3-D Models of Cosmic Explosions
A nova is a very bright, energetic explosion that occurs when the surface layer of gas accreted by a white dwarf is ignited, leading to a thermonuclear runaway. In this lecture, computational astrophysicist Dr Shazrene Mohamed discusses the latest...
Darwin's Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins
In this lecture on 23 March, author Christa Kuljian reviews the history of palaeo-anthropology and genetics over the past century, recounting stories of the search for human origins in South Africa that shed new light on the past.
Harper Lee lecture one year after the author's death
On Sunday 19 February, just after the 6pm news on Fine Music Radio, Professor Lesley Marx presents a lecture on the author Harper Lee, who died one year ago at the age of eighty-nine. Nelle Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill a...
Germany's role during the refugee crisis
Our extension lecture on Tuesday 14 February by Dr Caspar Schauseil offers an objective, politically unbiased view on the key challenges the EU, and Germany in particular, currently face as over a million refugees seek asylum in Europe. Dr...
The LSE-UCT July School offers courses from across the social sciences, all with reference and relevance to Africa today. Participants select one intensive course to study for the two-week programme.


Saturday, 29 April 2017
Mud dragon prehistoric bird discovered in China

A November 2016 edition of the journal Nature Scientific Reports tells the story of a new species of winged dinosaur discovered in southern China by construction workers, who almost destroyed it with dynamite. Rare discoveries of fossils like these inspire Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, who will be lecturing on The Curious Lives of the Thunder birds and their Kin at Summer School 2017.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 13:15
Svetlana Alexievich


Svetlana Alexievich, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature for her book Second-Hand Time, described by the judges as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction. Alexievich’s study of life in the Soviet Union just before the system collapsed will be of interest to the many participants enrolling for Ten Days and a Hundred Years: The Long Shadow of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:30

     Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? No one need be, according to popular Summer School lecturer Ian Aaronson.

Publication Date:
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 15:45

    “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a stage version of the best-selling novel now running to acclaim in New York, illuminates the circuitous path a young man with autism traverses to a richer and securer understanding of the world around him. A Summer School course offers an update on this frequently diagnosed disorder.


Publication Date:
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 15:45