Public and Media Activities

On 9 July 2018 Melissa Lane led a UK Civil Service Leadership Academy Seminar on ‘The Idea of Public Office’

On 25 January 2018 Melissa Lane was a guest on  Melvyn Bragg’s radio programme ‘In Our Time’ on BBC

Radio 4, discussing 'Cicero' together with Valentina Arena and Catherine Steele

 

On 2 May 2018 Melissa Lane was a panelist in a program on ‘’What Can the Ancient World Teach Us about Living Sustainably?’ co-presented by the  J. Paul Getty Museum and Zócalo Public Square, May 2018, at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles

 

On 30 June 2016 Melissa Lane was a guest on  Melvyn Bragg’s radio programme ‘In Our Time’ on BBC

Radio 4, discussing ‘Sovereignty’ together with Richard Bourke and Tim Stanton
 

On 20 June 2016 Melissa Lane contributed ‘Guard against Elitism’ to a discussion of

demagogues hosted by ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE:

http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/06/20/demagogues-problem-children-democracies/ideas/up-for-discussion/
 

On 11 June 2015 Melissa Lane was a guest on Melvyn Bragg’s radio programme ‘In Our Time’ on BBC

Radio 4, discussing ‘Utilitarianism’ together with Brad Hooker and Janet Radcliffe-Richards.
 

For Melissa Lane’s op ed in the New York Times on 19 March 2015, click here: An Ancient Civics Lesson
 

For Melissa Lane’s contribution to the German news magazine Cicero, arguing against the negligibility of

individual action on climate change, in Fall 2014, click here
 

For Melissa Lane’s contribution to the website Five Books, in which thinkers gather five leading books on

a key topic, click here

 

On 17 June 2014 Professor Lane appeared on the leading British television programme ‘Newsnight’

on BBC 1 hosted by Jeremy Paxman, discussing Francis Fukuyama’s ‘The End of History?’ thesis

together with Francis Fukuyama and Simon Schama.  YouTube video of the segment is available here

 

On 19 June 2014 she was a guest on Melvyn Bragg’s flagship radio programme ‘In Our Time’ on BBC

Radio 4, discussing ‘The Philosophy of Solitude’ together with Simon Blackburn and  John Haldane.

 

In July 2013 Professor Lane was a guest on the episode ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times’ on the public

radio program ‘Philosophy Talk’ based at Stanford University:  www.philosophytalk.org.

 

Professor Lane has also appeared on a number of television and radio broadcasts in the UK in the past,

including BBC Radio 4: Analysis, In Our Time, and Today; Channel 4: Millennium Minds;

and programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 5.  She has been an invited contributor to many public and

private sector events on ethics, philosophy and history, including a seminar on ‘Making Sense of an

Interconnected World’ co-hosted by BBC Vision and BBC News (June, 2009), and a consultation in

Geneva convened by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights

(December, 2007). 

 

Selected podcasts

Click livepage.apple.com to listen to Professor Lane’s radio appearance on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ on ‘Sovereignty’

on 30 June 2016

Click here to listen to Professor  Lane’s radio appearance on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ on

‘Utilitarianism’ on 11 June 2015 

Click here to listen to Professor Lane’s radio appearance on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ on ‘The

Philosophy of Solitude’ on 19 June 2014

Click here to listen to Professor Lane’s radio appearance on BBC Radio 3 ‘Night Waves’ panel in 2011

on ‘What is the future of civilisation as the oil runs out?’ 

Click here to access Professor Lane’s podcast interviews on the ‘Philosophy Bites’ site: on Plato and

sustainability; on Rousseau and modern society; and on Plato and totalitarianism

Click here to listen to Professor Lane’s radio appearance on Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time', on New Year's

Day 2009, discussing 'The Consolation of Philosophy'

Click here to access podcasts of past appearances on ‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg [look for ‘Social

Contract’, ‘Common Sense Philosophy’, and ‘Democracy’]

Click here to access webcast/audiocast/transcript of Public Lecture at Gresham College Utopia

Symposium, 8 May 2007

 

Selected transcripts and journalism

Melissa Lane, ‘Guard against elitism’, on 20 June 2016 for ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE:

  http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/06/20/demagogues-problem-children-democracies/ideas/up-for-discussion/
 

Melissa Lane, ‘How the Greeks viewed weapons’, The New Yorker Culture Desk blog, 1 February 2013

 

Melissa Lane, ‘Levellers and the good life’, in The Convention on Modern Liberty: The British debate

on fundamental rights and freedoms, ed. R. Bechler (Exeter, UK and Charlottesville, VA: Imprint

Academic for Open Democracy, 2010), 233-7 (talk originally given at the Convention on Modern Liberty,

spring 2009)
 

Melissa Lane signed an open group letter to the British Academy and to HRH Queen Elizabeth, which

received publicity in the Financial Times, addressing the need to broaden analysis of the financial crisis

to broader environmental and associated crises (2009)
 

Click here for a guardian.co.uk online piece by Melissa Lane which discusses tax avoidance (2009)
 

Click here for a short think-piece by Melissa Lane on 'Corporate Ethics, Post-Crunch' (published in

English and German by a German think-tank, 2009)
 

Click here for a contribution to The Guardian by Melissa Lane on citizenship, consumption and

production (2009)
 

Click here for transcript of BBC Radio 4, ‘Analysis’ on ‘Fear and Voting’, 22 April 2004