Sir Ben Ainslie, Zoë Wanamaker CBE, Jared Kushner…The Union This Easter

Molly Bolding 20 April 2019
Image Credit: The Cambridge Union

The Cambridge Union’s term card for Easter 2019 is here, with a mixture of speaker’s events, debates and panels to appeal to all. Abdullah Shah’s presidency heralds a new committee structure and a refreshed line-up of arts, activist and political guests for a term packed with events.

Jared Kushner. Image Credit: Flickr

Famous political faces include Jared Kushner (Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Senior White House advisor) as well as several current Prime Ministers, including Nepal and Tibet-In-Exile. Zoe Wanamaker CBE and Rose McGowan head the creative arts guests, with appearances from Swedish pop duo Sigrid and Tellaf Raabe and actor Ben Platt. Debates include the ever-topical “This House Would Return Looted Art Back To Its Country of Origin” and the uniquely relevant “This House Would Send its Children to Private School”; both promising speakers to interest and challenge.

The popular feature Comedy Debate this term, entitled “This House Would Rather Be a Gold-Digger Than a Corporate Sell-Out”, features the repeat speaker Ken Cheng – comedian, professional poker player and ex-Cambridge mathmo – as well as Ania Magliano-Wright and Ahir Shah among other Footlights guests.

Sir Ben Ainslie. Image Credit: Media Services AP

Despite a number of last-minute drop-outs last term, this term’s President Abdullah Shah remains hopeful of a “worthwhile” experience for members and non-members alike, with an increasing number of Union+ events and opportunities to be involved in the running of the world’s oldest free speech union.

In a continuation of last term’s policy, members will still be able to audition for a role as speaker in key debates. Other events for members include Zumba classes, a student take on PMQs and a Mario Kart tournament – as well as the May Week Garden Party at Sidney Sussex College.

Zoe Wanamaker. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

FULL TERM CARD – Easter 2019
Debates
This House Would Return Looted Art Back to its Country of Origin – 25th April
This House Believes Big Business is the Enemy of Morality – 2nd May
This House Would Send its Children to Private School – 9th May
This House Would Rather be a Gold Digger than a Corporate Sell Out – 16th May
This House Believes International Organisations have Failed to Meet Today’s Challenges – 13th June

Speakers
The Rt Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (Former President of the UK Supreme Court) – 23rd April [Union+]
Bill Emmott (Former Editor-In-Chief of the Economist) – 26th April
The Rt Hon the Lord Fowler (The current Lord Speaker) – 29th April
Reverend Dr Al Sharpton (US civil rights activist) – 30th April
Andrew Wheeler (Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency) – 1st May
Zoë Wanamaker CBE (Olivier award-winning actress) – 1st May
Sir Ben Ainslie CBE (Olympic sailor) – 3rd May
Anne Boden MBE (Founder and CEO Starling Bank) – 10th May
Sigrid & Tellef Raabe (musical duo) – 12th May
Rose McGowan (actress and activist) – 14th May
Dr Elif Shafak (writer and human rights activist) – 7th June
Professor Jeffrey Sachs (leading economist and UN advisor) – 10th June
Dame Inga Beale (Former CEO of Lloyd’s of London and LGBTQ+ advocate) – 12th June
Sir Bill English (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand) – 17th June [Union+]
Dr Lobsang Sangay (President of Tibetan Government-In-Exile) – 18th June [Union+]
The Rt Hon K. P Oli (Prime Minister of Nepal) – TBC
Professor Yanis Varoufakis (economist and politician) – TBC
Jared Kushner (Senior White House advisor) – TBC
Ben Platt (actor and singer) – TBC
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed (Prime Minister of Malaysia) – TBC

Panels
Men’s Mental Health: Why Are Young Men Struggling and What Can Be Done About It? – 30th April
Feeling Blue: Mental Health at Cambridge University. Screening and Q and A – 4th May
Is ‘Wellness’ Making Us Sick? – 11th May
Power to the People: A Masterclass in Doing Good – 13th May

Check out the full term card on the Cambridge Union’s Facebook page!