‘Sedes Minerva’?

Hey everyone! This is the Quiz Club Speaking!

Now we all know that the CJC quiz club is called Sedes Minerva, but I’ve always wondered what the name meant. The first thing that popped into my mind when I heard the name was this really old Polish punk band called Sedes that’s almost 29 years old!

After a little more of looking into, I came across this Portugese  Association, which formed at around 1970 called SEDES, which was one of Portugal’s earliest think tanks. The members of this association were brought together by great desire for change and to establish a diverse social activism: academic associations, a practice of political opposition against the system of the Estado Novo regime that ruled Portugal since the 1920’s.

What’s fascinating is that they organized themselves into working groups, facilitated debates on various locations of Portugal, was the first Portuguese organization to proclaim the advantages of a rapprochement with the European Community.

Certainly an apt name for an organization of experimental thinkers such as ourselves!

And the second part of the name, ‘Minerva’, brought to my mind Harry Potter’s transfiguration teacher’s name, Minerva McGonagall and few of us, who have read the ‘Unofficial Guide to Harry Potter’  know that every name in J.K. Rowling’s books have some back ground;

Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom and commerce.. She is often depicted with an owl, the creature of wisdom, and hence the phrase, ‘as wise as an owl’!

Minerva frequently features in statuary, as an image on seals, and in other forms, at educational establishments such as the Columbia University, the University of Proto and so on..

It is also interesting to note that Minerva is displayed on the Medal of Honour, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government!

And thus I conclude this entry with a quote by the American essayist and naturalist Henry David Thoreau,

“True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance”.

Did you know that in 1844, Thoreau and a friend of his accidentally set the Concord woods in Massachusetts on fire??

Bhargava, Student Representative, Sedes Minerva, The Quiz Club

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