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EXCLUSIVE: Malala, AJ Tracey, and Imran Khan to speak at the Oxford Union in MT22

Freya Jones and Ana Lanzon reveal the stars of the MT22 termcard.

The Oxford Union’s termcard for Michaelmas Term 2022 promises an exciting lineup of big names and events. Ahead of its full release on Friday 30th September, Cherwell can exclusively reveal what’s in store.

Malala Yousafzai, the world-famous education activist and youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will speak at the Union on 1st November. Having advocated for girl’s education in Pakistan since the age of eleven, Yousafzai survived being shot by the Taliban in 2012, elevating her to the international stage. She has since set up the Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation campaigning for girls’ education in developing countries, and is a graduate of Lady Margaret Hall.

On 17th October, the Union will also welcome British rapper AJ Tracey. Known for the hits, “Thiago Silva” (with Dave) and “Ladbroke Grove”, Tracey entered the charts in 2018 with his single “Butterflies”. The rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer continues to rise in popularity, releasing a new track, “Reasonable” in May. 

Imran Khan, the former cricketer and Pakistani politician, will appear at the Union on 25th October. Khan studied at Keble College before winning the Cricket World Cup for Pakistan in 1992 and later serving as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister. He was ousted in April 2022 through a no-confidence motion but remains a significant figure in Pakistan and the War on Terror.

Other speakers will include Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to every US President since Reagan, Billie Jean King, the former World Number One tennis player, and Baroness Hale, the first female President of the Supreme Court, Harry Redknapp, former football manager, and Bhad Bhabie, viral internet star.

In addition, the Home Secretary Suella Baevermann will be speaking in the Union’s annual no-confidence debate, “This House Has No Confidence in His Majesty’s Government” on 13th October. Notably, this year’s motion follows the accession of a new British monarch and Prime Minister in the space of a week.

The Union’s highlight social this term will be The Broadway Ball, with other events including a Haunted House and Karaoke Night in partnership with OxWiB and Pink Week.

Union President Ahmad Nawaz told Cherwell, “My committee, my officers and I have worked extremely hard over the whole summer to put this termcard together and I am incredibly proud of it. I hope the members will love it!”

The details of other events on the termcard will be released tomorrow.

Included in list of debates 

“This House Has No Confidence in His Majesty’s Government”

“This House Would Boycott The Qatar World Cup”

“This House Believes Woke Culture Has Gone Too Far”

“This House Regrets The Rise of Hook-up Culture”

“This House Blames Western Lenders for The Plight of Developing Countries”

Image credit: Oxford Unon

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