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Speaker Series in 2013/14

Evan Davis - London’s Domination of the UK and What We Should Do about it

Monday 3rd March, 6:00 pm, Humanities H0.52

Evan Davis is an economist, journalist and BBC presenter. Evan currently presents BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, which interviews – and subjects to intense scrutiny – the key figures in public life. He also presents The Bottom Line, where he has interviewed previous PPE Speaker Michael Woodford MBE. Additionally, he is the presenter for the BBC show Dragons’ Den. Evan has just finished filming a television series on his topic for this evening which will shortly be broadcast on BBC2. This is an opportunity to hear it all first hand and ahead of the viewing public.


Quassim Cassam - Cranks, Conspiracies and the Hidden Self

Monday 17th February, 6:00 pm, Humanities H0.52

Public Lecture – In conjunction with the Mind Association

Warwick Philosophy Professor Quassim Cassam was Head of Department at Warwick 2010-2012, after spending 18 years at Oxford. He has previously been Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge (2007-9), the senior professorship at the university, and President of the Aristotelian Society (2010-2011). Quassim was the Mind Senior Research Fellow. At the end of their research year, Fellows must present their arguments and conclusions. This is that lecture.


Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger - Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think

Tuesday 28th January, 7:00 pm, Sciences L4

Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger is "one of the world's most respected experts" on Big Data, and author of Big Data, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is Oxford University's Professor of Internet Governance, and has previously spent 10 years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


Philip Coggan - The Last Vote: The Threats to Western Democracy

Monday 20th January, 5:30 pm, Social Sciences S0.21

Philip Coggan is The Economist's Buttonwood columnist and capital markets editor, "one of the most respected economic journalists on the planet" (Tim Harford). He is also a 20-year veteran of the Financial Times. Coggan is a journalist from the heart of economics and this is an unmissable opportunity to see him in person. His will talk about his recent book The Last Vote: The Threats to Western Democracy.


Quassim Cassam - Self-Knowledge for Humans

Thursday 14th November, 6:00 pm, Social Sciences S0.21

The PPE Society’s Speaker Series second lecture will be given by Professor Quassim Cassam, on his forthcoming book Self-Knowledge for Humans. Cassam was Head of Department at Warwick 2010-2012, after spending 18 years at Oxford. He has previously been (2007-9), the senior professorship at the university, and President of the Aristotelian Society (2010-2011). Cassam states his topic as follows: Cassam state: “I conceive of my project as doing for philosophy what behavioural economists have tried to do for economics.’’


Michael Woodford MBE - Exposure: From President to Whistleblower at Olympus

Monday 21st October, 6:30 pm, MS.02

Michael Woodford MBE was the CEO of corporate giant Olympus and the man who blew the whistle on its $1.7Bn fraud – the first CEO in history to become a whistleblower of his own corporation. In 2011 and as CEO of the corporate giant Olympus, Woodford discovered $1.7Bn of fraud at the very top of the organisation – the biggest corporate fraud in Japanese history. Unable to resolve the situation internally, he went to the Financial Times and blew the whistle. His incredible story is shortly to be made into a major motion picture.

A Warwick TV interview with Michael Woodford following the event can be found here.