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

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

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

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

Anne Atkins, novelist, columnist and broadcaster; prize-winning journalist; regular contributor, BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day

Philippe Legrain, visiting senior fellow, LSE’s European Institute; author, Immigrants: your country needs them and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right

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

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

Cathy Young, contributing editor, Reason magazine; author, Ceasefire! Why women and men must join forces to achieve true equality

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

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"The Battle of Ideas is a global treasure. Bringing together some of the world's leading thinkers for civil dialogue on an array of topics, the festival is a must-see for those deeply committed to the free exchange of ideas."
Fredrick C. Harris, professor of political science, Columbia University

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