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

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator; author, A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays

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

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

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

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

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

Natalie Bennett, newly elected leader, Green Party of England and Wales; London Assembly candidate; chair, Green Party Women; former editor, Guardian Weekly

Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies, University of Oxford; commentator; director, Free Speech Debate

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"There's a real sense of intellectual delight that so much can be discussed in just sixty minutes - and so thoughtfully - both by the speakers and especially by the audience. A rich feast of ideas."
Christopher Kelly, reader in Ancient History and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Corpus Christi College

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