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WELCOME Dear Members, This termcard is intended to be as concise as possible, including only the information relevant to you. Debates, forums, socials and speaker meetings are listed chronologically, and all have a confirmed date and time. I have tried to make timings more consistent, with most events starting at either 5pm or 8.30pm. Where possible, I have asked guest speakers to tell me the topics they wish to speak on, so many events have a title. As far as design is concerned I’m really colourblind, so thought it best to stick to monochrome and primary colours (apart from yellow, which I have absolutely no time for). At the time of printing we are still in negotiation with some speakers. Arrangements during term can change at short notice, so make sure to stay updated: our newly redesigned website integrates our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms. The most exciting thing I have done in my time here is sign the contract that means most of our events are professionally filmed and put online. Have a look, and revisit some memorable moments from the past couple of terms. I hope Trinity will provide some more. This termcard would not be possible without my dedicated committee, the most creative and industrious I have ever seen. I am hugely indebted to you all, I hope you make the most of the remarkable series of events you have put together. Getting here was a protracted and surreal experience, a disorientating and exhilarating one which I will never forget. To those of you who helped out - you know who you are - I will forever be grateful. We do get things wrong at the Union sometimes, and often have the tendency to take ourselves a bit too seriously. However, speaking as someone who never really intended to get involved, I sincerely believe it is a special and unique place. It is one of few in the world that doesn’t simply encourage you to sit down to watch and applaud the famous and powerful; it invites you to stand up and probe them, question them and, most importantly, argue with them. Become a participant, not just an observer. It’s the best decision I ever made.

JOSEPH D'URSO, NEW COLLEGE PRESIDENT, TRINITY 2013

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The Union has always struck me as a bizarre place, but an interesting one. It has an incredible ability to draw you in, make you think, argue, disagree. It’s not one to be viewed at a distance.

This term I have raised money, helped organise socials, and worked hard to bring you great speakers, from Juan Mata to Katherine Jenkins, Armin Van Buuren to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. If you’re interested in meeting these or any other guests, email me at librarian@oxford-union.org

In spite of the fact that the work that goes on in the Treasurer’s office is far from glamorous, my team has gone the extra mile in working to secure additional sponsorship as well as new discounts for members from local businesses. We have established long term partnerships with Linklaters and Ernst & Young, both of which have committed to sponsoring the Union for the foreseeable future. Although this is not as exciting as some of the speaker events we have to look forward to this term, we hope that careful management of the society’s finances will contribute to your long term enjoyment of the Union’s events. We have also been fortunate enough to secure you free wine and desert at the Ashmolean Museum as well as increasing the range of savings members receive across Oxford’s cinemas. I hope that you continue to make the most of the opportunities the Union has to offer and have a great term!

CHRIS FROST ORIEL COLLEGE TREASURER

The Secretary’s office is responsible for the Union’s social events, which my team and I hope will allow you to get even more from your membership in what is truly Oxford’s greatest term! Trinity marks the 190th anniversary of the Union, and we hope you will celebrate with us at our Trinity Drinks in third week.

ALEXANDER TRAFFORD PEMBROKE COLLEGE SECRETARY

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D E B at e s WE E K S

POLINA IVANOVA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LIBRARIAN

Throughout my time here I’ve worked hard to organise and instigate debate, from putting Norman Finkelstein, Tariq Ramadan and Mehdi Hasan together to dispute the consequences of the Arab Spring, to debating opposite Michael Crick on the topic of British journalism. I urge you to debate - whether it’s by making a speech, or a point of information shouted from the balcony.

Fourth week brings the Eurovision Song Contest to the Union all the way from Sweden, accompanied by specialised drinks to honour countries from all over Europe as they sing the night away! For our members who are well practiced at the card table, our sixth week Poker Night is the perfect chance to put your skills to the test in competition for a great selection of prizes… So good luck, and have a fantastic term!

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PROPOSITION DAVID AARONOVITCH

is a broadcaster, author, journalist, and regular columnist for The Times. He won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2001. A former NUS President, his latest book Voodoo Histories documents the role of conspiracy theory in shaping modern history.

KENNETH ANDERSON

is a professor at Washington College of Law, specialising in counterterrorism and human rights. He has written on ‘just war’ theory, particularly in relation to drone warfare and robotics. He has written a book on US-UN relations.

BENJAMIN WITTES

is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. A prominent journalist commenting on legal affairs, he is editor-in-chief of the Lawfare Blog, a non-partisan website focusing on the topic of national security.

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BEN EMMERSON QC is a barrister

and founder member of Matrix Chambers, specialising in human rights law. He is leading an investigation into deaths from drone strikes as a UN special rapporteur.

JEREMY WALDRON

is Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College. Currently holding professorship at New York University, he is perhaps the best known political theorist alive today.

NAUREEN SHAH

is a lecturer at Columbia Law School in New York City. She is a frequent commentator on US drone policy in the media, and has co-authored three major reports on the issue.

