London School of Economics: Public lectures and ev

London School of Economics: Public lectures and ev

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Audio podcasts from LSE's programme of public lectures and events.


How to Break Down the Glass Wall: successful strategies for women at work [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Kathryn Jacob, Sue Unerman | With more women in work than ever before, there are still too few women occupying positions in the boardroom. What’s holding us back is a glass wall. Men and women can see each other through the divide, but we don’t speak the same language or have the same cultural expectations. What’s missing is a strategy for success to help women capitalise on opportunities at work, overcome challenges, and achieve a good life/work balance. Presenting their own experiences of building successful careers in male-dominated industries, as well interviews with men and women from a variety of organisations, Kathryn Jacob and Sue Unerman provide smart, practical strategies to boost any women’s career, which can be adopted by both the individual and the organisation. Kathryn Jacob (@cinemalover) is Chief Executive of Pearl & Dean. She has worked at Virgin Radio and was one of the first women to work in display advertising at The Daily Telegraph. Kathryn serves as a member of the Government Expert Group on Body Confidence, the Advertising Association Council, and is on the Development Board of Women's Aid, & RADA. Kathryn also sits on the board of the Association of Colleges and the Advertising Association. She is ex-President of Women in Advertising and Communications, and is a mentor to numerous young women in business. Sue Unerman (@SueU) the Chief Strategy Officer at MediaCom. When Sue joined the company as Associate Director in 1990 she was the most senior woman they had ever employed. She is a Council Member of the Open University, sits on the University of Oxford Public Affairs Advisory Group, and is on the Corporate Development Board of Women's Aid. Sue was also on the Advisory Board of the Government Digital Service. Together they are authors of The Glass Wall: Success strategies for women at work – and businesses that mean business. Jonathan Booth is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. He was a consultant in information technology, change management, and training development for firms such as Intel, Marriott International, and Wells Fargo. His research interests include workplace aggression and victimisation, conflict management and corporate social responsibility. The Department of Management (@LSEManagement) is a globally diverse academic community at the heart of the LSE, taking a unique interdisciplinary, academically in-depth approach to the study of management and organisations. This event forms part of the LSE Women in Business lecture series.

The Populist Challenge to Human Rights [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Philip Alston | The human rights movement is reeling and the worst is yet to come. Populists have come to power in key countries promoting an agenda which is avowedly nationalistic, xenophobic and retrograde. The space for civil society has been closed down in many countries. The International Criminal Court is under concerted attack as states withdraw and ‘unsign’. Regional and UN institutions are under increasing pressure. This lecture suggests what can be done in response to this onslaught of negative developments. ‘Business as usual’ is not one of the options. Intensive self-reflection, innovative thinking and creative strategizing will be required. This lecture marks International Human Rights day, which on the 10th December each year commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. His teaching focuses primarily on international law, human rights law, and international criminal law. He co-chairs the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He has previously been Professor of Law and Foundation Director of the Center for International and Public Law at the Australian National University and Professor of International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence where he was also Head of Department and Co-Director of the Academy of European Law. Alston was appointed in 2014 as the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He was previously UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions from 2004 to 2010 and undertook fact-finding missions to: Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Israel, Lebanon, Albania, Kenya, Brazil, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, the United States, Albania, and Ecuador. He was a member of the Group of Experts on Darfur appointed in 2007 by the UN Human Rights Council, and was special adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals. He chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for eight years until 1998, and at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights he was elected to chair the first meeting of the Presidents and Chairs of all of the international human rights courts and committees (including the European and American Human Rights Courts and the African Commission). He was UNICEF's legal adviser throughout the period of the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and directed a major project funded by the European Commission, which resulted in the publication of a Human Rights Agenda for the European Union for the Year 2000 and a volume of essays on that theme. In 2010-11 he was a member of the Independent International Commission investigating human rights violations in Kyrgzstan. Chetan Bhatt is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Rethinking Capitalism [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Michael Jacobs, Professor Mariana Mazzucato | Western capitalism is in trouble. For decades investment has been falling, living standards have stagnated or declined, and inequality has risen dramatically. Economic policy has neither reformed the financial system nor restored stable growth. Climate change meanwhile poses increasing risks to future prosperity. In this joint lecture, Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs will propose new ways of thinking about capitalism. Drawing on their new book, Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth they will show how today’s deep economic problems reflect the inadequacies of orthodox economic theory and the failure of economic policies informed by it. They will show how alternative economic approaches can better explain how capitalism works, why it often doesn’t, and how it can be made more innovative, inclusive and sustainable. Michael Jacobs (@michaelujacobs) is Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science at University College London and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. An environmental economist and political theorist, his work has focused on the political economy of environmental change. He was formerly General Secretary of the Fabian Society, Co-Editor of the The Political Quarterly, and Senior Adviser to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which he helped to found. Mariana Mazzucato (@MazzucatoM) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Her book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation'. Professor Mazzucato advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth. Robin Archer is Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme at LSE. The Ralph Miliband Programme (@RMilibandLSE) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.

