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  1. LSE: Public Lectures and Events - The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death

    Speaker: Professor John Gray

    Chair: Dr Simon Glendinning

    This event was recorded on 19 February 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

    During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century science became the vehicle for an assault on death. The power of knowledge was summoned to free humans of their mortality. Science was used against science and became a channel for faith. John Gray is most recently the acclaimed author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, and Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals.


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  2. LSE: Public Lectures and Events - The End of Remembering

    Speaker: Joshua Foer

    Chair: Professor Helena Cronin

    This event was recorded on 5 April 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

    Once upon a time remembering was everything. Today, we have endless mountains of documents, the Internet and ever-present smart phones to store our memories. As our culture has transformed from one that was fundamentally based on internal memories to one that is fundamentally based on memories stored outside the brain, what are the implications for ourselves and for our society? What does it mean that we’ve lost our memory? Joshua Foer studied evolutionary biology at Yale University and is now a freelance science journalist, writing for the National Geographic and New York Times among others.


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  3. Dave Graney: Social Networks and the Unknown

    The Wheeler Centre is a new kind of cultural institution, dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing, books and ideas. The Centre is a cornerstone of Melbourne’€™s UNESCO City of Literature status.

    If the internet was cut off tomorrow, would you be happy? Dave Graney would be.

    Appearing onstage at Lunchbox/Soapbox, and in his characteristically meandering style, the flamboyant stalwart of Melbourne’s music scene ponders the question: do social networks and technology inspire us to think of the future?

    Reflecting on technology’s ability to send people “spiralling inwards”, Graney observes the past, present and future through the temporal perspective of each, receives a tap on the shoulder from the unknown (via Facebook), and shares some networked wisdom from a certain man from the future.


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  4. Fuck You, Pay Me - Mike Monteiro

    Our speaker at the March 2011 San Francisco, CreativeMornings (creativemornings.com) was Mike Monteiro, Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio (muledesign.com). This event took place on March 25, 2011 and was sponsored by Happy Cog and Typekit (who also hosted the event at their office in the Mission).

    From Mikes blog on "Getting Comfortable with Contracts" – When Erika Hall and I started Mule 10 years ago, we were excited to be able to take on our own clients, make our own decisions, and most of all, to do what we loved to do. One task that didn’t break our top ten was negotiating contracts. And while it still isn’t our favorite part of the job, it is the part that makes everything else possible.

    If you’re a baseball fan you’re probably familiar with the adage that “natural hitters” make shitty teachers. They’ve never had to think about how to hit a baseball, they’ve just always been able to do it. (Ted Williams is, of course, the wonderful exception to this rule.) Scrappy hitters, who have to fight for every little base hit, analyze their stance, their grip of the bat, gloves or no gloves, the size of the bat, ad infinitum. They end up learning to hit. As a result, they make better teachers because they can spot the types of adjustments other players need to make.

    I am a designer. I work for a living, I solve problems within a set of constraints, I hire people, I rent space, I pay bills, and I have payroll to meet. These things are not in addition to the job, they are A PART OF the job. None of this came naturally to me. I had to learn it all.



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  5. The last man: the making of Andrew Fisher and the Australian Labor Party

    Professor David Day

    Historical Interpretation series, 25 October 2007

    Historian and National Museum Director’s Fellow David Day argues that Australian prime minister Andrew Fisher should be remembered for social reforms and infrastructure projects, not just committing ‘the last man and last shilling’ to the First World War.


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  6. Food and space: the Australian nation in the British Empire

    Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University Historical Interpretation series, 6 April 2009 Historian Adele Wessell uses cookbooks to draw conclusions about Australian political and social life at the turn of the century, examining British diet and food preferences that were maintained and transformed in colonial Australia.


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  7. Public Lectures and Events: The Net Delusion: Does free information mean free people?

    This event was recorded on 19 January 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

    At the start of the twenty-first century we were promised that the internet would liberate the world. We could come together as never before, and from Iran’s ‘twitter revolution’ to Facebook ‘activism’, technological innovation would spread democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Morozov destroys this myth, arguing that ‘internet freedom’ is an illusion, and that technology has failed to help protect people’s rights. Not only that – in many cases the internet is actually helping authoritarian regimes. From China to Russia to Iran, oppressive governments are using cyberspace to stifle dissent: planting clandestine propaganda, employing sophisticated digital censorship and using online surveillance. We are all being manipulated in more subtle ways too – becoming pacified by the net, instead of truly engaging.

    This event marks the publication of Evgeny Morozov’s new book The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate The World.


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  8. Public Lectures and Events: The Haves and Have Nots

    This event was recorded on 8 February 2011 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

    Inequality is a surprisingly slippery issue, involving not just straightforward comparisons of individuals, but also comparisons of price and consumption differences around the world – and over time. In this lecture Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank’s research division, will approach the issue in a new and innovative way, focusing on inequality in income and wealth in different time periods and contexts: from inequality in Roman times (and how it compared with inequality today), to depictions of wealth inequality in literature (Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina), to inequality across generations of a single family (the three generations of Obamas illustrating this theme). As for global inequality today, the talk will examine its main cause (differences in average incomes between countries), the role China and India might play, and, perhaps most importantly, whether global inequality matters at all, and if does, what can we do to reduce it. Branko Milanovic is one of the world’s leading experts on inequality. He is lead economist at the World Bank’s research division in Washington DC, a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and the author of The Haves and Have Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality.


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  9. Public Lectures and Events: Income Distribution and Social Change after 50 years

    This event was recorded on 1 March 2011 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

    Fifty years ago, it was believed that income inequality was falling and that poverty had largely been eliminated. This lecture returns to Richard Titmuss’ masterly crossexamination of the evidence about income inequality and argues that we have much to learn, but also to add. Tony Atkinson is the centennial professor at LSE. His most recent book is Top Incomes: a global perspective.


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