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  1. Michael Kenny – E.P. Thompson – Last of the English Radicals? | Backdoor Broadcasting Company

    Event Date: 8 May 2017

    Keynes Library

    Birkbeck University of London

    43 Gordon Square

    London WC1H 0PD

    The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents:

    Professor Michael Kenny (QMUL) – E.P. Thompson – Last of the English Radicals? 

    The English radical lineage has been repeatedly invoked on the British left in recent years: as an antidote to the technocratic character of social democratic thought and rigidity of socialist orthodoxy; and for its intimate relationship with English traditions at a point when ‘Englishness’ appears resurgent. Edward Thompson, one of Britain’s leading public historians, best known intellectuals and leading figure in the peace movement during the 1980s, is often seen as the last exemplar of this tradition. This lecture takes a critical look at this characterisation. It also reappraises standard dismissals of Thompson’s patriotism, asking what kind of Englishness was at stake in the work of the author of The Making of the English Working Class. It explores the shifting ways in which he wrote – as historian, intellectual contrarian and romantic critic — about the English radical tradition, and compares Thompson’s raucous, eclectic and argumentative conception of this lineage with latter-day progressive thinking. The lecture finishes by asking who in British politics can lay claim to the title deeds of Thompson’s brand of English radicalism.

    Michael Kenny is a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He has written widely on British political thought and politics, and is the author of The Politics of English Nationhood (2014), The Politics of Identity (2004) and author of the Preface to the Penguin Modern Classics edition of E.P.Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class (2013). He is currently writing a book, with Nick Pearce, on The Anglosphere in British Politics, which will be published by Polity Press.

    Chair and Introduction by Dr Jason Edwards (Birkbeck).


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  2. Can Altruism Be More Effective? - RSA

    Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

    Peter Singer’s ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of his radical essay on animal rights. He now visits the RSA to discuss a provocative new movement in which his own ideas have played a crucial role: effective altruism.

    Effective altruism is built upon the idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the "most good you can do." Such a life requires a new and unsentimental view of charitable giving: to be a worthy recipient of our support, an organisation must be able to demonstrate that it will do more good with our money or our time than all the other options open to us.  

    Singer has controversially challenged those who donate to the arts, and to charities focused on helping our fellow citizens, rather than those for whom we can do the most good. Is he right – should we only focus on rationally maximising the good we can do, and will that help us tackle the world’s most pressing problems?

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  3. Podcast #64: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin | The New York Public Library

    This week on The New York Public Library Podcast, we’re pleased to share this conversation between New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Bitcoin Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen, New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper, and venture capitalist Fred Wilson. The four discuss all things Bitcoin.

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  4. Designing a World Where People Come First - RSA

    Steve Hilton, CEO, Crowdpac; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

    Steve Hilton, visiting professor at Stanford University and former senior adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, believes that the frustrations people have with government, politics, their economic circumstances and their daily lives are caused by deep structural problems in the systems that dominate our modern world - systems that are broken because they’ve grown too far from the human scale.

    At the RSA, he shows how change is possible, offering the latest research, compelling stories and case studies from all over the world across industry, politics, education, design and social action to show us what can happen when we make our world more human. A more local, more accountable and more human way of living, he argues, will make us more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately happier.

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  5. The Importance of Character - RSA

    David Brooks, Author and columnist

    Are you more focussed on your value to the marketplace, or on the integrity of your inner life?

    In today’s culture of achievement, the drive for external success and attention is so fierce there’s little time to cultivate inner depth. We’re taught to be assertive, to master skills, to broadcast our brand, to get likes, to get followers. We’ve become a self-preoccupied society; and the noise, the fast and shallow communications, makes it hard to hear the quiet voices that steer us beyond our immediate needs.

    New York Times bestselling author and one of the greatest thinkers of our time, David Brooks visits the RSA to urge us to reevaluate, and to confront the meaning of true fulfilment.

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  6. From Privacy to Publicity: the changing mode of being-in-the-world

    Zygmunt Bauman’s thinking combines social science and social history with theories of modernity: Under the heading of the “Interregnum”, he has analyzed how existing social and political orders can collapse, even while a new order is yet unforeseeable. One of the central questions for Bauman is the relationship between continuity and discontinuity, or sense and senselessness, for this kind of historical witnessing that is becoming increasingly rare. Born in Poznan in 1925, Bauman started teaching sociology at the University of Warsaw in 1954. He left Poland to move to Israel in 1968, and in 1971, he was appointed a chair of sociology at the University of Leeds, where he would remain until 1990. Bauman has been awarded the 1989 Amalfi Prize, and the Theodor W. Adorno Award in 1998.

    Even before the NSA spying scandal, Zygmunt Bauman studied the contemporary surveillance society in collaboration with sociologist David Lyon, director of the Surveillance Studies Centre. In the digital age, no one could ever be sure they weren’t being monitored – leading to a kind of social conformity that is increasingly deliberate and voluntary, or so they concluded (the re:publica, and also Edward Snowden, have come to similar conclusions, by the way). This is a challenge not only for politics, but also for sociology. In a conversation between Zygmunt Bauman and David Lyon, documented in their 2013 textbook “Liquid Suveillance”, they try to reconcile Michel Foucault’s concept of the “Panopticon”, and Gilles Deleuze’s ideas on the “Control Society” with modern-day technology.

    Most users of novel technologies, however, are younger than 45, and take a rather affirmative stance towards their gadgets. Dealing with these new tendencies, headed for a panoptic or even “post-panoptic” society, comparing and delimiting them, is a huge social challenge. We are happy to provide a stage for this and are very much looking forward to welcoming this eminent thinker from Leeds at re:publica.

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