Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas at the Barbican. To keep up with news about debates and tickets, join our mailing list.

80 sessions, 350 speakers, 2000+ attendees

Sessions include:

Belgium’s ‘right to die’ for children: a slippery slope?
Are we afraid to judge?
Judgement by our peers: is the jury out?
Past speakers include
Rebecca Jenkins, cultural historian and novelist; Royal Literary Fund Fellow; former writing partner of Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins

Simon Baron-Cohen, director, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge; author, Zero Degrees of Empathy

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

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

Stella Duffy, writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

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

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

Anne Atkins, novelist, columnist and broadcaster; prize-winning journalist; regular contributor, BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day

George Szirtes, reader in creative writing, UEA; poet; editor; translator; author, The Burning of the Books and Other Poems

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas
with




“Some of the freest speech I have enjoyed in years.”
Baroness Ruth Deech QC, crossbench peer; chairman, Bar Standards Board

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