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Trinity Long Room Hub to Celebrate 10 Years with Anniversary Showcase

13 February 2020 - The Trinity Long Room Hub will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of its building on Fellows’ Square in 2010 with a special day of discussion and conversation on February 19th in Trinity College Dublin.

The iconic institute, which opened its doors at the height of Ireland’s recession, was a recipient of an initial philanthropic gift which helped to leverage Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Although the award-winning Hub building is just 10 years old, the institute has made enormous strides in its mission. It celebrates the excellence of the Arts and Humanities in Trinity, which represents over 20 disciplines and the Library, and the contribution this community has made to social, political and cultural change in Ireland over the past decade.

Evening Showcase

An evening showcase on February 19th in the Edmund Burke Theatre, will tell the story of the Trinity Long Room Hub through a series of conversations and performances themed around the Hub’s journey, The Future of the Past, What it Means to be Human in the 21st Century, and The Futures of Ireland.  

Researchers from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities schools and the Library will be joined by Rory O’Neill, also known by his stage name Panti Bliss, Dr Mark O’Connell, award winning novelist and alumnus of Trinity’s School of English and the Trinity Long Room Hub, historian Professor Roy Foster, and director Lynne Parker of Rough Magic.

Hosted by RTÉ broadcaster and presenter Bryan Dobson, other special guests include archivist Catriona Crowe, Eamon Sinnott of Intel Ireland, and poet Sean Hewitt.

The audience will be treated to a new composition by Danny Forde, performed by the Mornington Singers, as part of a Rough Magic project on Choirs and Wellbeing.

Audience members will also get a chance to get a virtual taste for the digital reconstruction project of the Public Records Office of Ireland (PROI) underway as part of the Beyond 2022 project. Guests can also view a pop-up exhibition with Trinity Long Room Hub artist in residence Rita Duffy and a research exhibition from Trinity’s early career researchers in the Arts and Humanities.

To view the full programme and book your place, click here.

Daytime Symposium

Four panels will form the basis of an academic symposium to be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub from 9.30 to 16.00 on the 19th of February. Involving dynamic and multi-disciplinary panels, the public discussions will take place on the Crises of Democracy, The Futures of Ireland, and Being Human in the 21st Century. Trinity Long Room Hub artist in residence, Rita Duffy, will make a cameo appearance during the symposium as will Professor Nicholas Johnson from the School of Creative Arts.

Speakers joining experts from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities and wider disciplines include Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist; Conor Houston, founder of Connected Citizens; Philip King, musician, film-maker and broadcaster; and Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs.

A further panel will discuss the remarkable journey of the Trinity Long Room Hub from a PowerPoint presentation to an iconic building. Speakers include former provost, Professor John Hegarty; Professor Jennifer Edmond, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies; Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer; and Valerie Mulvin of McCullough Mulvin Architects.

For a full list of speakers and times for the symposium, please click here and register.


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