This Week in Trinity: Week 8

This week, join Trinity’s societies as they kick off the final term of the year

Hopefully everyone had a relaxing and sunshine saturated reading week, and is ready for the last term of 2020/2021 academic year! If, like most students, your reading week involved less reading than the powers that be may hoped for, you may now be suddenly wading in a pool of encroaching deadlines. Before stress gets the better of you, take some time out to attend a society event this week and exercise your dwindling social skills.

Ease yourself into socialising on Tuesday with Q Soc – Trinity LGBT, with a screening of the film Paris is Burning at 7pm. Proclaimed to be “essential queer viewing”, this is not one to miss. Also on Tuesday are trials for the Trinity team in the Hist SER debate against Yale. For some context, each year the Student Economic Review (SER) holds a series of debates between Trinity and other universities in the UK and the US. This year the Hist will be hosting a debate against Yale (insert audible gasp at the mention of such prestige) on March 31. If you think that you could represent Trinity and would relish the chance to flatten some pretentious Ivy Leaguers in debate, this is your opportunity to cast your hat in the ring. Finally, Tuesday is also the day of Trinity VDP’s Child Homelessness Awareness Event at 7pm. The discussion will focus around how to end child homelessness and the rising number of children in emergency accommodation in Ireland. Eoin Ó Broin, a Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing, and Emily Murtagh, the Irish Traveller Movement Accommodation Policy Officer, will be speaking about the accommodation needs of Ireland’s Traveller families.

Start Wednesday evening with another society film screening, this time in a collaboration between DU Archaeological Society and DU Computer Science Society. This perhaps unlikely pairing will be hosting a viewing of Jurassic Park at 7pm. Archaeology, computer science and Jurassic Park – what’s not to like about this combination? At 8.30pm is the Hist’s weekly debate, entitled, This House Believes it was Born in the Wrong Generation, prophesied to be the “funniest debate the Hist will have this year.” If you’ve long felt that you just don’t belong in this era, and want to hear from some like minded debaters, you can register for the debate via the Hist Facebook page. For something a little more solemn, TCD Law Soc will be presenting the Praeses Elit Award to Bryan Stevenson on Wednesday at 5pm. A social justice advocate, Bryan Stevenson has worked with the Equal Justice Initiative and is dedicated to community-based reform litigation. He was previously referred to as “America’s Mandela” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In the webinar, he will be discussing the issues facing accessibility to the legal sector in today’s world.

On Thursday, head over to TCD Environmental Society’s Instagram Live, where they will be holding a discussion with David Fuller, Programme Manager at Repowering London at 1pm. Repowering London was the first community energy scheme on social housing in the world, and has also developed 35 energy gardens on London Overground stations. Community energy helps fight fuel poverty while addressing one of the central causes of climate change. David Fuller will be speaking about his career and his experience leading a community energy movement. Thursday evening brings Trinity FM’s Graduation Party. Join them on discord at 7.30pm as they host their final broadcast party with the current committee and bid adieu to final year members. The graduation ceremony will include a cocktail making classroom, a DJ set and more as yet undisclosed excitement.

A reminder that submissions are still open for TCD Visual Arts Society End of Year exhibition, so if inspiration strikes, be sure to submit your artwork by this Friday, March 26. As a final note, keep your calendar free for next Tuesday, March 30, which is the day of VDP’s beloved annual Panto. This year the society is presenting Toy Story.