Fireside Chats | Residential College | Trinity College

Cultural enrichment Programs

Go beyond your enrolled degree.

Students at Trinity College have the opportunity to engage with national and global leaders, experts, scholars and artists. 

The College's heritage and vibrant cultural life offer the chance to get involved and experience intellectual and cultural challenges beyond the enrolled degree. 

Opportunities for students to broaden theirs horizons, intellectually, artistically and as engaged citizens, include:

  • Fireside ChatsVisiting Scholars and other noted speakers and academics from outside the College share their knowledge and particularly their passions with the resident community in a series of hour-long Fireside Chats conducted throughout the semester. Topics range across all areas, from health and human rights issues to musicology or archeology. Fireside Chats are typically held in the Junior Common at 7.30–8.30pm on Wednesdays during term.
  • Concerts and performances: the College Choir, the Music Society, the annual College play and musical, and other arts opportunities mean that students at Trinity can find themselves listening to world class music two or three times a week, or watching a play, attending a debate or getting involved themselves in intercollegiate Theatre Sports. 
  • Publications: The College publishes a student-run and student-written year book the Fleur de Lys, arts journal Bulpadok, satirical paper The Beer Garden, and other clubs and society journals. Students write, provide art work, edit, and project manage the papers. 
  • Art Collection: The College's outstanding art collection surrounds students wherever they go. The ER White Collection hangs in a student residence corridor. The portrait collection surrounds students as they eat breakfast or attend Formal Hall. Indigenous art greets them as they enter Reception or meet with a Residential staff member. Sculptures like the Ventulus or the Bull surround them as they enjoy Trinity's beautiful grassed areas. The new Gateway building includes an Art Gallery for exhibitions and a display of the permanent collection. 
  • Dine with a Scholar: students are invited to join a noted expert at High Table and afterwards for coffee in the Senior Common Room. 
  • Public Lectures and publications: Trinity hosts or sponsors significant public lectures in the areas of Business Ethics, Law, history, poetry, art, and Economic History
  • Arts Prizes and Artists in Residence: Trinity is a major partner in the Nakata-Brophy Indigenous Creative Writing Prize, given for poetry and short fiction, together with Overland Journal. The winner becomes a writer in residence for up to 3 months. 
  • Visiting Scholars: Visiting Scholars join the College community while researching, collaborating and teaching in Melbourne. Global experts in public health, engineering, Indigenous art and law are regular visitors to the College. Our partners include the Vice Chancellor's Fellows, the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program, the Law Faculty, the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservationand the Carlton Connect Initiative.