Ali Abdullatif Ahmida on Libya

November 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ali Abdullatif Ahmida gives a talk titled “Post February 17 Revolution: The Challenges of Transitional Justice, Truth and National Reconciliation in Libya.”

Are There Things Money Shouldn’t Be Able To Buy?

October 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Michael J. Sandel is an American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course “Justice”, which is available to view online, and for his critique of John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice in his first book, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. His book¬†Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy appears in the list muse top 100 political science books list.

Why we can’t afford the rich

September 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Andrew Sayer lectures on his book “Why we can’t afford the rich”.

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The Looting Machine: Investigating Corruption in Africa

August 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Mapping out the networks that link kleptocrats to middlemen, multinationals and markets is the key to understanding the dark side of the globalised economy. Tom Burgis, Financial Times investigations correspondent and author of a new book on the looting of Africa, discussed the tools required: following money trails, reporting from conflict zones, understanding the bigger context – and door-stepping Zimbabwe’s secret police.

What is the State?

August 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Quentin Skinner’s Lecture What is the State? The question that will not go away.

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Gore Vidal: The Man Who Said No

June 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Gore Vidal: The Man Who Said No (1983) is a documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Gary Conklin. The film follows famed American writer and political gadfly Gore Vidal in his quixotic campaign against incumbent California Governor Jerry Brown for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1982. Vidal and State Sen. Paul B. Carpenter each won the support of 15.1% of voters in the primary election, but were easily outdistanced by Brown, who racked up 50.7% of the vote.

Adam Curtis: The Living Dead

June 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Living Dead is a series of three films focussing on the power of the past. It was the second major documentary series made by Adam Curtis. In it he investigated the way that history and memory (both national and individual) have been used by politicians and others. It was braodcast in 1995. The series features Paul Fussell whose book The Great War and Modern Memory is in the Listmuse 100 Best History Books of All Time list.

On the Desperate Edge of Now

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