Thinking Sexualities, Globalities and the Politics of Rights from an Interdisciplinary Perspective [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Sonia Corrêa | In celebration of her Leverhulme Professorship at the Gender Institute, Sonia Corrêa explores some of the paradoxes at the centre of sexual rights theory and politics. What challenges are presented by the intersections between Development Studies and Sexuality Studies, each with their very different theories, histories and practices of knowledge? What issues are raised by seeking to synthesise postcolonial and de-colonial perspectives with Human Rights and Citizenship frameworks? How might we theorise questions of the complexity of subjectivity in ways amenable to social justice projects globally? Sonia Corrêa is Leverhulme Visiting Professor at LSE, Associate of the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association, and Co-Chair of Sexuality Policy Watch. Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory and Director of the Gender Institute.

The Curse of Cash [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Kenneth S Rogoff | The world is drowning in cash—and it’s making us poorer and less safe. Kenneth Rogoff, one of the world’s leading economists, makes a persuasive and fascinating case for an idea that until recently would have seemed outlandish: getting rid of most paper money. As well as offering a plan for phasing out paper money he addresses the issues the transition will pose, ranging from fears about privacy and price stability to the need to provide subsidized debit cards for the poor. Kenneth S. Rogoff, (@krogoff) the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton). He appears frequently in the national media and writes a monthly newspaper column that is syndicated in more than fifty countries. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His new book is The Curse of Cash. Wouter Den Haan is Professor of Economics at LSE and Co-Director of the Centre for Macroeconomics. The Department of Economics at LSE (@LSEEcon) is one of the largest economics departments in the world. Its size ensures that all areas of economics are strongly represented in both research and teaching. The Centre For Macroeconomics (@CFMUK) brings together world-class experts to carry out pioneering research on the global economic crisis and to help design policies that alleviate it.

The Lost Art of Listening: the missing key to democratic and civil society participation [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Jim Macnamara | Jim Macnamara will report findings from his research showing many organisations do not listen, and argue that increased organisational listening is key to reinvigorating democracy and civil society. Professor Macnamara has blogged about the subject at Everybody’s talking at me…is anyone listening? Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds. Sandra Jovchelovitch is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE. Jim Macnamara (@jimmacnamara) is Professor of Public Communication, University of Technology Sydney and Visiting Professor, at the LSE Department of Media & Communications. He had a 30-year professional career spanning journalism, public relations, and media research before joining the academy. He is the author of 15 books including Organizational Listening: The Missing Essential in Public Communication. Nick Couldry (@couldrynick) is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, and Head of the Department of Media and Communications.

The New Minority: white working class politics in an era of immigration and inequality [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Dr Justin Gest | This talk will reveal key findings from the first rigorous study of the social and political trends underpinning Brexit and the Trump phenomenon in the United States. Justin Gest is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and co-founder of the LSE Migration Studies Unit. Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) is Labour MP for Barking and an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has served as Minister for Children, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Stephen Kinnock (@SKinnock) is Labour MP for Aberavon. Eric Kaufmann (@epkaufm) is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. The LSE Migration Studies Unit is a multidisciplinary research group that is the focus point for migration research across all LSE departments.

Brexit and the EU Global Strategy [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Nathalie Tocci | Undoubtedly Brexit has dealt a major blow, both to the UK's role in the world and that of the EU. As one if not the Member State with the most global outlook, the damage done both in terms of material capacities and reputation cannot be underestimated. At the same time some argue that the UK's exit from the EU would facilitate integration in the security and defence field. What are the prospects for the implementation of the EU Global Strategy following the UK referendum? Nathalie Tocci (@NathalieTocci) is Deputy Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome. Sven Biscop is Director of the Europe in the World Programme at Egmont. Ben Tonra (@Bentonra) is Jean Monnet Professor of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy at University College Dublin. Karen Smith is Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit at LSE. The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 88th year making it one of the oldest and largest in the world. Keep up to date with what Brexit means for the UK and the wider world at LSE Brexit blog (@lsebrexitvote).

