Saving the British strawberry
Researchers at Warwick HRI describe a project which could help to prevent the disappearance of UK grown strawberries due to changes in the weather by helping farmers combat the effects of climate change.
Public Bailout of Banks Recklessness
In response to the ongoing sub-prime crisis, the recently published Crosby Report recommends that the Government uses public money to swap banks seriously damaged mortgage-backed securities for pristine government bonds. Matthew Watson from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University talks about these recommendations, and how the global credit crunch is affecting Labours popularity with the electorate.
Dr Angie Hobbs Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy
Dr Angie Hobbs discusses her new role as the first ever UK Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy, charged with bringing philosophy to as wide an audience as possible in Britain and beyond.
Public Diplomacy - Steps to the Future
Lord David Triesman of Tottenham will discuss the role that public diplomacy plays in the achievement of the government's international objectives. As chair of the Public Diplomacy Board, he will describe the approach that has been developed as a result of Lord Carter's 2005 Review of Public Diplomacy, with a primary focus on engaging with foreign public audiences.
British Foreign Policy - Challenges facing the next Prime Minister
This public debate marks the launch of British Diplomacy: Foreign Secretaries Reflect edited by Graham Ziegner (Politico's, March '07). The book includes contributions from five former UK Foreign Secretaries who provide a unique insight into the thoughts and actions of the holders of one of the most difficult and challenging posts within British government, highlighting the problems faced during their time as Foreign Secretary and giving a personal account of how these problems were tackled. Pro
Will Blair's European Dream Be Brown's British Nightmare?
Tony Blair was at ease in the European Union. He saw the EU as part of the solution to the challenges of economic reform, energy security and climate change. Gordon Brown does not like 'abroad'. Will he be tempted to play the euro sceptic card? Will the EU constitution be, for him, a text too far? Or can Brown do for UK relations with her EU partners what Nixon did for US/China relations?
The Future of Iraq: the media and public response to the Iraq Commission
Following a series of hearings, Channel 4 aired the findings of the Channel 4/ Foreign Policy Centre Iraq Commission in a special programme presented by Jon Snow on Saturday 14 July 2007. The Commission, the equivalent of the US Iraq Study Group, is an independent, cross-party Commission which has produced recommendations on the future of Britain's role in Iraq. The POLIS event will be the first public debate on the findings of the Iraq Commission. Through incorporative panel debate, it will gau
Public Space and the Body
Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation. Antony Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999. Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. Renata Salecl is centennial professor of law at LSE and a senior researcher in criminology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Future of Impartiality - Is the Public Service Ethos Doomed?
Is it possible to regulate for impartiality in a post 2012 world or is the public service ethos doomed? Emily Bell is a journalist for The Guardian. Evan Davies is BBC Economics Editor. Richard North is a journalist and commentator for the BBC. Elinor Goodman is former political editor for Channel 4 news.
Global Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy
Much of the world is moving towards the entertainment-centred, market-based media model of the United States. If this continues, we will enter a new era of political ignorance. James Curran is director of the Media Research Programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The Future of Broadcasting - Public Service in a Digital Age
The countdown to the end of British public service broadcasting has begun. In 2012 analogue is switched off as the digital competition threatens to shatter the status quo. Is this a cultural disaster in the making or an opportunity to create a more open and creative broadcast media?
Beauty and the Beast - Numbers and Public Policy
Numbers have become the all-powerful language of public argument, but too often, that power is abused and the numbers bamboozle. How can we see our way through them? Michael Blastland is a writer and broadcaster and the originator of the More or Less programme on BBC Radio 4. Andrew Dilnot is principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and former director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Outsiders Inside and Insiders Outside: linking transnational and domestic public action
Does globalisation and the idea of a global civil society provide an adequate framework for understanding contemporary domestic and international non-governmental public action? Sidney Tarrow teaches government and sociology at Cornell University. Jan Aart Scholte is centennial professor at LSE and professor at the University of Warwick.
Thinking Like a Social Scientist: public economics and pub economics
In this lunchtime series lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences 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. Nicholas Barr is professor of public economics at LSE and the author of numerous books
Risk, ethics and public sensitivities
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences 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.
Geopolitics and Imperialism: the British Empire and Halford Mackinder 1890-1940
It was perhaps no coincidence that Halford Mackinder, the most famous exponent of geopolitical theory, wrote his seminal essay in 1904 when British world power seemed on the verge of a secular crisis. This lecture examines how far the insights contained in Mackinder's four major works explain the geopolitical fortunes of the British world system in its age of blood and iron.
Students at Risk: Nutrition, Obesity and the Public School System
Panelists: Nancy Huehnergarth, Director, New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance (NYSHEPA); Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Yale's Rudd Center; Dr. Susan Rubin, Founder, Better School Food and "Two Angry Moms"; Chef Collazo, Head Chef of the Department of Education in New York City. Moderator: Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Waste Not, Want Not - Preparing Public Information Campaigns in Support of Water Conservation
In this lesson, students share opinions about the causes and effects of droughts. They then investigate and prepare public information campaigns supporting water conservation in their community.
Immunization Hesitancy: A Rising Tide that Challenges the Public Health
Societal support for traditional childhood immunization is changing. Increasingly, parents are renegotiating recommended immunization schedules with pediatricians. Marcuse, also associate medical director at Seattle Children's Hospital, discusses this hesitancy and the potential consequences for disease prevention. In this videotaped lecture, he also addresses balancing parental rights with protecting public health. This lecture was part of the Howard A. Schneiderman Memorial Bioethics Lecture S
Sources of Radiation (Interactive)
Radiation, like energy, comes in many different forms and from many different sources. This interactive activity from the NOVA Web site identifies common forms of radiation that people encounter throughout their lives and explains where they come from and what effects they might have on human health.