Battle of Ideas 2012 20 & 21 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
Stella Duffy, writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo; novelist; author, Ethnicity and Nationalism and Globalization: the key concepts

Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies, University of Oxford; commentator; director, Free Speech Debate

Mark Walport, director, Wellcome Trust; Government Chief Scientific Adviser (from April 2013)

Rob Riemen, writer and cultural philosopher; founder & president, Netherlands-based Nexus Institute; author, Nobility of Sprit: a forgotten ideal and The Eternal Return of Fascism

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

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

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

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

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"A truly original battle with a great deal at stake as opposed to a reassuring renactment of old arguments. I felt refreshed rather than entrenched afterwards."
Damian Barr, columnist, writer, playwright, salonierre

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