Battle of Ideas 2007 27 & 28 October, London

The Battle of Ideas 2007 was a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art. These pages are now an archive of the festival where you can still find out what went on, watch video of the event and read Battles in Print that accompanied the sessions.

 Festival News

 Battles in Print & Battle Talks

Read a Battle in Print: What is education for?, Michael Young interview by Toby Marshall
 Speakers include

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship
Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics journalist; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism
Alexander Cockburn, journalist; editor, CounterPunch; co-author, End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate?
Frank Furedi, associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury; author, Wasted, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history
Tristram Hunt, broadcaster; lecturer in modern British history, Queen Mary, University of London; author, The Frock-Coated Communist: the revolutionary life of Friedrich Engels
Nicholas Kenyon CBE, managing director, Barbican Centre; former director, BBC Proms (1996-2007)
Philippe Legrain, adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (speaking in a personal capacity); author, Aftershock: reshaping the world economy after the crisis
Kenan Malik, writer and broadcaster; author, From Fatwa to Jihad and The Quest for the Moral Compass (forthcoming)
Paul Mason, broadcaster; author, Financial Meltdown and the End of the Age of Greed; technology editor, BBC's Newsnight

 Festival Buzz

Friction TV logo Fora TV logo Particle Physics is Sexy

Particle Physics is Sexy [Opens in new window]

"The 2006 Battle of Ideas did what it said on the tin: prejudices were punctured, common wisdom was questioned and original thinking honoured. The saying was coined in Texas, but I suggest that the Battle of Ideas adopts it as the conference motto: ‘sacred cows make the best burgers."
George Brock, Saturday Editor, The Times

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