When the Jesuits opened a Roman Catholic Hall in Oxford University and for a time named it "Pope's Hall", they may well have seemed to be acting defiantly and provocatively. The explanation is more innocent, however. Oxford Private Halls were initially called after their Master, so what is now known as Campion Hall was for a time named after its then Master, one Thomas O'Fallon Pope, SJ. That was but one stage in an interesting history of Campion Hall.
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.
By: Rev'd Gerry A. Arbuckle, SM
Before I describe my work at Campion Hall this year let me briefly explain the nature of cultural anthropology. Anthropology is about how people feel and communicate with one another and across cultures. It is often about revealing the cultural forces that motivate people and their institutions, although they are commonly unaware of the existence of these forces and their ability to control behavior.