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May 2017

Listening to One’s Constituents? Now, There’s an Idea

May 15, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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What kinds of contacts do representatives have with their constituents? What kinds ought they to have? With better contact, would the representatives have convinced their constituents that a Clinton presidency or a Remain vote better served their interests?

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June 2017

Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How To Fight Back

June 27, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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One of the UK’s most respected commentators, Matthew d’Ancona, launches a powerful and deeply personal campaign in this urgent fightback manifesto. A precious value is being eroded – Truth. It’s time to leap to its protection.

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September 2017

If Only They Didn’t Speak English: notes from Trump’s America

September 7, 2017 @ 18:30 - 19:45
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor will be talking about his new book If Only They Didn’t Speak English – Notes from Trump’s America in which he sets out to analyse how a country that he says once stood for the grandest of aspirations is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs.

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Why Plumage Matters: the cultivation of political and public identity

September 28, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Rodney Barker, whose new book Cultivating Identity: Why Plumage Matters is LSE’s first open access book, will be introducing a discussion of the components – language, dress, diet, habitat -of the identities of nations, groups, and individuals, and of the perennial tension between identity as association with other people, and identity as distinction from them, a motor of both human progress and human conflict.

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October 2017

Democracy and Its Crisis

October 5, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Winston Churchill described democracy as 'the least bad of all systems.' So it is, when it works. But it has been made to fail - notice those words: 'made to fail' - in at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the US and the UK. This talk is about how democracy has been made to fail. And it is about how to put it right.

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Why International State-Building Fails: a New Interpretation

October 11, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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A panel discusses Woodward’s book, The Ideology of Failed States (CUP 2017), an analysis of the significant but counterproductive role played by the concept of failed states in shaping international order and intervention since the early 1990s.

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Syria – The Impossible Revolution: Launch of Documentary Feature Film

October 18, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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'Syria - The Impossible Revolution' is a feature length documentary film that explores the roots of the peaceful uprising in Syria in 2011, and how it turned into a revolution that has been so brutally crushed.

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November 2017

Palestinian Rights, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement, and Transnational Solidarity

November 7, 2017 @ 18:15 - 20:00
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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This panel brings together leading Palestinian civil society protagonists, rights-activists and academics to discuss the movement and its prospects. What sort of transnational solidarity does the BDS ( campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement propose? What sorts of normative claims does the movement make? What are its strengths and weaknesses? What are its most important achievements and failures to date?

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Post-truth politics: Being a savvy news consumer

November 8, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Alumni Theatre,

Speakers: Ali Cirone, Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Economy, LSE Department of Government Ben Lyons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Exeter Jason Reifler, Professor of Political science, University of Exeter Chair: Thomas Leeper, Associate Professor in Political Behaviour, LSE Department of Government Do you know how to survive in an era of “post-truth” politics? Can you recognise dodgy statistics…

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Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon

November 9, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Rachel Reeves discusses the political life and legacy of Alice Bacon – the first woman MP for Leeds and Yorkshire.

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