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

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

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

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

Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences; author, philosopher, critic and poet; recent books include NHS SOS and Aping Mankind; chair, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying

Paul Mason, broadcaster; author, Financial Meltdown and the End of the Age of Greed; technology editor, BBC's Newsnight

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

Tom Watt, writer, actor and broadcaster

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

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics writer; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

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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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