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Cambridge Commonwealth Debate 2018

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The Cambridge University Commonwealth Society invites you to the Cambridge Commonwealth Debate 2018 to be held in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018.

The motion to be debated on is ‘This House thinks the Commonwealth has no future orientation’. The motion is highly relevant while considering that the role of the Commonwealth as a platform for informed deliberation and policy making needs to be creatively imagined. Whilst the older questions of development such as poverty and unemployment continue to exist, we are also facing new challenges in food distribution, public health, climate change and economic integration.

The speakers for the evening are eminent individuals who have close links with the Commonwealth:

Prof. Patsy Robertson was the former Director of Information at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Official Spokesperson for the Commonwealth (1983-1994). She is currently a Chair at The Ramphal Institute.

Dr. Nicholas Watts is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He has actively been involved in international advocacy work tied to the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council and the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings . His work as Education Adviser to the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council focuses on Education for Sustainable Development, leading the Council’s work on small-scale fisheries, sustainable livelihoods, and food security.

Prof. Jane Chapman is a specialist in comparative media history and the history of communication. She specializes in gender, newspapers and comics/cartoon archive culture. She is the author of ten books and many articles and book chapters and her most recent monograph Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers – transnational historical perspectives, analyses cultural citizenship in India, Britain and France.

Ms.Deepa Iyer reads for an MPhil in International Development at the University of Cambridge. She is a Cambridge Trust-Commonwealth Scholar from Gonville & Caius College and the Research Director of the Cambridge Development Initiative. She has been actively working as a junior treasurer of the Commonwealth Society and was selected for two Commonwealth student residential fellowships on sexuality and freedom as well as international development in Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. She strongly believes in the potential of the commonwealth in confronting the problems of the 21st century through reflection and deliberation on the components of a united front.

Moderator: Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar is a PhD scholar in Physics at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is currently the Welfare Officer of the Cambridge University Graduate Union. He has been the Vice-Chair of the Cambridge University Commonwealth Society (CUCS) and an International Officer of the Graduate Union, besides holding key roles in Cambridge University Science Policy and Exchange (CUSPE), Cambridge University India Society (CUIS), BlueSci – Cambridge University Science Magazine, Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU), Cambridge Student Democrats, Sakhya – Cambridge Friends of India and Cambridge South Asia Forum (CAMSAF). He has worked closely with Daniel Zeichner and Julian Huppert, MPs for Cambridge, and other politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats and scientists. In the debate, he will bring in the perspective of policy-making in the Commonwealth, with an emphasis on Science Policy, and argue on how there is still quite a few things that needs to be improved on that front.

The debate will be followed by a wine reception offering the opportunity to interact with the speakers. Entry to the event is free.

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