BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//The Oxford Union - the world's foremost debating society - ECPv5.14.0.4//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:The Oxford Union - the world's foremost debating society X-ORIGINAL-URL: X-WR-CALDESC:Events for The Oxford Union - the world's foremost debating society BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Europe/London BEGIN:DAYLIGHT TZOFFSETFROM:+0000 TZOFFSETTO:+0100 TZNAME:BST DTSTART:20220327T010000 END:DAYLIGHT BEGIN:STANDARD TZOFFSETFROM:+0100 TZOFFSETTO:+0000 TZNAME:GMT DTSTART:20221030T010000 END:STANDARD END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220228T190000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220228T220000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220120T101142Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220228T133206Z SUMMARY:Artisan Gin Tasting DESCRIPTION:The Oxford Artisan Distillery\, located near South Parks\, produces locally sourced gin\, vodka and whisky. Join them in the Union bar as they provide expert insights into the process of making spirits and the finer nuances of the tastes. \nFree entry and free drinks provided. \nContact Ahmad Nawaz at for more details. \n  \nBallot: URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220228T200000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220228T210000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T200259Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220119T200259Z SUMMARY:Sir Robert John Sawers DESCRIPTION:Sir Robert John Sawers\nFormer chief of MI6 \nSir Robert John Sawers is a British intelligence officer\, diplomat and civil servant. He was Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6\, a position he held from November 2009 until November 2014. He was previously the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 2007 to November 2009. Sawers was a key opposition figure against the UK government’s decision not to intervene to a greater degree in Syria during his tenure. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220301T170000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220301T180000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T200508Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220119T200508Z SUMMARY:Anne Boden MBE DESCRIPTION:Anne Boden MBE\nFounder of Starling Bank \nAnne Boden is a Welsh entrepreneur and the first woman to found a UK bank. After a successful period working with Allied Irish Banks\, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland\, she set up Starling Bank in 2014. Since then\, the mobile-only establishment has won the Best British Bank award four times. In 2018\, Anne Boden received an MBE for her contribution to the financial technology sector. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220301T200000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220301T210000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220301T130047Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220301T130047Z SUMMARY:Christopher Steele - In person DESCRIPTION:Christopher Steele is a former MI6 Officer who worked with the intelligence services for over two decades. He ran the Russia desk at the MI6 headquarters in London before co-founding a private intelligence firm. He authored the dossier that concluded Russia had collected a file of compromising information on Donald Trump. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T140000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T150000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220301T130247Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220301T130247Z SUMMARY:Ukraine Panel DESCRIPTION:On the 24th of February 2022\, the Russian Federation launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine\, starting the largest interstate conflict in Europe since the Second World War. This aggressive action is the latest and most extreme decision taken by President Putin towards former Soviet states; it follows the invasion of Georgia in 2008\, the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014\, and ever-increasing interference in the politics of Belarus\, Kazakhstan and other CSTO members. The conflict has developed steadily with Ukraine putting up a stout defence and holding Kyiv and other major cities against all expectations but the end is far from within sight.\n\nHow will the crisis develop? It is clear that this event will come to define the next decade; the effect it has already had on the thinking of individuals across the world is more than apparent. It is also clear that this is an issue that has resonated with the Oxford Community and with our members. We thus feel that we have a duty to facilitate a discussion on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine\, the build-up to it\, its geopolitical significance\, and what we in the United Kingdom should be doing to help.\n\n\nWe are therefore delighted to announce that at 14:00 on Wednesday 2nd February\, we will be hosting a Panel Discussion on Ukraine with several guest speakers:\n\n• Mr Robert Brinkley CMG (Formerly HM Ambassador to Ukraine and Head of the Ukrainian Institute)\n\n• Professor Neil MacFarlane (a world expert in the international relations of the Former Soviet Union and a professor at St. Anne’s College)\n\n• Further speakers are clarifying their availability and will be announced on our Instagram in the coming days.\n\nThis panel will be followed by an ‘Open Despatch Box’ discussion where we encourage all members to give their thoughts on the unfolding crisis. There will be a collection in aid of charities supporting the Ukrainian government and refugees throughout the event. We encourage any member to get in touch with us with ideas for how we can support the Ukrainian people at this time and how best we can discuss the matter at hand.