It’s been another busy year for the Neave Society, albeit one cut short for obvious reasons. Although it has of course been a shame to put our debates on hold for the time being, the committee are pleased that the society continues to provide a platform for the lively discussion by all Mertonians of diverse topics in an informal environment.
It’s been especially pleasing to maintain a high attendance throughout the year. Michaelmas saw the strongest numbers, notably for the debate on feminism in collaboration with the 1980 Society. The committee are particularly keen to work with other societies in the upcoming year to broaden participation and discussion. It’s been encouraging to see Mertonians of all backgrounds and subjects regularly attending and participating in our discussions throughout the year.
We have been delighted by the incisiveness of discussion over the course of the year. Every topic has seen discussion from the most abstract of theory to the most contemporary of examples, and it has always been a pleasure to listen to the reasoned arguments of fellow Mertonians. Without question every member of the society always has a unique and interesting contribution to make. From space travel to art criticism, to the more bread-and-butter concerns of a general election, the committee have ensured there is something to pique everyone’s interest across the academic year.
Despite being forced into a brief hiatus, the committee look forward to a return to lively and respectful discussion in October, whether in person or otherwise. We are confident that new students will welcome the opportunity for open and insightful discussion provided by the society.
Edmund Kelly (2019)
Neave Society Vice-President 2019-20