Hilary Term: Saturday morning workshops on the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
Saturday 9 April
Introduction to the Seven Works of Mercy;
Counselling the doubtful;
Instructing the ignorant
Saturday 14 May
Admonishing the sinner;
Comforting the afflicted
Saturday 11 June
Bearing wrongs patiently;
Praying for the living and the dead
Oxford in literature series: Michaelmas Term 2015 – Hilary Term 2016
There are countless stories in which the city of Oxford and its ancient university features as a backdrop for events, and in some of these the University plays such a prominent part that it almost assumes the trappings of one of the protagonists, so powerfully is it portrayed. This series of talks looks at some of the more well-known tales that can be included in this category; out of it some very different ‘Oxfords’ emerge.
Saturday 14 November ‘J. H. Newman’s Loss and Gain (1848)’, by Dr Paul Shrimpton, author of A Catholic Eton? Newman’s Oratory School (2005) and The ‘Making of Men’: the Idea and Reality of Newman’s University in Oxford and Dublin (2014)
Saturday 28 November ‘Crime Scene Oxford’, by Mr Jim Mirabal, director of Grandpont House and Domestic Bursar of Lincoln College
Saturday 30 January (Second week) Ronald Knox’s A Spiritual Aeneid (1917) by Fr Andrew Byrne, chaplain of Grandpont House
Saturday 20 February (Fifth week) Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited by Alex Osborn
Quo Vadis? – the direction of culture (Michaelmas 2015)
Week 3 October 24th The Liberal Arts Revival in American Higher Education
Dr Susan Hanssen, Assoc. Professor of History, University of Dallas
There were two speaker meetings to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland (1864), because of the book’s associations not just with Oxford, but also with Grandpont House. An article had appeared in the Times Literary Supplement of 4 May 2013 about ‘The real Mad Hatter’ which links Alice in Wonderland with Grandpont House, and so we were glad to invite the author of this article to give the first talk.
Saturday 9th May, Mark J. Davies, author of Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford (2010).
Saturday 13th June, ‘ “All in the golden afternoon ...” Childhood, Meaning and Authority in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass’, by Alex Osborn, a graduate in English Literature at University College London, and current resident of Grandpont.
Michaelmas 2014 – Hilary Term 2015
Quo Vadis? – the direction of culture
What is culture? How is it created, destroyed, transmitted and preserved? What is the trajectory of contemporary European culture, and what challenges do the next generation of intellectuals and artists face in its preservation and development? This term, we are bringing together a series of speakers to help those at university reflect about these and related questions from the perspective of their own areas of expertise. Their reflections on concrete examples from their own subject area will provide a basis for serious discussion about the content and significance of our cultural inheritance, and about our responsibility to future generations.
Week 1 January 24th Climate change: an update
Week 3 February 7th Varieties of experience in science and religion
Dr Shaun Henson, Chaplain, St Hugh's College
Week 5 February 21st Poetry and mystery
Dr Anthony Radice, schoolmaster
Week 7 March 7th The invention and destruction of political science
Nathan Pinkoski, doctoral student, St Edmund Hall
Trinity Term 2015
Tuesday 26 May, ‘The Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology of Happiness in Marriage’, by Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, Princeton University, and author of The seven big myths about marriage: what science, faith and philosophy teach us about love and happiness (2014).
29th November 2014 Book launch
The Oxford launch of The ‘Making of Men’: the Idea and reality of Newman’s university in Oxford and Dublin took place at Grandpont on the morning of Saturday 29th November and was attended by three dozen people. The author, Paul Shrimpton, who has been the assistant director of the House for nearly twenty years, spoke at the launch about Newman’s pastoral vision for the university and about the ways in which human flourishing takes place. Earlier in the month, he read a paper at University College Dublin about themes from his book.
Long Vacation 2014
September 27th Beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo
Bishop Alvaro del Portillo was the first successor of St Josemaría Escrivá as the head of Opus Dei. Bishop Alvaro made pastoral trips to Britain on several occasions and on one such trip in 1980 he was able to visit Grandpont House. He was declared ‘Blessed’ – the last step before canonization – on 27th September 2014 in Madrid. A small group from Grandpont House joined hundreds of thousands of other pilgrims on that day.
Michaelmas 2013 – Trinity 2014
Quo Vadis Series
C.S. Lewis on science and religion
Dr Michael Ward, Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall
The religious subtext of Cervantes' Don Quixote
Artem Serebrennikov, DPhil student, Exeter College
Population 7 billion: how did we get here? Where are we heading?
Dr Javier García-Manglano, postdoctoral research fellow, Nuffield College
The future of education in mathematics and science: The Royal Society’s vision
Professor Sir Martin Taylor FRS, Warden of Merton College
The Arab Spring: Syria
Oliver Miles, former British ambassador to Libya and Greece
Popes John XXIII and John Paul II: saints this vacation
Fr Andrew Byrne, chaplain of Grandpont House