The College Historical Society notes with sadness the passing of journalist, orator and professional contrarian, Christopher Hitchens. It is one of our great regrets as a society that we were unable to confer our Gold Medal on Christopher. He was noted admirer of some of our most famous members including our founder Edmund Burke, who was the subject of one Hitchens’ most illuminating essays in his latest collection “Arguably” and Conor Cruise-O’Brien, our former President. Of the latter’s work “Writers and Politics”, Christopher once said, “I remember thinking very distinctly that I’d like to be able to write like that and on topics of that sort”. There can be no doubt that some of The Hist’s most notable members left an indelible mark on Christopher’s work just as Christopher’s work continues to leave an ineffaceable mark on our current generation of orators. Christopher isn’t just a talisman to members of the College Historical Society, he was a friend to any student society engaged in the pursuit of a free, progressive, accessible and fair discourse. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends.


Ian Curran,

Librarian 242nd Session