Week 2, Tuesday 4th October

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Iraq: What Next? with Vice’s Harry Langston

Tickets live here for the launch event of the 2016-17 academic year.

Week 3, Thursday 13th October

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Penthouse and Pavement: Inequality in the 21st Century with Professor Richard Wilkinson

Tickets here for our second talk of term: a hard-hitting look at economic inequality by one of the UK’s greatest thinkers.

Week 4, Tuesday 18th October

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The Big Drugs Debate: Peter Hitchens vs Joana Ramiro

The gloves will come off for the headline debate of the autumn term. We are privileged to welcome Peter Hitchens to the York Union, and host Joana Ramiro’s return after her participation at last year’s controversial Labour, Welcome to the Wilderness Years panel discussion. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite here.

Week 5, Thursday 27th October

14691323_2162130734011161_1219577458861819551_o.jpgAre MPs right to be concerned that IPSO has never fined a newspaper? Has the behaviour of the press improved since the phone hacking scandal? Will the ominous threat of punitive damages for papers that refuse to sign up to a government funded regulator become reality?

Matt Tee, IPSO’s Chief Executive, will be here to discuss. In his role as Chief Executive of IPSO he has had to manage newspaper boycotts, confront the fears and complaints of the public and carefully manage relationships within the media microcosm. Not an easy task.

We expect this to be another highly subscribed event – book your free tickets here.

Week 7, Tuesday 8th November

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In Conversation with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell

In collaboration with the local Labour Party in York, we are hosting the Labour Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, at the Royal York hotel. John is bringing his highly successful ‘New Economic Lecture Series’ to York; a series of public events to broaden the debate surrounding economics in Britain. From London to Manchester to Birmingham, these events have sold out fast and have facilitated great debate.

The York Union is a strictly neutral organisation and has no affiliation to Labour or any other political party. Due to the collaborative nature of this event, tickets will be priced at £5 per person which goes towards venue cost and the CLP. As with all of our events, we will not profit. Tickets can be booked here.

Week 8, Tuesday 15th November

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Breaking the Cycle with Leyla Hussein

5,700 cases in 2015/16.
66,000 affected in the UK.
20,000 still at risk.

And these are only the numbers on record.

Female genital mutilation is “the practice … of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for non-medical reasons”, a practice illegal in the UK but still worryingly concealed in multicultural society. The government suggests the scale of the practice may be far higher, estimating that as many as 170,000 girls in the UK have undergone the procedure — mostly under non-medical conditions, often restrained by members of their own family. Why is this abuse still happening in 21st century Britain? Why, after 30 years of illegality, does the number of convictions stand at zero? How do we break the cycle? The York Union is proud to host Leyla Hussein to speak about this vital issue. Leyla is a social activist, co-founder of the Daughters of Eve organisation and Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven. She has presented a BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary ‘The Cruel Cut’, has spoken on a variety of radio and television outlets, and has been a guest speaker at national and international conferences, known for her TED talks.

Tickets available for free hereDue to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. Leyla has, at the last minute, been confirmed to appear at a court case. She looks forward to joining us in the new year.

Week 8, Tuesday 15th November

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The Faith School Debate: Andrew Copson V Marc Sidwell

The York Union is proud to host a debate on the motion: ‘This house believes state-funded faith schools should be banned’, featuring:

– Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association and co-author of the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism (arguing in favour of the motion);

– Marc Sidwell, co-author of The School of Freedom and contributor to the Telegraph (arguing in opposition to the motion).

Book your seat for free on Eventbrite now.