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In full: The Oxford Union’s term card for Michaelmas 2017

Rockstar Jimmy Page will top the bill of speakers at the Oxford Union this term

Jimmy Page, Tom Daley and Amanda Holden are among the speakers of an Oxford Union Michaelmas term card which features a host of heads of states, sportspeople and celebrities.

Today, Cherwell is exclusively releasing in full the details of the Union’s speaker events for the upcoming term. It follows a release of debates speakers – including Sir Vince Cable and Ken Livingstone – published earlier this week.

Perhaps the most significant announcement will be the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page who will speak on Monday 23 October at 8pm. It will be the first time the rock star has appeared at the famous debating society.

Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg and 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will join fashion designer Marc Jacobs and Trump’s former director of communications Anthony Scaramucci in the list of confirmed speakers.

Sir Ian McKellen, Emeli Sandé and Liv Tyler were confirmed as speakers earlier this week.

McFly drummer Harry Judd, who will speak in 5th week.

Actor Toby Jones, rock band Foals and McFly drummer Harry Judd are also set to speak at the debating society.

Other highlights include:

  • Five-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie
  • American economist Jeffrey Sachs
  • Comedian and Have I Got News For You panelist Paul Merton
  • Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton
  • ITV journalist Robert Peston

Attendance to events is members-only, but students can attend events for free during the Union’s open period which runs up to 19 October.

A full list of speakers and dates can be found below.

0th Week
Zach Quinto, Star Trek actor, Thursday 5 October, 7pm
Jeffrey Sachs, American economist, Friday 6 October, 2pm
Marc Jacobs and Edward Enninful, fashion designer and editor of Vogue, Friday 6 October, 8pm

Nico Rosberg.

1st Week
John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor, Monday 9 October, 5pm
Paul Manafort, Trump adviser and lobbyist, Tuesday 10 October, 5pm
Senator Mike Lee, libertarian US politician, Tuesday 10 October, 8pm
Nico Rosberg, Formula One World Champion, Wednesday 11 October, 5pm
Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, Wednesday 11 October, 8pm
Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings film score composer, Thursday 12 October, 5pm
Fatou Bensouda, international criminal law prosecutor, Friday 13 October, 5pm
President Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, Friday 13 October, 8pm

Anthony Scaramucci.

2nd Week
Anthony Scaramucci, former White House director of communications, Monday 16 October, 8pm
Murray Gold, Doctor Who composer, Tuesday 17 October, 8pm
JJ Abrams, Star Trek director, Wednesday 18 October, 8pm
John Nixon, ex-CIA agent, Thursday 19 October, 5pm
Foals, indie rock band, Friday 20 October, 8pm

3rd Week
Alex Pettyfer, actor and model, Monday 23 October, 5pm
Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitarist, Monday 24 October, 8pm
President Heinz Fischer, former Austrian state president, Thursday 26 October, 1pm
Cath Kidston, fashion designer and entrepreneur, Thursday 26 October, 5pm
Michael Mansfield and Yvette Greenway, barrister and activist, Thursday 26 October, 8pm


Mark Cavendish.

4th Week
President of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Dr Gjorge Ivanov, Monday 30 October, 5pm
Mark Cavendish, 20-time Tour de France stage winner, Monday 30 October, 8pm
Marc Kasowitz, American trial lawyer, Tuesday 31 October, 5pm
Chris Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University and former Conservative Party Chairman, Wednesday 1 November, 5pm

5th Week
Jon Ossoff, documentary maker and ex-Democratic nominee, Monday 6 November, 5pm
Harry Judd, McFly drummer and Strictly Come Dancing winner, Monday 6 November, 8pm
Paul Merton, comedian and Have I Got News For You panelist, Tuesday 7 November, 5pm
Kathryn Ruemmler, White House Counsel to Barack Obama, Tuesday 7 November, 8pm
Jeff Zucker, current President of CNN, Wednesday 8 November, 5pm
Sir Ian McKellen, British actor and campaigner, Wednesday 8 November, 8pm
Governor Terry McAuliffe, American politician,Thursday 9 November, 5pm

Calvin Klein

6th Week
Emeli Sandé, Scottish singer, Monday 13 November, 8pm
Baz Luhrmann, Romeo and Juliet director, Tuesday 14 November, 5pm
Anna Faris, Scary Movie actor, Tuesday 14 November, 8pm
David Einhorn, hedge fund manager, Wednesday 15 November, 5pm
Calvin Klein, fashion designer, Wednesday 15 November, 8pm
Monica Lewinsky, American TV personality and former White House intern, Thursday 16 November, 3pm
Robert Peston, ITV journalist, Thursday 16 November, 5pm
Senator Orrin Hatch, US Republican politician, Friday 17 November, 5pm
David Rubenstein, American financier, Friday 17 November, 8pm

Sir Roger Scruton.

7th Week
Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold-medalist sailor, Monday 20 November, 5pm
Louise Arbour, Canadian lawyer, Tuesday 21 November, 5pm
Tom Daley, Olympic bronze-medalist diver, Tuesday 21 November, 8pm
Sir Roger Scruton, British philosopher and author, Wednesday 22 November, 5pm
President of Iceland, Wednesday 22 November, 8pm
Terrence Howard, Thursday 23 November, 5pm
Toby Jones, Dad’s Army actor, Friday 24 November, 5pm

Amanda Holden.

8th Week
Eric Holder, former US attorney general under Barack Obama, Monday 27 November, 8pm
Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of World Health Organisation, Tuesday 28 November, 8pm
Liv Tyler, Lord of the Rings actor, Wednesday 29 November, 5pm
Princess Mabel, Dutch human rights activist, Wednesday 29 November, 8pm
Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan long distance runner, Thursday 30 November, 5pm
Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary general of Council of Europe, Friday 1 December, 5pm
Amanda Holden, TV personality and Britain’s Got Talent judge, Friday 1 December, 8pm

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