\n\nThe Ukrainian people remain in our thoughts and prayers\, The Standing Committee of the Oxford Union Society URL: CATEGORIES:Other ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T170000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T180000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T200646Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220119T201417Z SUMMARY:Stavros Lambrinidis DESCRIPTION:Stavros Lambrinidis\nFormer Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece \nEU ambassador to the United States since 2019\, Stavros Lambrinidis is a Greek lawyer and politician. He started his career in 1994 in Greece by being a special advisor to the prime minister George A. Papandreou. In 2011\, he served as the minister for foreign affairs in Greece. He then worked for seven years as EU Special Representative for Human Rights\, before assuming his current role. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T200000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T210000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T200817Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220119T200817Z SUMMARY:Sir Jon Cunliffe DESCRIPTION:Sir Jon Cunliffe\nBank of England Deputy Govenor and Former British Representative to the EU \nDeputy Governor of the Bank of England since 2013\, Sir John Cunliffe is a senior British civil servant. Serving in the Treasury since 1998\, he was successively Deputy Director for International Finance and Managing director of Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance. In 2007\, he was appointed Head of the European and Global Issues Secretariat\, where he was the Prime Minister’s Advisor on International Economic Affairs and on the EU. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T210000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220302T230000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220120T103402Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220120T103402Z SUMMARY:Jazz Night DESCRIPTION:join us as we turn our members’ bar into a speakeasy for a night of jazz ! You’ll hear from a talented lineup of student performers paying tribute to old legends from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald. \n  URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220303T203000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220303T233000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T183245Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220228T134000Z SUMMARY:Protest Debate DESCRIPTION:This House Would Do Whatever Is Necessary\nAddressing the Union chamber in 1964\, Malcolm X urged members to do ‘whatever necessary’ in pursuit of social justice. Throughout history\, academics have debated — and activists have pushed — the limits of legitimate protest. From pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong to Extinction Rebellion\, the boundaries of necessity appear to be shifting. Faced with civil disobedience and activists treating mass arrests as the price of doing business\, there are calls to curtail the right to protest. Is violent protest a legitimate tool or an unjustifiable threat? Where are the red lines when protesting — and should we cross them? \n  \nProposition \nAislinn Pulley \nCo-executive director at the Chicago Torture Justice Centre and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago. She has campaigned extensively to raise money for families who have suffered due to police violence. \nBen Smoke \nJournalist and activist from London\, who helped found Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and took part in a blockade of a deportation charter flight at Stansted airport in 2017. The action saw the group charged and convicted of terror-related offences\, before narrowly avoiding prison. Ben is contributing editor at Huck Magazine\, regularly appears on LBC\, and is writing his first book about the Stansted 15 trial. \nGian Volpicelli \nSenior writer at WIRED\, where he covers cryptocurrency\, decentralization\, politics\, and technology regulation. He received a master’s degree in journalism from City University of London after studying politics and international relations in Rome. \nOpposition \nPeter Tatchell \nHuman rights advocate\, LGBT+ activist\, author and journalist who co-founded gay rights political group OutRage! in 1990 which promotes direct action against discrimination. Member of the Green Party of England and Wales. \nHelen King QPM \nFormer Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal. Previously worked as a detective\, uniformed officer\, and national police lead for horizon scanning. \nRayhan Asat \nRayhan Asat is an internationally recognized Uyghur human rights lawyer\, fellow at Yale Law School\, and a graduate of Harvard Law. Her human rights advocacy has been featured in media outlets including The NYT and BBC. Rayhan’s brother Ekpar Asat\, an award-winning tech-entrepreneur and philanthropist\, who has disappeared into China’s concentration camps\, has become a driving force in her mission as a human rights lawyer. URL: CATEGORIES:Debates ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220304T170000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220304T180000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T184559Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220217T161510Z SUMMARY:Women In Climate Tech DESCRIPTION:Women In Climate Tech: Pitch Fest \nAs global temperatures rise\, sea levels climb\, and entire ecosystems face extinction\, the climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing our generation. With a looming deadline\, unprecedented innovation in the tech sector offers an unexpected solution. Climate change disproportionately affects women\, especially BAME women and those in low income communities and women have been leading the charge to find climate tech solutions. \nJoin us as leading entrepreneurs\, executives\, and investors offer original solutions