Claire Fox
director, Academy of Ideas; panellist, BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze; author, I Find That Offensive

Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and initiated The Academy of Ideas Debating Matters Competition) for sixth-formers. She also co-founded the IoI’s residential summer school The Academy, with the aim to demonstrate ‘university as it should be’. 

She is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions? Claire is a columnist for TES (Times Education Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal). She is author of a new book on free speech, entitled I Find That Offensive (Biteback) and No Strings Attached! Why arts funding should say no to instrumentalism (Arts&Business).

Claire is a fellow of Wellington College, an executive board member of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), UCL and is involved at a board level in the international debate network, Time To Talk.


Thursday 22 September, 19.00 Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA
'Named persons': a human rights issue?

Monday 26 September, 19.00 The ACCENT London Study Center, 12 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury London WC1B 3JA
Free speech under threat in the classroom?

Monday 10 October, 20.30 De Balie Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR, Amsterdam
Diversity: empowering some, silencing others?

Tuesday 11 October, 19.00 Kino Tilsiter Lichtspiele, Richard-Sorge-Str. 25A, 10249, Berlin
Free speech: is there a right to be offensive?

Saturday 22 October, 9.30 Free Stage
Battle of Ideas 2016 Welcome Address

Saturday 22 October, 10.00 Cinema 1
The new populism

Saturday 22 October, 12.00 Cinema 1
Feminism: in conversation with Camille Paglia

Saturday 22 October, 12.00 Frobisher Auditorium 1
Can biotechnology conquer ageing?

Saturday 22 October, 16.00 Cinema 3
From Black Panthers to #blacklivesmatter: race in America

Saturday 22 October, 17.30 Garden Room
Immigration: what is the future of free movement?

Saturday 22 October, 18.45 Conservatory, Conservatory Terrace and Garden Room
Festival reception and drinks

Sunday 23 October, 10.00 Cinema 1
Who are we? Identity politics dissected

Sunday 23 October, 10.00 Pit Theatre
The fall of the technocratic experts

Sunday 23 October, 12.00 Cinema 1
What is the truth about 'post-factual politics'?

Sunday 23 October, 14.00 Frobisher 4-6
Peer-to-peer sexual abuse: myth or time bomb?

Sunday 23 October, 16.00 Frobisher Auditorium 2
Are schools producing Generation Snowflake?

Saturday 19 November, 11.00 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
After Brexit: is Europe over?

Saturday 19 November, 12.30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Identity politics and free speech: Who gets a say, and when?

Saturday 19 November, 16.00 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Age of terror: Why are people joining ISIS?

Saturday 19 November, 17.30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Divided States of America? The US after the election