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

Rob Riemen, writer and cultural philosopher; founder & president, Netherlands-based Nexus Institute; author, Nobility of Sprit: a forgotten ideal and The Eternal Return of Fascism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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