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P R E S I D E N T: Kate Dunbar Magdalene College


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Contents President’s Welcome


Bitter Harvest Screening


Joining the Union


David Petraeus


1815 Bar


Lucy Watson


Weekly Events


Simon Gillespie


Members’ Discounts


Bruce Daisley


Getting Involved



Members’ Streaming Service


Congress: The First Hundred Days


Rooms & Facilities


Pink Week


On a Debate Night



Competitive Debating


Spring Ball


Keeping Up to Date


Union Tours




Cocktails & Cupcakes




American Hegemony


Oh! Rama


Liberalisation of Prostitution


SMC Spoken Word Night


Press Ethics


Cocktails & Fudge


Space Exploration


Sake Tasting & Talk


Comedy Debate


Superbowl Party




Grad Mingle



Puppy Therapy




Comedy Night




Standing Committee



Appointees & Staff



President’s Thanks


Islam in the West

Special Debate


Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat


Janie Charette




Brian Cox


Heydon Prowse


Daniel Levin





Kat e Dunbar , Pr eside nt Le nt 2 0 17

Welcome back! There’s no two ways about it, 2016 was a terrible year. Hopefully, 2017 will be better. We have, in this first term of 2017 at the Union tried to reach a position where we look forward, and backward, in equal measure. Our first debate of term considers the future shape of the geopolitical stage and later on we will consider whether or not Brexit was a mistake. Throughout, we ask questions of the establishment, feminism and the press, hoping that by discussing these difficult issues we can hope to reach a better level of understanding. I like to think that by listening to and coming to perceive the differing perspectives of those around us, we start to make inroads to empathy. And a more empathetic world is hopefully one that starts to leave some of the negativity of last year behind. We sincerely hope that you will find time this term to come to a debate; listen to people you like, challenge the people you hate or sit in total silence and listen. I hope you find time to stick around, have engaging conversations in the bar afterwards and maybe even meet someone you admire. Maybe that’s a bit rich or a bit evangelical, maybe you just want to get drunk or work out or be near someone famous. We can do those things too. The Spring Ball in March should be one of the best nights of term at the Union and the ticket prices are basically a steal (and I’ve heard all of the cool and interesting people will be there). The Union staples of Yoga and Zumba will be running weekly and 6

our speaker line-up this term is something worth getting excited about. To point out a few personal highlights, David Petraeus, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat seem unmissable - but if we have completely divergent interests there is still almost certainly something in the line-up for you. We’re also continuing working with Liz Fraser from Headspace and Student Minds Cambridge this term so that hopefully we can continue to push for an open dialogue about mental health both inside and outside of the Union building. Hopefully that is something of interest to at least some of you! Finally – if you do have time this term to get involved, absolutely do it. It’s a brilliant way to get out of college and to make use of that membership card that you may or may not have picked up in October. We sincerely hope we’ll see you here this term.

Kate Dunbar and the Lent Team

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Joining the


With Union membership you can listen to and question incredible speakers, engage with excellent debates and socials and use our facilities for free – all for around £2.50 a week over the course of a three year degree. Even if you don’t sign up at the very start of term, with several events on every single week of term and the option to stream events online, membership is good value all year round. All students and staff of the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, BPP and Judge Business School are eligible to join. There are three types of membership available to purchase at or in the main office (9a Bridge Street, CB2 1UB): Lifetime membership of the Union £199. Literally for life – this is our best value and most popular offer. Annual Membership £110. Full membership for one year from the date of joining.

Bursary Life Discount £110. Those receiving a full bursary via The Cambridge Bursary Scheme are eligible for discounted membership. Simply purchase Annual Membership and then bring your bursary documents to the Union Office where for a small fee your membership will be upgraded to Lifetime membership.

To join the Union, go to or visit the Main Office (CB2 1UB) Whether you’ve already joined or you’re thinking about it, the membership team would love to hear from you – email Page and Sam at with questions, for tour signups or anything else to do with your membership. You can collect your membership card (and free mug!) at the Main Office of the Union Building (9a Bridge Street, CB2 1UB) between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday–Friday.


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1815 Bar Happy Hours Monday to Saturday between 18:00 and 20:00 Pint of Amstel House spirit and mixer Cocktails

£3.20 £3.00 half price

Members’ Deals Filter Coffee and Tea £1.50 Ciabattas £3.00 Members’ discount on drinks


Other Bar deals £1.00 croissant with every filter coffee Pack of Ten Acre crisps and half pint of coke/ lemonade for £2.50 Every Tuesday is a Cheeseday – £4.00 on any Grilled Cheese



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Events Yoga Mondays at 5:30 PM £2 for members, £5 for non-members Zumba Wednesdays at 5 PM £2 for members, £5 for non-members


