A number of Battle of Ideas 2009 Keynote Sessions are now available to watch online on the Battle of Ideas youtube channel.
The Institute of Ideas Christmas lecture 2009 - Privacy, human rights and the Law - will be held on Tuesday December 15.
John Fitzpatrick, professor of law and director of the Kent Law Clinic, University of Kent at Canterbury will speak on the following subject:
Current policy and practice concerning the national DNA database have thrown into sharp relief the relationship between the individual and the state. How important is privacy in our lives today, and does the ‘surveillance state’ pose a threat to it? Does the retention of our DNA profiles represent an invasion of our privacy, or even undermine the principle that we are innocent until proven guilty? Should the principle of consent bow before the practical gains for the prevention and detection of crime? John Fitzpatrick assesses the recent contribution made by the law, and human rights law in particular, to these issues.
Time: 7pm Tuesday December 15 2009
Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.
For more details and to get your ticket, see the Institute of Ideas pages here.
Read a wide selection of speakers’ quotes from this year’s Battle of Ideas: saying how they felt about the Festival. Lots of very good arguments as to why you should have next year’s dates (October 30th and 31st 2010) in your diary already.
Read the quotes here [in PDF format].
It was disappointing to see how quickly we adopted the tawdry norms of African and global politics
Sharmini Brookes & Andrew Feinstein in the Independent Independent Minds
Q&A with John Cooper
Luke Gittos & John Cooper in the Independent Ind>ependent Minds
We must stop being tolerant of repression
Wendy Kaminer in spiked
Germany: still divided after all these years
Sabine Reul in spiked
The media perspective on religious news
Ruth Gledhill in Religious Intelligence
Too many of us?
Austen Ivereigh in America Magazine
Is this the end of the line for the impartial documentary?
David Cox in the Guardian Film Blog
Parents’ Liberation Movement sound rallying cry against Supernanny state
Edd McCracken in the Herald Scotland
Tiffany Jenkins in the Times Higher Education
A Battle of Ideas
Graham Smith, Republic Blog
We do need sex education
Simon Blake, talking of sex Blog
Battle of Ideas
Humphrey Hawksley, Humphrey Hawksley Blog
Teachers, Parents, money in football and Museums for World Peace. It Must be the Battle of Ideas…
Sarah Ebner, The Times, School Gate Blog
Battle of Ideas: three’s a crowd
Adrian Stott, The Times, Eureka Zone Blog
Cartoons and Offence
Christian Adams, Telegraph, The Cartoon Blog
What makes good science television
Timandra Harkness, The Times, Eureka Zone Blog
No Resistance to the Pen Pushers
Melanie Newman in Times Higher Education
Read a selection of recent coverage of the Battle of Ideas 2009.
Denying physics won’t save the video stars
Technology is making file sharing easier and easier. It will take more than unfair laws and harsh punishments to stop it
Cory Doctorow in The Times
Interview with Claire Fox in Cherwell
Give teachers authority or betray our children
Why I changed my mind on assisted dying
The teachers who can do no right
Stand up to Supernanny
Martin Bell: ‘The House of Commons cannot be trusted to police itself’
Risky Business: Paul Wilmott on the financial sector and the economic crisis
A science education experiment gone wrong?
Call me a bad parent, I’ll still let my kids eat cake
The world needs more energy
A step forward for genetic embryo-screening
This year’s Battles in Print reflect the range of topics being discussed at the Battle of Ideas festival weekend, from the politics of privacy to the wonder of human flight, and include two very different perspectives on relativism in literary criticism from two English undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge, an interview with author and former MP Martin Bell discussing the expenses scandal, and three essays on energy from strand sponsors the EPSRC. A further round of BiPs will be published after the festival itself.
Read the Battles in Print.
The first four of the Battles in Print 2009 - specially commissioned for this year - are now available to read on the website. Check back through next week and in the run up to the Battle of Ideas as we will be regularly publishing more Battles in Print relating to sessions at the Battle, helping to whet your appetite for the weekend.
The essays set out the context of the respective debates, but also advance arguments that will stimulate further discussion ahead of the festival itself and beyond.
Rethinking therapy culture, Kathryn Ecclestone
The Empty Staffroom, Richard Swan
A Journeying Perspective, Jack Tan
Rethinking privacy, Sean Bell
Ticket deals for school and university students
We are equally delighted to welcome Royal Dutch Shell as our new Student Champion for the Battle of Ideas 2009. Shell is offering all current undergraduate and postgraduate students a limited number of weekend tickets for just £25 - half the normal concession rates.
Featuring more than 70 debates, 20 satellites, 350 speakers and full details of Festival attractions: this year’s brochure is your must read guide to what will be the British intellectual highlight of 2009.
"In a world which is becoming increasingly hostile to non-conformist positions the Battle of Ideas remains the flagship of free thinking."
John Cooper, leading barrister and writer