events archive

Is children’s mental health the next big epidemic?

7:00pm, Thursday 19 November 2015, The Sun, 21 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5RH

Beverley Marshall will be introducing this 'Policy over a pint' discussion held jointly between the Social Policy Forum and Parents Forum to discuss the rise of children's mental health on the political agenda. READ MORE

Who has made the most important impact on education?

7:00pm, Monday 11 December, CIEE London Global Institute, 46-47 Russell Square, London WC1B 4JP

China’s urban growth

6:45pm, Wednesday 6 December, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA

Dido Powell’s London gallery tours

10:30am, Sunday 19 November, London

Brexit hate crime in schools: shocking truth or over-hyped?

7:00pm, Monday 13 November, CIEE London Global Institute, London

Will campaigns against cultural appropriation destroy the arts?

6:30pm, Friday 10 November, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Education Forum at the Battle of Ideas 2017

10:00am, Sunday 29 October, The Barbican, Silk Street, London

Battle of Ideas 2017

10:00am, Saturday 28 October, The Barbican, Silk Street, London

Narcissistic parenting in an insecure world

7:00pm, Wednesday 20 September, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London

That Existential Leap: a crime story

7:00pm, Tuesday 19 September, Central London

Never mind growth mindset - should kids be allowed to fail?

7:00pm, Monday 18 September, CIEE Global Institute, London WC1B 4JP

Education Forum at ResearchED 2017

9:00am, Saturday 9 September, Chobham Academy, 40 Cheering Lane, Newham, E20 1BD

Where will we get the workers? Immigration and skills after Brexit

6:45pm, Wednesday 6 September, Free Word Centre, London EC1R 3GA

University in One Day: Why Freedom Matters

9:00am, Wednesday 6 September, West London Free School

A day of liberal arts and philosophy for 16- to 18-year-olds at the West London Free School. READ MORE

The Academy 2017

5:00pm, Friday 14 July, Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedfordshire

University as it should be: our annual two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas. READ MORE

What future for the arts?

7:00pm, Tuesday 20 June, Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

The History and Meaning of Liberal Education

2:00pm, Saturday 10 June, ACCENT Study Centre, 12 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JA

Election 2017 and the economy

6:45pm, Tuesday 6 June, The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Book Club: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

7:00pm, Wednesday 31 May, Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Joel Cohen will introduce Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak. READ MORE

The new populism: threat or opportunity?

7:45pm, Thursday 11 May, Chiesa di San Francesco, Udine

A special Battle of Ideas keynote debate at the Vicino/Lontano Festival in Udine, Italy READ MORE

Nothing to lose? Putting teacher judgement to the test

7:00pm, Monday 8 May, The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

The Arts and the Public

7:00pm, Monday 8 May, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Understanding Art

6:30pm, Friday 28 April, London

A series of guided gallery tours led by Dido Powell. READ MORE

Are we getting lonelier?

7:00pm, Wednesday 26 April, The Sun (not The Sun Tavern), 21 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5RH

Bookshop Barnie: ‘Creative Destruction’ by Phil Mullan

6:30pm, Monday 3 April, The Building Centre, 20 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Q&A and discussion on a new book arguing for radical thinking to boost the UK economy. READ MORE

Democracy and the arts in Europe: artists in a global world

7:00pm, Tuesday 28 March, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

7:00pm, Monday 27 March, Central London

Teacher recruitment crisis: why do great teachers quit?

7:00pm, Monday 20 March, The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0

6:45pm, Thursday 2 March, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA

NHS in crisis… again

7:00pm, Thursday 23 February, The Sun (not The Sun Tavern), 21 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5RH

Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance

7:30pm, Thursday 16 February, Central London

Boy trouble: is gender important in education?

7:00pm, Monday 30 January, Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Behavioural economics

6:45pm, Thursday 19 January, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA

What now for ‘gig’ working and the sharing economy?

6:45pm, Wednesday 30 November 2016, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

7:00pm, Thursday 24 November 2016, central London

‘No excuses’ discipline: does ‘sparing the rod’ spoil the classroom?

7:00pm, Monday 21 November 2016, Art Workers Guild, 6, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Battle of Ideas 2016

9:30am, Saturday 22 October 2016, The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Two days of high-profile, thought-provoking public debate. READ MORE

On Cosmopolitanism

7:00pm, Tuesday 20 September 2016, Art Workers Guild,6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT London.

