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 20 March 2010, 1.45pm The Great Hall
Saturday 20 March 2010, 4.30pm The Great Hall
Wednesday 6 October 2010, 6.30pm Culturgest, Rua Arco do Cego, Piso 1, 1000-300 Lisbon, Portugal
Monday 18 October 2010, 7.00pm Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
Saturday 30 October 2010, 10.00am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 30 October 2010, 10.30am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 30 October 2010, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 30 October 2010, 3.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 30 October 2010, 6.45pm Queen's Tower Rooms, Imperial College London SW7 2AZ
Sunday 31 October 2010, 6.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 31 October 2010, 10.45am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 31 October 2010, 1.45pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 31 October 2010, 3.45pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 6 November 2010, 3.15pm The Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JD
Wednesday 24 November 2010, 6.00pm Landmark, Lower Level, Palladium High Street, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai, India
Publications

I Find That Offensive (Biteback 2016)


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"Of all the political and cultural festivals, none beats the Battle of Ideas for its eclecticism and willingness to invite controversial and absorbing debate."
John Kampfner, Chief executive, Index on Censorship; former editor, New Statesman