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OPPOSITION DAME MARGARET ANSTEE has served T H I S

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at the UN for over four decades, becoming the first woman to rise to the rank of Under-Secretary-General in 1987. She has served as Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme in eight different countries.

TOBY ORD is the founder of Giving What We Can,

an international organisation which finds and promotes the most cost effective forms of poverty relief. Peter Singer is also a member. Ord intends to give around £1,000,000 away over the course of his life.

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pher and professor of bioethics at Princeton University. He is well known for his work on animal rights, and his recent book The Life You Can Save argues it is a moral imperative for citizens of developed countries to give more to the global poor.

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DAVID GOODHART is director of Demos, a crossparty London-based think tank. Earlier in his career he was editor of Prospect magazine and a correspondent for the Financial Times.

JAMES DELINGPOLE is a writer, journalist and

broadcaster who regularly writes for The Times, Daily Telegraph and Spectator. He has advocated “scrapping all foreign aid programmes and spending a much smaller amount of public money developing trade ties throughout the world”.

FREDRIK ERIXON

is a Swedish economist, and director of the European Centre for International Political Economy. He has said it is “sound economic policies, not aid, that have lifted millions of Asians out of poverty’”.

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“THERE ARE CHILDREN DYING RIGHT NOW. NEEDLESS DEATHS. PREVENTABLE DEATHS. YOU CAN SAVE LIVES. AND YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FAVORITE SHOES...” PETER SINGER

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The emergency debate, starting at 7.45pm, will be on the motion ‘This House Remembers President Nixon Fondly’. The cast of Frost/ Nixon (see page 41) will be participating.

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ANNIE MCGRATH is enjoying life in her roaring twenties, doing various temp jobs in and around London; she is proficient with PCs and Macs. Annie has a penchant for Oxfordbased debates.

MATT LACEY

is an actor, writer and comedian who had a major viral hit with one of his sketches on YouTube about a clueless traveller on a ‘Gap Yah’. He has had a book published and continues to perform comedy all over the world and on the internet. He is the proud owner of a taxidermy squirrel called Colonel Kernel.

AHIR SHAH

is a stand-up comedian. Last spring, Oxford rejected his application to do an MPhil in Political Theory; he will, therefore, be speaking with an undercurrent of both bitterness and relief.

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This debate is in aid of the Syria Crisis Appeal. For more details or to donate, please visit www.dec.org.uk

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old male who, having joined the Oxford Revue whilst studying English at Exeter College, is now working as a writer in London. A) Max Fletcher.

IVO GRAHAM

started doing standup comedy while a student at Oxford in 2009, a hobby that derailed his degree and lost him many of his friends. Since graduating last year he has performed all over the country, from the Colchester Arts Centre to the Bognor Regis Yacht Club. He is pathetically grateful to be back.

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is an award-winning burger van owner (somewhere in Pyecombe, East Sussex), who refuses to let anyone know where exactly his burger van is situated.


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is a Muslim public intellectual who has spoken at more than 40 UK university campuses. He is founder and Director of the Deen Institute, and has debated against many atheists including Peter Atkins.

MEHDI HASAN

is Britain’s most prominent Muslim journalist. He recently moved from the New Statesman to become political editor of the Huffington Post. He has appeared on Question Time five times, and is hosting Al Jazeera’s ‘Head to Head’ series at the Oxford Union this term.

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WATERS is a council member of the National Secular Society and a spokesperson for the One Law For All campaign, which argues Sharia law is incompatible with Western liberalism. She is a prominent journalist and campaigner, and is a member of the Labour Party. PETER ATKINS

is former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and now a fellow of Lincoln College. A fervent critic of all religions, he is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. He claims “science is almost totally incompatible with religion.”

DOUGLAS MURRAY

frequently described as ‘neoconservative’, works at the Henry Jackson Society having previously served as director of the Centre for Social Cohesion. Murray has described a “creed of Islamic fascism – a malignant fundamentalism woken from the dark ages to assault us here and now”.

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is best known for his ‘Cityboy’ column in thelondonpaper. He worked as a utilities analyst in several different investment banks before quitting and publicly criticising the behaviour of his former colleagues. He has published two ‘Cityboy’ books.

DOMINIC HOBSON is Editor-in-Chief of Global

GREG SMITH caused a media furore last March when

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his piece ‘Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs’ was printed in the New York Times. Heavily critical of the institution he believes ‘made a killing but lost its soul’, he later published the book ‘Why I Left Goldman Sachs’.

one of the ‘Gang of Four’ who defected from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981. Later serving as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, she is also a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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CA LL OU SLY “I T M AK ES M E IL L HO W P EO P LE TA LK A B O U T R IP P IN G THEIR CLIENT S OFF.” GREG S MITH

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Custodian, a quarterly magazine covering the international securities services industry. A speechwriter and author, he has authored three books and helped Lord Nigel Lawson write his memoirs.

was a Conservative MP from 1992-1997, serving in government as Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She later became Chief Executive of the British Bankers’ Association, and is now Chief Executive of Energy UK.

served as the ninth President of the World Bank from 1995-2005. Originally from Australia, he later worked as an investment banker in the United States. As President, he visited over 120 countries and focused on using the financial system to fight poverty.

