Literary Festival 2011 - Literature and Islamophobia: Muslima Authors Speak Out [Audio]
Speaker(s): Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, Senay Özdemir, Naema Tahir | There are few places in Europe in which the voices of multiculturalism and Islamophobia have clashed more forcefully than in the Netherlands, often in the most dramatic ways. To name just a few, Pim Fortuyn, Theo Van Gogh, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and most recently Geert Wilders have been very much in the international press over the last decade. In the UK we are now 14 years on from the publication of the influential Runnymede Trust rep
Income Distribution and Social Change after 50 years [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Tony Atkinson | Fifty years ago, it was believed that income inequality was falling and that poverty had largely been eliminated. This lecture returns to Richard Titmuss' masterly crossexamination of the evidence about income inequality and argues that we have much to learn, but also to add. Tony Atkinson is the centennial professor at LSE. His most recent book is Top Incomes: a global perspective.
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 End of Remembering [Audio]
Speaker(s): Joshua Foer | Once upon a time remembering was everything. Today, we have endless mountains of documents, the Internet and ever-present smart phones to store our memories. As our culture has transformed from one that was fundamentally based on internal memories to one that is fundamentally based on memories stored outside the brain, what are the implications for ourselves and for our society? What does it mean that we've lost our memory? Joshua Foer studied evolutionary biology at Ya
Zero Degrees of Empathy: a new theory of human cruelty [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Simon Baron-Cohen | World-expert Simon Baron-Cohen presents new discoveries on the importance of empathy, and the problems with evil. Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism and developmental psychopathology, has always wanted to isolate and understand the factors that cause people to treat others as if they were mere objects. In this book he proposes a radical shift, turning the focus away from evil and on to the central factor, empathy. Unlike the concept of evil, he argues,
The Greek bail-out one year on: how can Greece return to growth? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Costas Meghir, Professor Herakles Polemarchakis | One year after Greece agreed a rescue package with the EU and the IMF, this debate considers how best Greece can secure future economic growth. Is the austerity plan working? Can Greece avoid a sovereign debt default? What new reform measures might be desirable in the future? Costas Meghir is Professor of Economics, University College London; Douglas A. Warner III Professor, Yale University; and co-director ESRC Research Cen
Turkey and Europe [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Norman Stone | Joined to Europe by geography and linked to it byhistory and trade, can politics overcome religious and cultural differences so that Turkey ceases to be Europe's 'Other'? This event celebrates the publication of Turkey: A Short History| published by Thames & Hudson. Norman Stone was born in Glasgow in 1941, and is a British academic, historian and currently a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara. He is a former
The Most Human Human: A Defence of Humanity in the Age of the Computer [Audio]
Speaker(s): Brian Christian | Author Brian Christian will talk on the subject of his debut book The Most Human Human a superbly engaging re-evaluation of what it means to be human in the light of breathtaking advances in artificial intelligence. Brian Christian is an Author and Poet. He holds a dual degree in computer science and philosophy and an MFA in poetry.
The Future of Power [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Joseph Nye | Joseph Nye is a long-time analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government. His concept of "soft power" has been adopted by leaders from Britain to China and "smart power" has been adopted as the bumper-sticker for the Obama Administration's foreign policy. In this lecture, drawn from his new book The Future of Power, Nye outlines the major shifts of this century: new transnational challenges such as the financial crisis, global epidemics, and climat
Literature and History in European post-Cold War Memory [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Dan Stone | In this series, an historian, a novelist and a literary critic explore the ways in which memory, literature and history shape contemporary Europe. Dan Stone is professor of modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London. This event is part of the Jean Monnet 'Europe Beyond Governance' Lecture Series.
How Not to Keep Bees [Audio]
Speaker(s): Bill Turnbull | Bill Turnbull's light-hearted introduction to the world of beekeeping highlights the ups and rather more frequent downs of his ten years attempting to produce honey and keep his colonies alive. Definitely not a masterclass on the art of apiculture; more a survival guide for beginners and the casual bystander. BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull first joined the BBC in 1986, where he has remained as an investigative journalist and presenter ever since. He is a keen b
Europe: Where is the Passion? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering | These are troubled times for Europe. Where is the EU headed? Will its economy revive? Has the European Parliament found its role? Crucially: can the European 'project' be brought back to life? Hans-Gert Pöttering is former president of the European parliament. Dr Sara Hagemann is from the European Institute at LSE.
Democracy and Dissent [Audio]
Speaker(s): Frank Vibert | Editor's note: Unfortunately the first few minutes of the lecture are missing from the podcast. A recent report by the IMF on why it failed to spot the 2008 international financial crisis identified what is known as 'cognitive failure' – failures in the way in which information is assessed and analysed. This is highlighted in Frank Vibert's new book, Democracy and Dissent, on international rule making. Frank Vibert is a senior visiting fellow at LSE Global Governance
Pakistan: A Hard Country [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Anatol Lieven | In this talk on the subject of his new book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, Professor Anatol Lieven will analyse the Pakistani state and political system, and explain how those factors which give the state its surprising resilience in the face of revolution also hold it back in terms of economic and social development. Professor Anatol Lieven is chair of international relations and terrorism studies at King's College London, and a senior fellow of the New Americ
Next-generation Leadership and Management [Audio]
Speaker(s): Tim Macartney | A lecture from a leadership expert who seeks to challenge some of our fundamental preconceptions and current ways of thinking. Tim Macartney has been working as a people and organisation development professional since 1984. He is the founder and CEO of Embercombe, a published author, and an associate of Leaders' Quest.
The Economic Fuel of the Arab Intifada [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Ali Kadri | Arab countries represent stark cases of "de-development". Of the two paths of capital accumulation - accumulation by commodity realisation and accumulation by encroachment and dispossession - the Arab world falls subject to the diktat of the latter process. A tight cross-border class alliance between Western elites and Arab regimes has been at play, to support the process of social product usurpation even when the terms of trade appear to be favourable to the Arab worl
Unfathomable Event [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Simon Glendinning, Dr Amber Jacobs, Professor Nicholas Royle | Marking the publication of Nicholas Royle's new novel Quilt, this event will attempt to explore the dimensions and ascertain the depths of the 'unfathomable'. Simon Glendinning is reader in European philosophy at the LSE European Institute and director of the Forum for European Philosophy. Amber Jacobs is lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Nicholas Royle is professor o
Budgeting for Gender Equality: is government economic policy fair to women? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Claire Annesley, Beatrix Campbell, Professor Diane Elson, Professor Susan Himmelweit | This panel will consider how far women, especially low income women, are bearing an unfair share of the burden of the budget deficit reduction. Claire Annesley is a lecturer in European politics at the University of Manchester. Beatrix Campbell is a journalist, author, playwright and broadcaster. Diane Elson is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. Susan Himmelweit
A World Without Superpowers: de-centered globalism [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Barry Buzan | As the inequality of power between the West and the rest diminishes, the most likely scenario for world politics is de-centered globalism, in which there will be no superpowers. But what does a world with no superpowers mean for regional coexistence and international cooperation? Barry Buzan is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at LSE and senior fellow at LSE IDEAS.