Hist announces 250th anniversary programme

The society will mark the occasion with various events as part of Hist250

This evening, the line-up of Hist250 was announced by the College Historical Society (The Hist). Hist250 is a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the prestigious debating society’s establishment. It is due to run from March 2 until March 6.

On March 2, Hist250 will be opened by President Michael D. Higgins. He will be chatting with Professor Declan Kiberd, a literature expert who has previously studied and taught in Trinity. The following day, Chief Justice Frank Clarke will give the keynote address.  

Numerous other events will be held throughout the week. On March 4, the future of Europe will be discussed by a panel of speakers including President Romano Prodi and President Herman Van Rompuy. Then, on March 5, Professor Mary Robinson, Sir Paul Collier, Kumi Naidoo, and Minister Paschal Donohue will speak on issues such as sustainability, climate change, and capitalism. Lectures on the history of the Hist and a discussion about the Enlightenment also feature in the line-up. Furthermore, Trinity will host the Edmund Burke International Debate, at which debaters from all around the globe will be in attendance.

To conclude Hist250, the Chancellor of Trinity, Professor Mary McAleese, will launch Dr Patrick Geoghegan’s A New History of the Hist, as well as an exhibition that is due to be set up in the Old Library.

More details about Hist250’s programme will be released in the coming weeks. Events are free to attend. To reserve places at these events, register on the Hist’s website. 

Alison Traynor

Alison Traynor is the current Life Editor of Trinity News.