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Litvak Days: YIVO's Histories, Contexts, Tensions

Start: Nov 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM
End: Dec 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

1 - 2 December 2015
In partnership with the Lithuanian embassy in London and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, UCL is hosting this years "Litvac Days" on the heritage of the Lithuanian jewry. 

Refuge in a Moving World Public Conversation: Eva Hoffman & Jonny Steinberg

Start: Dec 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

IAS Logo
2 December 2015
UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies and Institute of Global Prosperity will be hosting a conversation between renowned authors Eva Hoffman and Jonny Steinberg.


Start: Dec 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM

IAS Fring Logo
16 November 2015
The Fringe Centre is The Centre for the Study of Social & Cultural Complexity, set up in October 2015 and directed by Prof. Alena Ledeneva. The Centre launches with a panel discussion at UCL’s newly established Institute of advanced studies.

The Paris attacks: how does extreme violence challenge our categories of thinking?

Start: Dec 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

7 December 2015
During the past fortnight acts of extreme violence in public places in Paris and Bamako have joined recent attacks in cities from  Ankara to Beirut and Baghdad. How are we to make sense of the violent events targeting civilians in the cities we inhabit and travel to?What are their effects, on societies, individuals, victims and perpetrators? How do they threaten, not only our lives, but also our habits of thought? How do our respective academic disciplines equip or fail us in the understanding of these events? How can/must  we think them anew?

Baroness Catherine Ashton: Reflections on the challenges of foreign policy

Start: Dec 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM
End: Dec 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Baroness Catherine Ashton
8 December 2015
Join the UCL Global Governance Institute and the European Institute for a lecture by Baroness Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and First Vice President of the European Commission, from 2009 to 2014. She will reflect on the challenges of foreign policy. 

The Refugee Crisis: Too little compassion or too much? 2015 Sakharov Debate

Start: Dec 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The refugee crisis
10 December 2015
Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash. This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere?

Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein

Start: Dec 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

SSEES Centenary Conference
14 December 2015 
Thomas Piketty is arguably the most influential writer on inequality in the world today, and Naomi Klein, 'one of the most high-profile social activists' today (Rosie Scammel, The Observer). They will encounter each other for the first time on 14 December to open the conference Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives: Lessons from Russia and Eastern Europe with two keynote lectures and a debate, chaired by Paul Mason. The conference is part of a series of events, workshop, and seminars celebrating the Centenary of UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Register now to avoid disappointment.

The Front National and the Disappearing Gender Gap

Start: Mar 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

3 March 2016
The French radical right traditionally attracted more support from men than women. While still more men than women vote for the Front National, this gender gap is closing today. Nonna Mayer, Emerita Research Professor at Science Po Paris, is one of the foremost experts on the Front National. She will explore this trend and look into why this is happening.