Dolan Cummings

Dolan Cummings is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas, part of the committee that programmes the annual Battle of Ideas, and a regular participant at the festival and other IoI events. He has a particular interest in religion and politics, especially in the USA and India. He is also one of the co-founders of the Manifesto Club, a campaign group for freedom in everyday life, and has written widely on related subjects.

His novel, That Existential Leap: a crime story, will be published by Zero Books later this year. It is part bildungsroman and part psychological thriller; a second novel is also in progress. Aside from writing fiction, Dolan works as a freelance copywriter and editor and a speechwriter for social, political and business clients.

Related Sessions
Saturday 16 May 2009, 3.15pm Churchill Room
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 7.00pm Notre Dame University, London
Thursday 15 October 2009, 6.30pm Leeds
Saturday 31 October 2009, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 31 October 2009, 3.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 9.45am Café
Sunday 1 November 2009, 10.45am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 1.45pm Student Union
Publications

Debating Humanism (ed.) (Imprint Academic, 2006)
Who’s Antisocial?: New Labour and the Politics of Antisocial Behaviour (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2005)
The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual (ed.) (Routledge, 2004)
In Search of Sesame Street: Policing Civility for the 21st Century (Perpetuity, 1999)


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Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience, Oxford University