• Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am

    Royal Geographical Society

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    Join us for the Intelligence Squared Festival 2016, a one-day deep dive into the world’s most thrilling ideas and technologies, featuring pioneers from all over the world exploring what’s happening right now across a raft of areas.

    Intelligence Squared Festival 2016
  • Monday 12 September 2016, 6.45pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Which Brexit is it, ‘hard’ or ‘soft’? Which should be given priority, the power to control our borders with Europe or to keep our markets open to it? That’s the big question that will be fought over on September 12th, by our illustrious panel of pundits and by you the audience.

    Brexit Means Brexit
  • Monday 21 November 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Join us on November 21st as Jonathan Haidt and Nick Clegg discuss how the West’s longstanding liberal institutions and traditions can be updated for the 21st century, and what kind of future lies ahead for post-Brexit Britain.

    Politics and the Rise of Populism
  • Monday 10 October 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    A month ahead of election day in the most vitriolic and unpredictable presidential race in recent US history, PJ O’Rourke, America’s leading political satirist, comes to our stage to assess Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and to make sense — and fun — of the eruption shaking up US politics

    PJ O'Rourke on the US Presidential Clash
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Following the wild popularity of our previous cultural combat events – Greece vs Rome, Jane Austen vs Emily Brontë, Shakespeare vs Milton, Vermeer vs Rembrandt, and Verdi vs Wagner – Intelligence Squared now turns to the two giants of spy fiction. Which of them should wear the laurels?

    Ian Fleming vs John le Carré
  • Monday 5 September 2016, 7pm

    Emmanuel Centre

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    Renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari shot to fame with his bestseller 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind', in which he charted how humans rose to be the planet’s dominant species. In this exclusive appearance, he will argue that what made us homo sapiens is now set to make us gods.

    Yuval Noah Harari on the Rise of Homo Deus
  • Monday 4 July 2016, 7pm

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    The UK has made a momentous decision to leave the EU. To discuss the ramifications, Intelligence Squared staged an emergency event on Monday July 4th, featuring a panel of key players and experts, chaired by the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland.

    Brexit: What Next?
  • Monday 18 July 2016, 7pm

    Royal Geographical Society

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    Does time exist? Was our universe born from a Big Bang, or from a Big Bounce triggered by a former universe imploding? These are some of the questions that will be tackled by world-renowned physicists Carlo Rovelli and Christophe Galfard in this event chaired by BBC science star Helen Czerski.

    Carlo Rovelli & Christophe Galfard on the Architecture of the Universe
  • Monday 20 June 2016, 6.45pm

    PODCAST & VIDEO NOW ONLINE

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    Seen by many as weak both at home and abroad, has Obama failed as leader of the free world? Or should the nuclear deal with Iran, Obamacare, and the economic recovery ensure his place in history as a great president?

    Obama_Poster
  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, 7pm

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    Is our benefits system an effective safety net for society's neediest, or has it become a poverty trap which encourages long-term dependency? Jess Phillips MP will face journalist James Bartholomew and social scientist Dr Adam Perkins over whether benefits perpetuate the misery they seek to relieve.

    The Benefits Sytem Perpetuates Misery
  • Thursday 9 June 2016, 7pm

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    Are we witnessing the twilight of the West? Eminent Oxford historian Peter Frankopan and rising Westminster politician Kwasi Kwarteng discuss the rapidly changing global order, examining the historical context behind today’s ‘pivot to the East’.

    The Return of History and the Death of Democracy
  • Thursday 14 July 2016, 7pm

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    On July 14th we gathered of some of the world’s most original and incisive minds as they celebrate the man who has probably done more than any other person alive to illuminate how we think about ourselves and the world around us.

    Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary
Intelligence Squared Festival 2016

Intelligence Squared Festival 2016

Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am

Royal Geographical Society

Join us for the Intelligence Squared Festival 2016, a one-day deep dive into the world’s most thrilling ideas and technologies, featuring pioneers from all over the world exploring what’s happening right now across a raft of areas.

More Information Buy Tickets
Brexit Means Brexit

Brexit means Brexit

Monday 12 September 2016, 6.45pm

Emmanuel Centre

Which Brexit is it, ‘hard’ or ‘soft’? Which should be given priority, the power to control our borders with Europe or to keep our markets open to it? That’s the big question that will be fought over on September 12th, by our illustrious panel of pundits and by you the audience.

More Information Buy Tickets
Politics and the Rise of Populism

Politics and the Rise of Populism

Monday 21 November 2016, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

Join us on November 21st as Jonathan Haidt and Nick Clegg discuss how the West’s longstanding liberal institutions and traditions can be updated for the 21st century, and what kind of future lies ahead for post-Brexit Britain.

More Information Buy Tickets
PJ O'Rourke on the US Presidential Clash

PJ O'Rourke on the US Presidential Clash

Monday 10 October 2016, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

A month ahead of election day in the most vitriolic and unpredictable presidential race in recent US history, PJ O’Rourke, America’s leading political satirist, comes to our stage to assess Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and to make sense — and fun — of the eruption shaking up US politics

More Information Buy Tickets
Ian Fleming vs John le Carré

Ian Fleming vs John le Carré

Tuesday 29 November 2016, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

Following the wild popularity of our previous cultural combat events – Greece vs Rome, Jane Austen vs Emily Brontë, Shakespeare vs Milton, Vermeer vs Rembrandt, and Verdi vs Wagner – Intelligence Squared now turns to the two giants of spy fiction. Which of them should wear the laurels?

More Information Buy Tickets
Yuval Noah Harari on the Rise of Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari on the Rise of Homo Deus

Monday 5 September 2016, 7pm

Emmanuel Centre

Renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari shot to fame with his bestseller 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind', in which he charted how humans rose to be the planet’s dominant species. In this exclusive appearance, he will argue that what made us homo sapiens is now set to make us gods.

More Information Sold Out

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