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
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

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

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

Tom Holland, award-winning historian; author, Rubicon: the triumph and tragedy of the Roman Republic; winner, 2007 Classical Association Prize

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

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

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

Mark Vernon, journalist; author, God: all that matters and The Big Questions: God

GM Tamás, visiting professor, Central European University; author, Les Idoles de la Tribu

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

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"If you'd rather not have your prejudices challenged, stay away from the Battle of Ideas."
Nigel Warburton, senior lecturer, philosophy, Open University; author, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction

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