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"I continue to be moved and impressed by the quality and power of the (Society) and how it has become the anchor in the United States that enables leaders to shape the debates of this generation and directly connect with the public."
- The Late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

The Hudson Union is one of New York City's most celebrated institutions that provides a special intimate place where leaders connect directly with the public. The Hudson Union is known as an essential cultural force with an eclectic range of leaders regularly visiting, speaking unfiltered, and challenging conventional beliefs.

The Hudson Union was created many years ago by Joe Pascal, an American and Louise Mensch, former Member of the British Parliament. They had the support of Her Royal Highness Princess Badiya of Jordan, an advocate for interfaith and cross-cultural understanding. These three Oxford University graduates: a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim, collaborated to launch a Society to provide the public with access to some of the most diverse, relevant and powerful leaders in the world today, such as they had the privilege of hearing from during their days at Oxford.

An eclectic mix of distinguished luminaries descends from the starry heights of celebrity to engage with people from across the social spectrum via the Hudson Union's robust lineup of speaking events, film premieres, and mixers. Parked at the intersection of the capitol beltway and Hollywood's red-carpet highways, the Society invites trailblazers from the fields of entertainment, government, business, military, and science to share their perspectives and encourages a style of discourse rarely found in America since Benjamin Franklin invented cable news. 

We believe that by fostering independent thought and multiple perspectives, we can all better understand our world and shape its future. We are non-partisan and not beholden to any one orthodoxy or perspective.

The Hudson Union name means - close to a main artery river, where what happens here (at the Society) is disseminated to the Nation and the World, and Union - bringing unique people and leaders intimately together. The Yale Political Union, Cambridge Union Society, and Oxford Union amongst others, all use the Union term.

The Hudson Union's mission is to make today's leaders accessible to the public, to discuss tomorrow's ideas, so we all can affect our future.

From our members, we ask only one thing: open-minded engagement. Whether attending  speaking events, Academy Award nominated red-carpet film premieres with the cast, black tie galas, member mixers, live musical performances or parliamentary-style debates, we encourage everyone to "Join the Conversation." The frequency of our events ensures that new and interesting experiences are always just around the corner.              

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             The Cambridge Union Society          

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard
& former CEO of eBay
 Jody Williams, Nobel
Peace Prize Winner

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slideshow from past events

Former Vice President Al Gore
Vice President Al Gore

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Bill O'Reily

Bill O'Reilly

Tom Friedman
Tom Friedman, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Number #1 Bestselling Author of The World Is Flat

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