Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |

The Battle of Ideas 2015 is a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate taking place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival by signing up to our newsletter. We also have satellite events in the UK and across Europe before and after the main festival.

Saturday 17 October, 9:30-9:50

Saturday 17 October, 10:00-11:30

Images from Battle of Ideas 2014.
Thanks to Paul Brocklehurst, Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the pictures.

Sessions include:

2015 speakers include
Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Lesley Curwen, business, economics and personal finance journalist, BBC; writer and speaker

Christina Hoff Sommers, writer and resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; host, weekly video series, The Factual Feminist

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship

Linda Blum , associate professor of sociology, Northeastern University, Boston

Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE; books include Future War and Can War Be Eliminated?

Daniel Moylan, Transport for London board member and mayor’s adviser on aviation and Crossrail 2

Roxana Silbert, artistic director, Birmingham REP Theatre

Jan Zalasiewicz, professor of paleobiology, University of Leicester; chair, Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas


“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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