Literary and Scientific Society (Queen's University Belfast)
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The Literary and Scientific Society (commonly referred to as the Literific) of the Queen's University of Belfast is the university's debating society. The purposes of the Society, as per its Laws are to "encourage debating, oratory and rhetoric throughout the student body of the University and beyond".
The Society was founded in 1850 as a paper-reading society for students of the new Queen's College, with its first president being Edwin Lawrence Godkin. The Literific was also used, during its early years, as a democratic body which could negotiate with the College on behalf of the students until the formation of the Students' Union Society and the Students' Representative Council in 1900. The Society established itself as the principal debating body of the University, however in the 1960s the Literific came under fire and was banned for several weeks in 1964 "in view of the disorders and improprieties of conduct and obscene language". Later in the decade the Society merged into the Union Debating Society (later the Debating and Mooting Society) from which it re-emerged in 2011.
Currently the Society operates as the debating society of Q.U.B. with an affiliation to the Queen's University Belfast Students' Union as well as to the University itself. The Society holds weekly meetings on a particular motion of interest during term, frequently these include guest Chairs or speakers from the worlds of academia, politics, law and the arts.
The Council of the 167th Session
- President: Marie-Louise Synnott
- Secretary: Robbie Whitehurst
- Treasurer: Craig Miller
- External Convenor: Ben Murphy
- Internal Convenor: Eoghan Mulholland
- Outreach Officer: Lili Vetter
- Open Representative: James McNaney
- 2nd year Representative: Gemma Canham
- 1st year Representative: Sinead Burns
- E.L. Godkin - First president of the Society, later editor of The Nation and the New York Evening Post.
- Robert James McMordie - President 1871-72, barrister, M.P. and Lord Mayor of Belfast.
- Thomas Leslie Teevan - President of the Society, barrister and Ulster Unionist West Belfast MP - Youngest Chairman of a local Authority in Northern Ireland at 21 (Limavady Urban Council). He was also President of the Queen's Law Society and Chairman of the Unionist Association.
- Sheelagh Murnaghan - President 1946-47, first female president of the Society, barrister and Ireland Women's hockey player, later Northern Ireland M.P. for the Ulster Liberal Party.
- Eamonn McCann - President 1964-65, writer and political activist. Only individual Q.U.B. winner of the Irish Times Debate.
- Cyril Toman - President 1965-66, Northern Irish political activist.
- Paul Francis Shannon - President of the 163rd Session (2011-12).
- Queen's University Belfast Students' Union
- Literary and Historical Society (University College Dublin)
- College Historical Society
- University Philosophical Society
- UCC Philosophical Society
- Brian Walker and Alf McCreary, 'Degrees of Excellence, The Story of Queen's Belfast 1845-1995', (1994) The Institute of Irish Studies, Belfast, pp.16 and 19.
- 'The Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin', (1907) The Macmillan Company , p.10.
- Brian Walker and Alf McCreary, 'Degrees of Excellence, The Story of Queen's Belfast 1845-1995', (1994) The Institute of Irish Studies, Belfast, p.30.
- Brian Walker and Alf McCreary, 'Degrees of Excellence, The Story of Queen's Belfast 1845-1995', (1994) The Institute of Irish Studies, Belfast, p.124.
- L.A. Clarkson, 'A University in Troubled Times: Queen's Belfast, 1945-200, (2004) Four Courts Press, Dublin.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2384899/pdf/ulstermedj00137-0072.pdf/?tool=pmcentrez, (retrieved 16 May 2012) at 63.
- The Irish Times, 15 May 1946, p.4.
- The Irish Times, 2 November 1964, p.13.
- The Irish Times, 6 April 1965, p.7.