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Battle of Ideas festival 2011

75 debates, 350 speakers, 2,250 attendees. A flagship festival of debate. Free speech allowed!

During the course of the weekend, over 2,250 people will be participating in 75 different debates involving hundreds of incisive and thought-provoking speakers.

This year’s festival includes strands of debates entitled Battle for the World, Battle for Morality, Food Fight, Society Wars, Battle for Our Brains, Reassessing... Politics, Sporting Contests.

It also features keynote debates on: The Battle against the Fates, Profiting responsibly? Business in the big society, Creativity and curiosity: do we make stuff up or find it out? Has tolerance gone too far? Loyalty in an age of whistle-blowing and Wikileaks, Is individualism bad for society? as well as many more discussions on current themes in the arts, science, health, parenting, education, design, international relations, religion and food.

Speakers include: David Aaronovitch, Jonathan Aitken, Decca Aitkenhead, Anne Atkins, Simon Baron-Cohen, Daniel Ben-Ami, Katharine Birbalsingh, Melvin Burgess, Christopher Caldwell, Matthew Collings, John Cooper, Claire Fox, Giles Fraser, Frank Furedi, Maurice Glasman, Tom Holland, Mick Hume, Sue Ion, Rebecca Jenkins, Simon Jenkins, Irma Kurtz, Philippe Legrain, Anne Leslie, Kenan Malik, Paul Mason, Joyce McMillan, Tim Montgomerie, Brendan O’Neill, Ruth Padel, K.A.S. Quinn, Jeffrey Rosen, Jenni Russell, William Saletan, Fiona Shaw, John Sutherland, George Szirtes, Ray Tallis, GM Tamás, Mark Vernon, Tom Watt, Zoe Williams, Alison Wolf, Martin Wolf, Cathy Young and over 300 more.

Tickets are available through online booking www.battleofideas.org.uk, or by phone: 0207 269 9220.


Dr Simon Baron-Cohen | talks
Tom Watt | talks
Anne Atkins | talks
Ray Tallis | talks
John Cooper | talks
. Claire Fox | talks | www
Prof Steve Rayner | talks
KAS Quinn | talks
Brendan O'Neill | talks | www
Katharine Birbalsingh | talks
Zoe Williams | talks
Decca Aitkenhead | talks
Professor Frank Furedi | talks | www


Date and Time:

29 October 2011 at 10:00 am


Full Day



Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
020 7590 4444
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Organised by:

Institute of Ideas
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£20 - £90 (see: www.battleofideas.org.uk)

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