Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |

The Battle of Ideas 2015 festival weekend was a great success, with more debates, speakers and attendees than ever before. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival, and be the first to know about the 2016 festival, by signing up to our newsletter. And there’s still time to catch one of our satellite debates, which continue until mid-November.

Tickets for the 2016 festival weekend are now available at early-bird rates. See our tickets page for more information.

Images from Battle of Ideas 2015.
Thanks to James Berry, Paul Brocklehurst, Lameya Chaudhury and Tom Fenn for the pictures.

Sessions include:

2015 speakers include
David Chandler, professor of international relations, University of Westminster; author, Resilience: the Governance of Complexity

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

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

Roxana Silbert, artistic director, Birmingham REP Theatre

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

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

Cathy Young, contributing editor, Reason magazine; author, Ceasefire! Why women and men must join forces to achieve true equality

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

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

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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