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Malcolm X NYWTS 2a by Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer, Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection
Thu 23 April 2015
Free Admission
Register for your FREE copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X – books available now while stocks last

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Yuval Noah Harari
Sat 23 May 2015
11:00 - 12:00
Fully Booked
Vintage Live Annual Lecture: Yuval Noah Harari

Does History Have a Direction?

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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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Steve Bell signing books at last night's event. Thanks to @BellBelltoons for coming.
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Satisfied audience member - and there were a lot - at Tracey Thorn event last night.
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Coming up today excellent panel: Looking Black: Malcolm X, Film and Me 23 May
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Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens, on what awaits us in the future and the literature that has attempted to predict it.
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RT @RegionalHistory: Good to hear Steve Bell talking about Gillray tonight in @FestivalofIdeas - including this one
14 hours ago
RT @alexwilks: Great talk by Brandon Garrett about why companies pay fines, but bosses rarely go to jail. Outrageous! #bfoi @festivalofideas
15 hours ago
Growing up is harder than you think. Susan Neiman on Why Grow Up? 25 May
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@Smiley_Cook there are tickets available on the door. Thanks.
16 hours ago
Could the New Deal be replicated today? Barry Eichengreen on lessons of Great Depression and 2008 recession 23 May
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Can philosophy help us find a model of maturity that is not a matter of resignation? Susan Neiman: Why Grow Up? 25/5
18 hours ago
New event from @schumacherinst Small is Powerful: How Shumacher's ideas shaped action for sustainability June 20
21 hours ago
RT @tracey_thorn: Bristol tonight, talking to @johnharris1969 as part of the @FestivalofIdeas, so do come along, it'll be fun
22 hours ago
Were policy makers right to say they had avoided another Great Depression in 2008? Barry Eichengreen 23 May
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Karl Ove Knausgaard praises Åsne Seierstad book on Anders Breivik Seierstad in Bristol 27/5
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Housing policy is a mess. Caroline Lucas on fighting for change on housing in Parliament: 27 May
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