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Review of the Lent Half - Societies

 With over 80 meetings this half, Eton’s boy-run societies continue to play a major role in the cultural life of the school. Experts came to speak to boys about a range of topics, including Japanese politics  (Oriental), Spinoza  (Wotton’s), Persian poetry  (Middle Eastern and Literary),  HIV (Medical), counter-insurgency in Afghanistan (Wellington and Salisbury), artificial intelligence (Scientific), Saladin (History), Palm Sunday (Simeon) and the use of game theory to analyse football penalty shoot-outs (Keynes).

The Provost addressed two societies this half, drawing on his experiences in government to speak to the Medical about the management of the NHS, and to the Salisbury on British foreign policy at the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The International Forum filled out School Hall for a panel discussion on development issues in Africa. Two particularly prolific societies have been the Slavonic (which organised a series of talks on business affairs in Russia) and the Shackleton (which hosted a range of adventurers and explorers recounting their experiences, such as cycling through Siberia, running around the world and performing the longest ever hot air balloon flight).

The list of visiting speakers included HE Jean Ping, Chairman of the African Union Commission (International Forum), Lord Lamont (Political), Lady Antonia Fraser (Law), Miss Gail Trimble (Classical) and the author Jonathan Smith (Literary). Boys were also able to attend talks by the CEO of Hitachi Europe (Oriental), the Chairman of Microsoft Africa (African), the Head of Policy at Facebook (Computing), the CEO of UBS (Keynes), the Deputy Editor of The Sun (Editorial) and the Musical Director of the English National Opera (Parry). 

DATE POSTED: 09 April 2010

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