What is cosmopolitanism? And what does it mean to be a cosmopolitan? READ MORE

My Brilliant Friend

7:00pm, Wednesday 14 September 2016, Central London

Education Forum debates at researchED National Conference

10:00am, Saturday 10 September 2016, Capital City Academy, London, NW10 3ST

Inequality: the scourge of our age?

7:00pm, Thursday 4 August 2016, The Sun (not Sun Tavern), 21 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RH

The UK economy after Brexit

6:45pm, Wednesday 27 July 2016, Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Spirit House by Mark Dapin

7:00pm, Tuesday 26 July 2016, central London

The Academy 2016

9:00am, Saturday 23 July 2016, Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire MK44 3AL

University as it should be: two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas. READ MORE

Are textbooks the answer? And if so, what is the question?

7:00pm, Monday 11 July 2016, Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Brexit: the battle for democracy starts here

7:00pm, Wednesday 29 June 2016, Galleon Suite A - Royal National Hotel (Woburn Place entrance), London, WC1H 0DG

The Unsafe Space debates

10:00am, Friday 24 June 2016, Wellington College, Duke's Ride, Crowthorne, West Berkshire RG45 7PU

A strand of debates at the Telegraph Festival of Education organised by the IoI Education Forum. READ MORE

University in One Day

10:30am, Thursday 23 June 2016, Wellington College, Duke's Ride, Crowthorne, West Berkshire RG45 7PU

A day of liberal arts and philosophy for 16- to 19-year-olds at the Telegraph Festival of Education. READ MORE

The Idea and Impact of ED Hirsch’s ‘Cultural Literacy’

2:00pm, Sunday 19 June 2016, ACCENT Study Centre - 12 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JA

A study day organised by the Institute of Ideas Education Forum. READ MORE

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

7:00pm, Monday 6 June 2016, central London (register for details)

Sexting Teens: minor freedom or major problem?

8:30pm, Thursday 26 May 2016, THE SUN (NOT THE SUN TAVERN), 21 DRURY LANE, LONDON WC2B 5RH

Charlemagne revisited? The politics and economy of the EU

6:45pm, Monday 23 May 2016, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3GA

European Referendum: what will decide the vote?

7:00pm, Tuesday 17 May 2016, Great Hall, London House, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AB

A public debate in association with Goodenough College. READ MORE

Do teachers need a College of Teaching?

7:00pm, Monday 16 May 2016, Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Migration crisis: how should Europe respond?

7:00pm, Thursday 28 April 2016, The Sun (not The Sun Tavern), 21 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RH

Why border control has become a question of democracy. READ MORE

Book Club: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

7:00pm, Thursday 21 April 2016, Central London

Ella Whelan introduces a discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro's seventh novel. READ MORE

Keeping Their Marbles

7:00pm, Tuesday 19 April 2016, Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums - And Why They Should Stay There READ MORE

What is Religious Studies for in an increasingly secular age?

7:00pm, Monday 18 April 2016, Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Stay-at-home economics: is world trade in decline?

7:00pm, Wednesday 16 March 2016, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

What is education for?

7:15pm, Tuesday 8 March 2016, Hackney Pirates, 138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS

A discussion with the IoI Education Forum and the Education Policy Network. READ MORE

Policy over a Pint: Transgender children

7:00pm, Thursday 25 February 2016, The Sun (not The Sun Tavern), 21 Drury Lane, WC2B 5RH

A joint event by the Social Policy Forum and the Parents' Forum. READ MORE

The Power of Reading

7:00pm, Monday 1 February 2016, Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Frank Furedi discusses his new book in conversation with Russell Celyn Jones. READ MORE
A discussion of Mario Vargas Llosa's book of essays. READ MORE

The Modern Trivium: triumph of tradition or trivial gimmick?

7:00pm, Monday 9 November 2015, Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Battle of Ideas at Sound Unbound

12:24pm, Saturday 31 October 2015, Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Two satellite events at the Barbican’s classical music weekender on 31 October and 1 November. READ MORE

Battle of Ideas 2015

9:30am, Saturday 17 October 2015, The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Two days of high-profile, thought-provoking public debate. READ MORE

The end of the East Asian economic miracle?

6:45pm, Monday 28 September 2015, Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

The sharing economy: should we believe the hype?

