Welcome to the Durham Union Society
Welcome to Easter Term at the Durham Union Society!
A warm welcome back to Durham! All-nighters, emotional breakdowns and a full-time relationship with the Bryson; these are just a few things that define the Easter term. It becomes easy to forget that whilst our lives are put on hold to battle through past papers, the world goes on with its own battles- ones that will determine the course of history.
This Easter term at the DUS we will seek to address the most important battles of the day. We will consider conflicts that have boggled the minds of politicians, to which there seems to be no end in sight. The Middle East has long been on top of the international relations agenda. We will examine the impact of external players, be it through military or diplomatic actions, through NGO’s or through aid workers, and draw lessons from it. We will look at the turbulent area not only from our own, Western perspective, but also from the perspectives of Russia and Jordan.
We will address the battle on our own continent: the battle that will decide our future. The future of this country and perhaps the future of the European Union will be determined over the next two months, and we will discuss the best course for history to take.
Let’s not forget the battle over the future of women. There are parts of the world where a woman is at worst a slave, and at best an ornament. Even in our liberal country women are yet to occupy the same position, or possess the same amount of prestige as men. With the help of experts, we will look for a solution.
This term will see a continuation of our fantastic socials, with a free, vintage fancy dress social to kick things off. We will of course hold our annual Garden Party after exams, and we promise to meet the high standard set by previous years!
As promised in my manifesto, the blog will be set up shortly, so if you wish to share your thoughts on any of the topics addressed this term, or if you have any general questions or comments, do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com!
Kamila Godzinska - Easter President 2016
Maxim Sizov Address - Thursday 28th April, 8.30pm
The first event of the Easter term will be an address by Maxim Sizov, First Secretary at the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom.
He will be discussing "Russia's Policy in Syria".
Panel on Western Involvement in the Middle East - Friday 29th April, 8.30pm
Following a successful trial last term, the first discussion panel of term will focus on the West and the Middle East. There will speak:
- Sir Richard Dalton: former Ambassador to Libya and Iran, and current Associate Fellow at Chatham House
- Zeynep Kaya: Academic at LSE, focusing on the role of international actors in enhancing women's rights after military intervention
- Julia Welland: Academic at Warwick University focusing on militarised masculinity and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
- David Wearing: Journalist and Researcher, currently doing a PhD in British foreign policy in the Middle East at SOAS
- Chris Davidson: Durham Academic in the School of Government and International Affairs, previously consultant to GCHQ, FCO and NATO
All events are members only. Should you wish to attend the pre-event dinner, please contact the office before noon two days beforehand.
Chinese New Year Social
This Tuesday 2nd February, we will be hosting a Chinese New Year Social at 8:30 pm in 24 North Bailey. Our first free social of term, it promises to be a fantastic evening fuelled with Chinese food, plenty of drinks, and finished off with authentic decorations flown in from Asia! The social is free and open to members only.