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

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

John Cooper, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times and Observer; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly

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

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

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

John Haldane, professor of philosophy, University of St Andrews; chairman, Royal Institute of Philosophy; author, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion and Reasonable Faith

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

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

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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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