December 2014

December 2014

17 December 2014: Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of Authoritarian Capitalism

Read the summary report of Professor Ignatieff's lecture on Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of Authoritarian Capitalism

Speaker: Professor Michael Ignatieff, the Edward R. Murrow Professor of Politics, the Press and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Globalization since 1989 has produced a surprise: a new form of authoritarian rule in China and Russia, as well as its satellites, that combines Communist politics with capitalist economics, single party oligarchy with state capitalism, and public tyranny with private market freedom. How should liberal democracies respond--morally and politically--to this new challenge?.

This was a joint event with the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

3 December 2014: Talk Science @ Irvine Bay 2014-15

Does what we eat matter?

Speaker: Professor Maggie Gill OBE FRSE, Senior Research Fellow, Department for International Development

Read the summary report of Professor Maggie Gill's talk on Does what we eat matter?

This talk explored the variety of foods we eat in different parts of the world, and looked at how diets are changing and some of the factors that change diets. It considered what this means in terms of how food is produced and the consequences for the natural environment and also the effects on human health.

1 December 2014: Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture: Education Policy and Scottish Autonomy: the End of a Common British Tradition?

Speaker: Professor Lindsay Paterson FBA FRSE, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Read Professor Paterson's lecture on Education Policy and Scottish Autonomy: the End of a Common British Tradition?

Educational policy in parts of the UK has been diverging since political devolution around the turn of the century. What does this mean for the ideals of a common citizenship in the UK? How do the changes relate to the aspirations of liberal equal opportunities that have influenced education policy for over a century? What role does research have in understanding and also shaping these principles and the newly distinctive policies? What implications do the results of the referendum on Scottish independence have for education policy in Scotland?

 

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