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Discounts Big Fish Ents 2648 The Mitre Chill Frozen Yogurt Strada La Margherita Finn Jordan Hair and Make-up Bella Italia Cafe Rouge Cambridge Cheese Company Cambridge Wine Company Las Iguanas Michaelhouse Cafe Primo Cycles La Raza The Fudge Kitchen

Bellina Chocolate House Up and Running

£3 entry before midnight 30% off and 2-for-1 cocktails (deals cannot be used in conjunction) 20% off drinks Sunday – Wednesday 10% off 20% off Sunday – Thursday 10% discount off food from the a la carte menu, Sunday – Friday 15% off Monday – Thursday and 10% off Friday – Sunday 20% discount on food Sunday night – Thursday 20% off food all week 10% off cash purchases 10% off wine 20% off Monday-Thursday 10% off 10% off parts and accessories 15% off Sunday - Thursday (excluding Sparkling Wine & Champagne) Fudge Fridays (buy 2 slices get 1 free) and 1 free fudge slice for each box purchased any day 15% off purchases over £10 on Mondays 10% off 11

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Involved If you’re interested by what you see happening at the Union or if you fancy an opportunity to have dinner with some important people, we would love it if you wanted to get involved. All we are looking for is enthusiasm, whether you’re a fresher or a finalist there is probably a role here that will suit your interests. Details of who to contact can be found below and we’d encourage you to join our Facebook group to find out more and keep up to date! Student Officers and Appointed Positions The Union is a society run at its core by a diverse range of students, from first years to graduate students of all subjects and degree types. The Standing Committee officers are mostly elected by the membership to create each term’s programme, consisting of the President, Vice President, Executive Officer, Speakers Officer, Treasurer, Social Events Officer and Debating Officers. In addition, we have a Full Committee consisting of appointed positions which is a way to get involved without election. Applications open at the end of each term so keep an eye out for emails about that. Positions include; Head of Events Management, Senior Guest Liaison, Head of Audio-Visual, Digital Media Editor, Head of Press, Head of Publicity, Chief Photographer, Secretary, Head of Membership, Diversity Officer, Women’s Officer and Access Officers. Stewarding James Fox, Daniel Grünwald – The Union literally could not run without the help of stewards. From logistics to security, stewards are crucial to an event’s success. You will no doubt have seen them at every event in their stylish high visibility jackets. With no previous experience necessary, this is one of the best ways to start to get involved with the Union. They receive a £5 bar tab and a free panini after every event they help at. Speakers Committee Jonah Surkes – Members of Speakers Committee invite high profile speakers to speak at the Union. You’ll be shown how to write an invite, so no previous experience or application is necessary. Speakers Committee will run on Monday evenings. 12

AV Team Jason Lee, Henry Mitson – The Audio Visual Team is responsible for filming and recording all debates and speaker events. The Heads of AV, working alongside professionals, will train you on the equipment so no previous experience is needed. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the Union, and also learn a new skill or pursue a passion in AV. Our Audio Visual Stewards receive a £5 bar tab and a free panini after every event they help with. Guest Liaison Assistants GLAs are responsible for looking after Union guests during their time in Cambridge and are used for both debate speakers and individual speaker guests. This can be an unparalleled opportunity to spend time with some of the world’s most influential and high profile speakers. Debates Committee James Burn – Debates Committee works with the Executive-Elect to secure the line-up for the main debates. Members of this committee will be responsible for writing invites to prominent speakers at the top of their fields to come and speak in the Union chamber. Debates Committee will run on Saturday evenings. Treasurer’s Committee Seun Adekoya – Members of Treasurer’s Committee work alongside the Treasurer Elect to secure Treasurer’s Treats (Member’s Discounts) and initiate correspondence with sponsors. Time TBC. Ents Committee Hattie Allison – The ents committee is run by the Social Events Officer Elect and will focus on organising the Union’s annual Garden Party, as well as setting up logistics for the weekly ents programme. All ideas and suggestions for events are very welcome. Ents committee will run on Mondays, time TBC.

Lent 2017


Streaming Service Can’t make it to one of our events in person because of work deadlines or because it’s just too cold to get out of bed in Lent? Not a problem – all Union events are streamed live in HD at as part of our Members’ Streaming Service. Simply log in with your online Union details and you can watch the events in the chamber unfold live on any device with an internet connection. By tweeting @CambridgeUnion with your name and college you can also ask questions and make points of information during debates, no matter where you are in the world. These can then be read out by the President to the speakers and Chamber. If you have lost your online details, or joined the Union before online access, don’t hesitate to email or call the main office on (+44) (0) 1223 566 421 to be set up with an easy to use online account.

Rooms &

Facilities Snooker All Union members can use the snooker table, situated in the Library, for free. Please ask at the 1815 Bar for cues. Room Rental All of the Union’s rooms are available to rent by Cambridge students. There are discounts for members, charities and society events. Please email if you would like to enquire about hire rates. Party Packs Planning a birthday party, society social or College Bop? The Union has Party Packages available for members which allow you to book various rooms around the Union for your event, whilst letting us take care of drinks, catering and a sound system. Just email to book your package.


