Battle of Ideas 2011 29 & 30 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas, hosted by the Royal College of Art.
Speakers include
Mark Vernon, journalist; author, God: all that matters and The Big Questions: God

Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator, Financial Times; author, Fixing Global Finance

Kenan Malik, writer and broadcaster; author, From Fatwa to Jihad and The Quest for a Moral Compass

Paul Mason, broadcaster; author, Financial Meltdown and the End of the Age of Greed; technology editor, BBC's Newsnight

Ruth Padel, poet and writer; author, The Mara Crossing and Darwin: a life in poems

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

Simon Jenkins, columnist, Guardian; chairman, National Trust; author, A Short History of England

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

Irma Kurtz, writer; broadcaster; agony aunt, Cosmopolitan Magazine; author, About Time: growing old disgracefully

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics writer; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

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"Depressed by 'debates' where the panel ignore each other? The Battle of Ideas is the real deal - two days of verbal fistfights. Accept no alternative."
Vivienne Raper, writer and editor

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