The American Election and the Left [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Steven Erlanger, Professor Gary Gerstle, Bonnie Greer | The US election has seen a wave of authoritarian populism and xenophobia, the first real chance for a woman to win presidential office, and an earlier unprecedented surge in support for an American socialist. Following a campaign marked by intense hostility and polarised appeals, what does the outcome of the election tell us about the prospects for progressives in America and beyond? A panel of leading scholars and commentators will debate the meaning of the campaign and its result. Steven Erlanger (@StevenErlanger) is the London Bureau chief for the New York Times. Gary Gerstle (@glgerstle) is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University. He is the author of American Crucible and Liberty and Coercion. Bonnie Greer OBE (@Bonn1eGreer) is a playwright, novelist and critic. She is Chancellor of Kingston University. Her novels include Obama Music, a reflection on her formative years in Chicago, and a biography of the civil rights campaigner Langston Hughes. Robin Archer is Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme at LSE. The Ralph Miliband Programme (@RMilibandLSE) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.

The Scale-up Manifesto: how Britain is becoming the scale-up nation of the world [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Sherry Coutu, Irene Graham, Chris Haley | Two years on from the 2014 Scale-Up Report and Manifesto, co-founder and Chair of the Scale Up Institute Sherry Coutu, and its inaugural CEO, Irene Graham, address the impact of the Institute's work and their journey, with partners, on increasing the economic impact of high growth firms in the UK. At this public discussion, held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, we bring together experts and Institute partners, to discuss the latest findings of the Scale-Up Review carried out for 2016, actions taken since 2014 to progress the Report's original findings, and the scale-up momentum taking place across the country as entrepreneurs, corporates, universities and government 'lean in' and take action to ensure high growth firms are “scaling up” successfully. The approach is based on clear evidence that fostering the growth of scale up firms will realise significantly greater overall benefits for an economy in terms of jobs, wage growth and contribution to GDP. Sherry Coutu (@scoutu) is co-founder and chair of the Scale-Up Institute, and author of its 2014 Scale-Up Report. She chairs the Financial Strategy Advisory Group for the University of Cambridge and Founders4Schools, and is a non-executive director for the London Stock Exchange Group and Zoopla. Sherry was awarded the CBE for services to entrepreneurship in 2013. She is an alumna of LSE. Irene Graham is the CEO of the Scale-Up Institute. She has held both European and global managing director roles at Standard Chartered Bank where she set up and scaled several businesses , and was subsequently a managing director of the British Bankers Association. She is a visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on a number of advisory boards. Chris Haley is Head of Start-ups and New Technology Research at Nesta. Rowena Burns is CEO of Manchester Science Partnerships. Rob Perks is CEO of Inspire. James ‎Stuart is Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Scotland. Elizabeth Vega is CEO of Informed Solutions. George Gaskell is Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics. He has held numerous leadership positions at LSE, including Pro-director (Resources and Planning), Director of The Methodology Institute, and Special Advisor to the Director. The Department of Management (@LSEManagement) is a globally diverse academic community at the heart of the LSE, taking a unique interdisciplinary, academically in-depth approach to the study of management and organisations.

Investing in Inclusive Growth [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Bill Morneau | Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, shares his views on the global economy and how Canada is investing to strengthen its middle class and grow the economy over the long term. Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) is Canada’s Finance Minister. Previously, he led Morneau Shepell and was Pension Investment Advisor to Ontario’s Finance Minister. Morneau’s community service in Toronto is extensive, having supported the arts, helped street kids, and improved access to health care and education. Internationally, he founded a school for Somali and Sudanese youth in an African refugee camp. He holds a B.A. from Western University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from INSEAD. Wouter Den Haan is Professor of Economics at LSE and Co-Director of the Centre for Macroeconomics. The Department of Economics at LSE (@LSEEcon) is one of the largest economics departments in the world. Its size ensures that all areas of economics are strongly represented in both research and teaching. The Centre For Macroeconomics (@CFMUK) brings together world-class experts to carry out pioneering research on the global economic crisis and to help design policies that alleviate it. The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 88th year, making it one of the oldest, and largest, in the world.

