College Historical Society (The Hist)
As the original debating society, the Hist helped set the model for similar societies around the world, in Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, and throughout the British Isles and the United States. In February 1815, Hist committee members traveled to Cambridge University to assist the foundation of their debating union, a society which exists to this day as one of the Hist?s sister organisations. Today, the College Historical Society continues to provide a forum for debate that attracts the world?s most prestigious speakers - Nobel laureates, heads of state, intellectuals and political activists come to Ireland each year to address the society's members. The Hist?s Wednesday Night Debate is the Society?s flagship event. It attracts hundreds of students and prominent figures from the world of politics, media and the arts. In its time it has been addressed by figures such as W.B Yeats, William Churchill, Ted Kennedy, Bob Geldof, Desmond Tutu, and Sinead O'Connor. The society also hosts notable political figures and celebrities to speak to our members. In recent years these have included Damien Rice, Ralph Feinnes, Germaine Greer, Patrick Stewart, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, and Kaushik Basu.