6:45pm, Tuesday 8 September 2015, Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

A good read: Reading Lolita in Tehran

7:00pm, Monday 24 August 2015, Room G24, Foster Court, London, WC1E 6BT

The Academy 2015

7:00pm, Friday 17 July 2015, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire

University as it should be: three-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas. READ MORE

Democracy in America

7:00pm, Wednesday 15 July 2015, Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London

Daniel Ben-Ami, economics writer, introduces a discussion of Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic. READ MORE

A twenty-first century Magna Carta

6:30pm, Wednesday 8 July 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Is Europe bad for business?

6:30pm, Tuesday 7 July 2015, CNBC Studio, Fleet Place, 2 More London Riverside, London, EC4M 7QS

Brecht and the need to alienate the Public

7:00pm, Monday 6 July 2015, Room G24, Foster Court, London, WC1E 6BT

Discussion four in a series in the lead-up to Institute of Ideas Academy. READ MORE

Whose social justice is it anyway?

6:30pm, Monday 6 July 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Disunited kingdoms: the nation state today

6:30pm, Thursday 2 July 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Religion: from enlightenment toleration to 21st century offence

7:00pm, Wednesday 1 July 2015, Goodenough College, London WC1N 2AB.

A Battle of Ideas panel discussion at University in One Day. READ MORE

A tale of two cities: skyscrapers and slums

6:30pm, Wednesday 1 July 2015, London & Partners, 6th Floor, 2 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2RR

University in One Day

9:00am, Wednesday 1 July 2015, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

A day of liberal arts and philosophy
for 16- to 19-year-olds READ MORE

Are we heading for another crisis?

6:30pm, Tuesday 30 June 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Debating Matters Competition - National Final

2:48pm, Friday 26 June 2015, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Join us at the British Library from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June. READ MORE

Fight for your right to party

6:30pm, Thursday 25 June 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Post-election question time

6:30pm, Wednesday 24 June 2015, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

Do judges have too much power?

6:30pm, Tuesday 23 June 2015, Judges' Room, Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH

Sunday Times Festival of Education

2:00pm, Thursday 18 June 2015, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7PU

The Institute of Ideas is hosting a series of debates at this year's festival at Wellington College on 18 and 19 June. READ MORE

Big Data, Big Brother?

6:00pm, Thursday 11 June 2015, Imovation Centre, Transport Systems Catapult, Milton Keynes

A Battle of Ideas debate at the Imagine Festival. READ MORE

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

7:00pm, Tuesday 9 June 2015, Cardinal Hume Centre, 3-7 Arneway Street, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2BG

A discussion of the latest book by Robert Putnam. READ MORE

Realism on stage: the individual vs society

7:00pm, Monday 8 June 2015, Room G24, Foster Court, London, WC1E 6BT

Discussion three in a series in the lead-up to Institute of Ideas Academy. READ MORE

Is the EU a threat to democracy or its guardian?

7:30pm, Tuesday 26 May 2015, Zentrum Karl der Grosse, Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zurich

Comedy, satire and social critique in pre-revolutionary France

7:00pm, Monday 18 May 2015, Room G24, Foster Court, London, WC1E 6BT

Discussion two in a series in the lead-up to Institute of Ideas Academy. READ MORE

What next for the UK economy?

7:00pm, Tuesday 28 April 2015, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

In the run-up to the election, leading economists and commentators debate what policies the next government should pursue. READ MORE

English Medieval and Renaissance Drama: creating the audience

7:00pm, Monday 27 April 2015, Room G24, Foster Court, London, WC1E 6BT

Discussion one in a series in the lead-up to Institute of Ideas Academy. READ MORE

How should educators respond to the election?

7:00pm, Thursday 16 April 2015, Sir William Perkins School, Guildford Road, Chertsey

A special IoI Education Forum debate. READ MORE

How should we look at photographs?

7:00pm, Monday 9 March 2015, Room G24, Ground Floor, Foster Court, Malet Place, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Book Club: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

7:00pm, Wednesday 25 February 2015, Central London

The collapse of oil prices: origins and impacts

7:00pm, Thursday 19 February 2015, Tim Berners-Lee Room, Digital Catapult, 9th Floor, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA

How useful is evidence in education?

7:00pm, Monday 9 February 2015, Art Workers' Guild 6, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

FDI and the Britishness of the British economy

7:00pm, Tuesday 3 February 2015, The Perseverance, 63 Lamb's Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB

Consent on campus: a fear of intimacy?

7:00pm, Thursday 27 November 2014, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN

Back to protectionism? The future of world trade

7:00pm, Wednesday 26 November 2014, Sassoon Beer Board Room, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA