Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cambridge University Students Association Palin Debate Article

Stephen Fry, Sarah Palin and Jon Snow feature in Lent Union line-up

Image credit: Robert Palmer

Celebrating its 200th anniversary, the Cambridge Union Society has released a sneak preview of the Lent Term 2015 termcard, with highlights including Stephen Fry and Sarah Palin.
Reflecting on the varied fields of the revealed speakers, Amy Gregg, President of the Union for Lent 2015, commented: “I’m extremely pleased that we have begun our Bicentenary year with such a diverse range of prominent speakers. As ever, the Union strives to offer members the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most significant and influential public figures.”
Renowned as an activist as well as a comedian, writer and actor, the debate in which Fry will participate in will likely draw on his views as an atheist and a humanist, though the motion is yet to be announced.
Innan Shevchenko is the leader of international feminist movement FEMEN and will speak in a debate on the 26th February. FEMEN activists have previously been labelled as ‘sextremists’ after carrying out topless demonstrations against the patriarchy, often with reference to religion, dictatorships and the sex industry. Her appearance follows other notable feminist figures in last term’s line-up, notably Pussy Riot and Laura Bates.
Palin has in the past caused controversy by not knowing that Africa was a continent. Credit: Roger H. Goun via Flickr
Controversial American politician Sarah Palin will then speak on the 2nd of March. The first female Republican to be nominated for the Vice Presidency, during the 2008 Presidential election, Palin has more recently spent time as a political commentator for Fox News, and has starred in ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’, her own reality show. Her book, ‘Going Rogue’, has sold over two million copies.
On the 13th of March, journalist and Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow will speak. A well-renowned journalist, Snow has received numerous awards for his work including five Royal Television Society Awards. Union members can expect to hear about a range of current topics in his talk - last year, Snow’s work involved a head-to-head with Russell Brand and ground reporting from the conflict in Gaza.
After this hint at the famous faces on offer at the Cambridge Union this term, the termcard will be released in full on Monday.