Campion Senior Fellow Professor Gerard Kilroy's scholarly biography of St Edmund Campion has been well received by reviewers as a serious and thorough treatment of a remarkable man's remarkable life. Now Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge Alexandra Walsham reviews the book--Edmund Campion: A Scholarly Life--in the most recent issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies. Professor Kilroy's book is praised for containing the "freshest insights and most original findings" based on "exhaustive research."
Recently Campion Hall was pleased to host the editor of America Magazine Matt Malone, SJ, for a lecture on the ongoing American presidential race. America is one of the United States' most widely circulated Catholic periodicals and thus Fr Malone occupies a special perch at the intersection of faith and public life in one of the world's most vibrant democracies.
Editor's Note: As part of a series on the art and architecture of Campion Hall we'll be highlighting an item or room each week, with a short description penned by Hall Archivist Prof. Peter Davidson and Archival Associate Altair Brandon-Salmon. This week's piece is the one-of-a-kind stone carving of St Martin, situated in the Hall's main stairwell.
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The St. Martin
Editor's Note: Recently on the Feast of All Souls Fr Emilio Travieso, SJ delivered the following homily to the Campion Hall community. He reminds us in this homily of the role we play in the lives of the dead (and why that's not an oxymoronic phrase in itself) and, mysteriously, the role the dead play in our lives. Read the homily in full below:
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Today’s feast of All Souls speaks to us about who we are as humans.
Over the summer Campion Hall was delighted to take delivery of a state-of-the-art Clevertouch Interactive Display System from Sahara Presentation Systems and undertook a morning’s training on its use in readiness for hosting academic conferences, delivering presentations and carrying out teaching. We believe that we are the first college of the University to install this Clevertouch system for use of the fellows and students.
We were thrilled recently to host an exclusive talk on the historically significant collection of art, sculpture, and religious iconography housed at Campion Hall. The collection's storied past was expertly presented and explained by Regius Chair of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen Professor Jane Stevenson, an expert in Renaissance and early modern literature and history.
Recently the Campion Hall community mourned the death of one of its own, Rev'd Prof T Frank Kennedy, SJ. T Frank was a Senior Research Fellow in Music at Campion and held the Canisius Chair in Humanitites and Music at Boston College, where he also directed the Jesuit Institute and served as superior of the Jesuit community there. T Frank's presence was a constant source of joy and inspiration for the Campion community, and his absence will long be felt.
Three new students of the Hall, Jesuits all from different parts of the world, matriculated into the university recently. The matriculation ceremony is one of Oxford's oldest traditions, wherein students' membership at the University is confered and confirmed by the Vice-Chancellor. Rev'd James Campbell, SJ, Campion Hall's Dean of Degrees, presented the matriculands to the Vice-Chancellor during a ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.
Volume 11 of Twentieth Century Architecture, a journal publication of the Twentieth Century Society, highlights the various architectural experiments at Oxford and Cambridge since 1900.
Included in the collection of essays is a profile of Campion Hall that focuses on the Hall's famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. With gorgeous high-resolution photographs and detailed historical research (including colorful tidbits about the personal struggles involved in establishing the new building), the profile provides an interesting perspective on the history of the Hall.