No Plan to Rename Berkeley Library ‘At Present’, Says College

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been ‘constructive conversations’ in College about the name of the Berkeley Library, but Trinity currently has no plan to rename the library. In an email statement to The University Times, Tom Molloy, Trinity’s director of public affairs and communications, said: ‘Like many other institutions, the university is reflecting on its history and is addressing race and ethnicity to ensure the university is a place that is welcoming to all …'” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 24 November]

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George Berkeley and slavery

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Living a few miles from George Berkeley’s childhood home in Thomastown, Kilkenny, I have grown to admire him as a social reformer and man of true vision and humanity. The article ‘What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?’ (Joe Humphreys, Unthinkable, June 18th), quoting the work of Trinity academic Claire Moriarty, does him a severe injustice …” (more)

[Tony Whittle, Irish Times, 23 June]

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What to do about George Berkeley, Trinity figurehead and slave owner?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As statues topple amid anti-racism protests, universities are looking at some of the hallowed names associated with their institutions with some nervousness. In Oxford, it’s Cecil Rhodes. In Dublin, one figure stands out: George Berkeley. The Anglican bishop of Cloyne (1685-1753) is Ireland’s most celebrated philosopher …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 June]

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