Literary Festival 2011 - Through the Soviet Looking-Glass [Audio]
Speaker(s): Francis Spufford | At first sight, the USSR of the 1950s and 1960s is a formidably remote and strange place for an early 21st-century western observer to try to inhabit: ideological, materially alien, suffused with obsolete expectations, and operating in its daily life and economic life according to rules that eerily reverse our own. But the reward for crossing this particular imaginative border, argues Francis Spufford, is the discovery, in the mirrorworld of the Soviet Union, of de
Literary Festival 2011 - The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Deat
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray | During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century science became the vehicle for an assault on death. The power of knowledge was summoned to free humans of their mortality. Science was used against science and became a channel for faith. John Gray is most recently the acclaimed author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, and Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals. Having been Professor of Politics at Oxford, Visitin
Can Middle East peace be imposed? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Henry Siegman | Henry Siegman is president of the U.S./Middle East Project, an initiative focused on U.S.-Middle East policy and the Israel-Palestine conflict, launched by the Council on Foreign Relations in 1994. The organization was established as an independent policy institute in 2006 under the chairmanship of General Brent Scowcroft. Mr Siegman is also a visiting research professor at the Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East Program of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Univer
Good Life in Hard Times [Audio]
Speaker(s): Archbishop Vincent Nichols | Archbishop Nichols will be speaking about the importance of religious freedom, and arguing that promoting religious freedom increases our capacity to do good in the public square. He will also be drawing out some implications from Catholic social teaching for a richer understanding of human dignity and the role of the state and the market in serving human needs. Vincent Nichols is the 11th Archbishop of Westminster. He was elected president of the Catholi
Israeli Society and the Occupation [Audio]
Speaker(s): Gideon Levy | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of the podcast. Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. In his lecture he will explore how Israeli society deals with the occupation and with the international criticism of this. He will also examine the role of the Israeli media in supporting the occupation. Gideon Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the
The Economic Future of the European Union [Audio]
Speaker(s): John Bruton | John Bruton is chair of IFSC Ireland. He was EU ambassador to the US from 2004 to 2009, and was Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland from 1994 to 1997.
The Human Sciences in the 'Age of Biology' – revitalising sociology [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Nikolas Rose | Thanks to the insights of genomics and neuroscience we now understand ourselves in radically new ways. Is a new figure of the human, and of the social, taking shape in the 21st century? Nikolas Rose is professor of sociology and director of BIOS at LSE.
21st Century Statecraft [Audio]
Speaker(s): Alec Ross | Technology and innovation have changed the conditions for statecraft in the 21st century. Just as the internet has changed economics, culture, and politics, it is also transforming the practice of foreign policy. It is not simply the fact that more people are using ever more sophisticated technologies; the structural and demographic changes that have accompanied these quantum leaps in connection technologies are highly disruptive. Recent events in North Africa and the Mid
Buying Low, Flying High: carbon offsets and partial compliance [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Kai Spiekermann | Many airlines allow their customers to 'offset' the emissions caused by flying. Is it permissible to fly purely for pleasure as long as we buy carbon offsets? Kai Spiekermann is lecturer in political philosophy at LSE's Department of Government.
Triumph of the City: how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and hap
Speaker(s): Professor Edward Glaeser | Building and maintaining cities is difficult and density has costs, but in this presentation Professor Edward Glaeser will argue that these costs are worth bearing, because whether in London’s ornate arcades or Rio’s fractious favelas, whether in the high rises of Hong Kong or the dusty workplaces of Dharavi, our culture, our prosperity, and our freedom are all ultimately gifts of people living, working, and thinking together – the ultimate triumph of
Africa's Diasporas: a continental longing for form? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Ato Quayson | In 2005 the African Union declared the African diaspora to be the sixth region of the continent. But was the concept of ""African Diaspora"" understood correctly at the time? This lecture will offer a more complex definition. It will focus on the difference between dispersion and diaspora, the dynamics of identity formation, the contrasts between Indian Ocean and Atlantic processes of diasporization, and the growth of a mixed-race population. Ato Quayson is
The Future of Finance: The LSE Report [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Charles Goodhart, Dr Paul Woolley, Mark Schieritz, Dr Holger Schmieding, Hiltrud Thelen-Pischke, Dr Friedrich Thelen | The Future of Finance report presents a novel approach to the reform of the world's financial system, starting with the basic question, what is a financial system for? It shows that the existing system has become far more complicated than it needs to be to discharge its functions – and dangerously unstable into the bargain. It proposes some drastic remedi
It's all about people [Audio]
Speaker(s): Sheryl Sandberg | We are witnessing the transformation of the web from the information web to the social web. This has profound implications for how people relate to each other, the communities around them and to government and business. Sheryl will discuss how these relationships are changing in a world that is built around social principles and powered by web and mobile technologies. Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She oversees the company's business opera
Islamic finance - is it here to stay?
Leading figures from the world of Islamic finance - Baljeet Kaur Grewal of KHR Research, Farmida Bi of Norton Rose and Richard Thomas of Gatehouse Bank - explored some of the contemporary issues with academic staff and other industry professionals.
Michael Robinson, TE Connect
Jim Farrell, Pepsi Beverages Company
Arno Bingemann, BASF
Jim Rice/Ken Cottrill – MIT CTL
From Olympic swimmer to Princess of Monaco
June 28 - South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock is getting ready to marry Prince Albert of Monaco. Gemma Haines reports.
Mermaid Quay and the Cardiff Bay Barrage
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Echolocation in Action!
In this activity, students will experience echolocation themselves. They actually try echolocation by wearing blindfolds while another student makes snapping noises in front of, behind, or to the side of them.