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The programme for the 2016 Cambridge Festival of Ideas is now available.

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A selection of articles and features from the Festival, including speaker spotlights.

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2016 marks the ninth year of the Festival of Ideas.

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Original courtroom drama: Kepler’s witch trial becomes an opera

28 September 2016

The trial in which the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, defended his mother from accusations of witchcraft has been turned into an opera, following new research into the original 17th Century legal proceedings.

Academic freedom and the history of tests head education debates at Cambridge Festival of Ideas

28 September 2016

Academic freedom is the focus of two major debates at this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The debates cover both domestic and international issues. One is on free speech at UK universities and covers everything from safe spaces to the right to offend; the other is on threats to academic freedom around the world. They...

New book overturns assumptions about famous 1986 summit on nuclear weapons

26 September 2016

The celebrated Reykjavik summit in October 1986 between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was not a disaster, as commonly thought. Instead it marked an important step towards the US and Russia radically reducing their nuclear arsenals, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas will hear next month.

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17 - 30 October 2016

Bookings open on Monday 26 September 2016

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