Buxton Battle of Ideas festival

A day of debate on politics, economics, philosophy and more at The Devonshire Dome as the Battle of Ideas festival comes to Buxton!

£5 – £25

Dante’s Hell: why a medieval fantasy still sizzles

Brunswick Inn 1 Railway Terrace, Derby

This special Battle of Ideas festival satellite event hosted by the East Midlands Salon explores the enduring legacy of Dante’s Inferno with writer Dolan Cummings.


Teaching white privilege: making schools less racist or more divided?

Accent Study Centre 12 Bedford Square, London

How should we judge the focus on white privilege and unconscious racial bias in lessons, reading lists and school staff training? Will it make schools more anti-racist – or divided? Join the AoI Education Forum for a friendly, open and respectful panel discussion.

£3 – £5

What’s in store for the arts in 2022?

31 Oval Road 31 Oval Road, London

Join the Arts & Society Forum for a light-hearted panel discussion predicting future developments in the arts.

donations on the door

Inflation: short-term blip or long-term worry?

online, via Zoom

Jacob Reynolds introduces this AoI Economy Forum discussion on why prices are rising so fast and what it tells us about the wider economy.


Boiling point? Russia and the West

online, via Zoom

Join the AoI International Salon to discuss what events in Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan reveal about Russia and the West.


Has Ofsted become too political?

online, via Zoom

Join us for this Academy of Ideas Education Forum event as a panel of educationalists examine the successes and failures of Ofsted.


Ukraine in the crosshairs of history

Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite A) 38-51 Bedford Way, London

Join this special Academy of Ideas public event to discuss the war in Ukraine.

£5 – £8

Free Speech: A Global History from Socrates to Social Media

Keynote Lecture Theatre, David Game College 31 Jewry Street, London

Academy of Ideas, Free Speech Union and Basic Books are hosting the official UK launch for Jacob Mchangama’s important new book Free Speech: A Global History from Socrates to Social Media. Please join us for a public lecture and panel discussion followed by a wine reception.

£5.00 – £10.00