Leinster Schools Wildcard Round
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Leinster Schools Wildcard Round

Want to learn more about how debates are judged? Now’s your chance- Leinster Schools’ round is happening next week, on 12th of November!

Leinster Schools is a year-long debating competition for secondary school students, with rounds being held in the GMB on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. While you guys aren’t able to speak in this competition, you can certainly still get involved, as all these debates are judged by college students!

It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in debating, as judging Leinster Schools will help you understand what makes a good speech and how judges think. No prior debating/judging knowledge is needed, as we’ll pair you with experienced Hist members, so it’s a great way to learn the basics or further develop your skills!

If you’ve any questions or want to know more, you can ask our Librarian, Laura Crean (librarian@thehist.com).

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Intermediate Debate Training
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Leinster Schools Wildcard Round
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Leinster Schools Wildcard Round

Want to learn more about how debates are judged? Now’s your chance- Leinster Schools’ round is happening next week, on 12th of November!

Leinster Schools is a year-long debating competition for secondary school students, with rounds being held in the GMB on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. While you guys aren’t able to speak in this competition, you can certainly still get involved, as all these debates are judged by college students!

It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in debating, as judging Leinster Schools will help you understand what makes a good speech and how judges think. No prior debating/judging knowledge is needed, as we’ll pair you with experienced Hist members, so it’s a great way to learn the basics or further develop your skills!

If you’ve any questions or want to know more, you can ask our Librarian, Laura Crean (librarian@thehist.com).

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Intermediate Debate Training
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Intermediate Debate Training
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Intermediate Debate Training
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Intermediate Debate Training
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Schools' Mace
Nov
8
to Nov 9

Schools' Mace

The Hist Schools’ Mace is a 2 day competition for senior cycle students in secondary school. It takes place during a weekend in first semester. The competition consists of several rounds of British Parliamentary (BP) style debates. It is held in Trinity, and all rounds are judged by Hist members with experience of speaking and/or judging in various debating competitions. For further information please contact librarian@thehist.com.

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This House Believes Trinity is Failing its Students
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

This House Believes Trinity is Failing its Students

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The top-ranked university in Ireland. 108th in the world. Trinity’s reputation is an international one, drawing students from Ireland and around the world with promises of an esteemed education and the best graduate employability in the country. It is the university that produced Wolfe Tone, Edmund Burke, Samuel Beckett and Mary Robinson - for many, a Trinity offer is something they’ve dreamed of for years.

But is Trinity fulfilling its duty to these students? In just the last few years, student protests over a repeat exam fee culminated in students being locked in the Dining Hall, and created the Take Back Trinity movement. Access to libraries and college services was severely restricted the week before exams. The implementation of the Trinity Education Project created a climate of uncertainty and stress for final year students navigating an unfamiliar system. Student fees are steadily rising even while Trinity’s campus attracts over a million tourists each year. We have to ask the question: what are the priorities of the College, and is it truly serving its students?

This debate is about you. This debate is about all of us. The Hist is a forum, not just for rhetoric, but for debate about the issues that affect Trinity students. It’s a platform for those students to make themselves heard. Join us this Wednesday night to hear their voices.

The GMB. 7.30pm. Study hard.


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College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door. Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin and a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up. For incoming first-year students, an email with proof of acceptance will suffice.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at auditor@thehist.com so we can accommodate these at the event.

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Intermediate Debate Training
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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A Talk With Margaret Atwood and Ailbhe Smyth
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

A Talk With Margaret Atwood and Ailbhe Smyth

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On Friday, November 1st, the College Historical Society is delighted to present world-renowned poet, novelist, and activist Margaret Atwood with the prestigious Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Discourse through the Arts. Previous recipients include George R. R. Martin, Patti Smith, and Sinead O’Connor. The event will take the format of a presentation and speech, followed by a conversation and Q&A.
Questions for the Q&A can be submitted in this form: https://forms.gle/xvVNf1rJFawbcTrx9

