The Hydrogen Economy: preparing the world for a new energy era and the third industrial revolution [
Speaker(s): Jeremy Rifkin | This lecture critically examines the fossil fuel era and its consequences for industrial civilisation. It explores the nexus of politics, society and business and the massive potential for industry and capital investment. It also considers the future of renewable energy and the hydrogen economy, and how an integrated infrastructure and energy regime can be created in Europe.
Europe, Migration and Globalisation - What About the Workers? [Audio]
Speaker(s): John Monks | John Monks will explore the prospects for workers in a world increasingly dominated by the free movement of capital and the increased movement of goods and people. Who wins, who loses? Is free movement dangerous to workers? Is a return to protectionism on the cards? What should be the trade union, Government and EU approaches to globalisation?
Beyond the Genome: the challenge of synthetic biology [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Franklin, Professor Peter Lipton; Professor Chris Mason; Dr J Craig Venter | The 1970s introduced genetic modification, the 1990s cloning and GM food, and the human genome was sequenced in 2000. Synthetic biology is heralded as the next frontier. But what is synthetic biology and how do we imagine its future directions? What are the implications of this new field for scientists, lawyers, regulators and ethicists? What social and political challenges does it pose and w
Iraq and the Law: what went wrong? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Rabinder Singh QC | Rabinder Singh QC, a barrister at Matrix Chambers and Visiting Professor of Law at the LSE, has been involved in some of the leading cases of the last five years raising legal issues arising out of the war against Iraq. In this lecture he will for the first time in a public forum give an account of that work, which includes: the legality of the UK's participation in the invasion in 2003; attempts to get a public inquiry into the circumstances leading to the invasi
The Future of Broadcasting - Public Service in a Digital Age [Audio]
Speaker(s): Ed Richards, Damian Tambini | The countdown to the end of British public service broadcasting has begun. In 2012 analogue is switched off as the digital competition threatens to shatter the status quo. Is this a cultural disaster in the making or an opportunity to create a more open and creative broadcast media?
Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad [Audio]
Speaker(s): Ambassador John R. Bolton | This lecture and question and answer session marked the launch of Ambassador Bolton's new book Surrender in Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad (Simon and Schuster, November 2007). John R. Bolton currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Prior to arriving at AEI, Ambassador Bolton served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 1, 2005 to December 9, 2006.
New Industrial Centres and the Rise of the Justice and Development Party to Power in Turkey [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sevket Pamuk | The lecture will discuss the rise of export oriented industrial centres across Turkey in recent decades, how they have contributed to the electoral successes of the Justice and Development Party and their ongoing impact on Turkey's economic and political liberalisation.
Beauty and the Beast - Numbers and Public Policy [Audio]
Speaker(s): Andrew Dilnot, Michael Blastland | Numbers have become the all-powerful language of public argument, but too often, that power is abused and the numbers bamboozle. How can we see our way through them? Michael Blastland is a writer and broadcaster and the originator of the More or Less programme on BBC Radio 4. Andrew Dilnot is principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and former director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Beyond the Banality of Evil [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Steve Reicher | This lecture critically addresses Hannah Arendt's hypothesis on the banality of evil arguing that those who commit extreme acts are not aware of the consequences of their actions: rather, they celebrate these consequences as moral. Steve Reicher is professor of social psychology at the University of St Andrew's, Scotland
The New Politics of Identity [Audio]
Speaker(s): David Goodhart, Professor John Keane, Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh | Capture started: 2008-04-29 18:31
Torturing Democracy Through the American Wars on Crime and Terrorism? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Randall Coyne | Professor Coyne examines the cost to civil liberties and freedom of America's wars-without-end: the war on terrorism and the war on crime. Coyne's lecture touches on the constitutional questions raised by detention of foreign nationals at Guantanamo Bay, the US' continuing support of capital punishment, and his work for 'enemy combatants' and death-row prisoners. Randall Coyne is Edna Asper Elkouri and Frank Elkouri Professor of Law at the University of Okla
The Albanian Nun Who was not Considered 'European' Enough: Why did Mother Teresa leave the Loreto Or
Speaker(s): Dr Gezim Alpion | Having identified some of the reasons which made Sister Teresa leave the Loreto Order in 1948, Alpion approaches this painful but momentous departure from a sociological perspective through biographical and historical contextualization and in the light of the work of Marx, Freud, Durkheim on the sociology of religion and career.
The role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide [Audio]
Speaker(s): Linda Melvern | Linda Melvern is an investigative journalist and author. A world expert on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, she was a consultant to the prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the military one case. She is an Honorary Professor of the Department of International Politics (University of Wales - Aberystwyth).
All That Life Can Afford [Audio]
Speaker(s): Mishka Henner | What does poverty in London look like? And can photography expose the often hidden mechanisms that keep the rich divided from the poor? Mishka Henner discusses the making of his photographic essay, All That Life Can Afford, deconstructing its production to reveal the negotiations and obstacles involved in visualising poverty. Mishka Henner is a photographic artist based in Manchester, England.
'Responding to the Global Crisis' and 'Climate Change Mitigation and Development' - Launch Lecture o
Speaker(s): Heiner Flassbeck, Radhika Desai, Dr Robert Falkner | Heiner Flassbeck presents The Trade and Development Report 2009, subtitled "Responding to the Global Crisis and Climate Change Mitigation and Development." The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression is having a serious impact on developing countries, and at this point UNCTAD economists estimate that it will be virtually impossible for sub-Saharan African nations to achieve such United Nations Millennium Development Goal
The Strange Friendship of Pauli and Jung: when physics met psychology [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Arthur I Miller | At a key time in his scientific development, Pauli was undergoing analysis by Jung. What can we learn about Pauli and his scientific discoveries from Jung's analysis of his dreams? Arthur I Miller is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at University College London.
China - EU Relations in a Changing New World [Audio]
Speaker(s): Ambassador Ma Zhengang | The world today is undergoing tremendous development, changes and adjustments. The international community is facing increasing opportunities and challenges. The present international system and structure are not able to cope with this new situation fully and effectively, and reform is the general demand of the world people at large. Both China and UK are global actors of significant importance. How the two countries should behave in handling the situation? I
The End of Lawyers? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Richard Susskind | Public figures who were once lawyers or law students will speak about how, if at all, their experience of studying, teaching or practising law has been of value to them in their other careers. Richard Susskind is an independent adviser on information technology.
The Financial Crisis: How Europe can save the world [Audio]
Speaker(s): George Soros; Guy Verhofstadt | This public discussion marks the publication of Guy Verhofstadt's latest book The Financial Crisis: How Europe can Save the World. George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC. He was born in Budapest in 1930. He survived the Nazi occupation and fled communist Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He then settled in the United States, where he accumulated a large fortune thr
Delivering a Low Carbon London [Audio]
Speaker(s): Isabel Dedring | Isabel Dedring will discuss developing and implementing a vision for a low carbon London. Isabel Dedring is environment adviser to the Mayor of London. She has also been director of the policy unit at Transport for London.