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Trinity Long Room Hub 10th Anniversary Symposium

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Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Dublin 2

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While 2020 marks the opening of the Trinity Long Room Hub building on Fellows’ Square, the story of the Hub starts long before this.

Between 2004 and 2006 the Arts, Humanities and Library community at Trinity came together to successfully make the case to the university for a research institute dedicated to the Arts and Humanities. In 2007, this support by the university in turn led to Trinity securing €10.8 million of Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for the state-of-the-art building which is the home of the Trinity Long Room Hub today. As a conceptual, physical and intellectual platform the Hub represents a diverse community of scholars drawn from over twenty arts and humanities disciplines and the Library whose reach is both local and global. The Hub and its home is symbolic of our unique vantage point: an engagement with the past and present that deepens our understanding of ourselves with a firm focus on what is needed for the future flourishing of our society.

To mark a decade of the Hub building, the anniversary symposium will reflecting on the work done by our community over the last decade to pioneer new Arts and Humanities led approaches to the complex problems of today and take account of the social, political and cultural change in the world during those years. Looking to the future, three key research strands will be discussed which have potential for maximum impact by the Arts and Humanities on critical societal challenges: the crises of democracy, what it means to be human in the 21st century and the future of this island.

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09:30 – 09:45 WELCOME

09.45 – 11:15 CRISES OF DEMOCRACY

Trinity Vignette: The Mellon Funded Crises of Democracy Initiative

Dr Angela Butler, Research Fellow

Dr Elspeth Payne, Beate Schuler Research FellowIs democracy at risk? What do we mean by crises? How can the Arts and Humanities contribute to more engaged citizens and participative democracies in the future?

Panellists

Professor Juergen Barkhoff, Vice Provost and former Trinity Long Room Hub Director

Bill Emmott, Chair of the Trinity Long Room Hub Board and former editor of The Economist

Dr Molly Pucci, Department of History

Professor Yvonne Buckley, Department of Zoology

11.15-11.30 BREAK

11:30 – 11:40 CAMEO by artist Rita Duffy

11:40 – 13:00 THE FUTURES OF THIS ISLAND AND ITS VALUES

How can the Arts and Humanities contribute to the future of this island, of its diverse communities, values, heritage and ethnicities? From religion and recession to recovery and referenda, the Arts and Humanities reflect on what it will mean to live on this island in the future.

Panellists

Professor Eve Patten, School of English and Deputy Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub

Conor Houston, Director of Houston Solutions Ltd., Founder of Connected Citizens

Professor Aileen Kavanagh, School of Law

Professor Lorna Carson, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

13:00-13:30 LUNCH

13:30 - 14:15 FROM A POWERPOINT PROPOSAL TO AN ICONIC BUILDING, THE VISION BEHIND THE HUB

Panellists

Professor Jennifer Edmond, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Professor John Hegarty, Former Provost (2001-2011)

Valerie Mulvin, McCullough Mulvin Architects

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity Long Room Hub

14:15 – 14:25 CAMEO by Professor Nicholas Johnson, School of Creative Arts

14:25 – 16:00 BEING HUMAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Trinity Vignette: What does it mean to be human in the 21st century discussion series, sponsored by Accenture

What makes us human and why is that important? How can the Arts and Humanities contribute to more human centred innovations that enhance society for all species in a technological age?

Panellists

Professor Linda Doyle, Dean of Research and Professor of Engineering & The Arts

Philip King, Musician, Film-maker and Broadcaster

Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs

Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, School of Education


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