Green Week, Ag Week and when is religious belief irrational? What's on in UCD this week

This semester, The University Observer will be running weekly articles about events and matches held on and off campus. If you have a debate, coffee morning, guest speaker, match or any other event coming up, your society or club can have it included in our weekly calendar of events.

Just submit an event description (no more than 200 words) to before 12pm the Sunday before your event.

Ag Week 2019 - Little Mick Ag Soc

It's that time of the year again Folks. Ag Week 2019 is just around the corner. Guaranteed to be the best week of craic in UCD. This year is as busy as ever with numerous events taking place throughout the week. Headline acts during the week include the up and coming DJ Craig O'Driscoll and last but not least The Wolfe Tones.

Wellie walk and Junction Collection
Milk Race outside the Ag Building at 1pm
County colours with Dj Craig O'Driscoll live in DTwo
Tuesday5-a-side soccer Tournament
Wax Auction in the Clubhouse at 8pm
Trad Night in Ryans at 10:30pm
WednesdayTractor Race at 1pm
Ag v Vets in a GAA Match
Ags Got Talent live at the Clubhouse from 8pm
ThursdayDiscussion with Industry Leaders from 6pm
The Wolfe Tones live in Opium from 10:30pm. (Ticket only event. On sale next week in the Tea Shop)
FridayHome for Mammy's Dinner

When is Religious Belief Irrational?

Is there a rational basis for religious belief, or is religion simply an oppressive, irrational superstition? Is science the only way to know the truth, or can one truly know things through faith? On Wednesday 6th at 7pm in Newman Theatre P, in collaboration with Philosophy society, we’ll be answering those questions with Fr Thomas Joseph White.

Fr Thomas Joseph White, visiting UCD from Washington DC this Wednesday 6th, is used to both asking and answering these big questions. An atheist in college, he began to doubt whether one can know anything for sure about life, reality, and the universe. What’s the meaning of it all, anyway? He found the answers to those big questions in the philosophy of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, and having found the answers himself he has dedicated his life sharing them with as many people as possible. He became a Dominican preacher and founded the Thomistic Institute for intellectual outreach, based in Washington DC, which has chapters in universities like Harvard, Oxford, and now UCD. Questions of faith, questions about life, death, and life-after-death, are probably the biggest we’ll ever ask, and while many dismiss God as a discredited old notion, we hope to show that the Bible isn’t an open and closed book after all. All welcome!

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UCD Green Week - UCDSU

UCD’s inaugural Green Week, part of the UCD Green Campus Initiative, takes place 4-8 February.

We’re teaming up with UCD’s largest society, the L&H for a spicy panel discussion on environmental responsibility. There'll be hard-hitting questions put to our star-studded line-up of panellists including leader of the Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan; Fine Gael general election candidate, Deirdre Duffy; UCD’s own Dr. Lisa Ryan of the School of Economics with more special guests to be announced.

On Thursday, in rooms 5/6/7 (beside the Fitzgerald Chamber!) we’re holding a clothes swap. The guys from The Sustainable Store in Blackrock will also be there talking about how to live sustainably and showing off their products. There will be some free goodies, so bop along and say hello.

Estate Services have organised a series of awesome lunchtime walks, starting at the Chess Garden. You can expect to visit the Orchard, Apiary, Rosemount Gardens and more! Brian Tobin, assistant professor in forestry, runs a module on bees and will be one of your guides! Mary Forrest has been involved in European-funded projects such as the Teaching of Sustainable Development in Life Science in Europe (2010-13).

Bike Day 2019 is happening on Thursday 7th February. From 10am, cyclists can avail of FREE refreshments and learn about safe cycling practices. There may even be some free gifts and prizes in it for you!

Do you like food? Do you dislike food waste? Then we have some super events for you. Fitzgerald Chamber will host a panel discussion on food waste on Thursday followed by some scrumptious actual food. Speakers include Food Cloud founder Aoibheann O’Brien and Mindy O’Brien of VOICE.

On Wednesday, tv chef, Adrian Martin will host a zero waste cooking demo in the Atrium from 1-3pm. Zaneta from Rerooting the Future will join us on Thursday from 4-6pm to talk about alternative uses of food waste and do mini workshops on cleaning and beauty products.

HortSoc and BioSoc are holding a workshop to fill out insect hotels with compostable materials to provide insects with a place to hibernate and encourage pollination. BioSoc will also be holding a Green Week special of their fortnightly Dodder Clean Up, meeting outside the Clubhouse at 5pm on Monday.