Friday 4/29: Izumi Nakamitsu Discussion Lunch

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Ms. Nakamitsu was called to Geneva at the last minute to participate in a high-level conference, but the Whig-Clio Society looks forward to welcoming her to campus sometime next fall.

Izumi Nakamitsu will discuss her work as an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director of the UN Crisis Response Unit, and Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme. Hear her first-hand account of managing the challenges of international governance, working on disaster and political crisis responses, and serving as a woman in a position of political and diplomatic power. RSVP here by Tuesday, April 26 to join us for this exciting and interactive discussion over lunch from Olives!

Monday 4/25: Robert Daly Discussion Dinner

robert_daly_hrOn Monday, April 25 at 6pm in Whig Hall’s Oakes Lounge, the Whig-Clio Society hosted Robert Daly and 25 invited student attendees for an intimate discussion dinner (with Olives!). Daly discussed U.S.-China relations based on his experiences as a member of the Foreign Service under President Carter and Henry Kissinger, as Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, and as a CNN commentator on Chinese affairs. Mr. Daly also has experience working in Chinese language television and serving as a Cultural Exchanges Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, providing his perspective a unique cultural lens. Students asked many thoughtful questions and enjoyed engaging with such an interesting speaker as Mr. Daly!


Friday 4/15: The Future of Energy

Thanks to the around 50 students who joined us for a fascinating discussion!

Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Are you interested in our nation’s energy resources and where technology will take us in the future? Then join McKinsey & Company’s Scott Nyquist and Princeton’s own Professor Michael Oppenheimer for a discussion moderated by Evan Soltas ’16 on disruptive energy technologies and the drivers influencing their future. The panel will explore the recent histories of solar, wind, storage and unconventional drilling and why each has under or outperformed expectations.  On Friday, April 15 at 4:30pm in the Whig Senate Chamber.

Sponsored by McKinsey & CompanyThe American Whig-Cliosophic Society, and the Princeton University Energy Association.

Thursday 4/7: End of Discussion

Whig-Clio, along with the Princeton Open Campus Coalition, College Republicans, Campus Conversations on Identities, Princeton Tory, and AEI on Campus are excited to host Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham on April 7th in the Senate Chamber at 6:30pm. Free dinner will be provided.

Guy Benson is the political editor of Townhall and a Fox News contributor, and Mary Katharine Ham is the editor-at-large of Hot Air and a CNN contributor. They will be speaking to Princeton students about their new book, End of Discussion, which discusses how political correctness on college campuses and in American society is dangerous for free speech and open dialogue. Guy (as an openly LGBT individual) and Mary Katharine (as a woman) have been criticized for their political views, which do not fit the mold of most people in their respective communities.

Monday 2/15: George Deek

George Deek: The Art of Middle East Diplomacy

H-Xk-don_400x400George Deek is an Arab-Christian Israeli diplomat who hails from the city of Jaffa, where his family has lived for over 400 years. He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Norway between July 2012 and January 2015, where he also served as Charge d’Affaires between February and September 2014. Previously, he served as Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria (2009-2012). Mr. Deek was involved from a young age in the promotion of mutual understanding and co-existence between Jews and Arabs in Israel. He has also been called “Israel’s best diplomat,” and the nearly 60 students in attendance at his February 15 lecture to Whig-Clio enjoyed hearing his thoughts on current events in the Middle East. Mr. Deek spoke in the Senate Chamber at 4:30pm and joined a select group of students for an extended discussion over dinner on Nassau Street.

Thursday 2/11: Consider Yourself (Trigger) Warned

Consider Yourself (Trigger) Warned: A Conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru

Along with the American Enterprise Institute on Campus and the Princeton Open Campus Coalition, Whig-Clio was pleased to host Princeton / Whig-Clio alum and National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru for a conversation about political correctness on college campuses. The event took place in the Senate Chamber on February 11th and dinner was served for all attendees, thanks to the generosity of AEI.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor at National Review (and also a contributor for Time and the Washington Post). He has written extensively about political correctness- especially regarding its effect on institutions of higher learning. Ramesh is a major face in American politics, a good friend of the American Enterprise Institute, and an outstanding speaker. It was a great honor to welcome him back to Old Nassau for this event. Facebook page: