Paperjam Club launches a new season of debates in association with the Oxford Union Society, starting with the motion, “Economic crisis--have we learned the right lessons?”
Considered the “world’s most prestigious debating society”, the Oxford Union has been at the cutting edge of controversial debate since its inception in 1823. It was at a Union debate in 1964 that Malcolm X demanded black empowerment “by any means necessary” and four years later former US president Richard Nixon gave his first public speech after the Watergate scandal.
Other speakers from all walks of life--ranging from Winston Churchill to Shakira, Yasser Arafat to Michael Jackson, the Dalai Lama to Imran Khan and Mother Teresa to Stephen Hawking--have addressed the institution.
The moderator at the first Paperjam Club session will be the current president of the Oxford Union Society, Ben Sullivan. Two opposing parties, composed each of two speakers, will present their arguments around the motion “Economic crisis: have we learned the right lessons?” in the hope of winning over the audience, who will be asked to vote for or against the motion at the end of the debate.
Speaking for the motion will be Yves Nosbusch, chief economist of BGL BNP Paribas and Jean-Pierre Zigrand, an associate professor at the London School of Economics. Against will be Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party member of the Chamber of Deputies Franz Fayot and Nicolas Henckes, secretary general of the Union of Luxembourg Enterprises.
The debate on 5 November is at the Banque de Luxembourg and begins at 6.30 p.m. Delano has ten pairs of tickets (worth €125 each to non-members) to give away to our readers. To enter the draw to win a pair, simply send an email to [email protected] mentioning “Paperjam Club-Oxford Union” as the subject field. Please include full name and a contact telephone number.
Deadline for entries is Friday 31 October at 11 a.m. Winners will be notified that morning.
Banque du Luxembourg, boulevard Royal, Luxembourg-Centre