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Debate Night If you still haven’t had a chance to come to the Union for a debate – hopefully you’ll decide this term is the right time to start. The format used at the Cambridge Union is loosely based on the British Parliamentary style. Each team, consisting of three or four speakers, argues either for or against a set motion and are called the proposition and opposition respectively. The first proposition speaker begins the debate after which speakers on the proposition and opposition alternate. Each speaker has ten minutes to present their case. In between each pair of speakers, members are invited to give short ‘floor speeches’ in proposition, opposition and abstention.

Members are also allowed to try and intervene in the main speeches by offering a point of information. These take the form of a short comment or question and are accepted at the speaker’s discretion. To offer one, simply stand up and announce “on that point” or “point of information”. Once the debate is over the President will invite the speakers to leave and then direct members of the floor to vote. Members vote as they leave the chamber by walking through doors marked Ayes and Noes: Ayes for those wishing to vote in favour of the motion, and for those against, Noes. Unlike in Parliament, members can also abstain by leaving through the central door. We calculate the swing in audience opinion from before to after the debate. Members are given voting cards on the way into the debate so they can express their initial thoughts on the motion. The results of the vote are then announced in the 1815 Bar around fifteen minutes after the end of the debate.


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Debating The Union has a global reputation for its Members’ excellence in public speaking and debating. Speakers from the Union regularly reach the finals of the European and World Championships, and two of the last three individuals to be ranked as the best debater in the world have been members of the Society. For those who want to, the Union is the best springboard possible for becoming a great debater. What makes the Cambridge Union unique, however, is that it also focuses on developing the public speaking abilities of all its members, irrespective of their prior experience or free time to commit to debating. This means that even if you are not interested in amassing silverware, debating at the Union still has a huge amount to offer you. Our weekly debating workshops, usually held on Wednesdays from 7.30-9.30pm, are led by Cambridge’s senior debaters and cater to all levels of experience. This term we will also be running extra workshops throughout the week on an irregular basis, so even if you can’t make our Wednesday ones you will still be able to get involved. If you want to become more confident at contributing in supervisions, gain an edge at interviews, or

just feel like discussing global issues with a group of fascinating people, then debating at the Cambridge Union is for you! We regularly send members of the Union to represent the Society at competitions throughout the UK and abroad. We offer members the chance to participate in domestic competitions almost every week and this year are also planning to send Cambridge’s debaters to Ireland, Estonia, India, America and China to name just a few! The easiest way to get involved is to simply show up to our weekly debating workshops and to search for 'Cambridge Debating' on Facebook and join the group. Here we post sign up forms for competitions, information on workshops and competition results. If you want more information or have any questions, contact our debating committee of Alasdair, Lydia and Ets at


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Up to Date

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This House would welcome

the End of the American Hegemony Thursday 19th January, 7:30pm A day before the inauguration of President Trump, the Union offers an opportunity to reflect on the geopolitical position of a nation well-accustomed to its status as ‘the world’s only superpower’.

Post-debate entertainment: Refreshers Cocktails & Cupcakes 18

Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Jonathan Bartley Jonathan is an English politician, and Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Secretary John Lehman Secretary Lehman is widely regarded as one of the most influential Secretaries of the Navy in American history. He served as a member of the 9/11 Commission and advised both the Romney and McCain campaigns.

Peter Hitchens Peter is a leading British journalist and author. He has served as a foreign correspondent in both Moscow and Washington – he now writes for the Mail on Sunday.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind Sir Malcolm is a former Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary and Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. He retired as MP for Kensington in 2015.

Ben Chacko Ben is the current editor of the Morning Star, Britain's only national Communist newspaper.

Lord Richard Dannatt General The Lord Dannatt served as Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009. In that capacity, he oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dr. Alan Mendoza Dr. Mendoza, a graduate of Caius, is the Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society. He is a leading commentator on Anglo-American relations. 19

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This House would

Liberalise Prostitution Thursday 26th January, 7:30pm In light of the discussions this summer by the Home Affairs Select Committee regarding the decriminalisation of sex workers, the Union asks whether prostitution should indeed be liberalised. This week the Union tackles the contentious issue of sex work, asking whether changes to the laws surrounding sex work should be welcomed or criticized.


Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Alex Feis-Bryce Alex is the Director of Service of the National Ugly Mugs Scheme and a Board Member of Survivors Manchester and Manchester Action on Street Health.

Luke Gittos Luke Gittos is law editor at Spiked, a solicitor practising criminal law and convenor of the London Legal Salon.

Charlotte Rose Charlotte Rose is a multiaward winning 1st Lady of Sex, Sex Worker, Sexual Trainer, Sexual freedom Activist, Public Speaker and Radio presenter.

