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Wed 25 January 2017
12:30 - 13:30
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Daniel J Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies

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Thomas L Friedman
Wed 25 January 2017
18:30 - 19:30
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Thomas L Friedman

Thriving in the Age of Acceleration

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The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year.

Established in 2004, the Bristol Festival of Ideas emerged out of Bristol’s bid to be Capital of Culture in 2008.

We wanted more debate in the city. We also wanted to celebrate the work of great writers, commentators and thinkers in and outside the city.


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4 hours ago
We have Pankaj Mishra speaking in Bristol 20 February. It's free but donations welcome to support our free events:…
8 hours ago
Guardian on Daniel Levitin's new book on truth and lies: Join the debate 25 January:
9 hours ago
Nabokov on the four great books of the twentieth century (and ones widely regarded as great that he does not like)…
10 hours ago
Another wonderful series from Neil Brand. Don't miss:
10 hours ago
Ian Paisley on why Northern Ireland is better thanks to Martin McGuinness' work in government:
11 hours ago
Lindy West - who spoke in Bristol last year - on the inauguration:
18 hours ago
What a lovely evening at Colston Hall @SlapstickFest with Harold Lloyd's The Freshman. More on this weekend. Don't miss.
18 hours ago
A strong endorsement for our final #Bristol800 project. Thank you.
22 hours ago
RT @SamMarkey: Good day in #Bristol progressing plans for @cityfuturefest 2017 w/ @FestivalofIdeas @bristolisopen @venturefestbb. #makeciti…
1 day ago
Interesting episode of Open Country yesterday on the campaign to make London a National Park City.
1 day ago
New York Times recommends Thomas Friedman's new work: Friedman Bristol event 25 January:
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'Levitin’s book is an invaluable primer on how to sort fact from fiction.' Levitin in Bristol 25 January.
1 day ago
Ed Conway on Davos, complexity in economics and the rest of the world. #economicsfest
1 day ago
Will Trump abolish the national endowments for arts and humanities?
2 days ago
How do we cope in a world where ideologies are constantly clashing? Friedman on our age of accelerations 25 January:
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