Future Events


Marina Abramović on art, performance, time and nothingness

Thursday September 11 2014, 7pm | Royal College of Music

Marina Abramović is the most celebrated performance artist in the world, who has pioneered performance as an art form and accumulated a devoted following that includes Jay-Z and Lady Gaga. Following her acclaimed exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, she comes to our stage to discuss her experience in London.

Is London too rich to be Interesting?

Monday September 29 2014, 7pm | Victoria and Albert Museum

Money is sucking the life out of London. At least, that's the argument of those who worry that London is becoming too rich to be interesting, but is there any truth in it? Come to our event in partnership with the V&A.

We've Overdosed

Wednesday November 12 2014, 7pm | Royal Geographical Society

There's a growing number who object to the widespread use of the ‘chemical cosh’ to treat people with mental difficulties. But psychiatrists and the pharma companies would argue that depression and ADHD are real conditions for which drugs work. Which side is right?
I'd Rather be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

I'd Rather Be a Roundhead than a Cavalier

Monday November 17 2014, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain

To debate both the historical and present-day significance of this divide, Intelligence Squared brings together two acclaimed historians: Charles Spencer to defend the Roundhead cause, and Anna Whitelock to make the case for the Cavaliers.
Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong on Religion and the History of Violence

Wednesday October 1 2014, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain

Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent.

Francis Fukuyama with David Runciman

Monday September 22 2014, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain

Is religion becoming the new politics? How will the technological revolution continue to impact our politics? And in the West are we in danger of becoming complacent about the challenges to democracy that we face?
Napoleon the Great?

Napoleon the Great?

Wednesday October 8 2014, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches in 2015, Intelligence Squared brings together two of Britain’s finest historians to debate how we should assess Napoleon’s life and legacy: a military genius and father of the French state, or a blundering nonentity who created his own enduring myth?
Rembrandt vs Vermeer


Wednesday October 15 2014, 6.45pm | Royal Geographical Society

Following the wild success of our previous cultural combat events – Verdi vs Wagner, Jane Austen vs Emily Bronte, Shakespeare vs Milton – Intelligence Squared now turns to the two greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Steven Pinker on Good Writing with Ian McEwan

Thursday September 25 2014, 7pm | Royal Geographical Society

On September 25th Steven Pinker returns to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his latest publication 'The Sense of Style', a short and entertaining writing guide for the 21st century. Pinker will argue that bad writing can't be blamed on the internet, or on "the kids today".