The Lunar Society is an informal discussion society open to all students and academics at the University of Birmingham. At every meeting we hold two round-table discussions about a variety of different topics, such as current affairs, art, philosophy, and politics, and all members are welcome to contribute as much or as little as they wish. Past topics have included:
- ‘To what extent is being moral more important than being legal?’
- ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except from all the others (Winston Churchill). Discuss’
- ‘Selective schools are bad for society. Discuss’
- ‘Should the dead have rights?’
Each symposium is overseen by a chair in order to retain order, and any member who wishes to may take a turn at chairing. Traditionally, the chair wears an academic robe to assist with identification.
The Lunar Society was founded as an alternative to the more regulated debating societies on campus, and freedom of speech has always played an integral part of the society’s history. To ensure that freedom of speech is upheld the society follows the Chatham House Rule: those who attend are free to use the content discussed at symposiums but must not identify the speaker.
All members are welcome to suggest topics for discussion, and as a society we don’t shy away from talking about issues that are potentially sensitive or controversial. However, we always aim to be open and accessible, and we welcome people of all political opinions, faiths, and backgrounds to come and share their views. We also hold regular socials, which has created a lively, friendly community.
The society is supported by a committee, who help coordinate topics, organise socials, and ensure a rotating chair. The current committee are:
President: Eleanor Beestin
Vice President: Chris Wright
Treasurer: Louise Gavin
Secretary: Ben Sculfor
PR Officer: Isabel Bard
Topics Coordinator: Anne Gill
Director of Ceremonies: Robert Eagleton
Our autumn term meetings will be held every other Tuesday at the Guild of Students on September 26th, October 10th, October 24th, November 7th (all in the Green Room) and November 21st (Harvey Milk Room). Further details about our meetings and socials are available on our Facebook page, UoB Lunar Society. If you have any questions about Lunar or our meetings, either message us on facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org