The Fall of the Berlin Wall: twenty years on [Audio]
Speaker(s): Nick Cohen | In the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, socialism has been in hibernation - yet Britain has lived through its longest period of left-wing government. What is the future of the Left?
A World without Particles or Forces [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Healey | Physicists talk about 'elementary particles'. But do particles exist? The Newtonian world depended on forces between particles, but the real world may be much stranger. Richard Healey is professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona.
Bulls or Bears in the China Shop? Global Crises, Global Linkages and Asian Manufacturing [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Bernard | This annual Sir Patrick Gillam Lecture examines the impact of the global economic downturn on East Asia and the prospects for East Asian manufacturing in its aftermath. Andrew Bernard is Jack Byrne Professor of International Economics and director of the Center for International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA.
Opening up 'Illiberal' Regimes: do media and communications matter? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Mary Kaldor, Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Rita Payne, Dr Maung Zarni | Even in closed authoritarian systems, or 'illiberal' regimes, spaces exist for civil society activity, debate, and networking. Accelerated by globalisation, this process is enabled by diverse actors using traditional and new communications tools, often challenging the status quo.
The Future of Picturing the World: filming and imaging in a global era [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Max Houghton; Renzo Martens; Dr Julian Stallabrass | Editor's note: Unfortunately the last few minutes of the question and answer session are missing from the podcast owing. We apologise for the poor audio quality. Faced with 'compassion fatigue', how is the practice of filmmakers and photojournalists changing and what are the implications for those who rely on photography and film? How will the internet open up new spaces and change the way in which imag
Is America in Decline? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Walter Russell Mead | The rise of China and the global economic crisis have led many observers to speculate about whether the decline of American power, often predicted in the past, has now finally begun. The picture is more complex; a survey of world conditions suggests that while the American role is changing, the U.S. will continue to be a unique force in the international arena.
The way forward: building a sustainable recovery and driving growth [Audio]
Speaker(s): Xavier Rolet | The last 18 months have seen unprecedented shocks to the financial system which have had significant implications for the wider economy. As we recover, financial services and the stock markets can and should play a vital role in funding a sustainable economic recovery and social development in the UK and worldwide.
Sexuality and Empire 150 Years On: the Delhi High Court and Macaulay's sodomy offence [Audio]
Speaker(s): Michael Kirby | In 2009, the Delhi High Court in India upheld a challenge to the constitutional validity of s377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexuality. Michael Kirby will explain why UK lawyers should be engaged in the reform movement as a matter of basic human rights.
Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open: a free press for a new century [Audio]
Speaker(s): Lee Bollinger | Bollinger explores the meaning of freedom of the press in our globalised, internet-dominated era. Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University on June 1, 2002. A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases - Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger - that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. A leading
LSE Literary Festival - Literature and the Sciences: Where do they meet? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Michael Blackburn, Mario Petrucci, Richard Tyrone-Jones | Three poets discuss the interrelationship between art and literature and the social sciences. What are the links between these seemingly polarised disciplines? Does art have any concrete influence on the social and political sciences?
Mind-Body Problems: Science, Fiction, and God [Audio]
Speaker(s): Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Professor Steven Pinker | What happens when a novelist and philosopher talks to a cognitive neuroscientist about faith, reason, fiction, and God? Listen in as Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and her husband Steven Pinker explore what Spinoza would say about Darwin, what role fiction should play in intellectual life, whether any of the arguments for the existence of God are any good, and other topics at the interface of literature, science, and philosophy.
Phoenix Cities - surviving financial, social and environmental turmoil in Europe and the US [Audio]
Speaker(s): Lord Richard Rogers, Bruce Katz, Professor Anne Power, Julia Unwin | This discussion will debate the issues arising from a new book Phoenix Cities which examines seven cities from very different regions of the EU, comparing them with the US experience. Their dramatic decline, intense recovery efforts and actual progress on the ground underline the significance of public underpinning in times of crisis. Innovative enterprises, new-style city leadership, special neighbourhood programme
Mandela's Way - Lessons on Life [Audio]
Speaker(s): Richard Stengel | For nearly three years Time magazine editor Richard Stengel collaborated with Nelson Mandela on his autobiography and travelled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man. He became a cherished friend and colleague. Now he has distilled countless hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. In Mandela's Way, he recounts t
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.
Art And The Limits Of The Political [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield | 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,
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Eaglestone, Dr Alberto Toscano | Alberto Toscano will be debating his counter-history of fanaticism, in which he argues that fanaticism has played a critical role in forming modern politics. Robert Eaglestone is professor of contemporary literature and thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. Alberto Toscano is senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Green Social Advertising [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Luc Bovens | Editor's note: Unfortunately the last few minutes of the lecture are missing from the podcast. What are the aims and methods of green social advertising? Is it distinct from green nudges? Does it respect the sensitivities and the autonomy of the viewer? Luc Bovens is professor of philosophy at LSE's Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.
The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World [Audio]
Speaker(s): Jonathan Powell | Taking the lessons Machiavelli derived from his experience as an official in fifteenth-century Florence, Powell shows how these lessons can still apply today. Illustrating each of Machiavelli's maxims with a description of events that occurred during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, The New Machiavelli is designed to be The Prince for modern times.
State of Emergency: The Way We Were, Britain 1970-1974 [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dominic Sandbrook | The beginning of the 1970s saw Britain tottering on the brink of an abyss. Yet this time of immense unrest was also one of astonishing creativity and innovation, which helped shape society as we know it today. For perhaps the last time in our history Britain experienced the shock of the new, from celebrity footballers and the pornography boom to high street curry houses and foreign holidays. Dominic Sandbrook was born in Shropshire in 1974, an indirect result of t