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
Decca Aitkenhead, journalist, Guardian and g2

Sue Ion, fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering; visiting professor, Imperial College London

Cathy Young, contributing editor, Reason magazine; author, Ceasefire! Why women and men must join forces to achieve true equality

Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator, Financial Times; author, Fixing Global Finance

Tom Holland, award-winning historian; author, Rubicon: the triumph and tragedy of the Roman Republic; winner, 2007 Classical Association Prize

Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences; author, philosopher, critic and poet; recent books include NHS SOS and Aping Mankind; chair, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying

Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

Simon Jenkins, columnist, Guardian; chairman, National Trust; author, A Short History of England

Melvin Burgess, award winning children's author, novels include Nicholas Dane, Junk and Kill All Enemies

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"I travel far to participate in the BOI; it’s a unique festival of free speech and debate that consistently combines energy, fearlessness and provocation with thoughtful, informed consideration of contemporary politics and culture."
Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture

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