Atwood is best known for her prose fiction and poetry. Atwood has won numerous awards and honours for her writing, including this year’s Booker Prize for her novel “The Testaments”, the best-selling sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which, 34 years after its publication, is the most borrowed adult novel from London libraries. She has previously won the Booker, for The Blind Assassin in 2000, and had five other novels shortlisted.
In 2017, Atwood was named as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Many saw this as a nod to how relevant Atwood’s writing was and how far ahead of us she is. Ann Pratchett wrote “[Atwood’s work] described what seemed impossible. Today it stands as a warning.”
Ailbhe Smyth is former academic, feminist and lesbian activist. She was a founding director of the Women's Education, Resource and Research Centre at University College Dublin. In 2019 she was listed in Time100 for her tremendous work with Together for Yes and the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. This was a broad cross-sectoral platform of over 100 organisations and groups that worked to lifted Ireland's abortion ban. In 2018, the 8th Amendment was repealed by 67% of the referendum vote.
The Hist is proud to facilitate a conversation between such exemplary thinkers and activists.
Admission to the event is on a first-come first-served basis and we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you there!
For press and media enquiries please contact auditor@thehist.com

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For all upcoming Hist events please see: https://www.tcdhist.com/events-calendar

College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door.
You can also purchase membership here: https://www.tcdhist.com/join-us-1?tag=Membership&category=Society%20Membership
Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin— a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up.
If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at auditor@thehist.com so we can accommodate these at the event.
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Inaugural Meeting: On Leadership in Crisis
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

Inaugural Meeting: On Leadership in Crisis

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The Opening Meeting of the 250th Session will be held on the 30th of October in the GMB Chamber. This event, traditionally the first time the Auditor address the members, is a highlight of the College calendar and an important occasion for all Hist members. Medals of the Society are awarded for outstanding achievements made since the previous year and recently graduated members are ceremonially elected to Honorary Membership. The event is also an excellent opportunity to meet alumni and friends who maintain an active connection with the Society. Hist HonMems go on to have illustrious careers in politics, law, finance, and academia— the Opening Meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet this important subsection of the Hist community.

The theme of the meeting is “On Leadership in Crisis” and, through several papers delivered by esteemed guests, the Hist aims to explore the fundamental issues that have led to turbulence and tension increasing across western democracies. Indeed, Dublin, the day before the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union, is an opportune time and place to comment on the global political climate. Brexit, whether or not it is disorderly, poses a significant threat to both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Guest announcements will be made throughout the week and we’d encourage all members to keep this event in their diaries.

The Inaugural is the Opening Meeting of the 250th Session and is an important gathering for Hist members past and present. In previous years, formal attire was encouraged for student members, however, this year the Committee has opted to relax the dress code to be in-line with new policies aimed at improving accessibility. As such, we encourage all student members to attend wearing what they feel comfortable in to the event.

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For all upcoming Hist events please see: https://www.tcdhist.com/events-calenda

College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door.

You can also purchase membership here: https://www.tcdhist.com/join-us-1?tag=Membership&category=Society%20Membership

Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin— a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at auditor@thehist.com so we can accommodate these at the event.

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Intermediate Debate Training
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Intermediate Debate Training
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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This House Believes that Freedom is the Enemy of Equality
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

This House Believes that Freedom is the Enemy of Equality

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On the surface, equality and freedom seem like natural benefits. Wars, revolutions, political diatribes, all have been made in the name of these concepts. In the eyes of some, the terms are practically interchangeable.

But is this really the case? Does freedom come at the cost of an equal society? Is liberty for some simply constraints for others? Thatcher, Reagan, Blair - all spoke of freedom as a core constituent of their vision of society, but presided over administrations that were anything but equitable. Law, society’s most powerful tool for leveling the playing field, constrains our freedom by its very existence.

Do we have cause to be so pessimistic? Or is a free and equal society more than the idealistic dream of naive orators?

Join guests from the world of law, philosophy, anthropology and economics, alongside the best student speakers the Hist has to offer, as we try to get to the bottom of our dream of freedom - and its consequences.

The GMB. 7.30 PM. Shout for freedom

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For all upcoming Hist events please see our events calendar.

To sign-up to speak in Chamber Debates please click here.

College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door. Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin and a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up. For incoming first-year students, an email with proof of acceptance will suffice.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at auditor@thehist.com so we can accommodate these at the event.

