‘Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto: I am human, I regard nothing human as alien to me.’ These are the famous words of Roman playwright Terence (c.195-c.159 BCE). Campion Hall finds inspiration in these words, which resonate with the Jesuit and Oxford humanistic traditions of learning.
The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, said in his Campion Hall Newman Lecture, ‘We must support the Humanities because we are human, because they provide us with a fuller understanding of our world and of one another.’ The Jesuit tradition has included not only philosophers and theologians, but dramatists, artists, musicians, scientists, naturalists, and mathematicians. It values all academic disciplines for what they teach us about humanity and the natural world. Together with other scholars in academia, Campion Hall’s research and dialogue seeks to understand and promote what is truly human.