Claire Fox

Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and initiated The Academy of Ideas Debating Matters Competition) for sixth-formers. She also co-founded the IoI’s residential summer school The Academy, with the aim to demonstrate ‘university as it should be’. 

She is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions? Claire is a columnist for TES (Times Education Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal). She is author of a new book on free speech, entitled I Find That Offensive (Biteback) and No Strings Attached! Why arts funding should say no to instrumentalism (Arts&Business).

Claire is a fellow of Wellington College, an executive board member of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), UCL and is involved at a board level in the international debate network, Time To Talk.

Related Sessions
Saturday 16 May 2009, 10.05am The Great Hall
Saturday 16 May 2009, 4.30pm The Great Hall
Wednesday 7 October 2009, 7.00pm British Library, London
Wednesday 21 October 2009, 6.30pm Tate Britain, London
Saturday 31 October 2009, 10.00am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 31 October 2009, 10.30am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 31 October 2009, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 31 October 2009, 5.15pm Courtyard Gallery
Saturday 31 October 2009, 6.45pm Royal College of Music
Sunday 1 November 2009, 6.40pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 10.45am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 3.45pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 5.30pm Henry Moore Gallery
Wednesday 4 November 2009, 4.00pm St John's College, University of Oxford
Friday 6 November 2009, 1.45pm Sheffield
Publications

I Find That Offensive (Biteback 2016)


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"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University