Wednesday January 22 2014, 6.45pm | Royal Geographical Society
Climate change, joblessness, cultural dross. Are we going to hell in a handcart? Or do scientific advances and more liberal attitudes make this the best time ever to be alive? Come and hear our rumbustious panel slug it out.
Wednesday February 26 2014, 6.45pm | Royal Geographical Society
The first of our literary combat events. Will Jane Austen’s sensitive ear for irony and social nuance win out over Emily Brontë’s realm of unbridled passion and the supernatural? Expert advocates go head to head and actors bring the texts to life.
Tuesday April 15 2014, 6.45pm | Royal Geographical Society
Was Britain’s involvement in the First World War a vital crusade to prevent an oppressive German-dominated Europe? Or a mistake, fought at a catastrophic human cost, which brought Communism to power in Russia and left a festering sense of resentment that would fuel the rise of Nazism?
Sunday June 22 2014, 6.45pm | Venue to be confirmed
Shakespeare was the greatest literary genius England – or even the world – has produced. But his preeminence is rivalled by Milton whose admirers claim his political and philosophical engagement make him a man as much for our times as his own.
Saturday March 1 2014, 3pm | The Forum, Bath
Best-selling writer and thinker Alain de Botton and Carl Honore, TED speaker and author of "The Slow Fix", will propose the motion “News Is Ruining Our Lives.” Jon Snow and Ritula Shah will be squaring up on the other side. Chairing the proceedings will be Any Questions’ Jonathan Dimbleby.
Thursday December 5 2013, 7pm | RIBA
On 5 December, thought-leaders from the world’s leading development think tanks, the OECD, civil society and national governments will offer different perspectives on these questions, and discuss what an international development framework could look like beyond 2015.