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PROPOSITION RYLAN CLARK

won the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother. He became a household name following his fifth place performance in the 2012 series of the X Factor. A regular guest on This Morning, he is now working on new music and an authorised autobiography.

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is a comedian voted the UK’s favourite television star during the 1990s. He attracted intense media attention following the death of a guest at a party he held in 2001, and later commented “the press killed Michael Barrymore”.

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RATHER MAKE NEWS THAN REPORT IT “I BELIEVE IN EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE, EXCEPT REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS.” MAHATMA GANDHI

ISABEL OAKESHOTT

is a journalist and frequent political commentator for television. As Political Editor of the Sunday Times, she has interviewed David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Ed Miliband. She was recently involved in the Chris Huhne affair, giving advice to Vicky Pryce.

MARK EASTON

is Home Editor of BBC News, having previously worked for Channel Four News and Five News. He maintains a popular blog on the BBC’s website, and has won multiple awards for journalism. He regularly appears on TV and radio evening news bulletins.

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“NOTHING CAN IMPEDE OUR NATION’S SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS.” MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD

HAZHIR TEIMOURIAN, a writer and commentator, has been a leading authority on Iran for decades. Born in the Kurdish region of western Iran, he moved to Britain to study, and ended up working for the BBC and the Times.

MARYAM NAMAZIE is an Iranian-born activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is an ardent secularist, particularly critical of the role of Sharia Law in British society. She has worked as executive director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees.

‘THE ELECTION, THE ARAB SPRING AND THE BOMB - WHAT NEXT F O R I R A N ? ’ THURSDAY 13TH JUNE DENNIS KUCINICH, a former Congressman, is one of the USA’s most outspoken liberal voices. He attempted to impeach Bush and Cheney in protest at their foreign policy. He will be speaking individually at 3pm (see page 56).

ARSHIN ADIB-MOGHADDAM is Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has written and taught extensively on the country’s domestic affairs and foreign policy.

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GET INVOLVED

NO PLATFORM? WE AGREE. The Oxford Union isn’t just a plaform for other people, it provides the opportunity for you to exercise your right to free speech. Instead of just watching the debate, take part. Each Thursday night debate is preceded by an ‘emergency debate’, starting at 7.45pm.Before the closing two speeches in each Thursday evening debate, we invite any member to make a brief speech on either side of the motion. The best speeches win prizes, and all floor debaters are invited to post-debate drinks with the guest speakers. If you disagree with a factual point made by a speaker, we encourage you to stand up and let them know by making a ‘point of information’. You can also contribute to each debate on Twitter, using the hashtags listed in this termcard. Follow us on @OxfordUnion. This term we are excited to announce the launch of an Oxford Union blog on Huffington Post UK. On this page, students will be reporting on debates and presenting their own perspectives on each debate. Visit the page to vote, comment and join the debate.

Where possible, we try to give you the opportunity to meet speakers after our events. Every Thursday night after the debate, we host a drinks event with the guest speakers. To join, email oxforduniondebates@gmail.com by noon the day before with a short summary of why you would like to attend. Similarly, for as many of our individual speakers as possible we will either hold drinks receptions or simply take them to the bar. Look out for more information on this during term on Facebook and our email newsletter. There are many different ways to get involved in the running of the Union. Committee meetings take place on Monday afternoons, and all members are free to attend. Secretary’s Committee, Standing Committee and Officerships are elected by the membership on Friday of 7th week. Nominations close on Friday of 6th week. To be eligible to run, you must make qualifying speeches on Thursday evenings.

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Leader Pelosi led the Congress in passing historic health insurance reform, key investments in college aid, clean energy and innovation, and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades.

Once the enfant terrible of political Islam, the Tunisian politician Rashid Ghannouchi is now widely considered its voice of sanity. Having recently returned home after a decade spent exiled by former Tunisian President Ben Ali, Ghannouchi has presented the country - and the Middle East - with a blueprint for a moderate, modern and inclusive political movement that remains rooted in the Muslim faith. His Ennahda Party is the largest in government, and it is being emulated by Islamist parties across the Arab world.

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Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the US House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House and is also the first woman in American history to lead a major political party in Congress. Leader Pelosi has led House Democrats for a decade and has represented San Francisco in Congress for 25 years.

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SUNDAY 21 APRIL, 12PM

Multi-million album-selling TaiwaneseAmerican pop star Wang Leehom has been one of the hottest names in Chinese music since his debut in 1995. Known for his pioneering fusion of traditional Chinese elements with contemporary music, Leehom not only plays to sold-out arenas worldwide, but has also displayed his diverse musical talents in performances with everyone from Usher to the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Also an acclaimed actor, Leehom starred in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution and the self-written and directed Love in Disguise.