International Norm Change: outlawry of war in the interwar years [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Hatsue Shinohara | This lecture will examine the transformation of international law in interwar years, and why international norm change concerning the legal status of war was accomplished. Hatsue Shinohara is Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University. Her research focuses on the history of international law, the disciplinary history of IR, and the League of Nations. Christopher Hughes is Professor of International Relations at LSE. The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 88th year making it one of the oldest and largest in the world.

The Power and Politics of Flags [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Tim Marshall | There will be a short LSE100 Award Ceremony for outstanding achievements on the LSE100 course followed by a talk and Q&A session with Tim Marshall. For thousands of years, flags have been the visual representation of our hopes and our destinies. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colours..... and still in the 21st Century we die for them. They represent the politics of high power and the politics of the mob. In his lecture, based on his latest book Worth Dying For – the Power and Politics of Flags, he will give essential insight into the symbols which continue to unite and divide us. Tim Marshall (@Itwitius) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster, known for his highly experienced analysis of developments in foreign affairs. Marshall was formerly diplomatic editor for Sky News and is a guest commentator on world events for BBC, Sky News, and guest presenter on LBC. He has written four books, including New York Times best seller Prisoners of Geography. Tim is founder and editor of news web platform, a site for journalists, politicians, foreign affairs analysts to share their views on world affairs. Jennifer Jackson Preece holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, and an MA and BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of two books – National Minorities and the European Nation-States System (OUP, 1998) and Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community (Polity, 2005) and various articles and edited book chapters. In addition to her academic research, Dr Jackson-Preece acts as a consultant for various international and non-governmental organisations in the area of human and minority rights protection and ethnic conflict regulation. LSE100 The LSE Course (@TheLSECourse) is LSE's flagship interdisciplinary course for undergraduate students.

Karl Marx: greatness and illusion [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Gareth Stedman Jones | Gareth Stedman Jones will discuss Marx, history and nature; challenge ideas of Marx's ‘materialist conception of history’; and explore his debt to Hegel and German idealism. Gareth Stedman Jones is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and taught at the university for many years, becoming Professor of Political Science in 1997. He is the author of Outcast London, Languages of Class and An End to Poverty? and most recently Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, as well as being the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of The Communist Manifesto. Robin Archer is Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme at LSE. The Ralph Miliband Programme (@RMilibandLSE) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.

Power and Inequality in the Global Political Economy [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Nicola Phillips | This talk will address the evolution of inequalities in the global economy – and how different powers are propelling new forms of unequal development across the world. Nicola Phillips (@phillipsnicola1) is Professor of Political Economy and the Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. She is the Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA), a past Editor-in-Chief of the journal New Political Economy, and one of the current editors of the Review of International Political Economy. She works in the field of global political economy, with interests focusing on global economic governance, inequality, labour in global production, and migration and development. Between 2010 and 2013, she held a prestigious Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust, for research on forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation in the global economy. Robert Falkner (@robert_falkner) is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE. His research focuses on international political economy, global environmental politics, and the role of business in international relations. The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 88th year making it one of the oldest and largest in the world.

What's Next? Analysing the 2016 US Presidential Election [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Bronwen Maddox, Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Professor Peter Trubowitz | America goes to the polls on 8 November to decide who will succeed Barack Obama as the 45th President. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both vying for the job, whoever wins, the result will be an historic one. Join us for a lively evening of discussion with media and academic experts on US politics who will review the results of the 2016 US presidential election and give us their insights into what we can expect of the incoming administration. Bronwen Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government. She is the former Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect Magazine and former Chief Foreign Commentator of The Times. Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey is Professor in Political Science in the Government Department of LSE. Sir Nigel Sheinwald is the former British Ambassador to the US and EU and Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and Chair of the UK-US Fulbright Education Commission. Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at LSE. Justin Webb (@JustinOnWeb) presents Today on Radio 4. He was the BBC's North America Editor for eight years. He has written several books about America including Notes on Them and Us about the relationship between the US and the UK. He was educated at the LSE. The United States Centre at LSE (@LSE_US) is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.

