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The Ralph Miliband Programme

Convenor: Dr Robin Archer, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology

The Ralph Miliband Programme is one of the LSE's most prestigious public lecture series, receiving attention not only at the LSE but across London, the UK, and globally. It was set up in 1996 thanks to a generous anonymous benefaction from a former PhD student inspired by 'Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought'. He specified that the funds be used in memory of his friend and mentor 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry' and the diversity of thought that has always been the hallmark of LSE. 

Progress and its Discontents

This year our aim is to consider whether there has been a loss of confidence in the possibility of progress and whether it can be reversed. Scepticism has often been a friend of progress, but when does it become destructive or debilitating? Progressive proposals are now often dismissed by a public that assumes that no one will do what they say and that governments can do little or nothing to improve things.  Elected representatives are routinely assumed to be venal. And some intellectuals of a radical temper reject the very idea of progress as at best an illusion.

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EVENT CANCELLED: Europe and the Left

Event cancellation: This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. LSE apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

Date: Monday 6 June 2016
Time:   6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers:   Tariq Ali, Lisa Nandy MP
Chair: Dr Robin Archer 

The referendum sometimes seems like a debate between two types of conservatism. What are the left wing arguments for and against British membership of the EU?

Tariq Ali (@TariqAli_News) is a writer, filmmaker and an editor of New Left Review.

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