Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, has visited the University of York in a discussion hosted by YorkX, an emerging independent student-run society.
The Green Party leader spoke at Alcuin College with YorkX’s founder Akul Pankhania about politics and her party before taking a number of questions from an audience of staff and students. YSTV captured the evening on film.
YorkX is a new organisation founded by First Year PEP students Akul Pankhania and Ilyas Ibrahim, seeking to “connect a credible academic audience” in York “with prominent figures of culture and politics.”
YorkX appeared on Facebook and Twitter in the middle of March. This term, the project formally launches: on the 11th of April, YorkX’s website went live and details for YorkX’s first event were be made public.
YorkX is split into three divisions: YorkRead, YorkTalk and YorkWatch. YorkRead is an online journal to which students and academics alike may submit content. Unlike many academic journals, there are no word limits or deadlines, with contributors to YorkX passing on their work at their own pace. YorkTalk promises to play host to “high profile” characters from not just politics but from many other avenues of culture and society. YorkWatch will broadcast video footage of YorkX’s talkshows online.
YorkX will host Moazzam Begg, a former prisoner of Guantanamo Bay, on the 27th of April. Previously advertised to the public, the event will now only be available to staff and students with identification.
A summary and review of YorkX’s event with Natalie Bennett will feature on The Yorker‘s website shortly.