The Cambridge Union have now released their much-anticipated term card which you can view on their Facebook page and website. Speakers include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (who has recently been released from a six-year detention in Iran), British rapper Headie One, and former British racing driver Christian Horner. Editor of The Spectator magazine Fraser Nelson will also be speaking, as well as Stormy Daniels who filed a historical case against Donald Trump in 2018.
In total, the Union will be holding five debates this term including the motions “This House Believes Russia is a Distraction” and “This House Would Separate the Art from the Artist”. Debate speakers include a literary scholar and cultural theorist Terry Eagleton, former UK Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable and Turner Prize winner Tai Shani. The Union will also be “reflecting on the state of the world” this term, and will host a visit for Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK as well as running a Ukraine “teach-in”. This will include a series of lectures by the Centre for Geopolitics, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, the MMLL Department and Cambridge Ukrainian Society.
As well as hosting debates and talks, the Union will be “catering” for students during exam season, and will be talking to Dr Alex George, the Ambassador for Mental Health at 10 Downing Street, about men’s mental health. Members will also have the opportunity to “unwind” with socials including “Inky Drinks Life Drawing”, and “Hip Hop After Dark”. A new LGBTQ+ night is also being introduced, “Queer Night After Dark”. After exams, members can look forward to a Union Garden Party to kick off May Week in Sidney Sussex College gardens.
A statement from Union President Leti Ryder regarding the newly released term card:
“I am so proud of our term card and so grateful to all the Officers who put so much time into making it what it is. The debate lineup is spectacular, tackling issues from the law breaking to climate change. Of course, I’m most excited for the Art and Artist debate where I’ll speak alongside a Turner prize-winner! The speakers are varied: we have the topical and the timeless, and many, many reasons to leave the library. Accessibility is at the center of this term card, we have strived to make some concrete changes which will transform how accessible our premises are to all our members, as well as making huge efforts to diversify our Thursday night debates through our new and improved women’s and non-binary debating program. Grab a physical copy of the term card at the Union this week and be sure to come along, member or not, to our first debate on whether ‘Private Schools are a Force for Good’ this Thursday, which is aptly: open to all.”