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
Ruth Padel, poet and writer; author, The Mara Crossing and Darwin: a life in poems

Katharine Birbalsingh, teacher; author, To Miss with Love

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

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

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

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

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; former economic adviser to the President of the European Commission

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

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

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

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"The energy, verve and enthusiasm at The Battle of Ideas filled me with hope. Coming from India where so many people still lack the basic necessities that make human life worth living, it was heartening to see basic issues of equity and justice debated with such passion and fervour."
George Thomas, orthopaedic surgeon; editor, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

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