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Intermediate Debate Training
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Debate Training

The Hist's intermediate debate training will be taking place every Friday at 6pm. Aimed at those with some BP debate experience, intermediate training will focus on improvement and development in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome!

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Medalist for Oratory: This House Supports Violent Protest in Hong Kong
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Medalist for Oratory: This House Supports Violent Protest in Hong Kong

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Cain killed Abel. Brutus stabbed Caesar. Medea killed her sons. Since the dawn of time, violence has been understand as a powerful political and social mechanism. When all other forms of power are in the hands of your enemy, recourse to force can be the only way to get things done. But is political violence ever truly justified? Should we place our faith in democratic processes, even when they seem to have failed us? As citizens in Hong Kong protest the encroachment of Chinese policy, the Hist joins a long line of political and social thinkers in asking a fundamental question at the heart of the political state: should violent protests be condemned, or supported?

Join some of the Hist's best orators from the last 60 years, for a rhetorical display touching on one of our most urgent motions yet.

The GMB. 7.30 PM. Leave your weapons at the door.

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For all upcoming Hist events please see: https://www.tcdhist.com/events-calendar

As this is Fourth Week, Hist events are free and open to all members of the College community. Please be sure to have your student/staff ID ready at the door to sign-in.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at auditor@thehist.com so we can accommodate these at the event.
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This House Would Not Have Children
Sep
25
7:30 PM19:30

This House Would Not Have Children

This week, some of the Hist’s best student speakers will take on a team from the Durham union for a debate that gets at the very heart of what it means to be human. With guests from the worlds of philosophy, science and sociology, this debate will dig deep into a question fundamental to modern society.

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Maidens Workshop 2: Case formation
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

Maidens Workshop 2: Case formation

Maidens, our annual competition for people who haven't debated in college before, is kicking off next week. We're running another workshop next Friday to answer any questions you have about the rounds you attended, and teach you some more about how to build and deepen a debating case.

Sophie Furlong Tighe and Caoimhinn Hamill will be running the workshop! Sophie Furlong Tighe is a European Championships breaking judge, and the convenor of maidens.

Caoimhinn Hamill is the Hist debates convenor! He's spoken in loads of debating finals, and spoke in the European Championships this year. He's a fountain of debating knowledge!

Pop down to the Hist RecRoom (2nd floor of the graduates memorial building, through the doors and to the right), as both have loads of wisdom to share with you !!

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This House Believes it is Impossible to be Apolitical
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

This House Believes it is Impossible to be Apolitical

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Throughout history our greatest thinkers have grappled with a fundamental question that defines our social, economic, and philosophical discourse: Can we ever truly escape politics?

Marx, Plato, Derrida, all talk of the End of Politics, a “Democracy to come” with no negotiation, no compromise. But are we stuck in the world described by more pessimistic thinkers like Machiavelli, or Hobbes? Is man a political animal? Is the End of Politics nothing more than a fantasy?

As the politics that happens in our parliaments becomes more intense by the day, join the Hist and Polsoc as we ask what happens when you check out of the political - is it worth it, if politics dictates our daily lives? Is it even possible? Watch some of our best student speakers, and guest from the world of party politics, law and activism, try to find out.

The GMB. 7.30PM. Don’t let it bring you down.

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College Historical Society events are free and open to members only. Please bring your Hist card as proof of membership. If you’re not already a member, you will be able to join at the door. Membership is €6 and lasts for four years. To be a member of the Hist, you must be a staff or student of Trinity College Dublin and a valid Trinity ID must be shown when signing up. For incoming first-year students, an email with proof of acceptance will suffice.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know at auditor@thehist.com so we can accommodate these at the event.
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This House Believes that Any Solution to Climate Change Must be Socialist
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

This House Believes that Any Solution to Climate Change Must be Socialist

Raging fires in the Amazon rainforest – known as “the lungs of the planet” – have sparked global concerns.

Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 per cent over the same period in 2018. But why has this happened and how do we solve the underlying issues?

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Paint the Town Pink with The Hist
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

Paint the Town Pink with The Hist

Q Soc is proud to be collaborating with The Hist to Paint the Town Pink as we take you on a night tour of Dublin's queer social scene!

