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Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 20:00 Misc Cambridge Super Bowl Party 2020 (open to the public)

Cambridge Super Bowl Party 2020 (open to the public)

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 20:00

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***Please note that the event is open to the general public - you do not have be a current student or member of the Cambridge Union to attend!***

The Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. But if you can't make the big game...the Cambridge Pythons are proud to present Super Bowl LIV live from the Cambridge Union!

Come to the biggest and best Super Bowl party in Cambridge, which is once again taking place at the historic and beautiful Cambridge Union. We will be showing US TV feed of the game (including the big halftime ads...). The bar will be open throughout the night until the end of the game, and the kitchen will be serving food.

Doors will open at 8:00pm, with an 11:30pm kickoff. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door - www.superbowl.pythons.org.uk to purchase your ticket in advance.

 
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Monday, February 3, 2020 - 18:30 Speaker Pink Week: Controversies of Breast Cancer

Pink Week: Controversies of Breast Cancer

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 18:30

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Speakers from: 

Breast Cancer Haven. One of the three charities Pink Week are supporting this year. Haven provides lifelong personalized programs of physical, emotional and practical care for breast cancer patients and has centres across the UK. 

Breast Cancer Care & Now. They are one of the largest breast cancer charities in the UK and cover both research and care. They support breast cancer patients with access to nurses and support groups. They have invested £230 million in breast cancer research campaign for improved access to life saving drugs. 

Other speakers:

Ellie Harding. Vice President of CATS Cambridge 

She is a 3rd year Medical student at Cambridge and has personally battled leukaemia for five years as a teenager. CATS stands for Cancer Awareness in Teenagers and Young People Society. It is a registered charity that was started in 2014 by students in Manchester, now based at several universities including Cambridge and aims to raise awareness in young people about symptoms of cancer and provide vital information for example when to see a GP. 

Emma Campbell. Writer, freelance journalist, speaker and creator of the blog ‘Meandmyfour’. 

She received her cancer diagnosis shortly after a divorce and leaving her with newborn triplets. She is a mother of four and breast cancer patient and writes openly and honestly about her life experiences, particularly in her book “All That Followed: A Story of Cancer, Kids and the Fear of Leaving Too Soon”. She has recently collaborated with Lauren Mahon from Girl vs Cancer and constantly raises support and awareness for Breast Cancer research. "

 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 18:30 Speaker How to Argue With a Racist - with Adam Rutherford

How to Argue With a Racist - with Adam Rutherford

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 18:30

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Join Dr Adam Rutherford, science writer and broadcaster, as he talks about his new book 'How To Argue With A Racist': a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.

For more information and £7 advance tickets, please visit https://howtoarguewitharacist.eventbrite.co.uk

 
 
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 20:00 Debate Debate: This House Believes China is the New Imperial Power in Hong Kong

Debate: This House Believes China is the New Imperial Power in Hong Kong

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 20:00

Debate

*Note: there will be no emergency debate before this event*

8:00pm - main debate

PROPOSITION

Martin Lee SC JP - Martin Lee is a Hong Kong politician and barrister. He is the founding chairman of the United Democrats of Hong Kong and its successor, the Democratic Party, Hong Kong’s major pro-democracy party. Nicknamed the “Father of Democracy”, he is recognised as one of the most prominent advocates for democracy and human rights in Hong Kong and China.

Evan Fowler - Evan Fowler has written about social identity and generational issues for the South China Morning Post, China Daily and others. He has also been a regular contributor to House News. Evan is a columnist and co-director of Hong Kong Free Press. Evan is owed particular thanks for helping to forge a long term relationship between Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and the Union.

Third Speaker TBC.

OPPOSITION

Victor Gao - Victor Zhikai Gao is an international relations expert and translator. He is a Director of the China National Association of International Studies and an Executive Director of Beijing Private Equity Association. He is best known for his position as the late Deng Xiaoping's translator and currently an international expert on Chinese issues.

Student speakers - details of auditions can be found in the term card.

 
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 19:00 Speaker Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 19:00

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Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work in Yemen. Upon being awarded the prize, Tawakkol became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate at the time, at the age of 32.

A journalist by profession and human rights activist by nature, Tawakkol responded to the political instability and human rights abuses in Yemen by mobilizing others and reporting on injustices. In 2005, she founded the organization Women Journalists Without Chains, (WJWC) which advocates for rights and freedoms and provides media skills to journalists. The organization also produces regular reports on human rights abuses in Yemen, documenting more than 50 cases of attacks and unfair sentences against newspapers and writers to date.

 
 
 
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Monday, February 10, 2020 - 18:00 Speaker Beauty in an Instagram world

Beauty in an Instagram world

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 18:00

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Is Instagram a space for liberating self-expression, or a toxically competitive and comparative environment? What impacts are the beauty industry and surrounding social media platforms having on our mental health? How do we create role models and promote body positivity in these spaces? Come along to hear women in the industry talk about their experiences in and opinions on modelling, cosmetics, and body positivity in the world of Instagram

Speakers: 

Sonny Turner

Sonny pioneers the #BeautyBeyondSize and has worked on huge campaigns with the likes of Primark, ASOS, and Figleaves. Last year, she teamed up with Chamrot, the New York based clothes line which challenges the sizing assumptions and impositions of designers, for New York fashion week. She is not afraid to speak out about the problems in the industry but also emphasises the positive value of social media when it champions real women’s bodies. 

Jada Sezer

Instagram: jadasezer 

Jada has a Masters in Child Psychotherapy but during her studies noticed the powerful affect the media has on young people’s development and its devastating results from lack of representation. She begun campaigning on Instagram and grew a following instantaneously. Her uplifting message and unique images went viral and she became one of UK’s first plus-size models championing self esteem, body confidence and mental wellness. 

Simone Charles

Instagram: simonecharles_

Simone Charles is a social media influencer and model who is an advocate for body confidence and body positivity. She has been in the industry for eight years and uses her Instagram and blog, thecurveboard.com, to share her message with her thousands of followers which is "live your truth, regardless of size, weight or colour". She also holds a BSc Psychology and MSc Consumer Behaviour, has co-authored a research paper assessing the role of media in shaping societal norms and recently spoke on BBC Radio London to talk about her work in the field.

Simran Randhawa 

Simran is a writer, model, and digital influencer, and was formerly assistant politics editor at gal-dem. Her current work focuses on the intersection between her Indian heritage and Western upbringing, and she pushes to #decoloniseyourwardrobe. With an Instagram following 114k strong, she has worked with Vogue, Estee Lauder, and Nike and her work has been featured in publications such as Dazed and Nylon.

 
 
 
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 17:00 Speaker Sheck Wes

Sheck Wes

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 17:00

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Sheck Wes rose to almost overnight international fame with his sleeper-hit “Mo Bamba” which went viral in mid-2018. The track, recorded in one take in under 20 minutes, travelled by word of mouth online to go from an unceremonious Soundcloud upload to a global party banger and sold-out arena performances. Sheck was catapulted from relative obscurity and fame limited to his home, Harlem, to prestigious cosigns from Kanye West and Travis Scott and great commercial success with the release of his debut album “Mudboy” in October 2018, which reached the Top 20 in the Billboard 200.

Sheck is by no means a one-dimensional talent – the self-titled Mudboy is a prominent model, walking in Paris Fashion Week 2020 and featuring in the “#MONCLERBEYOND Project”. He is part of “JACKBOYS”, a collective of rappers signed to Travis Scott’s “Cactus Jack Records” with whom he recently released the eponymous “JACKBOYS” compilation tape which opened atop the Billboard 200 and became the first number one album of the new decade.
 

 
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Comedy debate: This House Believes the Cambridge Footlights Have Ruined Comedy

Comedy debate: This House Believes the Cambridge Footlights Have Ruined Comedy

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 19:30

Debate

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

This debate is brought to you in collaboration with the Cambridge Footlights.

PROPOSITION

Student speakers, TBC.

OPPOSITION

Adrian Gray

Adrian Gray is a writer and comedian who has appeared on BBC Three, Radio 4, Comedy Central and Channel 4. He matriculated in 2012 and studied PPS.

Student speakers, TBC.

 
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 13:30 Speaker The Right Honourable John Bercow

The Right Honourable John Bercow

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 13:30

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John Bercow was the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2009 through 2019. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Buckingham.

John Bercow was active in the Conservative Party from a young age and was a Conservative councillor, for Lambeth, from 1986 to 1990. He stood as a candidate to become an MP at the 1987 and 1992 General Elections but was not successful. At the 1997 General Election, Bercow was elected the Conservative MP for Buckingham. He served in the shadow cabinets of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard. After the Speaker Michael Martin resigned on 22 June 2009, Bercow was elected as the Speaker.

