Category: Readings and Events

Video/ Taming Alcohol’s Dark Side | Brooks Powell | TEDxPrincetonU

Video/ Taming Alcohol’s Dark Side | Brooks Powell | TEDxPrincetonU.

Have you ever considered the ethics surrounding humankind’s relationship with matter? Attempting to use matter for our own advantage, how does the opposite sometimes occur? Using alcohol as a case study, Brooks investigates the interesting relationship between humankind and matter by exploring the various control-based relationships one can have with alcohol. Brooks Powell ’17, is a junior in Princeton’s Religion Department. He focuses primarily on ethics and ethical theory and is currently writing an independent paper on the Christian ethics of alcohol. During a neuroscience class his sophomore year, Brooks came across recent literature in the Journal of Neuroscience revealing properties of a naturally occurring organic compound that mitigates chemical withdrawal and tolerance to alcohol. Working with a pharmaceutical company to turn this into a consumer product, Brooks started a company called Thrive+. Since launching his junior fall, Thrive+ has been covered by The Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, The Trenton Times, and more. Thrive+’s customers include currently competing US Olympic gold medalists, professional baseball players, and Oxford Ph.D. students. Being right in the middle of alcohol’s $200+ billion dollar industry, Brooks thinks a lot about the ethics surrounding humankind’s interaction with alcohol. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Video/ Why the Enlightenment still matters today – Professor Justin Champion

Video/ Why the Enlightenment still matters today – Professor Justin Champion.

“The Enlightenment” has been regarded as a turning point in the intellectual history of the West. The principles of religious tolerance, optimism about human progress and a demand for rational debate are often thought to be a powerful legacy of the ideas of Locke, Newton, Voltaire and Diderot. There was however a radical Enlightenment, indebted to the materialism of Hobbes and Spinoza, which posed an even greater challenge to traditional religious and political values. Given the ‘return of religion’ and the challenges of potential environmental catastrophe, Professor Champion argues to the contrary in this lecture on why we would be wise to go back to explore some of the more radical insights of Enlightenment freethinkers. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:… Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There is currently nearly 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: Twitter: Facebook:…

Video/ Our story of rape and reconciliation | Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger

Video/ Our story of rape and reconciliation | Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger.

TED: In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a years-long chronology of shame and silence, and invite us to discuss the omnipresent global issue of sexual violence in a new, honest way.


Video/ The Theft of the Raj: The British Empire in India

Video/ The Theft of the Raj: The British Empire in India.

As India celebrates 70 years of its independence from colonial rule, this session debates colonialism’s claims of benefit and development despite evidence of its fundamental nature. The panelists discuss if this period — from the time of Vasco da Gama’s arrival to the final emergence of the English as the principal colonisers of the Indian subcontinent — was one of acquiring as much and as many of India’s riches as each European power could lay their hands on. Session co-hosted by the South Asia Centre, LSE and The British Library, as part of the series ‘Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall’