• The Ivory Tower: Frederic Hopp on Moral Reasoning in the Brain

    12 APR 2024 · What role does morality play in communication? How are moral messages cognitively processed, how are they represented in the neural realm, and in what way do they motivate behavior? For our first episode of 'The Ivory Tower', we will be speaking to Dr. Frederic Hopp. Frederic is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam's School of Communication Research. During this episode we discuss an article that was recently published in the journal Nature Human Behavior. We break down its method and theoretical foundation, explore avenues for future research, and Frederic tells us a bit about his formation as an academic.  The link to the paper:https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-023-01693-8 More about Frederic: https://fhopp.github.io More about us:  Our https://roomfordiscussion.com Our https://www.instagram.com/roomfordiscussion/ Our https://twitter.com/Room4Discussion Our https://www.linkedin.com/in/roomfordiscussion/ 
    51 min. 34 sec.
  • College Tour Turned Around – A Conversation with Twan Huys

    18 FEB 2024 · What do the Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, and Johan Cruijff have in common? All have them have been interviewed by Twan Huys, the most prominent interviewer and journalist in the Netherlands. He has seen the political and social environment change tremendously over the last decades and has talked to some of the most prominent makers and shakers of our current world to make sense of it. Room for Discussion is thrilled to welcome Twan Huys, host of College Tour and Buitenhof. He has interviewed countless of famous guest, held Dutch politicians accountable and shaped the public debate in The Netherlands like no one else. Now he is here to share his perspective on how the public climate has changed and where we go from here. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
    1 h 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Walking the Authoritarian Tightrope – A conversation with Dutch-Russian Media Magnate, Derk Sauer

    17 DIC 2023 · In 1969 the Dutch security services opened a file on a 17 year old boy. His name was Derk Sauer. Later he founded his own publishing firm with Crown Jewel the Moscow Times, and to this day one of the few independent russian media outlets. The question now is: How will independent Russian media survive?
    1 h 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Right from the Voters Mouth: Populism and the Far Right with Political Scientist Cas Mudde

    10 DIC 2023 · Geert Wilders’ PVV recent election win is the latest addition to a trend of far-right populists winning big elections. Spanning from Argentina with Javier Melei to Italy with Giorgia Meloni, the Far Right seems to be on rise. There is no one better to talk about these events than Cas Mudde, the preeminent scholar on populism and the Far Right.
    1 h 2 min. 28 sec.
  • The Dutch as Ambivalent Europeans? A Conversation with Tom de Bruijn

    10 DIC 2023 · Room for Discussion is excited to announce our interview with political jack-of-all-trades, Dutch top diplomat Tom de Bruijn. Having worked as a diplomat, ambassador, government official, minister, and mayor for decades – his extensive experience in navigating politics at a variety of levels from guiding the formation of EU treaties to negotiating the formation of municipal councils informs his broad view on the inner workings of government and diplomacy. Throughout, he has gained a unique view on the role of the Netherlands within the European Union and the broader Euro-Atlantic community, with his career taking him from the Hague to Brussels and Geneva. Looking back, what does he expect the future of the European Union to look like? How does the Netherlands fit into this with the recent victory of eurosceptic Geert Wilders? How much has changed for the Dutch appetite for increased EU accession since de Bruijn was involved in drafting the 2014 association agreement with Ukraine? If you’re interested to discover the answer to these questions and more check out our interview!
    57 min. 4 sec.
  • The Legacy of Nazi Billionaires: A Conversation with David de Jong

    24 NOV 2023 · What does BMW and the Nazi regime have in common? In what ways is the generational wealth of former Nazi supporters connected to contemporary German politics? How have Nazi Billionaires escaped accountability? Investigative Journalist David de Jong spent four years researching the history of Germany’s wealthiest families. In his book ‘Nazi Billionaires’, he explores 5 families, their hidden hand in Germany’s dark past, and their continued presence in contemporary politics.
    59 min. 1 sec.
  • The Fight for Climate Justice with Director of Milieudefensie Donald Pols

    13 NOV 2023 · What do you think of global governance’s failure to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement? What do you think of the court decision that ordered Shell to reduce all emissions by 45% by 2030? And if we live in a world where the Dutch government spends €37.5 billion on fossil subsidies on a yearly basis, does this mean that we need more Climate Activism? And if so, in which way? On October 11th (13:00-14:00) Room for Discussion will interview Donald Pols, the director of Milieudefensie. Notorious for their court case against Shell, their research on fossil subsidies and their efforts to “hijack” the shareholder meetings of large multinationals, Milieudefensie has been leading the forefront of climate activism. Join this conversation in which we discuss a roadmap for Climate action and activism.
    58 min. 6 sec.
  • Beyond the Negotiating Table An Expert’s View on Diplomacy with Kees van Rij

    13 NOV 2023 · Beyond the Negotiating Table: An expert’s View on Diplomacy. Kees van Rij is one of the Netherland’s most trusted diplomats, having held ambassadorships in Greece, Turkey, Spain and Brazil. From negotiating with dictators like Vladimir Putin, Muammar Gaddafi or Kim Jong-un to helping craft EU policy, Kees van Rij has been trusted with many of the major diplomatic issues over the past decades. He will share with us his many experiences and try to answer all our questions concerning diplomacy.
    1 h 3 min. 56 sec.
  • From Crime Scenes to Courtrooms with President of Eurojust, Ladislav Hamran

    18 GIU 2023 · Eurojust, is a prominent legal agency at the forefront of the fight against transnational crime in Europe. From combating organised crime to terrorism, Eurojust is involved in resolving a wide range of cross-border conflicts. To discuss the intricacies of Eurojust’s operations and the significant role it plays in ensuring cross-border justice, we will be joined by Ladislav Hamran, the President of Eurojust. What strategies does Eurojust employ? How is cooperation between member states achieved? How is law and justice changing in our evolving society?
    1 h 1 min. 38 sec.
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