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

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

John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature, University College London; author, The Lives of the Novelists

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

Simon Jenkins, columnist, Guardian; chairman, National Trust; author, A Short History of England

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

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

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

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

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

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