Our packed schedule this week includes our weekly debate, acclaimed author Alexander McCall-Smith, a masterclass from Craig Gordon of POLITICO, and a panel discussion on the future of Ireland!


This House Fears China’s Influence on African Development, in Association with SUAS

Wednesday, 7:15pm, The GMB Chamber


This week we hold our development debate, which looks at the influence and sway that China holds in African development. Is China exerting pressures beyond what it should be? Are they manipulating African states in exchange for economic benefits? Or is all of this just one massive case of the boy crying wolf?


Join us as we, in association with SUAS, debate this hugely topical issue this Wednesday night, followed by a lavish reception.


Speakers include:

Dr. Pádraig Carmody, TCD Lecturer on Development Geography


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Alexander McCall Smith, acclaimed author, addresses The Hist

Wednesday, 4pm, The Conversation Room


Best known for creating the highly acclaimed ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ series, that is only one of the strings that Alexander McCall-Smith has on his wide-ranging and impressive bow. A respected expert on medical law and bioethics, he was formerly a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO and chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, but gave up those commitments to concentrate on his writing.


As one a leading academic and one of the most prolific and successful fiction writers to this day, The Hist is delighted to have Alexander McCall-Smith address the society this Wednesday.


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New Ireland Panel Discussion

Monday, 7pm, The Conversation Room


Following on from the Wedensday night discussion held two years ago, The Hist’s ‘A New Ireland’ panel discussion returns, to shift from debates on a united Ireland and partition to discussion on what a new Ireland could/should look like.


The discussion will begin with a presentation from Dr. John Robb, a former Senator, political activist, and founder of the New Ireland Group, which will focus on the current economic and political crisis, and comparisons to the Swiss system of participatory democracy.


Student representatives from a number of groups, including Young Fine Gael, Labour Youth, An Cumann Gaelach, and the Socialist Party among others, will then give their view of what a New Ireland should look, from a multitude of perspectives, and on aspects such as political reform, social change, national identity, and the Irish language.


Join us for a fascinating evening where we work out where we’re headed with our country this Monday at 7pm.


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Master Class on US Politics by Craig Gordon, Managing Editor of POLITICO

Tuesday, 12 noon, The Conversation Room


Craig Gordon gained experience covering three presidential races when he lead POLITICO’s coverage of the 2012 campaign between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Before this Gordon was the Washington bureau chief for Newsday, a job that took him everywhere from Baghdad to the White House briefing room. He covered the Pentagon starting the day after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was embedded with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan when they took Kandahar Airport. He anchored Newsday’s coverage of the Iraq war from the U.S. base in Qatar and reported from Iraq immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein.


For Newsday, Gordon covered Republican George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000, and eventually Bush’s White House from 2005 to 2007. He covered Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004, and in 2008, he covered former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and wrote extensively about Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain.


As such, we think you’ll agree that Craig Gordon has the qualifications to give a master class on US politics – and he’ll be doing just this exclusively for the Hist on Tuesday!


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