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    Campion News April 2017

    W e are privileged to provide the above print of an in-progress study of the Thames at Oxford by our Visiting Georgetown University Scholar, John D. Morrell, who is Associate Profes-sor of Painting and Drawing and former chair of the Department of Art and Art History. The painting measures 12 in. by 16 in., and is a mix of ink, wa-tercolor and acrylic on rag paper. Professor Morrell writes, In my paintings I in-vestigate peoples relationship to nature in our cul-ture today. In my images of urban spaces there is almost always an element of nature, an aspect of my work, which is built on a long history of arts depic-tion of nature and man. The American landscape tradition has differed from that of Europe and other cultures. In my current visit to Oxford I am study-ing these differences with on-site drawings of Ox-ford and the great tradition of English watercolor in

    the Ashmolean Museums outstanding collection. Frequently, I draw and paint on site, based on direct observation. The distinction of on site work is the meditative and observational process of time. To be still in one place, observing for several hours, noticing different aspects of a place over time shapes my vision; investing it with personal infor-mation that a recording on film or disk cannot com-municate. I become absorbed in a place, and my selectivity, my choices of what to record on my canvas or paper, become my art... Painting the land-scape directly may seem to create the conditions for a more realistic depiction. My experience, rather, is an inevitably subjective response to the landscape. It is not, in my opinion, fidelity to an unknowable objective rendition. I believe a distinct aesthetic of my work is derived from the subjective response to sensation in the particular moment and place.*

    Campion News

    The Newsletter of Campion Hall, Oxford University Number 10, Trinity Term 2017

    An Oxford Scene by a Georgetown Artist

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    Campion News April 2017

    Our warm congratulations to Rev Michael Knox SJ DPhil (Oxon) on his recent graduation. (See newsletter nine). *

    Our warmest congratulations to Rev Sumeth Perera SJ, from Sri Lanka, on the completion of

    his highly impressive doctorate in cancer biology at the Depart-ment of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) in the Go-berdhan laboratory. Cancer treatments are becoming increas-ingly sophisticated, he explains, but there are still major gaps in our understanding of how these treatments work and why they dont always block cancer growth. One of those gaps is how cancer secreted nano-vesicles (exosomes) function, and the new phenomenon I have discov-

    ered here, called exosome switching, may ultimately influ-ence the ways that we treat can-cer patients and recognise wheth-er treatments are working. Dr Perera intends to further his re-search as a postdoctoral scien-tist.* We extend our very best wishes to Dr Nela Cicmil, Junior Re-search Assistant at the Hall, who is being married and will soon leave Oxford. She has been a postdoctoral research scientist in

    Signal Integration for Perception in the Universitys Medical Sci-ences Division. Nela has also been an active and valued mem-ber of the Halls community. She and her husband will be moving to London, where she plans to continue university re-search and teaching, as well as undertake school teaching in a deprived area.*

    During the recent vacation we were happy to welcome one of our Campion Hall Visiting Fel-low, Sister Maryanne Loughry of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Australia. She is a Sister of Mercy, a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) in Oxfords International Development Department, and a Research Professor at Boston College. She earlier served for some years as the Halls Pedro

    Arrupe Tutor in Forced Migra-tion, and now she was sharing in running the RSCs international

    conference held in Keble College on Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies. Professor Loughrie chaired a breakout ses-sion on Children and Vulnera-bility, and she addressed another session on What does vulnera-bility look like in a crisis? We warmly welcome Fr Ian Tomlinson SJ who has recently been appointed to the Campion Hall Jesuit community to provide support to the Universitys Jesuit-directed Catholic chaplaincy. Previously Director of Novices for the British Jesuit Province, and then official Assistant (Socius) to two Provincial Supe-riors, Ian has worked recently in Ignatian spirituality and at the Manchester Universities Catho-lic chaplaincy.*

    In the news
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    Campion News April 2017