Join us in the Hist Conversation Room of the Graduates Memorial Room (GMB) near The Buttery at 6.30pm on Thursday for a quick get-together before we lead everyone to Pantibar.

We know all you baby gays are excited to get messy as we bop from Pantibar to Street 66 and end up at The George, but keep in mind that we're only through with the first week and you have the rest of college ahead of you!

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Angel of History Night w/ The Hist
Sep
4
9:00 PM21:00

Angel of History Night w/ The Hist

"There is a painting by Klee called Angelus Novus. An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards the past. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble and hurls it before his feet."

LETS ALL GO TO WORKMANS

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This House Believes That Big Brother is Watching Us
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

This House Believes That Big Brother is Watching Us

We used to be free. Now, in a world of big data, surveillance capitalism, corporate propaganda and endlessly evolving technology, it can start to feel like we sacrificed our privacy for progress. Are we truly free, or have we handed control of our lives to a global elite who seek only to maximise profits? Has the preserve of science fiction become reality, or have we exaggerated the dystopian aspects of our modern world? Was George Orwell right? Is Big Brother really watching us?

Join the Hist as we delve into this very question for our annual Fresher’s week debate. See some of our very best speakers avoid being sent to Room 101, as they keep the Thought Police at bay with the power of discourse! (I’ll stop with the 1984 puns now)

7.30 PM. The GMB. Be there. Big Brother will know.

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Tote Bag Designing
Sep
4
4:00 PM16:00

Tote Bag Designing

Are you a bit stressed? Tired of all the bustle? Sick of trying to remember everyone’s name and where to find the luas? Well we are offering a creative break from the craziness of front square just a few steps away in the GMB.
come and grab a free tote bag from the pile, pull up a chair and let the fabric paint do the talking! Want a bag that announces you go to #trinity? Or a tote that flys your pride flag high for all to see? (including that cute girl in the glasses in your orientation group) come and get creative!

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Quiz Night
Sep
3
8:00 PM20:00

Quiz Night

Roll up, roll up, it’s Tuesday night chicks! And boy do we have the perfect event for you. Flex your renown trinity intellect in front of your new uni ‘squeeze’ at our quool quiz with Cumann Gaelach and Quizsoc! A cute & competitive way to get to know all the other Credit Union Quiz hacks on campus and relive the glory days when you got primary school rep for knowing the longest river in the world (its the NILE kids. Google sure does know some stuff hehe). What better way to put all that notoriously useless leaving cert general knowledge to use? Afters at Conradh - be there or be quadrilateral. xo

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 Puppy Room
Sep
3
12:00 PM12:00

Puppy Room

Hey do you like puppies? (I mean clearly you do you’re not a monster) If you want to PET some puppies come on by the GMB to get your hands on those lil guys and show them some love!
The dogs in question are wonderful four legged volunteers from Peata pet therapy. Rest assured these dogs are well trained and are primed and ready to be adored by you! Don’t let them down! Come and answer the question they’ve been asking themselves all their lives: Who IS a good boy?!

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Hist 250 Birthday Party
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Hist 250 Birthday Party

It’s our birthday! Grab your party hats and rock on down to the GMB! We are celebrating 250 years of the Hist with our pals Polsoc and VDP, bringing you tonnes of cake, sweet treats, and two (and a half) free drinks. With the ground floor ready for dancing and a first floor absolutely FULL of pinatas, party treats and drinks. Don’t forget your party bags x

For our birthday present, all we as is for a suggested donation of €2.50 to our friends at VDP in exchange for some party treats, games and drinks. We will have collection buckets scattered around the building -so give what you can! We are the official Ents predrinks for Monday so start your night off the right way xx

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This House Believes You Learn More from Society than Lectures
Sep
2
4:00 PM16:00

This House Believes You Learn More from Society than Lectures

Experience your FIRST Hist debate at this stellar event where you can watch students and lecturers consider the motion: This house believes you learn more from societies than lectures (Ooh spicy!). This is your chance to get acquainted with all the best and coolest university lecturers and decide whether you’re going to prioritize that Thursday 9am or your weekly Wednesday night Hist debate & reception...
Come along for the fun times driven by oratory (the only way we know how) to the fancy debate chamber in the GMB at 4pm on Monday the 2nd!

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