Brain in a Vat and Other Stories: a celebration of Hilary Putnam [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Julian Baggini, Professor Jesper Kallestrup, Professor Chris Norris, Dr Sarah Sawyer | Does perception give me any reason to believe in an external world, or could I be a ‘brain in a vat’ that is fed information by a malicious (or benevolent) scientist? And if I were such a brain, could I ever say or think this? This is just one puzzle raised by the Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam, who died last year. Though its origins are in Augustine and Descartes, Putnam revolutionised its implications for our understanding of knowledge, language, and the mind. We bring together a distinguished panel to discuss his life and work. Julian Baggini (@microphilosophy) is a writer and Editor-in-Chief of The Philosophers’ Magazine. Jesper Kallestrup is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Chris Norris is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University. Sarah Sawyer is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex. Peter Dennis is Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow. The Forum for European Philosophy (@ForumPhilosophy) is an educational charity that organises a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK.

The Man Who Knew: the life and times of Alan Greenspan [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Sebastian Mallaby | No post-war figure has loomed over global finance as imposingly as Alan Greenspan, America’s Fed chairman from the booming 1980s until the eve of the 2008 financial crash. And no figure has been more paradoxical: a man who preached the virtue of the gold standard, yet came to embody paper money; a man who posed as a dry technocrat, yet was political to his core. From his debut as an acolyte of the cultish libertarian novelist, Ayn Rand, through his controversial relationship with Richard Nixon and successive presidents, Greenspan was the ultimate Washington wise man, the quiet God in the machine. But when global finance melted down, Greenspan’s reputation melted with it. Drawing on five years of untrammelled access to Greenspan, his papers, and his professional and personal intimates, Sebastian Mallaby has written the definitive study of the preeminent financial statesman of the post-war era. Reckoning both with Greenspan’s monetary decisions and with his approach to financial regulation, Mallaby grapples with the central mystery that Greenspan’s life presents to us. Why did a man so universally celebrated forge a financial system that proved so fatally unstable? And how will his successors protect us from a future crash? Sebastian Mallaby (@scmallaby) is Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE. He is the author of a newly published biography of Alan Greenspan The Man Who Knew: the life and times of Alan Greenspan. Charles Goodhart is Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance with the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, having previously, 1987-2005, been its Deputy Director. Until his retirement in 2002, he had been the Norman Sosnow Professor of Banking and Finance at LSE since 1985. The Systemic Risk Centre (@LSE_SRC) was set up to study the risks that may trigger the next financial crisis and to develop tools to help policymakers and financial institutions become better prepared.

East West Street: in conversation with Philippe Sands [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Sands | Philippe Sands will discuss his new book East West Street that explores the creation of world-changing legal concepts following the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich. Philippe Sands (@philippesands) is an international lawyer and Professor of Law at University College London. Gerry Simpson is a Professor and Chair in Public International Law at LSE. LSE Law (@lselaw) is an integral part of the School's mission, plays a major role in policy debates & in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world. The London Review of International Law (@OxfordJournals) is a peer-reviewed journal for critical, innovative and cutting-edge scholarship on international law.

Dare to Do: taking on the planet by bike and boat [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Sarah Outen | Rowing solo across oceans, cycling through deserts and kayaking treacherous islands, British adventurer Sarah Outen has done it all. From the moment she started her first major expedition, which saw her row solo across the Indian Ocean when she was just 24 years old, Sarah was hooked and wanted more. Her latest challenge was an epic undertaking and saw her take 4.5 years to row, kayak and cycle around the Northern Hemisphere from London to London – a journey of some 25,000 miles. Dare to Do is more than an adventure story. It is a story of the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel; a story of the raw power of nature, of finding love in unexpected places, and of discovering your inner strength. It is about trying and failing, and trying again, and about how, even when all seems lost, you can find yourself. Sarah Outen MBE (@SarahOuten) is an adventurer, motivational speaker and author. In November 2015 Sarah completed her London2London: Via the World expedition. Tina Fahm is the director of a leadership development consultancy. She is also a Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Chair of Womankind Worldwide. In previous non-executive roles, Tina has served as Legal Services Commissioner, Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales as the Home Secretary’s Representative on the Hertfordshire Police Authority and on various boards in the UK’s National Health Service, housing and the voluntary sectors. She remains a Justice of the Peace (magistrate) on the Supplemental List. Just economics and politics? Think again. While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School - from weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, and an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors, various film, art and photographic student societies, the annual LSE photo prize competition, the LSE Literary Festival and artist-in-residence projects. For more information please view the LSE Arts website.

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