The Campion Hall community marked the end of Hilary Term 2018 last week, and in doing so had the opportunity to say farewell to one of the Hall’s most senior and distinguished members. After teaching philosophy for nearly three decades at Heythrop College in London, Rev’d Dr Gerry Hughes, SJ, led Campion Hall as Master from 1998 to 2006; he continued to tutor in philosophy at the Hall after his term as Master came to an end, and in recent years has served as a source of guidance, wit, and wisdom for all members of the Campion community.
Dr. Pamela Armstrong, Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, has been awarded a residential short-term Fellowship in Istanbul, at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) to pursue the study of the Byzantine ceramics from the Çamaltı Burnu I shipwreck excavation.
Andreas Carlgren, former Environment Minister for Sweden and current vice-chair of the Stockholm Environment Institute, gives a lecture at the opening address of the Connecting Ecologies 2017 Symposium at Campion Hall, Oxford.
In December 2017 Campion Hall hosted the 'Connecting Ecologies Symposium' in Oxford. Inspired by Laudato 'si, the Pope's encyclical on climate change, this symposium brought together politicians, theologians, ecologists, anthropologists and climate scientists for a discussion of how we might positively respond to ecological crisis.
Please enjoy this video featuring some of the conference participants discussing what they gained from the international, interdisciplinary conference.
The 2018 Newman Lecture was organised by Campion Hall in association with St Benet’s Hall and Blackfriars.
The Lecture was delivered by The Rt Hon, the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC, Chancellor, University of Oxford, who spoke on ‘The idea of a university in the 21st century’.
Both an audio recording and a written transcript of the Chancellor's remarks are available to the left of this page.
The Campion Hall collection contains several sculptures of the Madonna and Child, ranging from the majestic fine metal cast of Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna donated by Frank Brangwyn, to the intimate French Smiling Madonna dating from the 14th century. One which attracts particular admiration, and even devotion, is the Madonna pictured left, about which today we know almost nothing for sure. Our Curator, Prof Peter Davidson, writes:
(Pictured: Symposiasts pose for a group photograph in front of Campion Hall)
Campion Hall offers its best wishes to Rev Jijimon Joseph SJ (left), from the Indian Kerala Province, studying for the MSt in Syriac Studies; and to Rev Mark Aloysius SJ (right), from the Malay-Singapore Province, working for the DPhil on the political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Both are seen here with the Master as Dean of Degrees, prepraring to matriculate last term.
We are happy to report the appointment of a new Bursar for Campion Hall with effect from January of this year. Mr Alec Thorp is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute; he also has an Open University Diploma in Geosciences. After a successful Sandhurst-trained army career, including being the Army Careers Officer for Gloucestershire, he joined the English education company, Alpha Plus Group, as the Group Bursar of several of its colleges, and worked there as an experienced leader at a strategic level for many years.
Warm congratulations to former Campion Hall member and student Rev. Sumeth Perera SJ from Sri Lanka on recently receiving his DPhil in Genetics. He has now taken up a position as a postdoctoral Fellow in cancer biology at the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland (USA).
Pictured is Sumeth in the Oxford doctoral gown.