Tuesday, December 30, 2008

LSE public lectures

A treasure trove of interesting podcasts from the London School of Economics here. Recent lectures are also available at iTunes UChannel. Some specific recommendations below. See also talks by Robert Shiller, Mohamed El Erian, Martin Wolf, Paul Kennedy, Mearsheimer-Walt, Craig Venter and many others.

I'm always on the hunt for high quality data feeds ;-)

The China Challenge as Myth and Reality
Speaker: Professor Chen Jian

Few countries have experienced changes as dramatic as did China in the past century - and the past quarter century in particular. From a "revolutionary country" to a "status quo power," and from an "outsider" to an "insider" of the existing international system, the realities of the grand transformation in China's state, society and international outlook have often been obscured by all kinds of myths. For the purpose of highlighting the realities and deconstructing the myths, Professor Chen discusses the origins, processes and implications of China's rise from the perspective of a historian of China's international relations. Chen Jian is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE.

The War for Wealth: The true story of globalization and how Western society can survive
Speaker: Gabor Steingart

Globalization is the defining force of our lifetime, but most politicians have not understood the complexity of the process. Thus argues Gabor Steingart, in his controversial and thought-provoking new book The War for Wealth: The True Story of Globalization.

Skills, Rights and Resources in the East Asian Path to Development
Speaker: Professor Kenneth Pomeranz

This lecture traces evolving relationships among skills, bargaining power, and East Asian economic development. Kenneth Pomeranz is UCI Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine.


Mark said...

Some great stuff there. I'd also recommend:

Why Civilisations Can't Climb Hills: a political history of statelessness in Southeast Asia
Speaker: Professor James Scott

Professor Scott argues that the hill peoples of mainland Southeast Asia are fugitive, runaway populations, practising 'escape agriculture', 'escape social structure' and 'escape culture'. Jim Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University.

The Psychology of Saving and Investment: Sticky Biases and the Curse of Education
Speaker: Professor David Laibson

Over three lectures, David Laibson will challenge many standard assumptions in economics and show how a combination of psychology and economics can better predict behaviour. David Laibson is professor of economics at Harvard University.

Antoine Zhang said...

Great recommendation - much appreciated.

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