to the issue\, and come together to discuss the future of the field. \nSujata Rastogi \nFounder & CEO of You’ve Got This! She has worked in financial services and led teams across the world in strategy\, product\, business development\, partnerships\, innovation & digital banking. She was awarded the TIE London Intrapreneur of the Year Award in 2018 and part of the Money2020 Rise Up USA Women in Fintech Leadership program. She is an active investor in FinTech and a mentor for Sustainable Ventures and has spoken at various industry events on the future of AI in financial services\, Future of Work\, Digital Banking\, Finances\, and FinTech. \nCelia Forshew \nFounder of Seed. She secured funding on the Dragons Den and founded Beach Break Live festival\, a four-day celebration of beach by day and beats by night with the likes of Ed Sheeran\, Dizzee Rascal\, and Ellie Goulding. It was here that she developed a powerful student influencer network and cult student brand\, growing the festival to 20k students. She then launched Seed\, with a mission to take student marketing to the next level\, and built a reputation for delivering game-changing global student campaigns and solutions for brands such as ASOS\, Spotify. \nAmali De Alwis \nCEO of Subak\, the world’s first non-profit accelerator that scales climate impact through data\, policy and behaviour change. She was previously CEO of Code First: Girls and is a Board member at Ada National College for Digital Skills\, the Raspberry Pi Foundation\, and Unboxed 2022. She was a founding member at Tech Talent Charter\, was named as ‘The most influential woman in UK IT’ by Computer Weekly\, and was awarded an MBE in 2019. \nAbhilasha Purwar \nFounder and CEO of Blue Sky Analytics\, a Climate-Tech start-up using satellite data and AI to build environmental monitoring and climate-risk assessment products. She is a Fulbright scholar\, Yale and IIT alum with experience in private equity\, big data analytics\, product development\, and environmental policy. She has worked on building flexible solar cells in Dublin\, kickstarting solar products and asset financing startup at PEG Africa\, and clean energy investing as an Associate at GoldenSet Capital. \n  URL: CATEGORIES:Special Events END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220304T210000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220304T220000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220120T103529Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220120T103529Z SUMMARY:Holi Social DESCRIPTION:The Union warmly welcomes you to celebrate the Festival of Spring at the Oxford Union. With live musical performances and a wonderful selection of South Indian canapes\, this year will be one to remember! \nTraditional dress is encouraged! URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220305T200000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220305T220000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220120T104459Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220120T104459Z SUMMARY:Diversity Drinks DESCRIPTION:Hosted by the Ethnic Minorities Officer for BAME members. URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220307T200000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220307T210000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T201004Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220307T124721Z SUMMARY:Touker Suleyman DESCRIPTION:Touker Suleyman\nLink…/reg…/WN_JFHHvc98TYWzcJzx6UohlQ \nDragon’s Den Star and Entrepreneur \nTouker Suleyman is a British-Turkish Cypriot fashion retail entrepreneur\, investor\, and television personality. His company Low Profile Group purchased UK shirt maker Hawes and Curtis in 2001\, and he purchased UK fashion label Ghost in 2002. Since then\, he has invested in a number of start-up companies including Bikesoup and Huxley and Cox. Since 2015 he has been in the public eye as a dragon on the British reality television programme Dragon’s Den. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220308T140000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220308T150000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220120T104900Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220307T134228Z SUMMARY:25% But Rising: Women's & N-B Debate Night DESCRIPTION:Join us for our Women’s Debate Workshop and Open Debate\, in celebration of International Women’s Day. \nWhether you want to brush up on your debating skills\, try speaking at our despatch boxes or meet new friends\, join us in our historic Chamber. \n  \n  URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220308T170000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220308T170000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220308T153404Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220308T153416Z SUMMARY:IWD Speaker: Adwoa Aboah DESCRIPTION:Adwoa Aboah is a fashion model who has appeared on the front cover of magazines such as Vogue and modelled for brands like Calvin Klein\, Versace\, and Fenty. After her own personal struggles with sobriety and a concern over the lack of mental-health resources for young women\, Aboah launched an organisation for young women called Gurls Talk. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220308T183000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220308T193000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220308T153635Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220308T153635Z SUMMARY:Gurls Talk Dinner DESCRIPTION:Gurls Talk are hosting a dinner for female-identifying members in Oxford this Tuesday! If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity please fill out the form here: \n  \n  URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220309T170000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220309T180000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T201137Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220307T124747Z SUMMARY:The Rt Hon. Lord John Dyson DESCRIPTION:The Rt Hon. Lord John Dyson\nFormer Master of Rolls and Supreme Court Justice \nLink:…/reg…/WN_wJQum_lXQ6C53hdnWdNOfA \nLord Dyson is a former British judge and barrister\, and honorary fellow of Wadham College. Called to the bar in 1968\, he took silk in 1982 and became a bencher in 1990. He served on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as the first ever justice who was not appointed as a peer\, before serving as the Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice from 2012 to 2016. