The Ralph Miliband Programme is a series of free public events held by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The programme was launched in 1996 by an anonymous PhD student who wanted to do something in memory of his former professor, Ralph Miliband. These talks are designed 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry.'
This year's programme runs between the 21st January - 13th Match and includes discussions on modern China, global sport, and secularism. Anyone is welcome, and there is no need to book.
From Empire to Republic: China's Struggle With Modernity? 21st January, 6.30pm
A century of political conflict followed the abdication of China's last emperor in 1912, and there are still many fundamental questions brewing. Journalist, Isabel Hilton asks what does it mean to be Chinese today? And looks at how their future might shape the world.
Nationalism, Internationalism and Global Sport 5th February, 6.30pm
Journalist, Mike Marquesee seeks to explain how spectator sport has become a globalised industry by exploring it union with capitalism back in the eighteenth century.
England: a Nation Defined by Dissent 20th February, 6.30pm
Songwriter, Billy Bragg asks whether it is possible to be both progressive and patriotic. Is one a socialist or left wing approach, and the other right wing or are two compatible?
We on the left are constantly reminded that there are many types of socialism - often competing with one another. Is the same true of patriotism? We're quick to dismiss such impulses as little more than xenophobia wrapped in pageantry, but could a love of one's country be a progressive force in society?
Rethinking Secularism: Respect, Domination and the State 10th March, 6.30pm
Speaker: Professor Rajeev Bhargava
Looking at the politics of secularism in society, Professor Rajeev Bhargava wonders whether we need to move away from standard church-state models in favour of a more diverse outlook towards religion. He also tackles the misconceived idea that secularism is anti-religious, but rather against institutionalised religious domination.
Word Power: Written Constitutions and the Definition of British Borders Since 1787
13th March, 6.30pm
Professor Linda Colley explores the opportunities and challenges faced by the UK after 1787, when there was a proliferation of new constitutions. The government believed other states required their identity and liberty confirmed in writing, but that the British did not.