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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 5 May 6:45pm start
Public forum for engaging and debating ideas
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The AcademyUniversity as it should be

Saturday 18 July to Monday 20 July 2015


The Institute of Ideas Academy has been running since 2011. Bringing together a wide range of people of all ages and educational backgrounds, The Academy is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship in itself in today’s climate of instrumental approaches to knowledge, the use of universities as social-engineering battering rams, incessant demands to show value for money, etc. There is an associated scholarship programme through which we subsidise up to 50 full-time students to attend (they receive an extra preliminary day of lectures on the day before the main event begins).

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Battle of Ideas 2015Battle of Ideas

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October

The Battle of Ideas festival, currently being held at the Barbican in London, was initiated by the Institute of Ideas 11 years ago to encourage free thinking and open-ended public discussion, and is supported by a wide range of partners. The Battle of Ideas festival comprises 350 speakers at 75 debates and satellite discussions confronting society’s big issues and unresolved questions. It affords the opportunity for some clear thinking, rational debate and agenda-setting - above all, it's future-orientated, whilst retaining a healthy regard for the past achievements of humanity.


Inspired by the Institute of Ideas, the Manchester Salon is delighted to be organising a couple of satellite events of the Battle of Ideas. These satellite discussions are:


Hopefully see you at the Battle of Ideas, but if not then at these satellite discussions, helping to extend the weekend festival in both time and space.


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