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220309T200000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220309T200000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220307T124900Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220307T124900Z SUMMARY:Big Narstie: MC and Comedian DESCRIPTION:Big Narstie is an MC\, comedian\, TV personality. His career began as a grime artist\, and he released several popular CDs during the 2010s. Since then\, his career has diversified and he has been featured on a number of panel programmes\, as well as hosting his own chat show\, The Big Narstie Show. URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220309T210000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220309T230000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220120T103812Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220120T103812Z SUMMARY:Spring Soirée DESCRIPTION:The Union warmly welcomes you to celebrate the flowery arrival of spring with us in our historical buildings. With live jazz and DJ alongside a selection of drinks in the bar\, it shall be a night to remember. URL: CATEGORIES:Socials ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220310T140000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220310T150000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T184950Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220307T125206Z SUMMARY:Gowns Over Tails: Women Who Shaped The Union DESCRIPTION:Gowns Over Tails: Women Who Shaped The Union\nOn 9 February 1963\, 140 years after its inception\, the Oxford Union successfully voted to admit women as members. This historic change allowed inspiring women such as Benazir Bhutto\, former Pakistani Prime Minister\, to lead the society and host era-defining figures such as Her Majesty The Queen\, Mother Teresa\, Madeleine Albright\, and Malala Yousafzai\, for crucial conversations. As the Oxford Union celebrates International Women’s Day\, we have invited key figures from the Society’s history to reflect on the role of student activism. How can students drive change in their communities to increase gender equality\, and how can debating and free speech be used as a tool to achieve this end? URL: CATEGORIES:Other ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220310T203000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220310T233000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T183604Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220310T175727Z SUMMARY:International Women's Day Debate DESCRIPTION:This House Believes Women Can Have It All\n  \nIn over a century since the first International Women’s Day\, feminism has radically transformed the lives of women across the globe. Despite this\, some fundamental questions remain unanswered. Can one woman achieve it all: sexual freedom\, career success\, relationships\, and alongside all that\, an unspoiled feminist scorecard? The worlds of choice feminism and corporate feminism continue to maintain that women can ‘have it all’ within the structures of the existing system\, but new waves of feminist activists seek to explode the myth of multitasking. Is ‘having it all’ a feminist war cry\, or an impossible target invented by the patriarchy to keep women overworked and uncomplaining?\n\nSpeakers\n\nProposition\n\nEmily Thornberry- Emily Thornberry is a Labour MP who has previously served as shadow foreign secretary and shadow secretary of state. From 1985 to 2005\, she worked as a human rights lawyer before rising to prominence under Ed Miliband’s leadership.\n\nOpposition\n\nMitch Oliver- Mitch Oliver is the vice president of Stonewall\, and has sat on the Board of the UK business for several years. She is also the vice president of marketing at Mars Chocolate having joined their graduate scheme and has been named Marketer of the Year.\n\nSara Tate- Until June 2021\, Sara Tate was the CEO of a prominent advertising agency\, TBWALondon. She left to develop a consultancy advising companies on how to change their workplace culture. Tate is also a founding member of the London Two Percent Club\, which aims to resolve the underrepresentation of women in senior positions. URL: CATEGORIES:Debates ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=Europe/London:20220311T170000 DTEND;TZID=Europe/London:20220311T180000 DTSTAMP:20220315T060005 CREATED:20220119T201353Z LAST-MODIFIED:20220311T095055Z SUMMARY:Slavoj Žižek ONLINE DESCRIPTION:Slavoj Žižek\nSlovenian Philosopher and Author \n  \nLink:…/reg…/WN_SqK5y_3JTH-gyvq4f2m7Pw \nA Slovenian Philosopher and leading figure of the academic left\, Zizek is one of the most important modern figures of Hegelianism. He is a researcher and the International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. Listed by Foreign Policy in 2012 among the Top 100 Global Thinkers\, he has gained international recognition for his critical analysis of popular culture and capitalist societies. His most recent books include Pandemic!\, which discusses a new form of communism that may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism. Zizek has also previously been criticised for his approach to transgender issues URL: CATEGORIES:Speakers ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/png: END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR