Future Events

Yes, he can! No he couldn’t. Obama is a failed president

Obama is a failed president

Monday 20 June 2016, 6.45pm | Emmanuel Centre


How should we assess Obama’s legacy, given that Guantanamo Bay is still open while American minds grow ever more closed? Join us on June 20th, hear the arguments and make up your own mind.
A Meeting of East and West

Ancient Worlds: A Meeting of East and West

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain


Star historians Michael Scott and Bettany Hughes discuss a new way looking of the past, which crosses boundaries of time and geography to give us a better understanding of who we are today.
The Benefits System Perpetuates Misery

The Benefits System Perpetuates Misery

Tuesday 7 June 2016, 7pm | Royal Institution of Great Britain


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.
Is the Party Over for Economic Growth?

Is the Party Over for Economic Growth?

Monday 16 May 2016, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre


On May 16, a star panel including Stephanie Flanders, JP Morgan’s chief market strategist for Europe, and acclaimed US economic historian Deirdre McCloskey, comes to the Intelligence Squared stage for this major discussion on the future of the global economy.
Carlo Rovelli and Christophe Galfard on the Architecture of the Universe

The Architecture of the Universe

Monday 18 July 2016, 7pm | Royal Geographical Society


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 when they come to the Intelligence Squared stage.
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.
The Great Intelligence Squared Brexit Debate

The Great Intelligence Squared Brexit Debate

Monday 23 May 2016, 7pm | Central Hall Westminster


If you want to get to the bottom of the arguments before you make up your mind on the biggest political question of our times, join us us on May 23 for the Great Intelligence Squared Brexit Debate.
Debate Like a World Champion

The Art of Debate: Learning to Speak your Mind

| Venue TBC


A 2-part debating workshop for students in Year 5 to Year 13 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.