Battle of Ideas 2012 20 & 21 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
Munira Mirza, advisor on arts and philanthropy; former deputy mayor of London for education and culture; author, The Politics of Culture: the case for universalism

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

Ferdinand Mount, author, The New Few: or a very British oligarchy; former editor, Times Literary Supplement

Philippe Legrain, visiting senior fellow, LSE’s European Institute; author, Immigrants: your country needs them and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right

Mark Walport, director, Wellcome Trust; Government Chief Scientific Adviser (from April 2013)

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

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

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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"The Battle of Ideas is quite simply the single most impressive and intellectually challenging event I have ever attended."
Professor Neil McKeganey, director, Centre for Drug Misuse Research

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