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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 18:00 Speaker Hiromichi Mizuno (Open to All)

Hiromichi Mizuno (Open to All)

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 18:00

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Hiromichi Mizuno is the Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for the world’s biggest pension fund, the Japanese Government Pension Investment (GPIF), where he oversees over $1.5 trillion in assets.

During his stewardship of the GPIF, Mr Mizuno has shifted the landscape of the asset management industry through championing diversity in the workplace, ethical and sustainable investing, and artificial intelligence. He is one of the Founding Members of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI) as well as the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD), and sits on numerous committees in an advisory role to the Japanese cabinet, including on the topics of “Growth Strategy in accordance with Paris Climate Change Agreement’ and “Healthcare and Medical Growth Strategy”.

He was the subject of a 2019 Harvard Business Case Study titled “Should a Pension Fund Try to Change the World?”.

This event is open to all.

***ACCESS***

There is wheelchair access, padded seating, an accessible toilet, a gender neutral toilet and a hearing loop.

While there is no general car parking, a public car park is a 2 minute walk away from the door. Blue badge parking is offered in Park street multi storey car park as well as on the streets - Round Church street and Jesus lane.

We can arrange for a BSL interpreter and a designated quiet space by request in advance.

You can contact us about access on president@cus.org

 
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 19:30 Debate This House Believes Western Military Intervention Has Done More Harm Than Good (members only)

This House Believes Western Military Intervention Has Done More Harm Than Good (members only)

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 19:30

Debate

7:30pm - Emergency debate: "This House supports America’s strike on Soleimani"
8pm - Main debate: "This House Believes Western Military Intervention Has Done More Harm Than Good"

PROPOSITION:
Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Sir Malcolm Rifkind was the Conservative MP for Edinburgh Pentlands from 1974-1997. He has served within various Cabinet roles under both Thatcher and Major, including Defence Secretary (1992-1995) and Foreign Secretary (1995-1997). He was also appointed Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee by David Cameron, and held the position from 2010-2015.

Dawn Foster
Dawn Foster is a journalist, broadcaster and author, writing for The Guardian on politics, social affairs and economics. She regularly contributes to The Independent, the New York Times and Tribune, and is a regular commentator on the BBC and Sky News.

Student Speaker
This could be you! Details for auditions can be found on this event, and on the Union main page.

OPPOSITION:
Dr Alan Mendoza
Alan Mendoza is a founder and Executive Director at the Henry Jackson Society, a cross-party foreign policy think tank, which was founded by students at Cambridge. He read History at Gonville & Caius College.

Tom Harwood
Tom Harwood is a journalist and political commentator based in Westminster. While he predominantly works as a reporter for the Guido Fawkes website, his writing can also be found in the Spectator, Conservative Home, and the Telegraph. He is a frequent guest on the BBC, Sky, and ITV, including flagship programmes from Good Morning Britain to Newsnight, and BBC Question Time.

 
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 19:00 Speaker Female Masters Panel (Open to All)

Female Masters Panel (Open to All)

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 19:00

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What is it like being a woman at the top in Cambridge? With a record high of female masters, do we still need to be talking about gender? What can being female bring to the role? Come along to hear the heads of Jesus, Gonville & Caius, and Girton discuss their experience, achievements, and the challenges they’ve faced to date in the role as a female Head of House.

Sonita Alleyne
The 41st Master and first woman to lead Jesus College since its foundation in 1496, Sonita is a businesswoman and entrepreneur. Brought up in East London, Sonita studied for her undergraduate degree in philosophy at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. A career in radio followed, including founding production company Somethin’ Else which she led as Chief Executive from 1991 until 2009. Winner of the Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for TV and Radio in 2002, Sonita is a Fellow of both The Royal Society of the Arts and the Radio Academy. She was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2004. Sonita is the director and founder of the Yes Programme, an online careers information scheme which gives school pupils an insight into how classroom skills translate to real world careers

Pippa Rogerson
Pippa has been Master of Gonville & Caius College since 2018. She is also a Reader in Private International Law in the Faculty of Law, Cambridge University. Her research interests are in international commercial litigation in the English courts. She is presently the College Sexual Assault and Harassment contact. Before coming back to Cambridge to take a PhD Pippa qualified as a solicitor in a “magic circle” City law firm.

Susan Smith
Professor Susan J Smith is the Mistress of Girton College since October 2009 and is an Honorary Fellow of Social and Economic Geography in Cambridge University. She works on housing and
various areas of inequality and is interested in the relationship of States, markets and ethic of care.

This event is open to all.

***ACCESS***

There is wheelchair access, padded seating, an accessible toilet, a gender neutral toilet and a hearing loop.

While there is no general car parking, a public car park is a 2 minute walk away from the door. Blue badge parking is offered in Park street multi storey car park as well as on the streets - Round Church street and Jesus lane.

We can arrange for a BSL interpreter and a designated quiet space by request in advance.

You can contact us about access on president@cus.org

 
 
 
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Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Debate: This House Prefers Reading Oscar Wilde to George Orwell

Debate: This House Prefers Reading Oscar Wilde to George Orwell

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 19:30

Debate

7:30pm - student-led emergency debate on a topical motion

8:00pm - main debate

PROPOSITION:
Will Self
Will Self is the author of 25 books, some of which have been translated into 25 languages. His Dorian: An Imitation is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray set during the AIDS crisis. He holds the Chair in Contemporary Thought at Brunel University, and lives in South London.

