22 January 2010

Links to LSE public podcasts

Just found out that LSE public lectures and events are available on podcasts here
This is an amazing resource with a wide range of very relevant subjects..
Below is a list of January's events so far, which can be accessed through the previous link...happy listening!

What kind of economics should we teach?
Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Hodgson, Professor Albert Marcet, Paul Ormerod, Professor John Sutton
Chair: Professor Tim Besley
This event was recorded on 20 January 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
The recent global crisis has lead to questions being asked about whether the kind of economics being taught to students in leading economics departments was responsible for the widespread failure to predict the timing and magnitude of the events that unfolded in 2008. Critiques range from an absence of historical context in mainstream teaching of economics to excessive reliance on mathematical models. This panel brings together four leading economists to debate this issue and to discuss what changes in the economics curriculum and the way that it is delivered are desirable.

Europe after the European Age: historical reflections
Speaker: Professor Mark Mazower
This event was recorded on 20 January 2010 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
What forces have shaped Europe's place in the world over the past two centuries? And how do the challenges of the two 'post-European' epochs – after 1945 and 1989 – compare? Mark Mazower is Ira D Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University.

Beyond the "Berlusconi Common Sense". A New Model of Politics for the 21st Century
Speaker: Professor Paolo Mancini
Chair: Professor Terhi Rantanen
This event was recorded on 19 January 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Mostly outside Italy, there is a widespread common sense about Berlusconi and his political adventure: he has been able to enter successfully the political arena because of his television empire and because of his unclear links with illegal groups and business. This interpretation is undoubtedly true but it is also a limited one as it is not able to point out all the novelties that Berlusconi may represent. Indeed, the paper argues that the political adventure of the Italian tycoon may be interpreted as a signal of the end of the forms of politics that featured the last two centuries in Europe and that was constructed on the role of the mass parties and their ideological nature. This is not just an Italian phenomenon as many other European leaders underline striking similarities with the Italian Prime Minister. In particular three main features of the new forms of politics that these leaders represent are discussed: 1) commodification of politics; 2) life style politics; 3) televised politics. Examples from other political leaders and theoretical frameworks are provided.

Child Under-nourishment as a Social Predicament
Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen
Chair: Professor Lord Stern
This event was recorded on 19 January 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building
This lecture is in honour of Dr Indraprastha Gordhanbhai (I.G) Patel who was the ninth director of the London School of Economics from 1984 to 1990.

The War on Drugs: an upper or downer for development?
Speaker: Misha Glenny, Michael Hartmann
Chair: Professor James Putzel
This event was recorded on 18 January 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
The panel will discuss the impact of legalising and regulating the international trade in illegal drugs. They will look at whether it would curb crime and war financing, and if it would promote development in fragile states. Misha Glenny is a journalist and author of McMafia: seriously organised crime. Michael Hartmann is manager and senior adviser of the Criminal Justice Programme at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Modernity and the Meaning of Life
Speaker: Dr Simon Glendinning, Dr Edward Skidelsky
This event was recorded on 18 January 2010 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
This dialogue will examine the resources left to us to find meaning in our modern day lives. Simon Glendinning is a reader in European philosophy at the European Institute, LSE, and director of the Forum for European Philosophy. Edward Skidelsky is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Exeter.

Crisis as Motivation? The Challenges of Sustaining Growth in Southeast Asia
Speaker: Professor Richard Doner
Chair: Howard Davies
This event was recorded on 14 January 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Can the dynamic, export-oriented economies of Southeast Asia sustain their growth in light of the global economic crisis? Professor Doner will consider the questions economists typically overlook. Richard Doner is professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Positive Deviance: the only strategy left for sustainability leadership?
Speaker: Sara Parkin
Chair: Andy Farrell
This event was recorded on 14 January 2010 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
In the absence of an adequate response to unsustainability by political leaders, it is up to the rest of us to lead the way. Sara Parkin is a founder director of Forum for the Future.

Getting fiscal consolidation right: Lessons from Sweden
Speaker: Anders Borg
Respondent: George Osborne MP
This event was recorded on 14 January 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building
Faced with a record deficit and an accelerating debt, the UK will have to embark on a process of massive fiscal consolidation in order to bring public finances back to sustainability. How is this best done and what lessons can be learned from the Swedish experience of fiscal consolidation in the 1990s? Anders Borg is Minister for Finance in Sweden and has chaired the ECOFIN Council during the 2009 Swedish EU Presidency. He has previously worked as an advisor on monetary policy issues at the Swedish Central Bank and as chief economist at several Swedish banks.

When China Rules the World
Speaker: Martin Jacques
Chair: Professor Michael Cox
This event was recorded on 13 January 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building
The years immediately following the end of the Cold War gave rise to the notion that the world was entering yet another American Century. But the next century will be decidedly Chinese and the rest of the world needs to adjust to this fact fast. Martin Jacques is a visiting senior fellow at LSE IDEAS. This event celebrates the publication of his book When China Rules the World: the rise of the middle kingdom and the end of the western world.

Muslims in Modern Europe
Speaker: Professor Gilles Kepel
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges
This event was recorded on 12 January 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building
This lecture will look at the complex character of the Muslim population in Europe and explain the many different ways in which they see the world around them. Gilles Kepel is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS.

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