Current and Upcoming Events

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Mohamed El-Erian Mohamed is the new President of Queens’ College. Prior to this, he was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for four consecutive years; is a widely published economist and writer, and has written two New York Times bestselling books. From 2007-2014 he was the CEO of PIMCO, an investment management firm whose assets grew from $1 trillion to $2 trillion during his tenure, and from 2012-2017, he chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council. (read more...) 8 March 2021, 18:30
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Amber Rudd & Craig Oliver Amber Rudd was MP for Hastings and Rye from 2010 to 2019. She served as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in David Cameron’s Government, before becoming Home Secretary under Theresa May. Amber was also Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under May and then Boris Johnson, before standing down prior to the last General Election. Craig Oliver was David Cameron’s Director of Communications for over six years. In that time, he played a central role in both the Conservative’s 2015 General Election campaign and the Remain campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum. Craig’s Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit was published in October 2016. (read more...) 9 March 2021, 18:30
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Joe Wicks Also known as The Body Coach, Joe is a British fitness coach, TV presenter and author, best known for his ‘Lean in 15’ meal plans and workout videos. Since the first National Lockdown in March, he has run ‘PE with Joe’ in an effort to keep school children active. The livestreams of these videos have been watched by millions. (read more...) 10 March 2021, 19:00
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This House Believes the Hype around Shakespeare is Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare is widely held to be the greatest literary genius England - and indeed the world - has produced, as well as constituting a fundamental component of the performance and research of English here at Cambridge. Over four centuries since his death, it is important to look back on this legacy and interrogate whether - and why - this should be the case. Join us to hear from leading figures in British theatre, arts and Shakespeare studies in what promises to be a fruitful and engaging choice of topic for Lent term’s culture debate. (read more...) 11 March 2021, 20:00
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Theo Paphitis & Claude Littner Theo Paphitis and Claude Littner will be joining us in-person once we're all back in Cambridge - so this event is likely to be postponed in the short term. (read more...) 16 March 2021, 0:00
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Brendan Simms & H.R.McMaster H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is also the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984, McMaster served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. His most recent book, ‘Battlegrounds: the fight to defend the free world’, was published last year. Brendan Simms is Professor of the History of European International Relations at Cambridge University, and Director of the Centre for Geopolitics. He has published numerous books, including ‘Britain’s Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation’, ‘Three Victories and a Defeat: the rise and fall of the first British Empire’, and most recently, ‘Adolf Hitler: only the world was enough’. (read more...) 17 March 2021, 18:00
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This House Believes Judges Make Better Law than Politicians Who decides what justice is? Are politicians ‘above the law’? Do judges merely interpret the law, or do they make it? Should judges be political or social activists? These are not simply technical constitutional questions, but topical dilemmas which have far reaching consequences for the way in which we are governed today. From Brexit to human rights, the prorogation to other countless examples of judicial review, the last two decades have witnessed growing tensions between the judiciary and parliament, all of which stem from disputes about these fundamental questions. Join us and some of the century's most prominent lawyers on the 18th March for what promises to be a lively debate on who are lawmakers are and whether or not they are right. (read more...) 18 March 2021, 20:00
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Liberty, solidarity, and the coronavirus - Civil Liberties Panel For decades, British policymakers have tried to strike a balance between individual liberty and collective solidarity - balancing the atomism of the liberal order with the human need for community. In all manner of ways, the pandemic, a collective action problem like no other, makes this ambition only more difficult: an issue each speaker here has an awful lot to say about. Panellists: Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett is a Labour peer, who served as Home Secretary between 2001 and 2004. Following the September 2001 attacks, he brought in new antiterrorism measures, including the detention without trial of suspected foreign nationals who could not be extradited or deported. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Law. Dean Russell MP Dean Russell is the Conservative MP for Watford, elected in 2019. He currently serves as a member of the Joint Select Committee for Human Rights. Third speaker TBC (read more...) 1 June 2021, 15:00
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