On the 27th April 2016, the Cambridge Union Society welcomed the former leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister (2010-2015), Nick Clegg MP. The discussion focused around the upcoming referendum on British membership of the European Union, as well as the Liberal Democrats’ record in the coalition government of 2010-2015. For the full story, click here.
THIS HOUSE BELIEVES IN POLITICAL DEBATE NOT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ‘
Political correctness has become such an issue that we are debating if we should be debating in a debate’
On the 5th October 2015, the Cambridge Union Society welcomed, journalist and newsreader for the BBC, Emily Maitlis. The discussion focused around her interview style, the spin that surrounds politicians and the importance of appearance in the media industry.
As the Union welcomes back 250 former Presidents and Officers to celebrate its Bicentenary, we welcome some of the finest former Presidents in the Union’s existence to debate the highs and lows of our long and controversial history.
The audio for this event was unfortunately compromised by accidental radio interference from a nearby organisation. We are working on cleaning it, and will replace this video when we are successful.
In the Chair: Amy Gregg, President of the Union (Lent 2015)
Stephen Sondheim is one of the world's most celebrate composers and lyricists. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, and has since composed Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music and Into the Woods, among many other musicals. He has won an Oscar, a Pulitzer Prize, an Olivier Award, eight Grammies and eight Tony Awards; more than any other composer.
Stephen joining us by videolink for an interactive Q&A with audience members.
Stephen Sondheim is one of the world's most celebrate composers and lyricists. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, and has since composed Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music and Into the Woods, among many other musicals. He has won an Oscar, a Pulitzer Prize, an Olivier Award, eight Grammies and eight Tony Awards; more than any other composer. He will be joining us by videolink for an interactive Q&A with audience members.
Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist. She is regarded as having been one of the major feminist voices of the mid-20th century, and her ideas and views on women's liberation have created controversy ever since her book ‘The Female Eunuch’ became an international best-seller in 1970. She received her PhD from Newnham College, Cambridge, later becoming a special lecturer and fellow of Newnham from 1989 to 1996. She identifies as a Marxist and anarchist
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He is also a former U.S. Air Force officer and a Command Pilot. Aldrin, a Presbyterian, was the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon. After leaving NASA in July 1971, Aldrin was assigned as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Theo Paphitis is a British retail magnate of Greek Cypriot origin. He is best known for his appearances on the BBC business programme Dragons' Den and as former chairman of Millwall Football Club. He began his entrepreneurial activities by running the school tuckshop, at the age of 15, and attributes his success to his natural common sense. The majority of his fortune has been made in the retail sector. In 2006, he sold his equity stake in the lingerie brand ‘La Senza’ for a reported £100 million.