PropositionDanelle Dixon Thayer – Chief Legal and Business Officer of Mozilla, a free-software community whose products include the Firefox web browser.Naomi Wolf – Acclaimed author, journalist, and feminist, first coming to prominence as the author of The Beauty Myth.OppositionMatthew G. Olsen – Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center 2011-2014, he was formerly Head of the Guantanamo Review Task Force. Ben Affleck (TBC). A world-famous director and actor, he has won 67 awards, including two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and two BAFTAs. Lindsey Vonn (TBC). The most successful American ski racer in history, she has won four overall World Cup championships. Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan – Senior Researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a think-tank specializing in human rights and counter-extremism.The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy – Dean of Christ Church since October 2014. PropositionPeter Lilley MP – Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 1983.Dr Paul Oquist – Minister of the Nicaraguan Government, and Secretary of Public Policy.OppositionProf. Bruce Pardy – Professor Environmental Law at Queen’s University, Canada.Paul Bledsoe – President of Bledsoe & Associates, a global public policy firm specialising in climate change.PropositionStephen Hale OBE – Ceo of Refugee Action, a UK charity which provides legal, financial, and practical support to refugees.Barry Andrews – CEO of GOAL, an international aid organisation which has spent over £10m on humanitarian programmes. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Sunday, 5th Week). Obaid-Chinoy has won six Emmy Awards and is the first Pakistani to have won two Oscars. Ken Livingstone (Wednesday, 6th Week) – The First Mayor of Londonhttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oofSnsGkops7th WeekAllyson Felix (Monday, 7th Week) – Former Olympic sprinterDr Riek Machar (Tuesday, 7th Week) – Vice President of South SudanTheo Paphitis (Tuesday, 7th Week) – Entrepreneur and former Chairman of Millwall Football ClubJerry Springer (Wednesday, 7th Week) – American TV presenter and talk show hosthttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDkcyafZPo8th WeekCraig David (Monday, 8th Week) – English singer-songwriter. He will be performingLord Michael Dobbs (Tuesday, 7th Week) – Author of House of CardsGabrielle Aplin (Wednesday, 8th Week) – One of today’s best upcoming singer-songwritersTo be confirmedNaomi Campbell (TBC) – Supermodel and activistSir Michael Gambon CBE (TBC) – Film, television and theatre actorBaroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE (TBC) – First Female Lord Justice of AppealAdel al-Jubeir (TBC) – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi ArabiaShehbaz Sharif (TBC) – Chief Minister of PunjabAndreja Pejić (TBC) – Transgender model and activistBen Affleck (TBC) – World-famous director and actorGuy Verhofstadt (TBC) – Former Prime Minster of BelgiumLindsey Vonn (TBC) – Former American ski racerPaula Radcliffe MBE – British long-distance runner, current women’s world-record holder in the marathonSir John Major KG – Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Other speakers:1st Week Clarence Seedorf (Tuesday, 2nd Week) – Retired Dutch footballer and managerGeorge Foreman (Wednesday, 2nd Week) – Former world heavyweight champion3rd WeekGeri Halliwell & Christian Horner OBE (Monday, 3rd Week) – Former Spice Girl, and Formula One Team Principal PropositionGideon Levy – Award-winning columnist for Haaretz whose writing focusses on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Criminal barrister and external consultant for Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation.Prof. Padraig O’Malley – A specialist in divided societies, he was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process.OppositionHigh-Profile Israeli Official – Due to the sensitive nature of this speaker’s security arrangements, the Union will be releasing their details nearer to the time.John Lyndon – Executive Director of OneVoice, an international grassroots movement which supports a two-state solution by amplifying the voices of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor – An Israeli academic, he has involved with the campaign which exchanged the captured Gilad Shalit for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. PropositionGisela Stuart MP – Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston since 1997.Lord