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Audio files from LSE's programme of public lectures and events, for pdf documents see the corresponding audio & pdf RSS feed, or Atom feed.




Origins of Human Cooperation

Contributor(s): Professor Michael Tomasello | Humans are biologically adapted for cultural life in ways that other primates are not. Humans have unique motivations and cognitive skills for sharing emotions, experience and actions, whereas our nearest primate relatives do not. Michael Tomasello, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, is one of the world’s leading researchers on social learning, communication and language in human children and great apes. Sandra...


Europe's (Euro) Crisis of Legitimacy

Contributor(s): Professor Vivien Schmidt | In this lecture, Vivien Schmidt will define democracy and legitimacy, discuss it's split-level nature in the EU and detail the processes of Eurozone governance that led to deteriorating economic performance and the rise of populism. Europe’s crisis of legitimacy stems from the European Union’s ‘governing by rules and ruling by numbers’ during the Eurozone crisis. Rules-based governance focused on austerity and structural reform played havoc with the...


Mary Midgley and Why She Matters

Contributor(s): Dr Panayiota Vassilopoulou, Ellie Robson, Dr Gregory McElwain | We celebrate the thought of Mary Midgley, whose writing ranges across animal ethics, religion, science, and the natural world, connecting philosophical thought to lived experience. A fierce opponent of the over-reach of science and a lifelong advocate of the humanities, Mary Midgley’s writing ranges across animal ethics, religion, science, and the natural world. In all of these areas, she appealed to a philosophy...


Africa Talks: The future of African feminist activism

Contributor(s): Professor Amina Mama, Dr Siphokazi Magadla | The coronavirus pandemic has magnified existing inequalities, particularly along lines of gender. In Africa, like in other regions around the world, containment measures including lockdowns, confinement and drastic reductions in sociability have significantly impacted women. Access to paid work and sustainable livelihoods has been significantly disrupted, rates of domestic violence have increased, and access to reproductive...


After Brexit: the UK in the North Atlantic trade triangle

Contributor(s): Anthony Gardner, Beatrice Kilroy-Nolan, Luisa Santos | As the UK steers its post-Brexit future, it is placed between US and EU trade policies. What might these mean for the UK’s economic future? With multilateralism under threat, what are the implications for a ‘Global Britain’ strategy? Can the UK balance its US and EU interests or will it be squeezed out? What can we expect from Washington and Brussels? Anthony Gardner (@tonylgardner) is former US Ambassador to the European...


Empires Past & Present: the idea of empire

Contributor(s): Professor Odd Arne Westad | For most of the past five millennia, the world has been dominated by empires. These mega-states have set the agenda for much of human development, but their rule has never been uncontested. Anti-imperialism is as old as empires. Economic change and devastating wars have weakened some states and promoted others. This first lecture in the series discusses the concept of empire and resistance to empire in a long historical perspective. Odd Arne Westad...


The US Presidential Election and the Left

Contributor(s): Jennifer Epps-Addison, Professor Jeff Manza | What do the results tell us about the changing bases of voting behaviour and what do they mean for the left in the US and beyond? Jennifer Epps-Addison (@jeppsaddison) serves as the President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action's network of partner organisations throughout the country. As President, Jennifer leads CPD’s racial justice campaigns, and works closely with its network of local...


Finding peace in Somalia – the Galkaio ‘local’ agreement

Contributor(s): Ilham Gassar, Khalif Abdirahman, Dr Nisar Majid, Mark Bradbury | Galkaio town represents a boundary on the ground and in the imagination within Somali society. The 1993 Peace Accord held a fragile peace for many years as political and developmental trajectories differed markedly on either side of this border town. This talk explores the 2016/17 peace agreement, in its local and national dimensions, and which occurred as part of the state-building project that is still ongoing...


Is Greece Falling Behind in the E-Economy? What is to be Done?

Contributor(s): Effie Bitrou, Dr Charalambos Tsekeris, Professor Calliope Spanou | The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted further – and indeed raised critically – the importance of digital connectivity and digital literacy for economic and societal resilience. From enabling teleworking during times of lock-downs to facilitating social contact with vulnerable or self-isolating individuals, digital connectivity and internet use have become essential prerequisites of everyday life. Even prior to...


International Climate Politics after the US Presidential Election

Contributor(s): Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor Naomi Oreskes, Professor Lord Stern, Laurence Tubiana | Taking place one week after the election, this panel assesses the outcome of the US election and the prospects for the future of American and international climate policy. The outcome of the 2020 US Presidential Election could have a lasting impact on the future of international climate politics. With the US set to exit from the Paris Agreement in November, a win by Donald Trump...


