We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Preamble to the Constitution of the United States (1789)
MISSION: THE NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY POLITICAL UNION IS A COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS UNITED BY THEIR COMMON INTEREST IN DISCUSSION OF POLITICAL AND GLOBAL AFFAIRS.
The Northwestern University Political Union is a community of students with varying political viewpoints, united by their common interest in discussion of political and global affairs. Weekly meetings are student-run and center around various student-chosen debate topics. The Political Union also sponsors guest speakers and faculty panels, providing an intimate forum for engagement with leading public intellectuals and political figures.
Most importantly, the Union believes in the power of active student contributions to the Political Union as the Union seeks to put student voices in dialogue with one another and with public leaders. Founded in the Spring of 2008, the organization has grown quickly as students have found both intellectual fulfillment and camaraderie with friends through the society. Northwestern University Political Union look forward to your involvement in the Political Union as the Union seeks to tackle the most important questions in public affairs as a Northwestern community.
A Brief History:
The Political Union was founded in the spring of 2008 by a group of students who debated in apartments while hanging out and enjoying a few libations. They decided this would be a good model for a debate forum on campus. They took the idea to former Northwestern President Bienen and he loved it. The club took off from there.
The Union grew to have such traditions as bringing guest speakers, the party divisions, Civics & Snacks, State of the Political Union, and most importantly--going to the Celtic Knot every Monday following that week's debate.
Over time, Political Union became more structured, adding a defined executive board, actual weekly board meetings, and larger panel events. Now, the club hosts its largest weekly debates debates in years and hopes to continue its strong traditions well into the future.
Former Political Union Leaders:
Founders: Sam Kleiner and Jacob Wertz
2011-2012: Ben Armstrong and Nick Ruge
2012-2013: Nick Ruge and Nate Enfield
2013-2014: Michael Kurtz and Steven Monicelli
2014-2015: Ben Koltun and Connor Tatooles
2015-2016: Karna Nangia and Alexi Stocker
2016-2017: Sabrina Williams and David Gernon
2017-2018: Avi Dravid and Max Rowe
2018-2019: Jake Gordon and Joshua Varcie
2019-2020: Jahan Sahni and Molly Jo Molloy