Battle of Ideas 2007 27 & 28 October, London

The Battle of Ideas 2007 was a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art. These pages are now an archive of the festival where you can still find out what went on, watch video of the event and read Battles in Print that accompanied the sessions.

 Festival News

 Battles in Print & Battle Talks

Read a Battle in Print: What is education for?, Michael Young interview by Toby Marshall
 Speakers include

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship
Linda Blum , associate professor of sociology, Northeastern University, Boston
David Chandler, professor of international relations, University of Westminster; author, Resilience: the Governance of Complexity
Alexander Cockburn, journalist; editor, CounterPunch; co-author, End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate?
Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE; books include Future War and Can War Be Eliminated?
Lesley Curwen, business, economics and personal finance journalist, BBC; writer and speaker
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
Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary care health sciences, University of Oxford
Tristram Hunt, broadcaster; lecturer in modern British history, Queen Mary, University of London; author, The Frock-Coated Communist: the revolutionary life of Friedrich Engels

 Festival Buzz

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'Turn That Racket Off' [Opens in new window]

"The 2006 Battle of Ideas did what it said on the tin: prejudices were punctured, common wisdom was questioned and original thinking honoured. The saying was coined in Texas, but I suggest that the Battle of Ideas adopts it as the conference motto: ‘sacred cows make the best burgers."
George Brock, Saturday Editor, The Times

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