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
John Cooper, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times and Observer; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly

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

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

Simon Baron-Cohen, director, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge; author, Zero Degrees of Empathy

Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, George Washington University; author, The Supreme Court: the personalities and rivalries that defined America

Sue Ion, fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering; visiting professor, Imperial College London

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

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

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

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"Anyone interested in taking the pulse of informed public debate wouldn't want to miss the Battle of Ideas. It's one of the most enjoyable forums to hear balanced but passionate arguments presented by some of the most articulate, knowledgeable and charismatic speakers in public life. A hard core workout if you're interested in society."
Victoria Walsh, arts curator

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