Douglas Fox Douglas Fox has been a sex worker and activist for both the IUSW and Harlots Collective for 10 years.

Tara Burns Tara is a former sex worker turned writer, researcher, activist and a founding board member of the Community United for Safety and Protection.

Alan Caton OBE Alan is the Independent Chairman of Islington and Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Boards and Former Detective Superintendent and Head of Public Protection, Suffolk Constabulary. Julie Bindel Julie is a regular writer for The Guardian, feminist, and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women, which opposes violence against women.

The Rt Revd Roger Morris Roger is the Bishop of Colchester in the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford.


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This House believes

the Press Would Sell its Soul to Sell its Papers Tuesday 2nd February, 7:30pm More than four years on from the Leveson Report into press ethics, we believe that the time is right to revisit the broad issues raised by that Inquiry – situating them within the context of ever-intensifying competition from online and televisual news media.

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Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Jeremy Dein QC Jeremy is one of the UK’s leading criminal defence barristers. He has acted in a number of high-profile media trials, including the recent ‘Tulisa’ case.

Neil Wallis Neil Wallis is a former Editor at the News of the World who was arrested by police following the phone hacking scandal investigation. In 2015 Wallis was cleared of all charges.

Brian Cathcart Brian is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and is a founder of Hacked Off, an organization which campaigns for a free and accountable press.

Julian Huppert Julian is a lecturer in Physics and Public Policy at Cambridge University. He was also the MP for Cambridge between 2010-2015.


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This House believes

the Sky is the Limit Thursday 9th February, 7:30pm As space travel becomes increasingly expensive and global communities face increasing economic tension, the Union asks whether the final frontier is one worth exploring at all.


Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Professor Mark McCaughrean Prof McCaughrean works for the European Space Agency, where he is the Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. Dex Torricke-Barton Dex is a former executive at SpaceX and Elon Musk’s former spokesperson.


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This House prefers

a Woman on Top Thursday 16th February, 7:30pm It is that time of the year again when the Union invites you to take a break from the gloominess of week 5 and reflect on whether the world truly is a better place with a woman on top.


Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Samantha Baines Samantha Baines is an award winning comedian and actor (The Crown, Call the Midwife, Sunny D). She writes for The Guardian, Time Out and the Huff Post. Harriet Kemsley Harriet is an award-winning comedian who’s performed on The One Show and the Radio One Comedy Lounge, and as a supporting act for Stephen Merchant and Katherine Ryan. Tiffany Stevenson Tiff is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer whose numerous TV appearances include Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Drunk History, People Just Do Nothing and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Athena Kugblenu Athena is a stand-up comedian, a 2015 BBC New Comedian of the Year finalist, and a regular performer at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. Njambi McGrath Njambi McGrath is a Kenyan born, UK based comedian. Voted 1 of 5 top up and coming female comedians 2012 by Fabulous magazine, she has performed numerous Edinburgh shows to critical acclaim. Lydia Hirst Lydia is a comedian, writer, performance and cabaret artist who has previously performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.


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This House regrets

the Outcome of the EU Referendum Thursday 23rd February, 7:30pm Following the results of one of the most important political decisions of our lifetime, the Union invites politicians and business people alike to reflect on what ‘Brexit’ means for the future.

Post-debate entertainment Cross-Party Drinks 28

Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Tom Brake Tom Brake is a Liberal Democrat politician and the MP for Carshalton and Wallington in southwest London.

Diane James Diane James is a British politician and an independent Member of the European Parliament. James was briefly leader-elect of UKIP but resigned before formalising her leadership.

Stephen Gethins Stephen Gethins is a Scottish National Party politician and serves as the MP for North East Fife.

Sir Edward Leigh Sir Edward Leigh is a British politician who has served as a Conservative MP since 1983. He served as a Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State in John Major's ministry.

Owen Smith Owen Smith is a Labour politician who served as Shadow Welsh Secretary under Ed Miliband, and as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary under Jeremy Corbyn until he resigned in June 2016.

Graham Brady Graham Brady is a Conservative Party politician and the MP for Altrincham and Sale West. He served as a shadow minister for Europe under four Conservative leaders and is now Chairman of the influential ‘1922 Committee’.

Mikuláš Dzurinda Mikuláš is the former Prime Minister of Slovakia and is the current President of the Centre for European Studies, the think-tank of the European People's Party.

Tim Martin Tim Martin is the founder and chairman of the popular pub chain, Wetherspoons.


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This House believes

Islam is Compatible with Western Liberalism Thursday 2nd March, 7:30pm A difficult and perhaps unpopular question, the relationship between Islam and socalled ‘Western Values’ has been questioned repeatedly in recent years. In the aftermath of the ‘burkini’ spat, Trump’s exclusionary rhetoric, the refugee influx, and the wave of terrorist attacks across mainland Europe, the Union asks if these tensions can be resolved.


Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Rachida Dati Rachida is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament, representing Île-deFrance. She previously held the cabinet post of Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice.

Professor Frits Bolkestein Prof. Bolkestein is a former leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, one of the leading political parties in the Netherlands.

Dr. Muhammed Abdul Bari Dr. Bari is the current secretary of Muslim Aid, the former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain and has also served as the president of the Islamic Forum of Europe.

Douglas Murray Douglas is the founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion and the associate editor of The Spectator.

Professor Tariq Ramadan Professor Ramadan is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Qatar.

Shamil Shams Shamil has worked for Pakistan’s leading English newspaper The News, and has contributed articles for Dawn, Newsline and other Pakistani magazines and newspapers. He now writes for Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster.


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This House believes

Feminism must be a Rising Tide which Lifts all Ships Thursday 9th March, 7:30pm The day after International Women’s Day, the Union hosts a discussion questioning the inclusivity of the feminist movement.


Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Eve Livingston Eve Livingston is a freelance writer and activist interested in inequalities, gender and popular culture.

Nina Ansari Nina is an Iranian-American historian, bestselling author and expert on women’s rights in Iran. In 2014, Women’s eNews recognised Nina as one of the ‘21 leaders of the 21st century’.

Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell is a final year doctoral scholar in English at Newnham. She was a semi-finalist and 14th ranked speaker at the European Universities Debating Championships in 2015.

Sharmila Parmanand Sharmila Parmanand is a Gates Scholar and PhD candidate in Gender Studies. In 2012 she served as Co-Chief Adjudicator for the World Universities Debating Championship.

Baroness Haleh Afshar Baroness Afshar is a life peer in the House of Lords. She is a prominent Muslim feminist, with a background is in equal opportunities in Britain, and before that, land reform and development in Iran.


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This House believes

the Establishment has it Coming Thursday 16th March, 7:30pm In the wake of growing anti-establishment sentiment the world over, we ask whether this year might mark a need for a radical shift in who holds the reigns of power.


Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Katherine Dunbar Katherine Dunbar is the outgoing President. During the course of her undergraduate degree she has logged far too many hours in this building and we hope this debate might be the last we have to see of her. Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner is a member of the Labour Party and the current MP for Cambridge.


The 2017 Launch of our Capital Campaign THIS HOUSE BELIEVES


For the Proposition:

For the Opposition:

Jon Snow

Nick Robinson

Etsuko Lim

Lord Howard Flight Tom Newton-Dunn Cambridge Union Chamber

March 11th 2017


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Moffat OBE

BAFTA winning co-creators of Sherlock

As Sherlock Season 4 draws to a close, and the show’s future looks increasingly uncertain, the Union is joined by its two co-creators, executive producers and screenwriters. Both men have established esteemed careers outside of Sherlock, with Steven Moffat known for his work on Doctor Who, Jeckyll and the Hollywood feature film The Adventures of Tintin, and Mark Gatiss is known for his extensive acting career, including Doctor Who and Agatha Christie's Poirot

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Canadian High Commissioner

Janice Charette joined the Canadian public service in 1984, and served as the second ever female Clerk of the Privy Council. In July 2016, she was officially appointed by Justin Trudeau to be the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Her diplomatic service in the current political climate will no doubt prove to be of particular significance as the world prepares for the impact of Brexit and President Trump's term in office.

23rd January 7.00pm 39

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Youtube foodies with over 1.5 million subscribers

"If you eat food, then this is the show for you." Four friends-turned Youtube chefs, SORTEDfood is now consistently ranked among the internet's most popular cooking shows. These four will convince you to drop your powdered food supplements, Gardies kebabs and stale brownies in favour of some cheap and delicious meals you can whip up yourself in no time.

24th January 7.00pm 40

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Award-winning actor

Emmy award winning Scot, best known for his roles in the The Ring, X-Men 2, and The Bourne Identity, Brian Cox has starred in over two hundred TV and film productions over the course of his extraordinary career. This coming April, he will be playing the lead role in the much-anticipated Lionsgate film Churchill, following the Prime-Minister's actions in the 24 hours before D-day.

29th January 7.00pm 41

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Activist and Comedian

Heydon Prowse is the co-creator of the BAFTA-winning BBC3 show The Revolution Will Be Televised and writer for the upcoming BBC2 comedy show Revolting. He has established an extensive career in the national media, with a particular focus on political satire with an impact; he made national news in 2009 when he made a secret recording of Conservative MP Alan Duncan which resulted in his dismissal. He is also the co-founder of Help Refugees UK.

