Imagining a Humanist Europe [Audio]
Speaker(s): Francois Bayrou | Frangois Bayrou will address the theme of humanism. He will outline how he believes that Europe needs a new set of values and specially humanism after the failures of capitalism. Frangois Bayrou is the leader of the French centre party called Mouvement Democrate (Democratic Mouvement) and former presidential candidate. Mr Bayrou entered politics in the early 1980s and joined the centre right party called UDF. He served as education minister in centre-right governmen
Friedrich Engels: the man who made Marxism [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Tristram Hunt | With capitalism in crisis, the shadow of Karl Marx is looming large. But what about the co-author of The Communist Manifesto? In advance of a major new biography, The Frock-Coated Communist, Tristram Hunt explores the life and work, the personal contradictions and ideological breakthroughs, of Friedrich Engels. Cotton-lord and communist, Engels was the man who turned Marxism into a political force - and whose vision was then brutally betrayed in the 20th century.
How did HIV/AIDS affect rural communities in Africa? The answer to the question [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Stefan Dercon, Dr Janet Seeley | The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is almost 30 years old yet a number of the worst-case scenarios on the impact of AIDS in Africa have not come to pass. What did happen? The speakers give their answers using data from recent research in Tanzania and Uganda. Stefan Dercon is a quantitative economist, University of Oxford. Janet Seeley is an anthropologist at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.
Human Rights in the 21st Century [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Noam Chomsky | Leading thinker Professor Noam Chomsky considers the state and future of human rights. Noam Chomsky is professor of linguistics at MIT.
The Roller-coaster Reputation of John Maynard Keynes [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Peter Clarke | Keynes is simultaneously the twentieth century's most influential and itsmost controversial economist. Why has his reputation fluctuated in such an extraordinary way? How much relevance do his ideas, formed in the context of the 1920s and 1930s, still have for the problems faced today, particularly by the British and American economies.
Obama and the Arabs: the historical context [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Eugene Rogan | Barack Obama came to office determined to change America's relations with the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Arab world has responded to his message of "mutual interest and mutual respect" with enthusiasm and conviction. Part of the success of Obama as a communicator lies in the sensitivity he shows to recent Arab history. This lecture will examine the Obama factor in addressing the many challenges facing US policy towards the Mid East, and Arab relations with the wor
The Silverstone Panel on Digital Natives: A Lost Tribe? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor David Buckingham; Ranjana Das; Dr Chris Davies; Professor Sonia Livingstone; Dr Rebecca Willet | Enabling media literacy for 'digital natives' - a contradiction in terms? - Professor Sonia Livingstone, Department of Media and Communications, LSE. Talking about their generation: constructions of the digital learner - Professor David Buckingham, Institute of Education. -Q and A- Teenagers using the internet: riders, drivers, dabblers and outsiders - Dr Chris Davies, Universit
Doldrums to Downing Street? The Conservative Party's long journey from opposition to the brink of of
Speaker(s): Tim Bale | Why did the world's oldest and most successful political party dump Margaret Thatcher only to commit electoral suicide under John Major? Just as importantly, what stopped the Tories getting their act together until David Cameron came along? The answers, Tim Bale shows, are as provocative as the questions.
2010: Marking a New Beginning - Bosnia & Herzegovina and South East Europe [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Zlatko Lagumdzija | Dr Zlatko Lagumdzija is leader of the Social Democratic Party and a former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
LSE Literary Festival - Literature and the Academic: Literature as a resource for other disciplines
Speaker(s): Richard Bronk, Professor Margot Finn, Dr Neil Vickers | The session examines how the reading of literature can expand the analytical imagination, provide alternative metaphors and supply vital empirical evidence. Three academics from very different disciplines discuss ways in which literature can be invaluable to the broader research community.
The Brahimi Panels: The Goldstone Report and the Peace Process [Audio]
Speaker(s): Ami Ayalon, Professor Christine Chinkin, Karma Nabulsi, Colonel Desmond Travers | This public discussion, chaired by the distinguished UN diplomat and envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, will discuss the findings of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and the 'Goldstone Report' that it produced. Panellists will also examine the state of the peace process, and how this might unfold in the future.
The Risks of Genetically Modifying Human Embryos or Gametes [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Allen Buchanan | Many consider genetic modification to be the riskiest mode of biomedical enhancement. The problem of unintended bad consequences is serious, but it is often misrepresented in terms of interference with the 'wisdom of nature' or the handiwork of the 'master engineer' of evolution.
Biomedical Enhancement and the Ethics of Development [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Allen Buchanan | It is becoming possible to extend human capacities and perhaps even create new ones through the application of biomedical technologies. Putting biomedical enhancements in a historical context can help us avoid common misunderstandings of ethical issues.
Beyond Copenhagen [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern | Nicholas Stern is IG Patel professor of economics and government at LSE and chairman of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.
Individuals And Groups In Evolutionary Biology [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Samir Okasha | Many animal species live in cooperative groups, but the tension between individual and group welfare is ever-present. Professor Okasha's talk will analyse how evolutionary biologists have theorized about this tension.
Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Pursued Indirectly [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Kay | Many goals are more likely to be achieved when pursued indirectly: the most profitable companies are not the most aggressive in chasing profits and the wealthiest are not the most materialistic. By understanding the principle of Obliquity we can make better decisions in our personal and professional lives
Kinetic City: Designing For Informality In Mumbai [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Rahul Mehrotra. | Mumbai, a Kinetic City, presents a compelling vision that potentially allows us to better understand the blurred lines of contemporary urbanism and the changing roles of people and spaces in urban society. An architecture or urbanism of equality in an increasingly inequitable economic condition requires looking deeper to find a wide range of places to mark and commemorate the cultures of those excluded from the spaces of global flows. These don't necessari
Art And The Limits Of The Political [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Herman Rapaport | A series of three lectures examining the proposition that contemporary art can go beyond transforming our understanding of the political and build new forms of political and social relations.
The Quest for Meaning [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Tariq Ramadan | In this public lecture Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar will talk about his new book The Quest for Meaning |in which he invites the reader to join him on a journey to the deep ocean of religious, secular, and indigenous spiritual traditions to explore the most pressing contemporary issues. Along the way, Ramadan interrogates the concepts that frame current debates including: faith and reason, emotions and spirituality, tradition and modernity,
Private Equity: leveraged expertise or leveraged bets? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Ulf Axelson | Dr Axelson draws from leading academic research to shed light on the controversial role of private equity in the economy.