Future Events

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.
Don't give them what they want: Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity

Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity

Thursday 20 October 2016, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain


Does publicising terrorism play into the hands of the perpetrators or does it help keep us on the alert against further attacks? Join the debate on October 20th, and hear the arguments of renowned counter-terrorism expert Shiraz Maher and one of the UK's leading commentators Simon Jenkins.
The Gene: Unlocking the Human Code

The Gene: Unlocking the Human Code

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain


On October 5th, the Pulitzer prize-winning author, cancer physician and stem-cell researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee will come to the Intelligence Squared stage to probe the scientific possibilities and moral challenges of recent breakthroughs in the field of genetics.
No Backsliding on Brexit

No Backsliding On Brexit

Monday 14 November 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 November 14th, by our illustrious panel of pundits and by you the audience.
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.
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
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?
Public-speaking Course

Debate Training For Adults

Monday 17 October 2016, 4pm | Charlotte Street Hotel


Our team of experts at Debate Mate will help you to develop your speaking skills and craft a cogent argument. In small interactive group sessions, you’ll improve your powers to think quickly under pressure, and respond to challenges with resilience and poise.
Jeremy Paxman: The Man Who Wouldn't Take "No Comment" For an Answer

Jeremy Paxman in conversation with John Humphrys

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 7pm | Central Hall Westminster


In his first major interview on his long-awaited memoir, Jeremy Paxman comes to the Intelligence Squared stage, where he will be joined by Today programme presenter John Humphrys. Come and watch Humphrys turn the tables, and have your chance to cross-question Paxman, the great cross-questioner of the age.
Two-Day Debating Workshop

The Art of Debate: Learning to Speak your Mind

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 9.15am |


A 2-day debating workshop for students in Year 5 to Year 11 from Intelligence Squared and Debate Mate. All Mentors are world-class experienced debaters and we will be inviting a seasoned Intelligence Squared speaker to each course to deliver a guest lecture and to pass on their top tips.