21H.001 How to Stage a Revolution (MIT)
21H.001, a HASS-D, CI course, explores fundamental questions about the causes and nature of revolutions. How do people overthrow their rulers? How do they establish new governments? Do radical upheavals require bloodshed, violence, or even terror? How have revolutionaries attempted to establish their ideals and realize their goals? We will look at a set of major political transformations throughout the world and across centuries to understand the meaning of revolution and evaluate its impact. By
The Crisis Facing International Media - Raymond Snoddy
Raymond Snoddy is a freelance journalist who presents the BBC Television accountability programme Newswatch and writes regularly for a variety of publications after being media editor of The Times for seven years. In this Coventry Conversation he discusses the crisis facing the local and international media industries today.
Why I use Twitter to teach - Jonathan Worth, New Photographics
.....as part of a structure of dynamic learning methods, it also serves to embed the framework of sustainable practices that are relevant wherever the medium takes us in the future. Right now Twitter enables me to follow the thoughts, processes and debates that other media practitioners are engaging in and from this come to a more thorough and global understanding of the commonalities. These podcasts are notes from Jonathan Worth's blog entitled "New Photographics". By recording them for downlo
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Dr Fred Mudhai
Okoth Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Global Media/Communication at Coventry University, UK. He has written research papers and memos on ICT and politics as a member of the IT and Civil Society Network of the IT and International Cooperation Program, US Social Science Research Council (2003-2005). At the Tunis (2005) World Summit on the Information Society, he received a Media Award by Panos London and Global Knowledge Partnership. He was also a category runner-up in the 2007
Aston Martin and the British Motor Industry - David Richards
David Richards is one of the most familiar names in British motorsport. He has achieved international success as a competitor, team principle and businessman, and leads two of Britain’s most famous automotive companies.
Car Photography - Mike Valente
Mike Valente is one of the UK’s leading car photographers. He has worked on many UK and leading international publications – both magazines and newspapers – in addition to a whole host of car manufacturers and ad agencies. Mike now also produces and edits video and stills for many online channels and magazines.
21M.621 Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (MIT)
This course explores contemporary American theatrical expression as it may be organized around issues of gender and cultural identity. This exploration will include the analysis of performances, scripts, and video documentation, as well as the invention of original documents of theatrical expression. Class lectures and discussions will analyze samples of Native American, Chicano, African American, and Asian American theater, taking into consideration the historical and political context for the
Give Peace Journalism a Chance - Professor Richard Keeble
Richard Keeble is a director of the Institute of Communication Ethics and co-edits their quarterly journal, Ethical Space. He is on the editorial board for a number of international journals. Here he discusses the role of peace journalism in challenging key issues around war and contemporary culture.
Tot’s TV - Anne Wood, Ragdoll
Anne Wood, Stratford based Ragdoll’s Founder and Creative Director talks to John Mair in the Coventry Conversations series about her work, her remarkable success with Teletubbies and her most recent and ambitious project, “In the Night Garden” In The Night Garden (100×30’ episodes) is intended for children aged 1-3 and has been devised by Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport, the partnership responsible for Teletubbies. As with Teletubbies, it has international appeal and a breadth of scale
The Power of Advertising - John Hegarty
John Hegarty, of global advertising agency BBH, has been behind a number of the last 25 years most successful advertising campaigns. He talks about the power of advertising.
Can we trust the International Media? - John O Oucho and Fred Mudhai
John O Oucho holds a PhD in Population Geography and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Carolina Population Center in the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A. in 1982-3. He has taught at the University of Nairobi (2 decades), University of Ghana (3 years) and University of Botswana (8 years). He was elected Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) in 1989 and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) in 2003. He is a well traveled and well published academic and ha
The Middle Class Bent at Radio 4? - Mark Damazer
Mark (born 15th April 1955) is the controller of Radio 4 and BBC 7 in the United Kingdom. He trained at ITN in 1980. He joined the BBC World Service as a current affairs producer in 1981. From 1982-4, he worked at ITV on TV-am, returning to BBC News in 1984. He joined Newsnight as an editor in January 1986. In August 1988, he became deputy editor of the Nine O’Clock News, becoming editor in 1990. In 1994, he became Editor of Television News Programmes, then Head of (what became) Current Affai
Resigning from Government - Clare Short
lare Short was Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to May 2003. DFID was a new Ministry created after the 1997 general election to promote policies for sustainable development and the elimination of poverty. In 2003, Ms Short resigned from the government over the Iraq war and in 2006, she resigned the Labour Whip. She now sits as an Independent. She will leave Parliament at the next election.
The BBC World Service - Nigel Chapman
Nigel Chapman is Director of BBC World Service. He is responsible for the overall editorial leadership and management of the world’s leading international radio broadcaster and its new media operations. He has worked for the BBC for more than 20 years.
Media Ethics - Phil Harding
Philip Harding is a journalist and media consultant. Until last summer he was Director of English Networks and News at the BBC World Service, responsible for all the BBC’s international radio programmes in English with 42 million listeners. Phil is a fellow of the Radio Academy and last autumn Phil was made a Fellow of the Society of Editors. He is a member of Society’s Advisory Committee. He is also a Trustee of the One World Broadcasting Trust. Phil starts this talk with a question about
Is ITV in Trouble? - Jim Godfrey
Jim Godfrey, ITV’s director of corporate affairs, is leaving in March after three years to set up his own PR agency. Godfrey, a former Labour special adviser, said he intended to specialise in political campaigns and branding with his new company, which will have ITV as its first client when it launches in July. He is a former special adviser to Patricia Hewlett when she was the trade and industry secretary. Before that he was director of communications for leading think-tank, the Institute fo
17.812J Collective Choice I (MIT)
This is an applied theory course covering topics in the political economy of democratic countries. This course examines political institutions from a rational choice perspective. The now burgeoning rational choice literature on legislatures, bureaucracies, courts, and elections constitutes the chief focus. Some focus will be placed on institutions from a comparative and/or international perspective.
The Pinnacle of Performance - Olympics Day - David Moorcroft
David has been involved in athletics for more than 30 years at club, area and international level as a competitor, teacher, coach, broadcaster and from 1997-2006, he was chief executive of the sport’s national governing body. As a competitor, his highlights include setting the world record for 5000m at 13 minutes 00.41 seconds in Oslo in 1982 – it remains the UK record to this day -and winning the Commonwealth Games Gold medals for 1500m in 1978 and 5000m in 1982. In this talk, part of a
Football, Finance and Funny Business - Simon Chadwick
Simon Chadwick was a founder, and remains a Director, of London University’s Birkbeck Sport Business Centre. Simon is a founder and director of CIBS – the Centre for the International Business of Sport at Coventry University. His research interests are based around sport marketing and sport business strategy. In this Coventry Conversation, Simon talks about corruption and dodgy dealings in the world of football. This talk is also available to watch on CUTV.
Barack Obama? - John O Oucho
John O. Oucho holds a PhD in Population Geography from the University of Nairobi and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Carolina Population Centre in the University of Nairobi, University of Ghana and University of Botswana. He is a well-travelled and well-published academic and has participated in many international conferences, presenting papers and chairing sessions. This Coventry Conversation was recorded just a day after Barack Obama won the presidency in the US. This is the subject of John