2009 Programme: Festival weekend overview

The Festival weekend includes more than 70 debates which are listed below ordered by time slot and room. To see Saturday or Sunday sessions only, select the day you want from the menu on the left or select sessions by Theme.

Or view and print out the Timetable as a two-page PDF.


Saturday 31 October: 10.00am to 10.20am
Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Battle of Ideas 2009 welcome address

Saturday 31 October: 10.30am to 12.00pm

Saturday 31 October: 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Lunchtime Debates Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Post-recession Ideologies: it's the politics, stupid!
Lunchtime Debates Lecture Theatre 1
Genetics and genomics: medicine made to measure?
Lunchtime Debates Courtyard Gallery
Data Sharing or Database State?
Lunchtime Debates Lecture Theatre 2
Debating Development
Lunchtime Debates Henry Moore Gallery
Germany, 20 years united: growing together or falling apart?

Saturday 31 October: 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Keynote Controversies Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Rethinking Privacy in an age of Disclosure and Sharing

Saturday 31 October: 3.30pm to 5.00pm

Saturday 31 October: 5.15pm to 6.30pm
Keynote Controversies Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Rethinking Therapy Culture: changing the subject?

Sunday 1 November: 9.45am to 10.30am
Breakfast Banter Lecture Theatre 1
Risky Business: does financial engineering add up?
Breakfast Banter Courtyard Gallery
The Battle over Video Games
Breakfast Banter Lecture Theatre 2
The Empty Staffroom: has teaching lost its magic?
Breakfast Banter Henry Moore Gallery
The Jury's Out: juries and the future of justice

Sunday 1 November: 10.45am to 12.15pm
Keynote Controversies Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Nudge Nudge, Nag Nag: the new politics of behaviour

Sunday 1 November: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Lunchtime Debates Lecture Theatre 1
A Green New Deal: can environmentalism save the economy?
Lunchtime Debates Courtyard Gallery
India's Future: Slumdogs or Millionaires?
Lunchtime Debates Lecture Theatre 2
Setting an Example: should teachers be role models?
Lunchtime Debates Henry Moore Gallery
The Human Rights Act: litigation or emancipation?
Lunchtime Debates Student Union
From Macpherson to the rise of the BNP: Race Today?

Sunday 1 November: 1.45pm to 3.15pm
Keynote Controversies Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
The Art of Criticism: judgement in crisis?
Lecture Theatre 1
A New Nuclear Age?
Henry Moore Gallery
Mr Obama goes to Washington

Sunday 1 November: 3.45pm to 5.15pm
Keynote Controversies Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
The Good Society: virtues for a post-recession world

Sunday 1 November: 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Keynote Controversies Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
America, Obama and the Recession

Festival Buzz
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"The Battle of Ideas goes from strength to strength. The intensity, variety and depth of debate, sustained for an entire weekend, makes for a unique experience charging the intellectual batteries for the rest of the year."
Raymond Tallis, emeritus professor of geriatric medicine, Manchester University