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First elected to parliament when Czechoslovakia was one country, Robert Fico is the current Prime Minister of Slovakia Seen as a pragmatist and euro-realist, Fico led the centre-left to victory in 2006. He is known for his tense relations with journalists, accusing them of being biased, and admits to a passion for luxury cars and football. Fico’s ‘Smer’ party was re-elected in 2012 after the governing coalition collapsed following a corruption scandal. He became the first person ever to lead a party to an absolute parliamentary majority in Slovakia.

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From Bosnia in 1994 to Syria today, via Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali. Watch Mehdi Hasan challenge Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of the world’s most famous public intellectuals, on whether foreign military intervention can ever be justified. They will debate the rights and wrongs of intervention, and the difference between humanitarian concerns and the pursuit of special interests.

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in association with

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in association with Oxford Women in Politics Farah Pandith was appointed the firstever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by the Secretary of State. She is responsible for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and a Director of the National Security Council at the White House. Please note that this event will be under the Chatham House Rule.

Foreign intervention: meddling in other people’s business? Head to Head is Al Jazeera's forum for big ideas, challenging interviews and audience Q&A hosted by Mehdi Hasan, editor of Huffington Post UK. It is filmed in front of a live audience and televised globally on Al Jazeera English. The pilot for the series, an interview with Richard Dawkins, can be viewed online. Non-Union members can apply for a seat by emailing debates@aljazeera.net

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SUNDAY 28 APRIL, 5PM

Last year, he went one step better by correctly predicting the winner of all 50 states in the presidential election. His 2012 book ‘The Signal and the Noise’ was the bestselling work of non-fiction on Amazon that year.

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Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim intellectual and academic. He lectures throughout the world on the topics of theology, ethics, social justice and interfaith dialogue. Originally from Switzerland, he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Since then has become one of the most influential religious thinkers of his day, frequently appearing in the TIME 100.

TUESDAY 30TH APRIL, 5PM

Nate Silver is the world’s most famous pollster. First gaining public recognition for his statistical analysis of Major League Baseball, he is most famous for political predictions on his ‘FiveThirtyEight’ blog, now written for the New York Times. In November 2008 he correctly predicted the winner of 49 of the 50 states in the presidential election and all 35 US Senate races, bringing him further into the public eye.

This event is dependent on Chelsea’s fixture schedule.

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John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian footballer, currently playing in the Premier League for Chelsea FC. Having started his career in his hometown of Jos, he moved to Norway to play for Lyn Oslo at the age of 17. Having already won the Africa Cup of Nations, Premier League and FA Cup the highlight of Mikel’s career came when he played an instrumental role in Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions’ League Final.

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LIZ BRIGHOUSE, Labour leader Councillor for Barton and Churchill

IAN HUDSPETH, Conservative leader Councillor for Woodstock

OXFORDSHIRE ELECTION HUSTINGS

The quadrennial Oxfordshire County Council elections will be held on Thursday May 2nd. The Oxford Union will be hosting hustings on the Tuesday, with the leaders of the four major parties on the Council in attendance. LARRY SANDERS, Green Party leader Councillor for East Oxford

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For one evening we are waiving our usual membership requirements and opening up this event to anybody, both students and non-students. ZOE PATRICK, Liberal Democrat leader Councillor for Grove and Wantage

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FRANK GARDNER

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent. An Arabic and Islamic Studies graduate, he has reported on conflict and turmoil throughout the Middle East. In June 2004 he was shot six times at close range by Al-Qaeda sympathisers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Recently, he returned there for the first time since the event to film a new documentary. Despite using a wheelchair he still regularly reports from the field, and was awarded an OBE for services to journalism in 2005.

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A relative newcomer when she left for Athens in 2004 she returned a new British star and Olympic Medallist, becoming a Commonwealth Gold Medallist in 2006. She is now a sought after sports pundit, and an analyst for Sky Sports News covering the London Olympics.

KELLY SOTHERTON Kelly and Baroness Tanni will be speaking together before the annual Atalanta’s Society awards. One of Britain’s greatest paralympic athletes, Tanni GreyThompson has received 11 gold medals, 4 silver and a bronze over a remarkable career that spanned 16 years and five Paralympic Games. Born with spina bifida and needing to use a wheelchair from the age of seven, Tanni began wheelchair racing at 13. She has won the London Wheelchair Marathon 6 times, and her enthusiasm and determination has increased the public’s awareness of Paralympic sports and made her an international sporting hero and. In 2005 she was knighted for her services to sport, and in March 2010 entered the House of Lords as a crossbench peer.

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Athletics sweetheart and the original heptathlon poster girl, Kelly Sotherton hung up her spikes for the final time in May 2012 after a back injury forced her out of the sport. However, Kelly remains one of Britain’s leading female athletes.