What Just Happened? Analysing the 2020 US Presidential Election

Contributor(s): Professor Meena Bose, Dr David Smith, Professor Jeffrey Tulis, Professor Linda Yueh | Will President Trump be able to win a second term in the White House? Or will former Vice President, Democrat Joe Biden be able to beat the incumbent? Join us for a lively evening of discussion with academic experts on US politics who will review the results of the 2020 US presidential election, as well as give insights into what we can expect over the next four years. Meena Bose is...


How Not To Be Wrong: the art of changing your mind

Contributor(s): James O’Brien | Join us for this event with LSE alumnus and writer and broadcaster James O’Brien who will talking about his new book, How Not To Be Wrong. In How Not To Be Wrong, James puts himself under the microscope, laying open his personal beliefs and opinions on everything from racial prejudice to showing emotions, from fat-shaming to tattoos, as he digs up the real reasons – often irrational or unconscious – behind them. James airs the toxic masculinity and traditional...



Contributor(s): Professor Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, Dr Nadine El-Enany, Dr Danielle Sands | What role does empathy play in our social, moral, and political life? What are its limits? Can we be ethical without it? In an age of stark political division and inequality, kindness seems a rare commodity and the failings in our social, moral, and political life are often thought to stem from a lack of empathy. For others, empathy leads to biased decision-making and distracts us from addressing...


Bullshit jobs, technology, capitalism

Contributor(s): Professor David Graeber | This episode is dedicated to David Graeber, LSE professor of Anthropology, who died unexpectedly in September this year. David was a public intellectual, a best-selling author, an influential activist and anarchist. He took aim at the pointless bureaucracy of modern life, memorably coining the term ‘bullshit jobs’. And his book ‘Debt: The First 5000 years’ was turned into a radio series by the BBC. But David started his academic career studying...


The Ten Equations That Rule The World And How You Can Use Them Too

Contributor(s): Professor David Sumpter | Is there a secret formula for improving your life? For making something a viral hit? For deciding how long to stick with your current Netflix series, job, or even relationship? In his eye-opening new book The Ten Equations That Rule The World And How You Can Use Them Too which he will talk about at this event, mathematician David Sumpter meets with tech entrepreneurs, professional gamblers and political researchers to reveal the ten equations that...


Occupying the Pedestal: Cultural Heritage, Protest, and the Law

Contributor(s): Councillor Asher Craig, Dr Tatiana Flessas, Jonathan Jones, Dr Sarah Keenan, Dr Luke McDonagh | This event explores the controversies around removing statues, constructing and reconstructing ‘heritage’, and protesting received ways of deciding what is commemorated, and what is not. The speakers will examine the conflicts around the intellectual and cultural rethinking of public spaces and statues in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, the re-sacralization of Hagia...


In Conversation With Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Contributor(s): Baroness Shafik | To celebrate Black History Month, join us for this conversation between LSE alumna Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and LSE Director Minouche Shafik. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) is a lawyer and political and women's rights activist. She speaks on law, politics, diversity equality and inclusion and women’s rights. Passionate about women in leadership, Shola is the founder & editor of the Women in Leadership publication. Additionally, Shola is an Equality...


Racism, Imperialism and Decolonization in International Relations

Contributor(s): Dr Musab Younis, Dr Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa, Dr Nivi Manchanda | The panel will address four key questions related to International Relations as a mainstream academic discipline and racialized politics. Why might Black Lives Matter be a subject for scholars of IR or world politics? Has the discipline acknowledged its original sin in terms of erasing non-Western history in helping to shape international society? Has IR taken seriously the colonial histories that were...


100 Great Black Britons

Contributor(s): Patrick Vernon, Dr Angelina Osborne | Join us in Black History Month for this event with Angelina Osborne and Patrick Vernon, the authors of 100 Great Black Britons, to celebrate the publication of their new book. The arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in Britain from the Caribbean has been mythologised as the defining moment that changed Britain from an exclusively white country into a racially diverse one. Yet Africans have been present in Britain since Roman times and there...


The European Central Bank Between the Financial Crisis and Populisms: a conversation with Ewald Nowotny

Contributor(s): Dr Sebastian Diessner, Dr Corrado Macchiarelli, Mara Monti, Professor Ewald Nowotny, Professor Claudia Wiesner | The ECB's actions during the crisis were of immediate political importance, not only for the financial and banking sector but for the European Union and its legitimacy altogether. Drawing on different experiences, Sebastian Diessner, Corrado Macchiarelli, Mara Monti and Claudia Wiesner offer a detailed analytical narrative of the ECB's reaction to the financial...