A Critical Defense of Secularism
The global revival of religion has raised fundamental questions about its role in politics and its claim that it serves as a principle of identity, indispensable to the continuing survival of communities. This series brings together leading thinkers and scholars to encourage discussion and debate on this crucial contemporary theme. Cécile Laborde, reader in political theory, School of Public Policy, University College London.
China After the Olympics
Whether we think sport and politics should or should not be mixed, it is clear that in the case of the Beijing Olympics the two have never been more closely intertwined. But how has the Olympics impacted on China? Has it improved or worsened China's image in the world? And how will it effect its future relations with the West? Jonathan Fenby is a British journalist, and was editor of The Observer newspaper from 1993-1995. He wrote The Penguin History of Modern China 1850-2008, which was publishe
LSE Literary Weekend - The Financial Crisis, Climate Change and Energy
Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, is going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming, as well as how we adapt to that already occurring. At the moment, however, Anthony Giddens argues controversially, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change.
LSE Literary Weekend - I Shall Die by Inches: Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying
'All but death' wrote Emily Dickinson 'can be adjusted', and yet, the cold fact that bodies must eventually die only serves to hide the reality of death as a contested cultural domain, where competing notions of public and private, tradition and innovation, individual and collective, are played out, and discourses within literature, art, jurisprudence, medicine, religion, and politics all stake their claim to knowledge of the great unknown. This talk will illuminate the social aspects of death
Howard Davies in Conversation with Lord Goldsmith QC
The separation of powers idea is at the heart of all legal democracies. Yet within those democracies there will often be positions of high office which require their holders to perform functions which are both legal and political. In this series of events senior figures who hold or have held positions of this type talk about their lives in the law, the nature of their office, the institutions which they serve, their roles and responsibilities within those institutions, the role of lawyers in gov
A Broken Middle East: a wasted decade of war on terror
Today's Middle East is broken. The crisis of prolonged authoritarianism and failed economic policies have caused chronic poverty, pervasive corruption and the rise of extremism in Arab societies. A wasted decade of war on terror has reinforced widely held perceptions that the West is waging a crusade against Islam and Muslims. Fawaz Gerges is a professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations at LSE.
Living in an era of global terror
In this podcast, Professor Richard Aldrich from the School of Politics and International Relations, discusses the impact of globalisation, the opportunities this affords to global terrorists and the challenges faced by the intelligence services. Globalisation has led to a free flow of money, people and ideas, which has benefited many people in the West in recent years and enhanced our standard of living, but the price paid is a reduction in security. As we see a shift towards a de-regulated glob
Dr. John Prescott - Academic Spotlight
Missouri State University has a nationally recognized music department. One of the professors in that department, Dr. John Prescott, recently received the National Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, also known as ASCAP. These coveted awards reflect ASCAP's commitment to assist and encourage writers of serious music. The awards are based upon the prestigious value of each writer's catalogue of original compositions, as well as recent performances of those work
What About Women?
Women’s votes will determine the result of this closely fought election and all the parties have mounted a media charm offensive to win their support. But is there any policy substance behind their spin? What would the parties' policies in key areas such as the economy, the family, crime and reforming politics mean for women’s lives and which party would best progress women’s equality and human rights?
The Labour leadership contest
In this podcast, Professor Philip Cowley, from the School of Politics and International Relations, discusses the announcement of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to stand down as leader of the Labour Party and British Prime Minister on 27th June 2007. Professor Cowley discusses the reasons behind Tony Blair’s announcement and the pressure he has faced from within his own party. Professor Cowley goes on to discuss why Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair uncontested and the potential
"Sites of Conflict: Identity and Insurgency in Postcolonial Northeast India"
Suryasikha Pathak, Fulbright Fellow at SUNY-Oswego, discusses militant groups, movements and responses in Northeast India.
The post-crisis banking sector Introduction to the Xylophone Lecture 27 - 11/24/2010 Beirut Normal. The Challenges of Engaged Development in Brazil: Homage to Albert Hirschman and Oscar Niemeyer [Audi Game On! How Playful Learning Works Alex Games, Ph.D., Education Design Director, Microsoft Role plays and simulations for modules on Spanish politics and society Look It Up Ratio, proportion and percentages
The Global Head of Banking Research at Credit Suisse, Giles Keating discusses how the banking environment is different post-crisis, and what the implications are for investors.
This video will give you a comprehensive introduction to the xylophone.
Is there anything to say about Beirut beyond the obvious, and by now exhausted, lessons of post-war reconstruction and identity politics? What is a "Beirut normal"? Is it worth examining? The lecture puts forward these questions not in order to diminish the city's architectural output but to reveal aspects of the city that have been overwhelmed by the discourses of war and politics. Through a series of specific architectural and urban analyses, the lecture proposes that a certain urbanism could
Speaker(s): João Carlos Ferraz | An overarching sense of uncertainty prevails in the second decade of the 21st century, as dramatic changes sweep most aspects of life in every corner of the planet. This lecture will attempt to discuss the constitutive elements of the uncertainties we live with and their associated challenges. These should compose the boundaries of the debate about what development is, or should be, in the 21st century. The recent economic, social and political evolution of Braz
Kodu, a game-based learning environment is designed to introduce children to computational thinking and programming, giving them identities as game designers within online communities. The presentation will discuss the way in which Kodu allows young learners to use their experience as gamers to explore the key computational principles, thinking, and activities in computer science and engineering that lie “under the hood&
Role plays and simulations for modules on Spanish politics and society
In this video segment from Between the Lions, the song "Look It Up" illustrates how words and images can provide important information. It combines an upbeat tune with kid-friendly images to motivate children to use reference materials. "Here’s the deal: If you want to get real, look it up!" (1:33)
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This unit is designed to help you become more familiar with how figures can be manipulated, then you can check whether that discount really is as big as they claim!
Introduction to the Xylophone
Lecture 27 - 11/24/2010
The Challenges of Engaged Development in Brazil: Homage to Albert Hirschman and Oscar Niemeyer [Audi
Game On! How Playful Learning Works Alex Games, Ph.D., Education Design Director, Microsoft
Alex Games, Ph.D., Education Design Director, Microsoft
Role plays and simulations for modules on Spanish politics and society
Look It Up
Ratio, proportion and percentages