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Watch Mehdi Hasan challenge Lord Adair Turner, who was head of the Financial Services Authority at the time of the financial meltdown, as part of the Al Jazeera Head to Head series.. He is now trying to find groundbreaking solutions to global problems at the Institute of New Economic Thinking.

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To see who the other 50+ speakers and panellists are or to buy a ticket, visit www.oxfordafrica.org/conference.html

ERNEST BAI KOROMA PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE

HIS MAJESTY LETSIE III KING OF LESOTHO

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SATURDAY 4 MAY, 4.50PM

The Oxford University Pan-African Conference will take place at the Union this term. There will be a very limited number of free spaces for Union members.

His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma has been serving as the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone since September 2007. He is the head of state as well as head of government, along with the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. Before his presidency, Koroma worked in the private insurance industry, and entered politics in 2002.

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From 1988 to 2002, he was the Managing Director of one of the largest insurance companies in Sierra Leone, Reliance Insurance Trust Corporation. He was elected as leader of the All People’s Congress in 2002, which was then the main opposition party. He served as an MP of Sierra Leone for his home district of Bombali from 2002 to 2007. He is currently in his second term of Presidency, after he was re-elected in November 2012.

His Majesty King Letsie III is the first son of the late King Moshoeshoe II and Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. From 1980 to 1984 he pursued his University education at the National University of Lesotho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in law. Between 1984 and 1986 he completed a Diploma in English Legal Studies at the University of Bristol in Britain. King Letsie III later spent a year at the University of Cambridge where he studied Development Studies, completing in 1989. At the same time he enrolled with Wye College of the University of London where he studied Agricultural Economics.

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TUESDAY 7 MAY, 5PM

MONDAY 6 MAY, 8.30PM

Presidential leadership and the creation of the American era

Joseph S. Nye Jr is a Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he previously served as Dean. With Robert Keohane he founded the theory of neoliberalism in international relations, developed in their 1977 book ‘Power and Interdependence’.

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More recently he has attracted attention for his work on power in international relations, pioneering the theories of ‘soft power’ and ‘smart power’. Influential in policy as well as academic circles, Nye will be speaking about the policy decisions of twentieth-century American presidents, the topic of his latest book. in association with Oxford University PPE Society

Today he is President of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and a vocal campaigner for prison reform. During his time at Christ Church, he was Treasurer and Librarian of the Oxford Union.

JONATHAN AITKEN

in association with Student Life.

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JOSEPH NYE

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Jonathan Aitken was a Conservative MP for over 20 years, and served as a cabinet minister. In 1999 he was convicted of perjury, serving 7 months of in prison. This experience generated a keen interest in Christianity, and after his release he studied theology at Wycliffe Hall.

Harold Koh was Legal Adviser of the Department of State from 2009-2013, and was the Obama administration’s most prominent defender of drone strikes. Earlier in his career he served in the Clinton administration and as Dean of Yale Law School, where he now works as Sterling Professor of International Law. A formal Marshall Scholar at Magdalen, he is also a prolific and respected authoir on human rights and national security.

HAROLD KOH How to end the forever war

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THOMAS FRIEDMAN Is the US a force for good in the world?

The US appears to have taken a back seat role in international relations. Is America in decline? Or is it just taking stock as it accommodates to the new emerging world order? Thomas Freidman is an American journalist, columnist and author specialising in foreign affairs. He contributes regularly to the New York Times, and is known for his unique and idiosyncratic writing style. Friedman is one of very few people to have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize three times. He has reported from across the Middle East including the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and has written extensively about globalisation and the environment.

frost/nixon There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there was Watergate.

Peter Morgan's play Frost/Nixon tells the story behind the interviews that shook the world. It will be performed in the debating chamber, the first place Nixon used the word ‘sorry’ after Watergate. It is steeped in tension, debate and ambition.

www.frost-nixon.co.uk @OxFrostNixon

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Watch Mehdi Hasan challenge him, filmed live for Al Jazeera.

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RICHARD BUCKLEY

The research has led to the facial reconstruction of Richard III amongst other developments. Buckley is the co-founder and co-director of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, where he manages archaeological fieldwork projects, specialising in urban sites and historic buildings.

Dame Marjorie Scardino is the first female CEO of a FTSE 100 company, and has been listed by Forbes as one of the top twenty most powerful women in the world. As CEO of the media giant Pearson PLC, she tripled the company’s profits, and has also acted as the non-executive director of Nokia and former CEO of the Economist Group.

DAME MARJORIE SCARDINO

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Richard Buckley led the Greyfriars Project, which succeeded in analysing and identifying the body of Richard III. The identification was based on mitochondrial DNA evidence, soil analysis, dental tests and radiocarbon dating.

