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
Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization; director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

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

William Saletan, journalist, Slate; author, Bearing Right: how conservatives won the abortion war

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

Melvin Burgess, award winning children's author, novels include Nicholas Dane, Junk and Kill All Enemies

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

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

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

Decca Aitkenhead, journalist, Guardian and g2

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

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"In few places does the free exchange of views take place on so wide a range of issues as at the Battle of Ideas. Whatever the headlines of 2011 prove to be, the Battle of Ideas is where they will be most robustly debated."
Andrew Copson, chief executive, British Humanist Association

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