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International lawyer, diplomat and author

Daniel Levin spent his early years as the son of a diplomat in the Middle East and in Africa, later training in international law. He has worked with think tanks on novel political models and with monarchies towards the democratic legitimization of their monarchic systems, and is also engaged in mediation efforts in war zones across the globe. The hotly anticipated release of his upcoming book Nothing But A Circus tells the dramatic story of recent international politics from the inside.

13th February 7.00pm 43

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Bitter Harvest

Film Screening And Q&A with producer and sole financier Ian Ihnatowycz

This hotly anticipated feature film offers a glimpse into the heart-breaking effects of the Holodomor, a famine imposed by the Soviet regime 1932-33. The film will be followed by a short Q&A session with its producer and financier, a Canadian businessman, who will discuss his reasons for making the film and why now, more than ever, the periods of the past the West chooses to ignore must be put under a spotlight.

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Former Director of the CIA

David Petraeus is a retired American military officer and public official. During his military career, he led the organisation responsible for training and mentoring Iraq's army and police in the aftermath of the US invasion in 2003, and went on to lead the entire US military operation in Iraq in 2007. In 2011, he was elected unanimously and confirmed as the Director of the CIA by the U.S. Senate, a post from which he resigned in 2012.

28th February 7.00pm 45

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Watson Made In Chelsea star and animal rights activist

Between appearing on E4's hit show 'Made in Chelsea' and modelling for some of the UK's biggest fashion magazines, Lucy Watson has found the time to use her fame and fortune for the greater good - chiefly in her role as a global ambassador for PETA, supporting animal rights. Since her television debut, Watson has been a rising star both within British media and across the globe, securing sponsorship from major brands and personally establishing a thriving jewellery business.

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CEO of the British Heart Foundation

Simon joined the British Heart Foundation in 2013 after an extensive career working within healthcare. He previously worked as Head of Operations at the Healthcare Commission, where he was responsible for the inspection of NHS healthcare facilities in England. His visit to the Union comes at a critical time for the UK; as burdens upon the NHS grow, healthcare charities like the British Heart Foundation are under pressure to take on the research and support that the NHS cannot.

6th March 7.00pm 47

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Daisley Managing Director of Twitter Europe

“European Twitter Supremo� Bruce Daisley is a tech force to be reckoned with. Until 2011 Bruce ran sales for Google's UK advertising business, and in 2014 was recruited by Twitter to run their business within Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has been named in the Evening Standard's Top 1000 Most Influential Londoners for the past three years, and in 2014 was named the "Fantasy Hire" that most CEOs and MDs would like to make.

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Congressman Panel

The First Hundred Days Friday 10th March, 7:30pm The election of Donald Trump has been billed as a moment of historical importance. In the aftermath of his first ‘hundred days’ in office, the Union brings together a series of experts to assess the domestic and international ramifications of the Trump Presidency.

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Lent 2017

PROPOSITION OPPOSITION Sir Christopher Meyer Sir Christopher was British Ambassador to the United States between 1997 and 2003. He has written extensively on AngloAmerican relations.

Professor Gary Gerstle Prof. Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge. He is one of the world’s leading historians of American race, citizenship, and nationhood.

Congressman Randy Neugebauer Congressman Neugeberger represented Texas’s 19th District from 2003 to the start of this year. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Philippa Thomas Philippa is the main presenter of BBC World News Today. She was the BBC’s North America correspondent between 1997 and 2001, reporting on the impeachment of Clinton and the 9/11 attacks.

Congressman Lewis F. Payne Congressman Payne represented Virginia’s 5th District between 1988 and 1997. He is a member of the Democrat Party.


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Pink Week

Following the success of last year’s event, the Union will be hosting another panel discussion to raise awareness and clear misconceptions surrounding breast cancer. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Spring Ball Limited Ticket Release: Thursday 19th January, 6pm

The President, Officers and Spring Ball Committee cordially invite you to the Cambridge Union Society’s Spring Ball 2017. The ball will take place on 4th March 2017. Due to great demand, we are pleased to announce the FINAL RELEASE of ticket sales for the Spring Ball – we’ve made 100 more tickets available for those of you who were unable to grab one last time! Tickets go on sale Thursday 19th January at 6.00pm. Inspired straight from the Roman festivals of Bacchus, the god of wine, the Union will be transformed for one night into a place reminiscent of the opulence and decadence of ancient Rome. With sumptuous food, ever-flowing drinks and endless entertainment, it promises to be the biggest social event of Lent.


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Tours Have you signed up as a member? Enjoyed a few (or a good few years of) events, but you still don't know the Mountbatten from the Library or the Kennedy from the Fairfax Rhodes? This is your chance to have a tour of the building, get to know all the rooms that could become potential work spaces or where you can play snooker for free and much more, as well as the chance to ask the membership team any questions you may have about your membership. Register your interest by emailing Page & Sam at or via the sign up link that will be publicised in term.


Cocktails & Cupcakes Post-Debate Entertainment If you are coming along to our first debate of term, make sure to join us for some free cupcakes in the bar afterwards, whilst taking advantage of our special drinks offers.