BIANCA JAGGER Let’s end violence against women

Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan-born human rights defender. Once married to Sir Mick Jagger, she has campaigned on a wide variety of different causes over the past thirty years including civil liberties, the war on terror, children and women’s rights, corporate social responsibility, climate change and genocide. She is founder and chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. She recently launched the Plant a Pledge initiative, aimed at targeting deforestation. Jagger also currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, a member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA, and a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.

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JUAN MATA

Juan Mata is a Spanish attacking midfielder, currently playing in the Premier League for Chelsea FC. Purchased from Valencia in 2011 for 28m Euros, he drew critical acclaim very quickly, winning Chelsea’s Player of the Season in his first with the club, helping Chelsea to their first ever Champion’s League title as well as the FA Cup.

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Her work takes place on the international stage, as a contributor to the World Economic Forum and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN.

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MUNA ABUSULAYMAN TUESDAY 21 MAY, 8.30PM

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MONDAY 20 MAY, 5PM

Muna AbuSulayman has been named one of the most influential Muslims in the world. Actively involved in many charitable organisations, she is a key player in the establishment of the Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation, and also a major television personality.

DAVID NUTT The neuroscientific enlightenment

Professor David Nutt specialises in psychiatry and neuropsychopharmacology, and on the effects of drugs on the brain. His research has led him to a number of controversial positions. In 2009 he argued that government drug policy did not match scientific risk levels, and as a result the Home Secretary fired him from his position as Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. He continues to call for a science-based drugs policy, and is currently President of the British Neuroscience Association and Vice President of the European Brain Council.

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Dr. Arthur Benjamin is a self-styled 'Mathemagician'. His 2005 TED talk, in which he solves increasingly difficult sums in his head faster than a team of calculators, has almost 5,000,000 views. He has appeared on the Today Show and CNN, and Reader’s Digest calls him ‘America’s Best Math Whiz’. Dr. Benjamin will be bringing his ‘Mathemagics’ show to the Union.

ARTHUR BENJAMIN Mathemagics

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Since 2001 Van Buuren has hosted his weekly radio show A State of Trance. It is one of the most listened to radio programmes in the world. His third studio album Imagine, released in 2008, entered the Dutch charts at number one, making it the first electronic album to do so. It features the song ‘In and Out of Love’, which has had over 130,000,000 YouTube views.

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ARMIN VAN BUUREN

Armin van Buuren is a DJ and producer from the Netherlands. He has pioneered the genre of trance music, bringing it into the mainstream. He has topped DJ Magazine’s ‘Top 100 DJs’ fan poll a record five times, winning four consecutive years between 2007–2010 and again in 2012.


WEDNESDAY 29 MAY, 8.30PM

JIM AL-KHALILI

New New Atheism - is it time to be more tolerant of those of faith?

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TUESDAY 21 MAY, 5PM

in association with OICCU

MICHAEL IGNATIEFF Politics as a vocation

Author of The Dawkins Delusion and The Twilight of Atheism, the former atheist McGrath became a Christian while a chemistry student at Oxford. He went on to gain two doctorates there, in both molecular biophysics and theology. Now a Professor of Theology, he is a leading voice in the debate over the compatibility of science and religion and the Christian response to the challenge of New Atheism. He has debated against both Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.

ALISTER MCGRATH

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MONDAY 27 MAY, 8.30PM

Jim Al-Khalili is the newly appointed President of the British Humanist Association, the national charity promoting ‘Humanism, a secular state and working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity’. A theoretical physicist and science broadcaster, his books have been translated into over 20 languages. A British-Iraqi, he regularly presents ‘The Life Scientific’ on BBC Radio 4.

Is Christianity relevant in the 21st century?

Michael Ignatieff is an author, academic and politician who led the Liberal Party of Canada from 2008 to 2011. He lived in the UK from 1978 to 2000, working as a broadcaster and journalist. Originally a history professor, he has written and broadcasted frequently on the topic of the ethnic nationalism, particularly in the Balkans. Resigning as leader of the Liberals following a poor showing in the 2011 general elections, Ignatieff rejoined the Harvard Kennedy School, and now works between Toronto and the US. He is still a prolific spokesman on Canadian politics and international affairs, with a particular focus on human rights.

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MONDAY 3 JUNE, 8.30PM

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JOSS WHEDON’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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NATASHA BEDINGFIELD

Joss Whedon, best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is also responsible for creating Angel, Firefly, Serenity and Dollhouse. He co-wrote the original Toy Story, and in 2012 his adaption of The Avengers became the third-highest grossing film of all time.

Natasha Bedingfield is a singer-songwriter best known for hits These Words, Single, Pocketful of Sunshine and Unwritten. Unwritten was also the title of her debut album, which topped the UK charts in 2004. She later released the albums Pocketful of Sunshine and Strip Me, and is now working on a fourth studio album. Sister of fellow chart topper Daniel, she is heavily involved with children’s charities and is a member of the (RED) campaign.

