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

Decca Aitkenhead, journalist, Guardian and g2

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

William Saletan, journalist, Slate; author, Bearing Right: how conservatives won the abortion war

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

KAS Quinn, children's writer; lecturer and educationalist; author, The Queen Must Die, first part of a time-travel trilogy

GM Tamás, visiting professor, Central European University; author, Les Idoles de la Tribu

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

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, George Washington University; author, The Supreme Court: the personalities and rivalries that defined America

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

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"A superb brainstorming of gritty brinkmanship. Totally mind-stretching and wonderful."
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs correspondent

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