OPPOSITION:
To be announced - watch this space!

ABSTENTION:
Professor Angie Hobbs
Angie Hobbs graduated in Classics and then a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. After a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, she moved to the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick. She was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2019 and is on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council 2018-9 for Values, Ethics and Innovation

Further speakers and student participants TBC.

***ACCESS***

There is wheelchair access, padded seating, an accessible toilet, a gender neutral toilet and a hearing loop.

While there is no general car parking, a public car park is a 2 minute walk away from the door. Blue badge parking is offered in Park street multi storey car park as well as on the streets - Round Church street and Jesus lane.

We can arrange for a BSL interpreter and a designated quiet space by request in advance.

You can contact us about access on president@cus.org

 
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 17:30 Speaker Ann Wroe - Economist Orbituaries Editor

Ann Wroe - Economist Orbituaries Editor

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 17:30

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Ann Wroe is a writer, most recently notable for her unique style of obituary in the Economist (one a week, friend or foe). Recent subjects have included General Suleimani, Sir Christopher Lee and Toni Morrison.

Please join us for this Q&A, in the smaller setting of the Kennedy Room, for what should be a fascinating and rare event.

This event is co-hosted by the Cambridge Review of Books and is MEMBERS ONLY.

***ACCESS***
There is wheelchair access, padded seating, an accessible toilet, a gender neutral toilet and a hearing loop.

While there is no general car parking, a public car park is a 2 minute walk away from the door. Blue badge parking is offered in Park Street Multi-storey Car Park, as well as on the streets - Round Church Street and Jesus Lane.

We can arrange for a BSL interpreter and a designated quiet space by request in advance.

You can contact us about access on president@cus.org.

 
 
 
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Monday, January 27, 2020 - 17:00 Speaker Domestic Violence Panel

Domestic Violence Panel

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 17:00

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Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent crimes in Britain, with an estimated two million 16-59 year olds affected by it last year. The upcoming Domestic Violence Bill, which Theresa May described as a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to help victims, has brought this issue to the forefront of public discussion. The aim of this panel is to challenge assumptions about who is affected by domestic violence, and the forms it can take. 

Ainie Grainger 

Along with her mother, Priscilla Grainger, a domestic violence survivor, Ainie is the founder of Stop Domestic Violence in Ireland, an organisation which provides support and advice for people trapped in abusive relationships. Ainie will be discussing her experiences growing up in a household with domestic violence, and her organisation’s work campaigning to ensure that domestic violence is recognised as a crime in Ireland. 

Elizabeth Woodcraft

Elizabeth has worked as the National Co-ordinator at the National WOmen’s Aid Federation, advised on the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act of 1976, and between 1991-5 she was the Chair of Rights of Women, an organisation of women working on legal issues affecting women. Now, she is a full time writer, and uses her experiences as a barrister, representing domestic violence survivors, to inform her historical fiction novels. 

Lyndsey Dearlove

Lyndsey is the Head of UK SAYS NO MORE, a national campaign which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. As part of this, Lindsey worked to create a university ambassador programme, which has reached over 200 men, and will soon be launched in the U.S. 

 
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 16:30 Speaker Bill Browder

Bill Browder

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 16:30

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Bill Browder is an American-born British financier and political activist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management, the investment advisor to the Hermitage Fund, which at one time was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. On November 13th, 2005, Browder was refused entry to Russia, deported to the UK, and declared a threat to Russian national security. Eighteen months later, Hermitage Capital's offices in Moscow were raided by twenty-five officers of Russia's Interiror Ministry.

Browder assigned Sergei Magnitsky, head of the tax practice at Firestone Duncan, to investigate the purpose of the raid. He discovered that while those documents were in the custody of the police, they had been used to fraudulently reregister Hermitage's holding companies in the name of an ex-convict.

Five weeks after his second testimony, Magnitsky was arrested at his home. While he was in custody, Magnitsky was mistreated, and eventually fell gravely ill before passing away. After his death, Browder lobbied for Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, a law to punish Russian human rights violators, which was signed into law in 2013 by President Barack Obama.

 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 17:45 Speaker Baldwin vs Buckley debate screening + panel

Baldwin vs Buckley debate screening + panel

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 17:45

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Join us for a screening of the historic 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr on the motion "This House Believes the American Dream has been Achieved at the Expense of the American Negro". The debate was packed to the rafters and has gone down in the annals on Union history.

The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Peter Fullerton, the President in 1965 who chaired the debate, David Heycock, the student speaker who proposed the motion alongside Baldwin, and Nick Buccola, author of a recent book about the debate entitled: "The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America"

 
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Debate: This House Believes the House of Windsor is Failing

Debate: This House Believes the House of Windsor is Failing

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 19:30

Debate

7:30pm - student-led emergency debate on a topical motion
8:00pm - main debate

This will be an all-student debate, on this most topical of questions. The Union is committed to remembering its roots as a debating society, and you, as members, should have the maximum chance to debate. Details for auditions can be found on page six of our term card.

https://issuu.com/thecambridgeunion/docs/lent2020termcard?fbclid=IwAR0fDg2FGNZs-3z5Hx8yvEhmzeBRtBjsFaHHHYO0VPvrhyXsDcWzN0X8Ink