News passes, ideas stay. FOCUS is Sciences Po’s video series that sheds light on current affairs. In each episode, a researcher or professor explores a topical issue related to his or her field of expertise from an unexpected angle. In three minutes, FOCUS offers an out-of-the-box reflection on the issues that drive public debate and proposes perspectives for understanding and acting.
Public speaking: A tool to combat inequalities
“Tell me how you speak, and I will tell you who you are”: Public speaking skills, a strong social marker, can generate inequalities. Bertrand Périer, professor of public speaking at Sciences Po, advocates for more public speaking opportunities in school and defends the Grand Oral evaluation of the Baccalauréat, a "free exam".
- Watch the 2021 best of the Philippe Seguin public speaking competition (fr)
- The Sciences Po Writing and Rhetoric Centre
US Law imposed around the world?
Professor of political science Cornelia Woll examines the extraterritoriality of American law, that extends beyond the United States via a form of 'negotiated justice'. This power on an international scale raises questions of legal sovereignty.
The price of a life
How to calculate the price of a life? Ariel Colonomos, Director of Research at the CNRS and the CERI-Sciences Po, explains it in his book Un prix à la vie : le défi politique de la juste mesure ("A price to life: the political challenge of fairness): in politics, we can be brought to balance interests with human lives. These preferences have been revealed clearly by the reactions to the Covid-19 crisis.
- Read Un prix à la vie : le défi politique de la juste mesure (FR)
- The Sciences Po Center for International Studies
The come-back of Made in France?
Reshoring, reindustrialisation, "made in France": the Covid-19 crisis has stirred up opinions about economic patriotism. Sarah Guillou, Director of the Sciences Po OFCE's Innovation and Competition Department, explores the issue of economic sovereignty.