Michael Howard QC – Leader of the Conservative Party 2003-2005 and Home Secretary under Sir John Major.High-Profile Business Executive – Senior business executive who will soon announce their support for the Vote Leave campaign.OppositionAlex Salmond MP – Scottish National Party MP for Gordon since 2015.Yvette Cooper MP – Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 1997.Lord Michael Heseltine, Ex-President – Conservative stalwart who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Sir John Major, and Secretary of Defence under Margaret Thatcher. Liv Boeree (Tuesday, 3rd Week) – #1 Female Player on the Global Poker IndexAnthony Geffen (Tuesday, 3rd Week) – Sir David Attenborough’s FilmmakerJeroen Dijsselbloem (Wednesday, 3rd Week) – Dutch Finance Minister and President of the EurogroupBangladesh Panel Discussion (Saturday, 3rd Week)Dr Kamal Hossain – Former Law and Foreign MinistersDr Gowher Rizvi – International Affairs Advisor to the Prime MinisterProf. Sir Paul Collier CBE – Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of GovernmentProf. Mthuli Ncube – Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Governmenthttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqXUpe3jlkA4th WeekCandide Thovex (Wednesday, 4th Week) – Word-class freeskierhttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKP7jQknGjs5th WeekSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Sunday, 5th Week) – Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker and ActivistChief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Monday, 5th Week) – Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the CommonwealthKT Tunstall (Tuesday, 5th Week) – Award-winning singer-songwriterIBM Watson (Wednesday, 5th Week) – Cognitive technology platform and Jeopardy! winnerKate Beckinsale (Friday, 5th Week) – World-famous actresshttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDtxQRH8aI46th WeekJames Blunt (Tuesday, 6th Week) – English singer-songwriter and activist Craig David (Monday, 8th Week). An English singer-songwriter, David has sold 13 million records and won Ivor Novello and MTV Awards. The seven Thursday debate titles, and the speakers attending them, will be as follows:PropositionProf. Peter Atkins – Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of OxfordDr Nina Ansary – Bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women’s rights in IranOpposition Sir Michael Gambon CBE (TBC). Best known for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, Gambon has won three Olivier Awards and four BAFTAs. PropositionProf. Sir Ian Wilmut OBE – Lead scientist of the research team which cloned Dolly the Sheep, he was knighted for his services to science in 2008.Prof. Julian Savulescu – Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and one of the world’s most outspoken philosophers on ‘procreative beneficence’.OppositionProf. Barbara Evans – Proessor of Law, George Butler Research Professor, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology at the University of Houston.Prof. Normal Frost – Paediatrician and leading bioethicist, he was part of President Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Clarence Seedorf (Tuesday, 2nd Week). One of the most decorated Dutch footballers of all time and regarded by many as one of the best midfielders of his generation. Kate Beckinsale (Friday, 5th Week). She has appeared in acclaimed independent films and blockbuster features such as Underworld and Total Recall. Sir Michael Gambon, Naomi Campbell and Ben Affleck are just some of the big names that will appear at the Oxford Union this term, Cherwell can reveal. The full term-card will be arriving in pidges across Oxford tomorrow, but for now, here’s an exclusive preview of what you can expect. Click on the thumbnail images below for more information about each speaker. Ambassador Mark Regev (Tuesday, 1st Week) – Ambassador of Israel to the United KingdomMikhail Khodorkovsky (Wednesday, 1st Week) – Exiled Russian Businessman and DissidentDr Vitali Klitschko (Thursday, 1st Week) – Mayor of Kiev2nd WeekMichael Eavis CBE (Monday, 2nd Week) – Founder of Glastonbury Festival OppositionDr Thérèse Coffey MP – Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal since 2010.Dr Andrew Morrison MP – Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire since 2001. Air Marshal Chris Nickols CBE – Chief of Defence Intelligence 2009-2012, and former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Operations. Naomi Campbell (TBC). Campbell is an outspoken advocate and was the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris.
