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Speaker Series in 2014/15

Shami Chakrabarti - On Liberty
Tuesday 20th January 2015, 7:00 pm, Mathematics and Statistics, MS.01

Shami Chakrabarti CBE is a highly prominent figure in the UK public sphere, leading campaigns on issues of human rights and civil liberties through her directorship of the advocacy group Liberty.Coming from a background in Law and the Home Office, Shami joined Liberty the day before the events of September 11th 2001 and has since been described as ‘Probably the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the past 20 years’ (David Aaronovitch, The Times). Director of Liberty since 2003, Shami is constantly recognisable from continuing high-profile campaigns, from anti-terror measures to privacy laws. She is currently Chancellor of Oxford Brookes and Essex Universities, and was an independent assessor on the 2011 Leveson Inquiry.Shami will be speaking on the subject of her new book On Liberty, taking us through a personal and wholehearted story of Liberty’s history, Shami’s work on high-profile campaigns and today’s threats to fundamental freedoms.The floor will open to questions after the talk, after which follows a reception and book signing, where copies of On Liberty will be for sale ready to be personally signed by Shami.A link on how to find the Zeeman Building is here.

Ryan Walter - The Birth of Political Economy: The Office of the Economist

Tuesday 18th November, 7:00 pm, Mathematics and Statistics, MS.03

Dr Ryan Walter, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Queensland, Australia, specialises in the history of economic and political thought. He was a professional economist before returning to university to analyse the turmoil around how economics was declared as a science in 19th century Britain and the lasting impact this has had on the role of the Economist ever since. Ryan will be discussing his long-term project: The Birth of Political Economy and its impact on the relationship between Economist and Government. Joining the largest academic centre in Europe of its kind as a Visiting Fellow here at Warwick (CSGR), Ryan will take us back to the troubled beginnings of an economics separated from the state, in search of an answer as to why the Economist’s job seems to always be so unstable.We’ve not forgotten about first year late lectures, so no one will miss out on this taste of a topic central to Political, Philosophical, Economic and indeed historical interests! There will also be plenty of opportunity for informal Q&A and discussion after the talk.


Gerard Lyons - The Consolations of Economics: How We Will All Benefit from the New World Order

2014/15 Inaugural Lecture Monday 20th October, 7:00 pm, Mathematics and Statistics, MS.02

Dr Gerard Lyons is one of the most accessible and successful macroeconomic analysts and forecasters, having been Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered and now currently the Mayor of London’s Chief Economic Advisor. Speaking regularly at events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Gerard is a respected figure in UK, European, US and particularly emerging market economic policy debates, having been named as one of the most influential analysts of the global economy by The Times Newspaper.

Gerard Lyons was one of only two UK economists to predict an imminent recession in August 2008, forecasting a fall of 1.6 per cent against the consensus of a 0.9 per cent rise. Now, with the effects of the global financial crisis still ringing, he is one of the most upbeat forecasters for global growth, as outlined in his recent book The Consolations of Economics. In this inaugural lecture to kick off the PPE Speaker Series for the new academic year, Gerard will argue that it’s not a problem that the West’s share of the economic cake will reduce – because that cake is about to get much, much bigger.

Come along to MS.02 on the 20th October to see if you agree! Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Free pizza and refreshments will be provided at the reception immediately after the talk, as well as an opportunity to buy The Consolations of Economics and have it personally signed by Gerard.