LSE: Public lectures and events

The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world's leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.

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Literary Festival 2016: United Nations on Trial [Audio]

Speaker(s): The Hon. Mr Justice Jay, Gráinne Mellon, Professor Gerry Simpson, Paul Clark, Natalie Samarasinghe, Dr Nazila Ghanea, Professor Francoise Hampson, Antony Loewenstein, Carne Ross | The Charter of the United Nations, drafted in 1945, pledged in the name of the peoples of the United Nations to save us from the scourge of war; to reaffirm faith in human rights and the dignity and worth of all; to promote social progress and better standards of life in conditions of freedom...


 2016-02-26  2h40m

Literary Festival 2016: Utopia: getting somewhere or going nowhere? [Audio]

Speaker(s): Toby Litt, Patrick Parrinder, Samantha Shannon | Our panel of authors and experts discuss the history of the utopian genre in literature and its present state. Toby Litt (@tobylitt) is a bestselling and prize-winning writer, whose ten novels to date include Finding Myself and the science fiction Journey into Space, an innovative contribution to the utopian genre...


 2016-02-26  1h23m

Literary Festival 2016: How can we Transform the Economic Lives of the Ultra Poor? [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Robin Burgess, Professor Naila Kabeer, Lewis Temple | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. Tackling extreme poverty has proven to be one of the most intractable challenges facing policymakers today. This event will explore the impact of an innovative and proven approach for poverty alleviation, developed in Bangladesh by the international NGO BRAC, targeted at individuals defined as being extreme or ‘Ultra-Poor’...


 2016-02-26  46m

Literary Festival 2016: One School, Two Visions [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox, Professor Chandran Kukathas | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. A discussion of the competing utopian ideas of prominent LSE figures set in the context of the history of 20th century thought and literature, as well as in contemporary debates about politics across Europe. Friedrich Hayek, Karl Popper and Michael Oakeshott versus Harold Laski, RH Tawney and the founders of the School: the Webbs...


 2016-02-25  1h31m

Literary Festival 2016: Looking Eastwards: cultural exchange with the Islamic world [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Jerry Brotton, Dr Peter Frankopan | In this event we explore the rich interaction between east and west with Jerry Brotton, whose forthcoming book This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World explores Elizabethan England's relations with the Muslim world, and Peter Frankopan, whose recent bookThe Silk Roads: A New History of the World looks at world history from the perspective of this trading route of culture and ideas...


 2016-02-25  1h33m

Literary Festival 2016: Utopia in the Twenty-first Century [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Ruth Levitas | Five hundred years ago Thomas More’s Utopia was published in Latin, thereby introducing the word Utopia into the English language. But what is its relevance today? There are elements of More’s text which still resonate, notably his critique of enclosures, which can be given a contemporary twist in relation to the social cleansing of central London. There are elements of his postulated alternative, such as the abolition of property, which have ongoing power...


 2016-02-25  53m

Literary Festival 2016: Progress in Troubled Times: learning from "The Age of Genius" [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor AC Grayling | What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock...


 2016-02-24  1h1m

Literary Festival 2016: Fact versus Fiction? The Spanish Civil War in the Literary Imagination [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Helen Graham, Eduardo Mendoza, Professor Paul Preston | Marking the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, our panel of prominent historians as well as one of Spain's most important novelists will explore the effect of the war on the literary imagination from George Orwell to the present day and reflect on the challenges of incorporating real events into fiction. Helen Graham is Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London...


 2016-02-24  1h2m

Literary Festival 2016: Imagining African Futures [Audio]

Speaker(s): Leye Adenle, Jennifer Makumbi, Chibundu Onuzo | Western media reports that ‘Africa is Rising’ and a new middle class is emerging on the continent to transform political and economic systems. More sober stories from Mali, Northern Nigeria and Kenya reinforce earlier gloomy impressions and claim that Africa is not rising for all. Both optimistic and pessimistic accounts remain stubbornly dominated by outside voices...


 2016-02-24  1h29m

Who will be the next US President? [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Lawrence Jacobs | The most polarizing and anti-establishment candidates in modern US politics are dominating the battles for nomination as the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in 2016. The long slog to choose each party’s nominees starts with Iowa and New Hampshire in early February, picks up speed with the numerous primaries on March 1 and continues with nearly weekly contests through the first week in June...


 2016-02-24  1h24m