17 June - 20 June 2013
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Monday 17 June: St Gallen Symposium, Switzerland
For 43 years the students of St Gallen University in Switzerland have organised an event bringing together a mix of international politicians and business leaders to interact with an international student population. The goal of this academic endeavour is to discover some interesting life lessons and entrepreneurial stories which can inspire the next generation. Peter Day talks with a few of the programme’s participants about what their experiences can teach the students of today and leaders of the future.
Tuesday 18 June: Media Futures (Part 1 of 4)
Newspapers: The first programme of Media Futures evaluates the position of newspapers in a fast-changing world, asking if the printed word has a future, and considering the varied ways in which those committed to publishing on the internet hope to make it pay. In some cases, it seems that publishers are undergoing radical changes in their business strategy, using newscopy as a device to attract traffic to online dating and shopping sites.
Wednesday 19 June: Pierre Krähenbühl - Director of Operations ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pulling some of its international staff out of Afghanistan, following a murderous attack on its Jalalabad compound. It's an unprecedented move in three decades of ICRC operations in Afghanistan. Stephen Sackur speaks to Pierre Krähenbühl, the ICRC’s operations director. Is his organisation being overwhelmed by the danger and complexity of modern conflict?
Thursday 20 June: The Truth About Mental Health (Part 3 of 6)
Four Walls - Solitary Confinement: Solitary confinement is a form of punishment; psychologically it is a form of torture. People held in these conditions talk of how they develop violent thoughts, feelings of helplessness and a complete lack of self. They may self-harm, start hallucinating and develop paranoid fantasies.. For those in solitary confinement it is very hard to maintain a sense of identity and many lose their sense of reality. Claudia Hammond hears from those who have endured such deprivation, and hears what the latest research reveals about the impact of solitary confinement and imprisonment on mental health.