Friday, March 16, 2007

Intelligence Squared

I've made this shameless plea before, but if anyone has a spare ticket for the following event can you please contact me at Obliged. Shame about Roger Scruton being there but it's good to have someone to vent one's spleen at.

We'd be better off without religion
27 March 2007

Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets to this debate, it will now take place at:

The Great Hall
Central Hall
Storey's Gate
London, SW1H 9NH

Doors open at 6pm. The debate starts at 6.45pm and finishes at 8.30pm.

Speakers for the motion:

  • Professor Richard Dawkins Charles Simonyi Professor in the Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford. Author of ‘The Selfish Gene’ and ‘The God Delusion’. He is is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

  • Professor A.C.Grayling Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Author of ‘The Reason of Things: The Good Life Without God’ and ‘Among the Dead Cities’.

  • Christopher Hitchens Author, journalist, columnist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Voted fifth out of the world’s top one hundred “public intellectuals”.

Speakers against the motion:

  • Rabbi Julia Neuberger Rabbi, author, broadcaster and social reformer. Her latest book is ‘The Moral State We’re In’.

  • Professor Roger Scruton Writer and philosopher. His books include ‘Philosophy: Principles and Problems’ and ‘England: An Elegy’. Runs an experimental farm in Wiltshire which turns grass into ideas and ideas into feelings.

  • Nigel Spivey Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he teaches Classical art and archaeology. Author and presenter of several television documentaries, including ‘How Art Made the World’ and ‘Digging for Jesus’.

The debate will be chaired by Joan Bakewell Joan Bakewell’s broadcasting career spans some 35 years – first making her mark in the 60s as a presenter of BBC2’s Late Night Line Up and presenting travel programmes and Granada’s Report Action. In the 80s she was Arts Correspondent for the BBC and in the 90s she presented the award winning Heart of the Matter for BBC1. Throughout this time she has sustained a career in Radio and as a print journalist.


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