Last night, Athens, GA rockers Widespread Panic continued their Fall Tour with their second and final performance at the newly opened Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. The same rowdy crowd that was there Friday night was back again and then some, as the scene on the boardwalk seemed virtually twice as big as the night before. The cool ocean breeze that swept over the beach pre-show was a welcome change after Friday’s swampy heat, and as a beautiful sunset painted the skies above the venue, a rainbow appeared over Coney Island’s iconic carnival rides.With the breathtaking views–and the strength of Friday’s performance–the audience was already buzzing when the band took the stage. From the opening “Disco”, the band made their intentions clear–tonight was going to be a classic dance party. Fourteen of the twenty songs performed were debuted by the band in 1990 or before, making for a show stacked with early Panic and well-loved cover staples (“Stop~Go”, “C. Brown”, “Conrad”, “Pigeons”, “Driving Song”, and “Tie Your Shoes”: 1986; “Arleen”, “Genesis”, and “Bowlegged Woman”: 1987; “Disco”, and “Jack”: 1988; “Rock”: 1989; “Fishwater” and “Ribs and Whiskey”: 1990).“Disco” dissolved into a spacey, Jimmy Herring-led outro jam. Next, the band launched into a well-executed three-song sequence, flowing seamlessly from “Stop~Go” into “Rock” into “Heroes” without skipping a beat. Another three-song run followed, as “Airplane” kept up the energy in the room before segueing into fan-favorite Winston Riley cover “Arleen” and, finally, into the anthemic “C. Brown”. An emotional “Genesis” came next, before a ripping “Conrad”, put an exclamation point on a top-notch first set.The band kicked off Set 2 with Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Tail Dragger”, a staple of the band’s setlists over the last five years. From there on, Widespread Panic launched into the stratosphere and never looked back, putting on a truly memorable set for the Brooklyn crowd. An excellent “Pigeons” got the ball rolling before segueing into “Jack”. “Driving Song” materialized out of “Jack” to roaring approval from the audience, and segued into an extended “Tie Your Shoes”, which the band brought to a raucous peak before diving into “Pilgrims”. While keyboardist “Jo Jo” Herman was notably “on” all night, “Pilgrims” was where his funky keyboard grooves shined the brightest, propelling some locked-in improvisation that eventually made its way back to a “Driving Song” reprise.Next, singer-guitarist John Bell drove the ladies in the audience crazy (and–lets be honest–the guys too) with a steamy rendition of Tom Waits‘ “Goin’ Out West”, before a rowdy “Fishwater” > “Bowlegged Woman” > “Fishwater” sandwich brought the set to a close.Any devoted fan of any band is well-acquainted with the idea of a “piss break song.” Of course, you hope that every song at a show will be so incredible that you can’t look away, but sometimes nature calls, and a so-so tune can be a greatly appreciated window to take care of business. Last night, Panic caught fire as soon as they hit the stage, and stayed red-hot ’til the final notes rang out. Coney Island Night 2 had no “piss breaks” to speak of, and the ecstatic crowd happily “held it”–transfixed by a band performing at the top of their game.Finally, the band returned for a two-song encore to cap off a stellar weekend on the boardwalk, with the whole theater singing along to “Ribs and Whiskey” and the Talking Heads‘ “Life During Wartime”. After getting their footing in D.C. this past week, Panic truly hit their stride in Brooklyn this weekend. With Fall Tour 2016 heating up, you can expect the band to ride this wave of momentum as they make their way to Philadelphia’s Mann Center tonight.You can watch fan-shot video of “Heroes” and “Pigeons” below, courtesy of YouTube user danfro.“Heroes”“Pigeons”Check out the full setlist below, via PanicStream.9/10/16 – Widespread Panic | Ford Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk | Brooklyn, NYSet 1: Disco, Stop~Go > Rock > Heroes, Airplane > Arleen^ > C. Brown, Genesis^^, Conrad (80 mins)Set 2: Tail Dragger*, Pigeons > Jack > Driving Song > Tie Your Shoes > Pilgrims > Driving Song, Goin’ Out West** > Fishwater > Bowlegged Woman > Fishwater (78 mins)Encore: Ribs and Whiskey, Life During Wartime*** (14 mins)Notes: ^General Echo cover; ^^Jorma Kaukonen cover; *Howlin’ Wolf cover; **Tom Waits cover; ***Talking Heads cover