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.
Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.
By and large, environmentalism, at least in Britain, is still seen as the concern of the relatively well off, and the decidedly white, despite the fact that poorer communities often suffer disproportionately from the impact of pollution. In the developing world it can be a different story: where some of environmentalism’s greatest triumphs – such as the replacement of polluting kerosene with clean solar power – have brought huge benefits to such communities. If the fight against climate change and other existential environmental crises is to get the political prominence it needs, then it has to win support from way beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Craftivist Corbett, campaigner Porritt, farmer Emmanuel-Jones and young wildlife hero Mya-Rose Craig reach out with Martin Wright.
The Oxford Professor of European Studies examines the best interests of the United Kingdom, the European Union, global trade and western democracy in this lecture, part of a series curated by Geraint Talfan Davies, who chairs. Garton Ash’s many books about world affairs include Freedom of Speech, The File, The Magic Lantern and Free World.
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa novel award-winner Maggie O’Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose? She talks to the author of A Manual for Heartache and The Last Act of Love.
Juan Bonilla es autor de novelas, poemas, ensayos y relatos; su obra Prohibido entrar sin pantalones fue la ganadora de la primera edición de la Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa en 2014 y está protagoniza por el poeta revolucionario ruso Vladimir Maiakovski. Escritor, catedrático y periodista colombiano, Mario Mendoza ha escrito novelas como La ciudad de los umbrales, Satanás, galardonada con el Premio Biblioteca Breve, Lady Masacre y Paranormal Colombia.
Con el apoyo de la Cátedra Vargas Llosa
It is easy to assume that plants don’t do much; and many expressions for inactivity involve plant metaphors – such as the ‘couch potato’. However, plants, including potatoes, are as busy as the rest of us assessing their surroundings and changing their activity accordingly. Dame Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory.
Dos destacados directores de cine charlarán sobre su recorrido profesional y sus experiencias en el mundo cinematográfico. Sergio Cabrera ha dirigido algunas de las cintas más exitosas del cine colombiano, entre ellas, La estrategia del caracol y Golpe de estadio. Su última película, Todos se van, está basada en la novela homónima de la escritora cubana Wendy Guerra. Lucía Puenzo es escritora y directora de aclamados largometrajes como XXY, El niño pez y Wakolda, su última película de la que además fue guionista. Evento moderado por Sandro Romero.
Evento patrocinado por Cinecolombia