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
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

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

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

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

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

Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture; author, Worst Instincts: cowardice, conformity and the ACLU

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

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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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