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
Katharine Birbalsingh, teacher; author, To Miss with Love

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

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

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

Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, chair of political philosophy, University of Piemonte Orienatale in Vercelli; author, Toleration as Recognition

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

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

Jonathan Aitken, former cabinet minister; author, broadcaster and columnist

Rebecca Jenkins, cultural historian and novelist; Royal Literary Fund Fellow; former writing partner of Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins

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

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"Nine out of ten these debates hit the right balance between heated argument and useful exchange between people who wouldn't usually be talking to each other. An extremely stimulating environment."
Tim Parks, novelist, essayist and translator

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