Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas at the Barbican. To keep up with news about debates and tickets, join our mailing list.

80 sessions, 350 speakers, 2000+ attendees

Sessions include:

Big Data: big danger?
What does literacy mean today?
The robots are coming: friends or foes?
Evidence based education: marks out of 10?
Past speakers include
Tom Watt, writer, actor and broadcaster

Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen's University Belfast

George Szirtes, reader in creative writing, UEA; poet; editor; translator; author, The Burning of the Books and Other Poems

Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences; author, philosopher, critic and poet; recent books include NHS SOS and Aping Mankind; chair, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying

Stella Duffy, writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

Simon Baron-Cohen, director, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge; author, Zero Degrees of Empathy

Philippe Legrain, adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (speaking in a personal capacity); author, Aftershock: reshaping the world economy after the crisis

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Frank Furedi, associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury; author, Wasted, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

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“Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views.”
Exeter University student

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