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Monday, March 2, 2020 - 18:00 Speaker Bari Weiss in Conversation with Maajid Nawaz

Bari Weiss in Conversation with Maajid Nawaz

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 18:00

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*NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW STARTING AT 6pm*

On 27 February 2020, Allen Lane will publish New York Times columnist Bari Weiss’ explosive debut, How to Fight Anti-Semitism. The book delves into a long-history of anti-Semitism dating back to 2nd century BC as well as exploring the alarming rise of hate-crimes against Jews today. This book is an urgent wake-up call filled with examples of anti-Semites in the political sphere as well as today’s extremist attacks like the 2018 Pittsburgh Shooting – a massacre which took place at Bari’s own family synagogue. She argues a case for renewing Jewish culture, values and identity to rise above and eradicate anti-Semitism once and for all.

Maajid Nawaz is a British activist and radio presenter. He is the founding chairman of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank that seeks to challenge the narratives of Islamist extremists, and the host of a radio show on LBC, every Saturday and Sunday. In 2015 he was the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn. He has been vocal in his allyship in the fight against anti-Semitism.

Weiss’ books will be available to purchase at and after the event.

 
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 19:00 Speaker A Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

A Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 19:00

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With Cambridge’s decision to launch an inquiry into its links to slave trade, the legacy of slavery at universities is a topic that is more important than ever. How should we approach the troubled past at some of the most esteemed institutions in the UK? How will it shape their legacy in the years to come? Come hear from people working in this space at universities both at home and in the US, about their experiences in conducting similar investigations into an issue that has been overlooked for too long.   

 

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Councillor Graham Campbell

Councillor Campbell is Glasgow’s first councillor of African-Caribbean descent and an external adviser for the report published last year by the University of Glasgow on its ties to slavery. The university has since embarked on a programme of reparative justice, pledging to raise £20m to fund a joint centre for development research with the University of the West Indies. Under Councillor Campbell’s leadership, the city's council has launched a study into Glasgow's controversial links with slave labour, the first to be conducted by a local authority in the UK.

Professor Jody Allen

Dr. Jody Allen is an Assistant Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, after Harvard University. In 2009, William & Mary passed a resolution acknowledging the institution’s role as a slaveholder and established the Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. Dr. Allen is the Director of the Lemon Project, a dynamic effort to confront the history of slavery and racial discrimination at the College.

 
 
 
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Debate: This House Believes It's Too Late (climate debate)

Debate: This House Believes It's Too Late (climate debate)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 19:30

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7:30pm - student-led emergency debate on a topical motion
8:00pm - main debate

PROPOSITION

TBC

OPPOSITION

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

Natalie Bennett is a British politician and journalist who was born and raised in Australia. She led the Green Party of England and Wales from September 2012 to September 2016. Bennett was given a peerage in Theresa May’s 2019 resignation honours.

Cllr. Rod Cantrill

Rod Cantrill has been a city councillor for Newnham Ward in Cambridge since 2004, taking a leading role in climate initiatives - and fighting for the council to aim to be carbon neutral by 2025. He was the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 General Election, where he reduced the Labour majority significantly.

Student speaker - details of auditions can be found in the term card.

 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 19:30 Speaker Craig David and Colin Lester

Craig David and Colin Lester

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 19:30

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Craig David is a British singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ and record producer.  2020 marks 20 years since the critically-acclaimed album, ‘Born To Do It’ changed his life, Craig has since catapulted back into the charts and into the nation’s hearts with a string of chart hits and a Number 1 album marking the beginning of his triumphant return - his latest two albums, ‘Following my Intuition’ and ‘The Time is Now’ have since gone on to amass over 1.5 billion streams alone.  Craig has racked up an astounding 23 UK top 40 singles, nine UK top 40 albums, amassed over 5 billion streams worldwide and has achieved multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries around the world in his career. With two UK Number 1 albums under his belt, he has also received multiple BRIT Award and Grammy nominations, 4 x MOBO Awards, as well as becoming a 3x Ivor Novello Award winner. 

 

Craig will be joined by his manager, Colin Lester, the Chairman and CEO of the JEM Music Group.  Since 1999, Lester has been working with David as his manager. Colin has also guided the careers of a wide range of artists for over three decades including, amongst others, The Brand New Heavies, Arctic Monkeys and Travis and in addition to his role as CEO/Chairman of JEM Entertainment Group he is an Honorary Doctorate recipient from Southampton Solent University where he is a regular lecturer.

Lester is a recipient of the Peter Grant Award for his career as an artist manager, the Gold Badge Award’ by BASCA (The British Academy of Songwriters , Composers and Authors’) for his work with UK songwriters in 2007 and the ‘Artist Loyalty Award’ for his longstanding relationship with Craig David at the 2016 A&R awards. He is also on the board of trustees for the MOBO Charity (Music of Black Origin) and is also on the committee of the Holocaust charity 'The 45 Aid Society' where he annually raises funds for worthy community and aid projects on their behalf.

 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 20:00 Debate Classics Debate: This House would rather be a Spartan than an Athenian

Classics Debate: This House would rather be a Spartan than an Athenian

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 20:00

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This special extra debate's line-up is yet to be announced. Keep your eyes peeled for what should be a fabulous debate - exploring the financial rivalry of Sparta and Athens. The speakers have already been confirmed, and are practicing their argument. Marking 2500 years since the battles of Salamis and Thermoplae, this debate should aim to settle the ancient hellenistic debate, argued over generations, which was the greater: Athens or Sparta?

 
 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Debate: This House Believes There Is Still a Point in the Cambridge Union (Presidential)

Debate: This House Believes There Is Still a Point in the Cambridge Union (Presidential)

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 19:30

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8:00pm - main debate

PROPOSITION

Gabriel Barton-Singer

Gabriel is the current President of the Cambridge Union. He previously served as Executive Officer in Michaelmas of 2018 before losing his subsequent bid for the Presidency badly. He later righted this wrong. He was Chair of the University Liberal Association from 2018-19, is a member of the Cambridge Footlights and having graduated from a history degree is now reading for an MPhil in Modern British History. 

Colonel (Retd.) William Bailey MBE

Bill Bailey is the Bursar of the Cambridge Union, and aside from a previous career in the military, has been based at the Union for over a decade, as he endlessly reminds us all. He has seen over 30 different standing committees here, and knows exactly what it is that the Union does.

Baron Parkinson of Whitley Bay

Stephen Parkinson is a life peer, who was previously a special adviser to Theresa May as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, a think tank researcher, and a lobbyist. He wrote ‘Arena of Ambition’, the history of the Cambridge Union Society, and was President in Lent 2004.

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TBC

 
 
 
 
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Friday, March 27, 2020 - 17:38 Speaker Event

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Friday, March 27, 2020 - 17:38

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