Claire Fox

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.

 Related Sessions

Saturday, 10.30am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
What is education for?

Saturday, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Age of the metropolis

Saturday, 6.00pm Royal College of Music
Battle of Ideas 2007 festival reception

Sunday, 11.00am Cafe
Whatever happened to serious TV?

Sunday, 11.00am Seminar Space
Saving Africa

Sunday, 11.00am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Democracy and its discontents

Sunday, 2.00pm Seminar Space
Trade, aid or development?

Sunday, 4.00pm Seminar Space
The new Silk Road or scramble for Africa

Sunday, 4.00pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
The new heresies

Sunday, 4.00pm Henry Moore Gallery
Frederick Engels

Sunday, 5.45pm Cafe
India at 60


I Find That Offensive (Biteback 2016)

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

"A really valuable and stimulating event."
Prof Michael Reiss, Director of Education, Royal Society