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
Kenan Malik, writer and broadcaster; author, From Fatwa to Jihad and The Quest for a Moral Compass

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

Tim Montgomerie, co-editor, ConservativeHome; co-founder, ConservativeIntelligence.com; member, advisory board, Centre for Social Justice

Tom Watt, writer, actor and broadcaster

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

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

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

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

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

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"Depressed by 'debates' where the panel ignore each other? The Battle of Ideas is the real deal - two days of verbal fistfights. Accept no alternative."
Vivienne Raper, writer and editor

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