Thursday 19th January



Oh! Rama Friday 20 January OhRama is Cambridge's student-led queer party fun space where anything goes. 8.30 – 10.00 TONGUE WIGGLE Sing, recite, be naked, be clothed, create, invent, try-out at our open-mic session before the musiks. Anything welcome from stand-up to poetry to political ranting to musical genius. 10.00 – 02.00 DANCE DANCE The good, the bad, the ugly from 1966 to 2016 and gems you forgot you knew.

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Spoken Word Night Student Minds are bringing back their much anticipated (and hugely fun) Spoken Word Night on the 31st January. Whether you're a spoken word expert or a complete newbie, come and join us! We guarantee the best slammers in Cambridge and a good time. In collaboration with Student Minds Cambridge

Tuesday 31st January, 8:00pm

Cocktails & Fudge Post-Debate Entertainment Keen to continue discussion after the main debate is over? Come along to our bar and enjoy some free fudge and some special drinks deals. Thursday 2nd February

Lent 2017

Sake Tasting and Talk Initially used as a gift for the Gods, the idea of "sake" evolved from something used for rituals to a beverage enjoyed by the common people. Rice, as well as being central in the Japanese cuisine, is the origin of sake. A 30 minute presentation, given by Rie Yoshitake from the Sake Samurai Association, will introduce you into the world of Japan's most famous native alcohol. This will be followed by a tasting session of six different brands. In collaboration with the Anglo Japanese Society Ticket price: £8 Friday 3th February, 7:00pm

Superbowl Party Join the Cambridge University Pythons and hundreds of fellow American Football fans at the Annual Cambridge Super Bowl Party. Watch the Super Bowl on big screens throughout the Union, including the chamber itself. We will be bringing you all the action and halftime show in full and providing the best atmosphere for watching the game anywhere in Cambridge. For more information, visit In collaboration with the Cambridge University Pythons Advance tickets available for £5 via website, ticket reps and Union office, £7 on the door. Sunday 5th February, 9:00pm


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Mingle Whether you want to unwind after a long week or simply meet other graduates, come along to the Union for the evening and take advantage of our special drinks deals, whilst enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of our bar. There is no better place to be on a Friday evening! Friday 10th February, 6:00pm


Therapy Tired after a term of endless deadlines and essays? There is no better way to unwind after a long term than with a puppy therapy session, organised with the kind help of volunteers at Guide Dogs UK. The Union welcomes the volunteers and their canine counterparts for a relaxed afternoon of socialising which forms part of the puppies' Guide Dog training. Donations for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association welcomed. In collaboration with Guide Dogs UK

Tuesday 14th March, 4:00 pm



Lent 2017

Comedy Night In collaboration with Cambridge Footlights, the Union will be hosting its very own Comedy Smoker. If you want to enjoy some of Cambridge’s best comedic talent in our Chamber, make sure to join us for an evening of non-stop fun-filled hilarity. Entry is free for Union members. In collaboration with Cambridge Footlights.

Tuesday 7th March


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Standing Committee

Executive Officer Charles Connor

President Katherine Dunbar

Vice President Leyla Gumusdis

Speakers Officer Anna Bockmuehl

Ents Officer Andrea Borbely

Debating Officer

Lydia Day

President-Elect Harry Stovin-Bradford

Treasurer Tom McArthur

Debating Officer Alasdair Donovan





James Burn

Jonah Surkes

Hattie Allison

Seun Adekoya


Lent 2017

Appointees James Fox, Daniel Grünwald Nancy Thorpe, Rhianna Voice Jason Lee, Henry Mitson Adam Grant, Will Smart Miles Kekwick, Reza Rohani Jade Charles, David Orr Penelope Jones, Keir Murrison Jali Packer, Aatif Syed Jonas Dein, Dan Edwards Owen Jack​, Ana Radomirescu Hani El-Bay, Harry Michalakakis Khushali Dodhia​, Frederik Nielsen Qiuying Giulia Lai Charlotte McNally Page Nyame-Satterthwaite Sam Longton Camiella Basu Amy Stuart Ellie Howcraft Etsuko Lim

Heads of Events Management Deputy Heads of Events Management Heads of Audio Visual Deputy Head of Audio Visual Head of Press Deputy Head of Press Senior Guest Liaison (Debates) Deputy Senior Guest Liaison (Debates) Senior Guest Liaison (Speakers) Deputy Senior Guest Liaison (Speakers) Head of Publicity Deputy Head of Publicity Chief Photographer Secretary Head of Membership Deputy Head of Membership Diversity Officer Women’s Officer Access Officer Head of Debate Training

Staff Bursar Accountant Buildings Supervisor General Manager 1815 Bar and Cafe Manager Assistant Bar Manager Event Administrator AV Technician Memberships Secretary Design & Print Building Photogrphy