Katherine Jenkins is the world’s most popular classical crossover artist. Since launching her career in 2004, the Welsh mezzo-soprano has sold in excess of seven million albums. Best known for her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, Katherine has also won praise for her long standing work with the British Forces Foundation, for which she is a trustee. An internationally recognised figure, at the age of only 32 Katherine has released nine studio albums, won various BRIT awards and broken countless records with her albums going platinum around the world.

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THURSDAY 6 JUNE, 6.15PM

As the termcard went to print, we were in talks with Joss Whedon about hosting a special advance screening of his new film Much Ado About Nothing, followed by an extended Q&A with him. If he is able to do this, it will be in June.

KATHERINE JENKINS

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Following the communist coup in 1978 he migrated to Germany, and managed humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran. Mr Yaar worked as a lecturer in the US before serving as economic adviser to the Office of the Chief of Staff of the President in his home country.

H.E. MOHAMMAD DAUD YAAR, AFGHAN AMBASSADOR

The changing fate of socio-economic change in Afghanistan: lessons learned Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books. A fierce advocate of reduced legal restrictions on copyright and trademark, he now focuses his attention on what he sees to be the corrupting influence money has on the US Congress.

LAWRENCE LESSIG

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The corruption that is the US Congress

WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE, 8.30PM

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA

Currently the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s ambassador to the UK, Mohammad Daud Yaar formerly worked as an advisor to multiple departments of the Afghan government.

TUESDAY 4 JUNE, 8.30PM

President Juan Manuel Santos is President of Columbia, leading the centre–right Social Party of National Unity. He served in the Columbian Navy and studied at LSE, Tufts and the University of Kansas. After a prolific business career, he co-founded the party he now leads. He has held a number of senior ministerial positions, and as Defence Minister was responsible for a series of altercations between government forces and FARC guerrilla. In 2010 he was elected to the presidency in a landslide victory, and in 2012 received the Shalom Prize for commitment to seeking peace both at home and abroad.

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MONDAY 10 JUNE, 8.30PM

Julia Kristeva is a BulgarianFrench philosopher, critic and novelist. Active in the 'Tel Quel’ group with Roland Barthes in the 1960s, her early work in language and linguistics led to the publication of Semeiotikè in 1969.

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LAW

Her subsequent writings have explored many topics, including the nature of religious belief and female genius. Now at University of Paris VII Diderot, she holds honorary degrees from universities around the world. She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.

Launch your legal career with the GDL at Oxford Brookes

OPEN DAY

JULIA KRISTEVA

Saturday 20 April Thursday 27 June

New Forms of Revolt

Dennis Kucinich, one of the most outspoken liberals to set fever oot inside the United States Congress, represented Ohio's 10th district from 1987-2013. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2004 and 2008. A vocal opponent of US foreign policy, he has attempted to impeach Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Kucinich will be talking to students before he takes part in our Iran discussion forum the same evening (page 18).

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THURSDAY 13 JUNE, 3PM

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Come to our beautiful location at Headington Hill Hall to learn more about the excellent careers support at Oxford Brookes

£5k Scholarship Available for a September 2013 start. Learn more at: www.law.brookes.ac.uk


Every year Oxford runs the UK’s only women’s debating competition to sup and encourage women’s participation on the debating circuit. This year it is happening on Friday and Saturday of third week (10-11th May). The competition convenors are Chessy Whalen (Balliol) and David Wigley ( College). Debaters are coming from all over the country and the world to ta part. If you’re interested in volunteering at the weekend, please send an em to oxfordwomensopen2013@gmail.com. Even if you can only give up a bit o time, it will be really helpful to have people on hand to help out. The easiest way to help out is by offering your room as ‘crash’. A good 100 people will turn up for the Women’s Open, and most of them will need a pla stay. If you’re able to fit a couple of people on your floor for a night or two, get in touch. You will be duly rewarded in chocolate, alcohol and love. There will also be workshops for any female Oxford students who are intere in debating running on the Friday. Check out the Oxford Women’s Open 20 Facebook event for more information.


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COMPETITIVE DEBATING Competitive debating is a key part of the Oxford Union, and in the last year our teams have reached the Finals of the English and European Championships and the Semi Finals of the World Championships. You can get involved by attending Sunday night workshops and practice debates, which will run from 1st through to 6th week. You can also apply to trial for Euros or to speak at an IV, with novice quotas meaning that you have a great chance of being selected regardless of your level of experience. For all the latest announcements sign up to our mailing list by sending a blank email to debatesannounce-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk, or ask matthew.handley@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk

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Every year Oxford runs the UK’s only women’s debating competition to support and encourage women’s participation on the debating circuit. This year it is happening on Friday and Saturday of third week. The competition convenors are Chessy Whalen (Balliol) and David Wigley (New College). Debaters are coming from all over the world to take part. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email oxfordwomensopen2013@gmail.com. Even if you can only give up a bit of time, it will be really helpful to have people on hand to help out. The easiest way to help out is by offering your room as ‘crash’. A good 100 people will turn up for the Women’s Open, and most of them will need a place to stay. If you’re able to fit a couple of people on your floor for a night or two, then get in touch. Check out the Oxford Women’s Open 2013 Facebook event for more information.

