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    "Winning change: the role of the social justice movement yesterday, today and tomorrow"

    "Winning change: the role of the social justice movement yesterday, today and tomorrow"

    Michael Albert is an American activist, speaker, and writer. From an early involvement in the social movements of the 1960's, he has become an influential figure in progressive activism today. He is co-editor and co-founder of Zcommunications, including Z magazine and Znet, an alternative media and networking site with hundreds of thousands of weekly readers. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles. Along with Robin Hahnel he developed an alternative economic vision called participatory economics.

    In this talk, Michael Albert will discuss prospects for social change based on mass participation of the public. Building on observations of past progress, including his own experiences from the movements of the 60's up to the present day, Albert will argue for the relevance, and indeed the necessity, of a mass movement for social justice that explicitly opposes the logic of profit, authoritarianism and gender-based and racial oppression. Along the way, strategies for a successful movement will be sketched. Albert will also state the case for anti-capitalist vision and strategy as an important part of this movement. This talk will be of interest to anyone concerned with grass-roots campaigns on cultural, economic, environmental, political or gender-based issues.

    • 2 hr 32 min
    World Politics: The Israeli Perspective

    World Politics: The Israeli Perspective

    Ran Gidor - Israeli Embassy's Political Counsellor; Guest Interviewer: Tim Llewellyn - Former BBC Middle-East Correspondent. Join us for an open interview and Q&A session with the aim of discovering the OFFICIAL Israeli view and position on Current affairs pertaining to Israel and the Middle-East.

    • 2 hr 3 min
    History & Politics: African Development

    History & Politics: African Development

    Brigadier General Frank Rusagara - Author and Defense Attache, Rwandan Embassy, London; Chairman of both the Rwandan Centre for Strategic Studies and African Centre for Strategic studies, Rwandan Chapter; Former President of the Rwanda Military Court and Commandant of the Rwanda Military Academy, Nyakinama; Zain Latif - Founder and Principle of TLG Capital, London; Formerly the youngest VP of Merrill Lynch; Former Executive Director of Goldman Sachs

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Science & Society: Drugs, Politics and Policy

    Science & Society: Drugs, Politics and Policy

    Professor David Nutt - Professor David Nutt was dismissed as the governments chief drug adviser last year, after stating that the use of certain illegal drugs - such as LSD, ecstasy and cannabis - is statistically less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. The resignation of several members of the advisory board followed, in the controversy over "the line between science and policy". Guest Interviewer: Dr Stephen Webster -head of Science Communication Group at Imperial College. science-writer and a prize-winning playwright. Join us as special guest interviewer Dr. Stephen Webster interviews the former chief drug adviser to the British government, Professor David Nutt, on what he thinks are the roles and responsibilities of science to society.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ethics & Religion: Can you be good without God?

    Ethics & Religion: Can you be good without God?

    Adam Deen - Renowned Intellectual Activist and Muslim Apologist; Dan Barker - Author and former ordained minister turned atheist; Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The ICU-PPS present a structured debate that aims to discuss whether goodness and ethics can only follow godliness.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Chomsky: Palestine and the region in the Obama era: the emerging framework

    Chomsky: Palestine and the region in the Obama era: the emerging framework

    Prof. Noam Chomsky - Professor Emeritus in Linguistics at MIT; world renowned author and leading intellectual; Tariq Ali - Historian, Author and well known political commentator. The Imperial College Political Philosophy Society, in association with Palestine societies at UCL, SOAS, Goldsmiths, LSE, Imperial and Kings, proudly present one of the greatest political philosophers of all time: MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, for what could be his last trip to London.

    • 1 hr 57 min

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