    Discussing Argentina

    On 7 February an appreciative audience at the Hall, especially from the Centre of Latin American Stud-ies, heard an expert discussion on Argentinian poli-tics and its dirty war. It was introduced by the Argentinian Jesuit sociologist, Professor Gustavo Morrell, and shared by the distinguished commen-tator on the Latin American scene and biographer of Pope Francis, Dr Austen Ivereigh. Their shared reminiscences and comments presented an absorb-ing picture of the disquieting political and ecclesias-tical situation in Argentina.* Guest Night The Halls Secretary, Sarah Gray, now also Exec-utive Assistant to the Master, putting the finishing

    touch to the dining room in preparation for the Feb-ruary Guest Night. The Masters guests included His Excellency the Polish Ambassador and his wife, and Lord Brennan, KCSG, QC. * Burgess Foundation Lecture On 3 March a lecture in the Hall supported by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation was de-livered by Martin Stannard, Professor of Modern English Literature at Leicester University, and Co-

    Executive Editor of OUP's 42-volume scholarly edition of The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. The lecture was entitled No Abiding City: Evelyn Waugh and America; and it provided a diverting and enlightening account of Waughs several lecturing tours to the USA. The set-ting for the lecture was also appropriate, Waugh having been a regular visi-tor and a benefactor to Campion Hall in the days of its celebrated master, Martin DArcy. *

    University Challenge? Over two days in mid-January, three members of the Hall community travelled to Munich, Germany, to participate in a conference of systematic theolo-gians from the University of Oxford and the Lud-wig-Maximilians Universitt (LMU). Participants were postgraduates and junior researchers from both universities, and the gathering was presided over by Professor Dr Jrg Lauster (Institute for Sys-tematic Theology at LMU) and Professor Werner Jeanrod (Master of St Benets Hall, Oxford). The Campion contingent included Rev Gerard Ryan SJ, working on a DPhil on the role of religion in recog-nition theory; Mr Travis LaCouter, working on a DPhil on the metaphysics of Hans Urs von Bal-thasar; and Mr Nandan Mani Ratnam, a visitor to the Hall from Christ Church, finishing his DPhil on Immanuel Kants conception of human dignity. All three presented papers at the conference and faced lively Q&A sessions with the group.*

    In the News (contd)


    1 Oxford Scene by Georgetown Artist

    2 In the News

    3 Contents

    4 The Halls Middle Common Room

    5 A Junior Research Fellow Reports

    6 Treasures of Campion Hall, 10:

    The Peter Knott Watercolours

    7 A Visiting Scholar Looks Back

    8 Environmental Fieldwork

    9 Supporting Campion Hall

    10 Past Masters: Thomas Corbishley SJ

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    Campion News April 2017

    O ne of the major differences between Cam-pion Hall and the larger Colleges of Oxford University is that these days Campion does not have any undergraduate students. Initially the Hall was founded to enable young members of the Jesuit Order to gain Oxford degrees, but not in priestly theology or philosophy, which they studied in their own training college near the village of Heythrop in North Oxfordshire. The studies they pursued in Oxford were in various other academic subjects, especially Classics, History and English, which would qualify them to teach in the numerous schools which the Jesuits then ran in their British Province and their mission territories of Southern Rhodesia, South Africa and British Guyana.

    A graduate institution In the 1970s, as the number of British Jesuits began to decrease and they were withdrawing from many of their schools, Campions academic policy changed, and it began to concentrate on being a Jes-uit house for postgraduate studies, now including theology and philosophy. It also drew now on Jesuit graduate students from abroad to study for doctor-ates in their field and return to lecturing and post-doctoral research elsewhere, a future role for the Hall which the celebrated Master, Martin DArcy, had envisioned as far back as the 1930s. The Hall also admitted a few male graduate students who were not Jesuits. As a consequence, Campion does not possess a Junior Common Room nor separate tables or the like, and all its students belong to the Halls Middle Common Room (MCR). This plays a large part in organising the life and the academic and social ac-tivities of the Hall as a whole, including its mem-bers being allocated house jobs ranging from main-taining the wine cellar and the sacristy through reg-ular updating of the website to keeping an eye on the condition of the Halls bicycles.

    Modern developments Within the past couple of years the Campion MCR has developed significantly, and it now represents a wide spectrum of disciplines, from th