3.1 Introduction In 2000, the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology produced an influential report that highlighted the complex and increasingly problematic relationship between contemporary science and society, particularly in the field of biotechnology (House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, 2000). The report argued that many of these concerns were seen by the public to be the result of a perceived lack of transparency in the relationship between science, industry, pu
In 2000, the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology produced an influential report that highlighted the complex and increasingly problematic relationship between contemporary science and society, particularly in the field of biotechnology (House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, 2000). The report argued that many of these concerns were seen by the public to be the result of a perceived lack of transparency in the relationship between science, industry, pu
ART 334-01, American Art, Spring 2006
The objectives of the course are as follows: (1) to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the major works, artists, and movements of American art from the colonial period through 1940; (2) to integrate these works of art within the broader social and intellectual history of the period; and (3) to help students develop their skills in visual analysis, image identification, and historical interpretation. Among the issues we will examine are the following: the development of indigenous
Tracking the Birth of a Hurricane
UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science assistant professor Sharan Majumdar discusses hurricane science and the 2010 NSF PREDICT field experiment to track the birth of a hurricane in the Atlantic.
Respects paid to Zambia's Chiluba
June 27 - Dignitaries from across Africa attend the funeral of former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba. Jessica Gray reports.
Amanda Knox appeal goes forward in Italy
June 27 - Italian court to hear new testimony in Amanda Knox murder appeal. Jessica Gray reports.
MSUToday: Helping the homeless in Detroit
In a nursing career spanning more than 25 years, alumnus Dean Carpenter has never been more fulfilled than he is when caring for those seeking medical treatment at a shelter of last resort in Detroit. Here's his Spartan Saga.
Litigating Human Rights in the Context of International Terrorism [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Helen Duffy | This lecture will explore some of the key human rights challenges posed by the 'War on Terror' and the experience of resorting to the courts to address them. Helen Duffy is the legal director of INTERIGHTS.
The Modern Commonwealth: challenges in the 21st century [Audio]
Speaker(s): Don McKinnon | On the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala at end-November 2007, Secretary-General Don McKinnon will set the 53-nation family of nations in the context of the challenges facing a fast-changing, interdependent world - above all in entrenching a genuine culture of democracy and in bringing the benefits of economic and social development to the world's poor, with 800 million Commonwealth citizens living in official poverty.
Children's Media: More Harm than Good? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Sonia Livingstone | Public policy is scrutinising potential media harms, given rapid expansion of the internet, fears over 'toxic' childhood, and pressing dilemmas for media regulation. But is the media the problem or the solution?
Did religion make a difference? The American elections and beyond [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Peter Berger, John Micklethwait | This event will reflect on the American presidential election, drawing on expert insights into the place of religion in the US, as compared with the European context. Peter Berger is professor emeritus of religion, sociology and theology at Boston University. John Micklethwait is editor-in-chief of The Economist.
Designing Policies for Growth - 20 January 2009 [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Aghion | In Tuesday's lecture Professor Aghion will discuss how policies inducing directed technical change can be designed to maximise sustainable growth. Philippe Aghion is Robert C Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University.
Too Big to Fail [Audio]
Speaker(s): Andrew Ross Sorkin | Andrew Ross Sorkin will take the audience behind the financial crisis and inside various secret meetings and never-before revealed conversations between regulators in Washington DC and London as well as on Wall Street. Sorkin will describe the reporting process of this painstakingly reported narrative; how he was able to gain access to the key players and how they provided him with hundreds of hundreds of pages of internal documents and notes that were the basis
The Future of Christianity [Audio]
Speaker(s): Diarmaid MacCulloch | Barack Obama came to office determined to change America's relations with the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Arab world has responded to his message of "mutual interest and mutual respect" with enthusiasm and conviction. Part of the success of Obama as a communicator lies in the sensitivity he shows to recent Arab history. This lecture will examine the Obama factor in addressing the many challenges facing US policy towards the Mid East, and Arab relations with the
The lottery of birth and the role of young people in development [Audio]
Speaker(s): Espen Berg, Zoë Marriage, Bremley Lyngdoh, Andrew Lamb | The panellists will discuss the role of young people in development and what governments and the development community can do to improve the situation of young people living in a poverty environment.
Living in the End Times [Audio]
Speaker(s): Slavoj Zizek | There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. In his latest book, Living in the End Times, Slavoj Zizek has identified the four horsemen of this coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, how is it possible for Western soci
IGC Growth Week 2010 - Managing Natural Resource Rents: China and Africa [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Collier, Dr Christopher Alden, Dr Gobind Nankani, Alan Winters | Is China's strategy - of negotiating deals in which resources are exchanged for infrastructure - mutually beneficial, or a new variant of the plunder of Africa? China 'asks no questions' of African governments: is that respectful of African sovereignty or an abrogation of responsibility?
Getting More [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Stuart Diamond | You're always negotiating. Whether making a business deal, talking to friends or even driving a car, negotiation is going on. And most of us are terrible at it. Experts tell us to negotiate as if we live in a rational world. But people can be angry, fearful and irrational. To achieve your goals you have to be able to deal with the unpredictable. Negotiation expert Stuart Diamond reveals the real secrets behind getting more in any negotiation - whatever 'mor
The Future of Global Economic Governance [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Wade | How have changes in world power been translated into governing bodies like the G20, the World Bank and the IMF? The reality is less than meets the eye, and stalemates lie ahead. Robert Wade is professor of political economy and development in the Department of International Development, LSE.