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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.

Upcoming Events:

The New Politics of State, Class and Trade Union Power

Date: Wednesday 4 May 2016
Time:   6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:   Frances O’Grady
Chair: Dr Robin Archer

With organised labour under attack and a new economy making working life tougher, are there opportunities for unions to reclaim ground?

In January 2013, Frances O’Grady (@FrancesOGrady) became the General Secretary of the TUC, the first woman ever to hold this post. Fair pay remains a core ambition – she was on the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards, and has been a member of the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions. 

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEunions

Rebuilding the Politics of Hope

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time:   6.30-8pm
Venue: LSE campus, venue TBC to ticketholders
Speaker:   Jeremy Corbyn
Chair: Dr Robin Archer

Trust and belief in politicians is low, while the crash has broken the idea that each generation will be better off. How can we rebuild hope?

Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) is Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Islington North.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECorbyn

Europe and the Left

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.

Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) is the MP for Wigan and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEBrexitVote