?
Aftershock: Europe And The Post-Crisis World [Audio]
Speaker(s): Philippe Legrain | The financial crisis brought the world to the brink of economic breakdown. As bubble turned to bust, Depression loomed. Now bankers' bonuses are back, house prices are rising again and politicians promise recovery while unemployment remains high, debts mount, frictions with China grow and the planet overheats. Is this really sustainable - or do we need to change course?
How Much Does Good Management Matter? Evidence From India [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Roberts | As early as 2005 Roubini speculated that house prices would soon sink the economy, and in 2006 warned the IMF that the The quality of management varies significantly across countries, with less developed countries featuring a large share of poorly managed firms. In a field experiment we explore why so many Indian firms are poorly managed, whether this can be improved and what the effect of better management is on performance. We find strong positive results