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.

Past speakers include
Tom Watt, writer, actor and broadcaster

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics journalist; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Rebecca Jenkins, cultural historian and novelist; Royal Literary Fund Fellow; former writing partner of Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo; novelist; author, Ethnicity and Nationalism and Globalization: the key concepts

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

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

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

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
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“Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words.”
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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