Colonel (Retd) William A. Bailey Dr David Sellick Patrick Hanwell Joseph Burman Bartłomiej Fajer Sam Heap Natalie Finnigan Nathan Caples Louise Gamon Chris Williamson


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Vacation Committee Carlo Moll Jay Vinayak Ojha Robert Shearme Ryan Blank Tanvi Acharya

Caitlin Harris Jane Wright Sylvie Armstrong Margaux Hollands Elinor Clark Tamisha L. Tan

Our line-up of speakers and debates is as a result of the huge amount of work that is put in by the elected Officers and a number of students who help us. The bulk of this work is done during the vacation period. If you are interested in staying in Cambridge for a week or more during the holidays to help plan a term then our Vacation Committee is for you. If you’d like to find out more on how to get involved email Jonah or James at and respectively.

Trustees Lord Chris Smith PC (Chair) Daniel Janner QC William Fitzalan Howard Esq. Dr Nigel Brown OBE Nick Heath FRICS Janet Turner QC Ms Katherine Dunbar Andy Swarbrick FCA Ms Leyla Gumusdis Tim Hayward Esq. David Branch Esq. Dr Nigel Yandell

The Directors of Cambridge Union Society Enterprises Ltd Col William Bailey Katherine Dunbar Andy Swarbrick

Tim Hayward Leyla Gumusdis

The Fundraising and Steering Council William Fitzalan Howard (Co-Chair) Sir Vince Cable (Co-Chair) Oliver Mosley (Development Director) Leyla Gumusdis

Sir Richard Dearlove David Branch Janet Turner QC Col. Bill Bailey

Review Committee Julien Domercq (Chair) Lauren Davidson Joshua Blanchard-Lewis Joel Fenster 64

Jan-Jonathan Bock Alex Forzani Rahul Mansigani Sophie Odenthal

Lent 2017



Kat e Dunbar , Pr eside nt Le nt 2 0 17 I cannot even begin to appropriately express the depth of gratitude I feel for everyone who has helped to make this term possible but I shall try. Firstly, to the Lent Team: Charles, Anna, Andrea, Tom and Amy, I have never in my life encountered a group of people so devastatingly good at what they do and so much fun to spend time with. A lot of people think their team is the best but we get to be right in thinking that. Nothing would have been possible without you (Easter Team – you lot are okay too). And to everyone who gave up time over their holidays to help us with writing and sending invitations - you are the real MVPs and I hope you’re as pleased with yourselves as we are pleased with you. To Leyla: you are my rock. Thank you for listening to me moan about admin for the better part of the last two years and for always being ready with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and a sympathetic ear. I could not have dreamed of a better Vice-President or friend. And William, I never would have joined the Union team if you hadn’t sat me down and regaled me with stories of free coffee and dinners. I’m sure my DoS hates you but I am eternally grateful. Similarly, to Charlotte and Oliver for telling me I could do this when I wasn’t convinced – thank you.

this place and for all of those cigarette breaks you took with me, despite having quit smoking. To Bart: thank you for your tireless patience with me when I try to sneak behind the bar. To Margot, Loic, Ed and James: thank you all so much for picking me up every time I fall down and never ever complaining, for coming to the Union to see me because I’m never in college and for that time you guys literally saved my life. I can never hope to return the compassion and love you guys have shown me but I will try. Thank you to my family for putting up with this Union nonsense. Mom, you are the strongest woman I have ever met and I live everyday hoping to grow more like you and to make you proud. Thank you for your tireless support. Maddie, thank you for being the cooler sister and reminding me to try and be less of a nerd every day. Your strength is inspirational even if you don’t believe that yourself. And Roxie, my sister in every way that matters. We started off chatting rubbish in this building as teenagers and I have not stopped since – thank you for always being there.

To the Debating Officers: Alasdair, Lydia and formerly Harry. Curse you guys for taking advantage of my giving nature to make me convene things and bless you all for the amount of work you put into the most important stuff this society does.

Finally, to everyone who has got involved in the Union through stewarding, GLAing, speaking in Emergency Debates and all manner of other tasks without which this society wouldn’t be able to run – thank you for giving up your time. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting involved and that you decide to stick around for more. I really believe you won’t regret it. Best wishes and Union Love,

This building is kept running by a dedicated team of staff without whom I almost certainly would have already burnt it down. Thank you to everyone for keeping this place going, but more importantly for making it almost pleasant to be here at all manner of absurd times. To Bill: thank you for taking the time to teach me all the things I needed to know about

Kate Dunbar President of the Cambridge Union


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Lent Term 2017 | The Cambridge Union  

Information on the Cambridge Union's events and debates for the start of 2017

Lent Term 2017 | The Cambridge Union  

Information on the Cambridge Union's events and debates for the start of 2017