Battle of Ideas 2011 29 & 30 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Academy of Ideas, hosted by the Royal College of Art.
Speakers include
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting

Anne Atkins, novelist, columnist and broadcaster; prize-winning journalist; regular contributor, BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day

Jonathan Aitken, former cabinet minister; author, broadcaster and columnist

Mark Vernon, journalist; author, God: all that matters and The Big Questions: God

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, What's Happened to the University?, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Ruth Padel, poet and writer; author, The Mara Crossing and Darwin: a life in poems

Katharine Birbalsingh, teacher; author, To Miss with Love

Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization; director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship

Irma Kurtz, writer; broadcaster; agony aunt, Cosmopolitan Magazine; author, About Time: growing old disgracefully

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"The Battle of Ideas is a global treasure. Bringing together some of the world's leading thinkers for civil dialogue on an array of topics, the festival is a must-see for those deeply committed to the free exchange of ideas."
Fredrick C. Harris, professor of political science, Columbia University

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