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Largest ever Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches on Monday

The Festival of Ideas , now in its seventh year, will run for two weeks until 2 November with events - most of them free - ranging from exhibitions, cinema screenings, debates, immersive performances, participatory workshops and concerts. The Festival is one of the ways to get involved in serious debate, engage with...

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Why is desire so varied? Can sex be as addictive as drugs? What does being sexually ‘turned on’ look like inside the brain?

Frederick Toates, one of the world's leading writers on biological psychology, lifts the lid to explain the inner workings of lust, on 22 October at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The talk, How sexual desire works , offers a lively tour of the psychology and neuroscience of sexual desire. Toates book, of the same name...

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From Shia identity to the links between sport and faith: religious debates at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Could the Arab Spring lead to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East along sectarian lines? Has the 'Arab Spring' really been a 'Sunni Arab Spring'? And if so, what does it mean to be Shia during this period? An international panel of experts will address these issues as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 1st...

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Science takes a dramatic twist

A new collaboration between Cambridge University scientist/educators The Naked Scientists and the London Playback Theatre Company debuts at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 22 October. In ‘A mind full of memories’ three academics share the latest research on memory and the therapies being used to re-wire traumatic...

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Celebrate thought at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

A true intellectual feast, it includes over 250 events for all ages and interests, ranging from evening talks and panel discussions to exhibitions, music, theatre, film screenings and participatory workshops. Featured speakers include heterodox economist Ha-Joon Chang, historians Sir Richard Evans and David Cesarani...

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Babies invade museums, children curate exhibits, teenagers tackle social issues and carrier bags spring to life—all at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Half term is a great time to expose kids to new ideas and experiences. Primed by school, they’re ready to learn and not exhausted as they will be the end of term. With this in mind, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which runs 20 October to 2 November, has created a huge array of workshops, performances, exhibitions and...

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A rich mix of debates about education at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Is labelling children dyslexic helpful? How should we teach history? Has economics teaching contributed to our current predicament? How can we address the absence of male teachers in the education system and why do we demonise the 'pushy parents' behind gifted children? All these questions will be addressed as part of a...

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Programmes available

This year's Festival of Ideas programme is available now. Please email us at cfi@admin.cam.ac.uk if you would like a programme sent to you in the mail. Alternatively you can download the programme here .

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Thought-provoking debates on contested identities lead Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014

The Festival - which runs from 20 October to 2 November - will focus on ‘Identities’, and features leading thinkers, academics, writers and performers including Ha-Joon Chang, Professor Sir Richard Evans, Ben Okri, Carol Ann Duffy, Caroline Criado-Perez, Alexander McCall Smith and Bridget Christie. Now in its seventh year...

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