The Institute of Ideas has unveiled the 7th Battle of Ideas Festival programme, featuring a line-up of 350 speakers participating in 75 debates on society’s big issues and unresolved questions (www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2011/overview/).
The main weekend festival, held at the Royal College of Art, London on October 29-30, showcases keynote debates entitled:
Battle against the fates; Profiting Responsibly?
Business in the Big Society;
Creativity and Curiosity: do we make stuff up or find it out?
Has tolerance gone too far?
Loyalty in an age of whistle-blowing and Wikileaks; is individualism bad for society?
Seven strands run through the format of the festival weekend, allowing in-depth examination of a subject.
In addition there are a large number of standalone discussions on subjects including:
The Tea Party – defenders of the American Dream? Life off Earth: are the aliens out there? Burlesque: female empowerment or posh stripping? Islamophobia: the new racism or liberal angst? Ain’t misbehaving – do British children need the army to sort them out? Smart drugs: magic bullet or cheating ourselves? Olympic expectations: can’t see the games for the legacy? Through a glass darkly: why do atheists love the King James Bible?