Peter was resident at Campion Hall during Hilary and Trinity term and is Professor of German at Georgetown. While at Campion Hall he completed a study of economics themes in a fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers’ (Mercantilist Treasure, Capitalist Circulation, and Gender Distinctions in the Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tale Hänsel und Gretel) and worked on a larger project on meanings of work in nineteenth century German and Austrian literature. He also prepared a conference on the same topic which will be held at Georgetown in 2016.
Fr James Hanvey SJ, Jesuit priest and Master at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, gives us an excellent reflection on Christian prayer for our Schools of Prayer podcast series.
He talks about the prayer of Jesus Christ himself and how he handed it to us - to the Church - to sustain us to this day and beyond as we seek to deepen our relationship with God.
Vijay D’Souza, SJ has been awarded the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Foundation graduate funding for three years of research on and documentation of Hrusso Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The Hans Rausing Endangered Language Foundation is based at SOAS, London, and funds documentation of endangered languages throughout the world. His work will include writing a grammar of the language, creating a 100-hour audio and video database, and comunity mobilization. The work will begin in October 2015 as part of his Doctoral studies at Oxford.
The Campion Hall Garden Party was held on Thursday 11 June in glorious sunshine and with the garden looking its best.
Guests included the Regius Professor of Divinity, Graham Ward, Professors and academics from the University of Oxford as well as guests from Georgetown University, Washington, scholars from Australia, the Phillipines and Chile and many friends of the Hall.
For those who have been coming for many years, the Campion Hall Garden party is one of the highlights of the summer.
"The Committee was most impressed by the quality of the Hall’s students, by its scholarly purposefulness and positive approach. Albeit on a small scale and notwithstanding its single sex status, Campion Hall seemed to the Committee to provide an exemplar of how an academic community should operate. The high standard of its community based academic life, and the central place of an egalitarian ethos supporting academic endeavour were confirmed by all those whom the Committee met."
Like the other Permanent Private Halls (PPHs) of the University, Campion Hall is subject to a regular visitation by a University Supervisory Committee; and in preparation for its visitation every PPH submits a self-evaluation to the Committee beforehand. Our next issue will report on the recent successful visitation of Campion Hall, which happily combined with a letter from the General of the Society, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, on The Intellectual Apostolate of the Society.
Welcome to Campion News, our regular newsletter beginning with this issue. In the past we have produced an occasional newsletter, but we plan to publish this one regularly, at the start of each term. We feel we have much to share with our friends, both old and hopefully new. We want to keep you informed about who we are at Campion Hall, what is happening here, and what we are achieving and aiming to achieve. We hope that reading about all this will prove interesting and enjoyable to our readers.
The Hall is hosting the Jesuit Institute Conference from 3rd - 5th June on Jesuit education with representatives from several Jesuit schools in the UK.
Philip Sheldrake, who studied as a Jesuit at Campion Hall (Modern History (1969-72, MA 1976) was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) by the University. He had previously been awarded the Oxford degree of BD (1995). He also studied pastoral theology and Reformation Church History (MTh "with distinction") at Heythrop College London. Currently Philip is Senior Research Fellow Cambridge Theological Federation, Professorial Fellow St Chad’s College Durham University, and Professor at the Oblate School of Theology Texas.
Professor John Keown from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., who is a Visiting Scholar at the Hall, is being awarded a prestigious Doctor of Civil Law degree (DCL) by Oxford University on 6th June.