TREASURER’S TREATS 4 5 0 0 M I L E S F R O M D E L H I 10% of a la carte menu 10% off drinks at A D A M ’ S C O F F E E S H O P A R T C A F E 10% off 20% off at A S K I T A L I A N A S H M O L E A N D I N I N G R O O M Free glass of wine or dessert with main course 25% off Happy Hour at B A R M I L A N O B I G B A N G T W O O X F O R D sausages plus mash for £5 Monday to Thursday 10% off at BOLI TAS BOM BAY I NDI AN RE S TAURANT: 20% off for 'well-behaved' students 20% off on weekdays at B R A N C A C O M F Y C A F E Free Coffee/tea with breakfast 10% discount at C R E P E - O - M A N I A D U K E O F C A M B R I D G E Happy Hour prices Sunday to Thursday 20% off at D U K E ’ S B A R B E R S E A T Free coffee when you spend over £5 Half price coffee 8am-10am at G & D ’ S H E R O E S S A N D W I C H B A R Free cake with sandwich Happy Hour prices Sunday to Thursday at H O U S E B A R I N D U L G E D E S S E R T P A R L O U R 10% off 15% off (Over £5 only) at K E B A B K I D L A B A G U E T T E 10% off 20% off at L A C R O I S S A N T E R I E THE LI VI N G ROOM 20% of a la carte menu 10% off at M A K A N L A M A N O S C A F E 10% off food to eat in 5% off sandwiches at O X F O R D S A N D W I C H C O M P A N Y O X F O R D S O U V E N I R S 20% off 2-for-1 on Tuesdays at P H O E N I X C I N E M A P I E M I N I S T E R Free peas with a student meal 10% off (£5 minimum spend) at Q U E E N ’ S L A N E C O F F E E H O U S E R A O U L S 30% off 4pm-8pm 10% off to eat in at R E F R E S H C A F E R I C A R D O ’ S Free hot drink with baguette 15% off at S H A K E S P E A R E ’ S S H A N G H A I 3 0 ’ S 25% off to eat in and 15% off to take-away 10% off at S O F I D E F R A N C E T I C K T O C K C A F E 10% off 15% off at T I M P S O N U L T I M A T E P I C T U R E P A L A C E 2-for-1 on Tuesdays

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Since its foundation, the Union has maintained a library for the use of its members. Before the main chamber was built in 1878, the old library was where the likes of William Gladstone would debate the issues of the day. On the walls and ceilings you can see the pre-Raphaelite murals which were painted between 1857 and 1859 by a team of young artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. The library stocks a range of academic texts for undergraduates and postgraduate reading lists, all of which are listed on SOLO. We also boast a wide variety of novels, DVDs and travel guides, and the wireless facilities are newly upgraded.

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OPENING HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY, 9.30AM-7PM, SATURDAY NOON-4.30PM, SUNDAY-CLOSED

The Union bar sells good value food, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the week. Members get a 25% discount on everything and may bring guests. This term, many of our speakers will be continuing the conversation with students in the bar after their event, and it is where we will read out the results after each debate. It is also open much later than college bars and pubs.

This term there will be an open mic night on Wednesday of 5th week, a full survey of the current food and drink menu, and a snooker tournament - register before the end of 0th week by emailing oxfordunionsnooker@gmail.com. For any bar related queries or suggestions, please contact our newly appointed bar officers. Philip Dorrell (Keble) or Samuel Perkins (Exeter).

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LIBRARIAN POLINA IVANOVA UNIVERSITY

PRESIDENT JOSEPH D'URSO NEW College

PRESIDENT-ELECT PARIT Wacharasindhu ST JOHN'S

TREASURER CHRIS FROST ORIEL

LIBRARIAN-ELECT BEN SULLIVAN CHRIST CHURCH

CAI WILSHAW ST ANNE's

LISA WEHDEN WORCESTER

ERIK HAMMAR CHRIST CHURCH

CHARLOTTE WARD BRASENOSE

NAT MARTIN NEW college

CCC MARTINE WAuBEN PEMBROKE

AMELIA HAMER SOMERVILLE

CHARLES MALTON CHRIST CHURCH

sian allen queen's

BECKY HOWE PEMBROKE

VENKAT KONDRAGUNTA SOPHIE CHEN ST HUGH'S MERTON

SECRETARY’S COMMITTEE

Kostas Chryssanthopoulos robertoweeden-sanz NICO MARSH st peter's st benet's hall EXETER

TREASURER-ELECT SACHIN Srivastava JESUS

STANDING COMMITTEE

CRAWFORD JAMIESON MAYANK BANERJEE TRINITY ST JOHN'S

SECRETARY ALEXANDER TRAFFORD PEMBROKE


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