This summer, the Literific has had two major firsts! In one day, we had both our first Literific Trust meeting and our first alumni debate as facilitated by the QUB Alumni Office.
After setting up and ratifying members to the Literific Trust during the 164th Session, the Councils from the 164th and 165th Sessions met with trustees Professor Tony Gallagher, Basil McCrea, and Paul Shannon on Sat. 15 June at Riddel Hall to discuss accomplishments in the past year and plans for the upcoming session. We would like to thank them for taking time from their day to provide invaluable advice and for the Queen’s University Belfast Alumni Office for providing us with a space at Riddel Hall.
The first Literific Trust meeting was followed by a debate at the Golden Reunion with Literific alumni from the 1950s and 1960s. The motion was “The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be” with former Literificans Mike Douse & Denis Tuohy proposing and current debaters Andrew Carruthers and Julia Andrade Rocha opposing the motion. Former Literifican Brian Garrett chaired the debate while recent graduate and Literific trustee Paul Shannon acted as timekeeper. Images from the debate can be found here at the QUB Alumni Office’s Facebook page.
The debate ended in a draw (!) and Literificans old and new had a chance to partake in drinks at the pub (of course) while discussing the Literific during its heyday.
In order to continue fostering these connections with former Literific members, the council have decided to set up an alumni network. Anyone who is a former Literific member and who is interested in keeping up to date with our debates, special events, and formals, please fill out our form at the Get Involved page.