Bercow is the first Jewish Speaker. He is the first Speaker not to wear traditional court robes while presiding over the House of Commons. But, along with tradition, Bercow does now display his coat of arms at Speaker's House.

On 9 September 2019, Bercow told the House of Commons that he would stand down on 31 October, or at the next general election, whichever occurs first. He officially left the office on 4 November 2019.

 
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 18:00 Speaker Dame Sally Davies

Dame Sally Davies

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 18:00

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Dame Sally Davies served as chief scientific advisor to the Department of Health from 2006-10, before being chosen to be the new Chief Medical Officer for England, a post she held until last September. She was elected Master of Trinity College in 2019, the first woman ever to hold the position.

In the New Year's Honours she was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath - the first woman outside the Royal Family ever to have held the post.

 
 
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 17:47 Social Register Now The Cambridge Union Society's Gin & Jazz Night

The Cambridge Union Society's Gin & Jazz Night

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 17:47

Social Register Now
 
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 19:40 Social Gin & Jazz

Gin & Jazz

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 19:40

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 17:00 Speaker Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 17:00

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Tarana Burke founded the #MeToo movement, and in collaboration with the Oxford Union we are delighted that she will be addressing our members. She is a civil rights activist from the Bronx. She was named ‘person of the year’ alongside other silence breakers in Time Magazine in 2017. She is Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn.

 
 
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Debate: This House Regrets New Labour

Debate: This House Regrets New Labour

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 19:30

Debate

7:30pm - student-led emergency debate on a topical motion
9:30pm - main debate

PROPOSITION

TBC

OPPOSITION

Tom Newton Dunn

Tom Newton Dunn is an English newspaper journalist. Having previously worked for ten years as a defence journalist and foreign reporter, since 2009 he has been the political editor of The Sun newspaper.

The Rt. Hon Sir Vince Cable Ph.D

Sir John Vincent Cable is a British politician who was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017 to 2019. He was the Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2019. He was President of the Cambridge Union in Easter 1965 and elected President of the University Liberal Club.

Student speaker - details of auditions can be found in the term card.

 
 
 
 
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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 19:30 Debate Debate: This House Believes We Were Right to Leave the EU

Debate: This House Believes We Were Right to Leave the EU

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 19:30

Debate

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

PROPOSITION

The Rt. Hon Gisela Stuart

Gisela Stuart was the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston from 1997-2015 and chaired the official Vote Leave campaign in 2016. She is the Chair of Woolton Park, a foreign policy think-tank.

Suella Braverman MP

Suella Braverman is the Conservative MP for Fareham. She has previously chaired the European Research Group, and served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union. She read law at Queens’, and is a former chair of Cambridge University Conservative Association.

Student speaker - details of auditions can be found in the term card

OPPOSITION

The Rt. Hon Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE PC QC Kt.

Lord Campbell was leader of the Liberal Democrats between 2005 and 2007. A former Olympic sprinter, one time styled as ‘the fastest white man on the planet’, he moved into the law, becoming a Queen’s Counsel. Widely regarded as a statesman, and admired on all sides, he is a long-standing supporter of the European Union

Christine Jardine MP

Christine Jardine is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician. She was elected as the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West in 2017. She is the Liberal Democrats Spokesperson on Home Affairs, Justice, Women and Equalities and sits on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster.

Student speaker - details of auditions can be found in the term car

 
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 19:00 Speaker JPEGMAFIA

JPEGMAFIA

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 19:00

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Barrington Hendrick, known artistically as JPEGMAFIA, is an American rapper and producer from Baltimore, Maryland. Hendrick’s work is highly unusual and experimental in nature, blending and blurring genre, extensive sampling and digital distortion into a critically-acclaimed body of work that ranges from a cover of “Call Me Maybe” to the “Darkskin Manson” tape which was inspired by the Freddie Gray protests in his hometown.

Hendricks enlisted in the United States Air Force at the of 18 following high school and one term in the US Air Force, during which he was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, North Africa and Japan. It was in the military that Hendrick’s music career began in earnest - he regularly released his beats, songs and music videos under a pseudonym. His second studio album “Veteran”, released in 2018, propelled Peggy (as he is affectionately known by fans as) to an almost-cult online following and drew rave reviews from critics. His subsequent and latest album, “All My Heroes Are Cornballs”, released in 2019, was a huge success earning further artistic praise, including a 5-star review from the NME among others.