Here at the Hist, we love nothing more than a traditional, two-sided debate. There’s something so fulfilling about tearing another person’s ideology to shreds, while simultaneously demonstrating that you are infallible, and anyone who dares to suggest otherwise is, put simply, wrong. Experience has taught us, however, that strictly refusing to engage with other people’s viewpoints is not always the best way to solve a problem. This is where The Burke Sessions come in.

The Burke Sessions are a series of speaker panels that have been running in the Hist for the past few years. Previous Burke Sessions have covered topics such as Irish Feminism in the 21st Century, Mental Health in Ireland, and much more. Featuring guests and student speakers, these panels offer a more informal, constructive format than traditional debates. They give speakers a chance to share and develop ideas, providing the perfect format to get to the metaphorical heart of today’s important issues.

Our upcoming panels are shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before, and the Burke Sessions are set to have their best year yet. If you have ideas for Burke Panels that you’d like to see, or if you’d like to get involved in organising them, email