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
John Haldane, professor of philosophy, University of St Andrews; chairman, Royal Institute of Philosophy; author, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion and Reasonable Faith

Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen's University Belfast

Natalie Bennett, newly elected leader, Green Party of England and Wales; London Assembly candidate; chair, Green Party Women; former editor, Guardian Weekly

Ivan Krastev, chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, Bulgaria; founding member, European Council on Foreign Relations

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

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

Stella Duffy, writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture; author, Worst Instincts: cowardice, conformity and the ACLU

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

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"The Battle of Ideas does what it says on the tin, providing a rare platform for a robust exchange of views on some of the biggest issues facing our world at a time when it is desperately needed"
Wes Streeting, chief executive, Helena Kennedy Foundation

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