Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics'. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness? Norman’s biography explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. He shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. His account of Smith offers not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics, but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society. Jesse Norman is MP for South Herefordshire, an historian and economist. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw has just stepped down as Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO, having also served as Director of the SAS, and taken a key strategic role in the campaign against Daesh/ISIL. He talks to Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.
Tomás González nació en Medellín y comenzó a escribir a principios de la década de los setenta. Ha publicado varias novelas, entre las que destacan Primero estaba el mar, La historia de Horacio, Para antes del olvido (V Premio Nacional de Novela Plaza & Janés, 1987) y La luz difícil; su último trabajo es Temporal. En conversación con Juan Gossaín.
Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and his highly educated wife, Anne Isabella, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science? Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities.
In 1932-33, nearly four million Ukrainians died of starvation, having been deliberately deprived of food. It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. With unprecedented authority and detail, Red Famine investigates how this happened, who was responsible, and what the consequences were.
The famine was rapidly followed by an attack on Ukraine's cultural and political leadership - and then by a denial that it had ever happened at all. Some western journalists shamelessly swallowed the Soviet line; others bravely rejected it, and were undermined and harassed. The Soviet authorities were determined not only that Ukraine should abandon its national aspirations, but that the country's true history should be buried along with its millions of victims. At a moment of crisis between Russia and Ukraine, it also shows how far the present is shaped by the past. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.
Is monolingualism harming us, both as individuals and as a society? We look at the value of languages for health and well-being, social cohesion, diplomacy and conflict resolution, defence and national security. Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Professor of French Philology and Linguistics.
The focus of the PEN chapter this year is to defend and support minority languages within ethnic communities in Wales. When we are given the confidence and liberty to speak for ourselves in our mother tongues as much as in our acquired speech, we demonstrate the diversity, persistence and vitality of language. Three Welsh and three refugee writers are here to speak for themselves and to invite you into the local and global PEN alliance of writers working to promote international freedom of expression and linguistic equality.
Four books inspired by desperate stories from around the world: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is Ghanaian-British filmmaker Yaba Badoe’s story of the horrors of people-trafficking and the magic of African folklore. In Child 1 Steve Tasane captures the survival spirit of a group of undocumented children in a refugee camp. Inspired by the plight of child refugees in Ethiopia, Ele Fountain’s Boy 87 is one 14-year-old’s search for a better life. In Mitch Johnson’s Kick, a boy called Budi is working in a sweatshop in Jakarta making football boots but dreams of being a football star. Chaired by Sian Cain.
Where is the seahorse in our brain? What is a sesame seed doing in our knee? Come and find out through this illustrated talk on the mysteries of anatomical terminology. Cecilia Brassett is a University Clinical Anatomist; Emily Evans is a medical illustrator who is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy; Isla Fay is Human Anatomy Technical Coordinator in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.