LSE Public Lectures

About the Public Lectures

The Public Lectures collection exemplifies LSE’s mission to advance social science as a tool for the betterment of society and to address socio-economic problems by freely exchanging ideas, research and knowledge. The collection demonstrates that LSE is home to productive, critical thought and contributes significantly to debate on the major contemporary issues.

This collection contains 1000 audio and video recordings of public lectures delivered at LSE between 1990 and 2006. It is a rich and diverse collection. The subject matter of the lectures covers the full spectrum of the social and historical sciences: from economics, accounting and finance, politics, law and gender studies, to history, sociology, architecture, anthropology, philosophy and the hard sciences.

As befits the leading centre of economic thought in the UK, the featured speakers are high-profile international scholars and policy makers with a broad range of expertise. They include members of the LSE academic community and eminent economists and scholars from outside the School, as well as Presidents, Prime Ministers and other political figures, philanthropists, broadcasters, entrepreneurs and campaigners. Above all, the scope of the collection is genuinely global, both in its subject matter and the speakers themselves. The Public Lectures collection is, in essence, history though lectures.

The Public Lectures were digitised from VHS video and audio cassette tapes with funding and support from the LSE Annual Fund. The LSE Annual Fund supports work of the School that otherwise might not be feasible thanks to the generosity of its donors. LSE Library would like to acknowledge the Annual Fund’s vital support in making the Public Lectures available.

Collection highlights

The collection has a rich and varied set of speakers, talking about a wide variety of subjects. Here are some highlights:

Women in the media - Joan Bakewell (Photo: Birkbeck, University of London)

A lecture by William J. Clinton, former President of the United States of America - William J. Clinton

How one gets through - Chris Eubank

Infrastructure and cities - Norman Foster

Modernity and war - Mary Kaldor

Africa and its position in the world today - Nelson Mandela

What's in the collection?

To assist with finding lectures in the collection, they have been grouped in the following ways:

You can also use the search box to search for keywords associated with lectures, including speaker or lecture title.