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The Addison Society
students sitting in the cloisters

The Addison Society is a student-run debating society at Queen's, open to all members of the College.

The Society was founded in 1883 by a group of mathematicians at Queen’s who wanted to improve their cultural understanding. Inspired by the values of College alumnus Joseph Addison, it has been run on and off over the years to promote cultural and intellectual discussion in College between students of any subject.

Each term it invites guest speakers to dine with its members and to give talks on a wide variety of topics. In the past it has entertained journalists, actors, and other professionals from many walks of life. The society aims to provoke stimulating, open, and free debate alongside the experience of formal dining in an intimate setting.

It has recently enjoyed talks and lively debates from Dr Lee Elliot Major of the Sutton Trust on the importance of improving social mobility in Britain, and New York Times best-selling author Luke Harding on life in Putin’s Russia. 

Student positions are held for a year. The current committee stands as:

Co-Presidents: Serena Parekh and Laetitia Pilgrim
Treasurer: Harry Croasdale 

'Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.'

Joseph Addison