This week in Trinity: celebrating women to beat the post-Reading Week blues

If you have spent the last few days cramming in those essays you swore you’d do over Reading Week or, like many, have been desperately trying to get back to Dublin, there are a range of events on this week to help you unwind. It’s also International Women’s Week and there are events for all genders and interests to attend to show support.

Today kicks off with a self defence class at 4pm in Ancillary Hall B in the Sports Centre. An event titled How to DJ will be taking place at the same time in House Six. The free, ticketed event will show students everything from “how to download music to actually working the decks”.

To relieve any stress there will be a singalong from divas around the world in the Global Room at 5pm. If you don’t feel like bursting a lung, then the Hist are welcoming Ha-Joon Chang in the GMB at 5pm. A best selling author in political economy with books such as “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide” he will be awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse. Equally impressive, SOFIA are hosting the Austrian ambassador at 7pm, where Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss will speak about life as a diplomat.

On Tuesday there will be an information session on the Eighth Amendment in the McNevin Seminar Room, St. James’ Hospital at 1pm. For anyone who is undecided or looking to further educate themselves, this event is worth going to as the referendum date draws ever near. The Repeal committee will be hosting canvassing training in House Six at 5pm for anyone wishing to get involved.

At 3pm TCD Women in STEM are holding a conversation on confronting sexism – a workshop that will aim to give students the tools to deal with sexism in the workplace or in college. The Hist are hosting a panel discussion on the Eighth Amendment in the GMB at 5pm where people from both sides of the issue will give their opinion in an attempt to help anyone who is undecided, or is passionate about this topic and wishes to have their voice heard. Later that night, at 7pm, Trinity Politics Society will be in House Six with information on a career in politics.

As it is International Women’s Week it is important to not only remember women’s triumphs but difficulties as well; at 6pm in the Global Room, the SU ethnic minorities committee will be screening Persepolis. This movie follows a young girl during the Iranian Revolution.

Wednesday is SHIFT Day, which means a day of raising awareness about sexual health, and in the spirit, there will be sex toy bingo in the Pav. At 2pm, TEDx Trinity will have a discussion entitled “On Portals of Discovery,” with speakers being announced in the run up to the event. At the same time in the GMB, Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster and founding President of Facebook, will be awarded the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage. Clearly an impressive man, it’s well worth queueing early to hear him speak to the Phil. At 7.30pm, the Hist will take the form of the Roman Senate and decide whether to assassinate Julius Caesar in their weekly debate.

On Thursday, the Archaeological Soc will be hosting Dr. Anke Hein from Oxford University who will be speaking on the topic of how to bury an emperor at 6pm in the Edmund Burke Theatre. Later at 7.30pm, the Phil will debate whether millennials stand a chance or not. For International Women’s Week at 7pm there will be a women’s open mic night in the GSU Common Room.

To round off International Women’s Week on Friday, TCDSU officers Alice MacPherson & Úna Harty will be holding a workshop on how to support and encourage other women.

Even if you’re not sick of home after all the snow, the high quality and fun events on this week will inspire any student to get out. With debates which will make you question every decision, information sessions on the Eighth Amendment and events every day to celebrate women, it’s set to be a good week at Trinity.

Georgina Francis

Georgina Francis is the current Life Editor of Trinity News. She is a World Religions and Theology and Ancient History and Archaeology student, and a former Assistant Trinity Life Editor .