Battle of Ideas 2012 20 & 21 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Academy of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture; author, Worst Instincts: cowardice, conformity and the ACLU

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

David Lammy MP, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

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

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

Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen's University Belfast

Stella Duffy, writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

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

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

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"The Battle of Ideas was a great success; it enabled large numbers of people to hear and interact with well-known speakers who have thought about and contributed significantly to the discussions of many important issues."
Richard Swinburne, emeritus professor, philosophy of religion, University of Oxford; author, 'The Existence of God and The Evolution of the Soul'

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