AWARDS OF THE SOCIETY

Al Sharpton awarded the Hist’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse

Al Sharpton awarded the Hist’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse

The Hist has offers a number of awards both to Ordinary Members and Invited Guests. The Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse is awarded to honoured guests, such as Margrethe Vestager, Sir Winston Churchill, Desmond Tutu and Justice Antonin Scalia. Burke Medal for outstanding contribution to the Arts has also been awarded to Natalie Dormer, WB Yeats, Sir Patrick Stewart and Patti Smith.

The list below outlines the number of awards the society offers its members.


Oratory

The society offers three levels of award to members who are considered by the General Committee to have met the standard required in Oratory to receive them. These are the Marked Thanks for Oratory, the Silver Medal in Oratory and the Gold Medal in Oratory. The Society may award one gold and one silver medal to speakers in the manner outlined in the laws, and no member shall be eligible for the Marked Thanks or a medal, unless they shall have spoken in at least five debates in the session. Each medal may only be awarded twice to a single individual, though the awarding of medals, especially the Gold Medal is a rare occurrence in the society. As well as receiving the medal itself, the society has a prize fund for its medallists.


History

The laws make provision for the General Committee may solicit essay submissions on the subject of History and/or, which will be judged by a panel of professors and with the best Essay awarded a Gold or Silver Medal in History. The Essayist who has been awarded such a medal may be called on by the General Committee to present their Essay to the House, with other speakers being called on to respond to the essay in a meeting similar to that of the inaugural meeting.


Composition

The laws make provision for the General Committee may solicit essay submissions on the subject of Composition and/or, which will be judged by a panel of professors and with the best Essay awarded a Gold or Silver Medal in History. The Essayist who has been awarded such a medal may be called on by the General Committee to present their Essay to the House, with other speakers being called on to respond to the essay in a meeting similar to that of the inaugural meeting.