Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |

The Battle of Ideas 2015 is a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate taking place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival by signing up to our newsletter. We also have satellite events in the UK and across Europe before and after the main festival.

Monday 5 October, 18:45-20:30
Millennium Room, Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD

Monday 5 October, 19:00-20:30
Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, 181 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ

2015 speakers include
Julie Bindel, journalist, author, broadcaster and feminist activist; research fellow, Lincoln University

Munira Mirza, deputy mayor, education and culture, Greater London Authority; author, The Politics of Culture: the case for universalism

Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE; books include Future War and Can War Be Eliminated?

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship

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

Lesley Curwen, business, economics and personal finance journalist, BBC; writer and speaker

David Chandler, professor of international relations, University of Westminster; author, Resilience: the Governance of Complexity

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Christina Hoff Sommers, writer and resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; host, weekly video series, The Factual Feminist

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas


“Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views.”
Exeter University student

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