A much anticipated event in our Michaelmas Term social calendar is Carols in the Quad, which took place again this year on Tuesday 1st December. As usual, there were fairy lights, mulled wine and seasonal readings from the JCR balcony, and the enthusiastic amateur chorus was ably led by the College choir and the Salvation Army band. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the evening a success; we raised £82.52 towards the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
On Saturday 28th November, we celebrated an America-style Thanksgiving ‘pot-luck’ dinner, hosted wonderfully by the MCR Secretary and his wife, Scott and Karen Ables. It was great to see so many students, undergraduate and postgraduate, at the meal, which has become a regular event in our social calendar and means so much to many of our visiting students from the USA who miss their traditional family celebrations in November. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the evening and helped to make it a success!
Karen made beautiful table decorations for the occasion:
Scott explained how the pot-luck worked, as hungry students waited eagerly to start:
Everyone enjoyed the fayre:
We were delighted to welcome postgraduate students from Linacre College to Formal Hall on Friday 20th November. Earlier in the term, some of our own students enjoyed generous hospitality from Linacre. Exchange Formals are a great way for students in MCRs across the University to meet and mingle!
The MCR V-P even got a few of our members and guests together for a photograph:
At Formal Hall last night, Regent’s was privileged to host HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan and to confer upon him the distinction of an Honorary Fellowship. Prince Ghazi is a long-standing advocate of interfaith dialogue and a pioneer academic in the field of love in religion; he is the author of Love in the Holy Qur’an (2013). In recent years, the Prince has worked closely with our Principal Emeritus and Director of Research, Professor Paul Fiddes, to establish a research project in his field at Regent’s. This project includes a Fellowship in the Study of Love in Religion, which has been endowed in perpetuity for £1.8m by generous gifts from the King of Jordan and the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan.
Below is a photograph (apologies for the quality!) of Prince Ghazi addressing the gathering at dinner. During an engaging speech, which was both profound and lighthearted, the Prince thanked the College for his Honorary Fellowship, especially because he would now be able to walk barefoot on the lawn in the Quad ‘with permission’ – apparently a secret desire of His Royal Highness!
This Thursday (29th October) from 5-6:30pm in the Chapel, the MCR will host the first of two seminars on the theme of ‘Violence and Justice’, entitled Doing Justice to Injustice. There will be two papers, followed by a discussion, and drinks in the MCR from 6:30-7pm. All welcome.
Paper 1: Narrative, Testimony, Fiction: The Challenge of Not Forgetting the Holocaust, by Professor Jakob Lothe, Professor of English Literature, Oslo.
Paper 2: Forgiving not Forgetting: Lessons from South Africa, by The Revd Dr Myra Blyth, Chaplain and Fellow, Regent’s Park College, Oxford.
Micheal O’Siadhail offers an evening of poetry, reading from his new book One Crimson Thread. Regent’s Park College, Oxford – 8:15pm. Free entry.
O’Siadhail is one of the most significant living poets in the world today. His work covers an impressively vast range of themes and has been compared by some commentators to Dante, John Milton, W. B. Yeats, and John Donne. A number of his poems have been commissioned and set to music for performance and broadcasting. He was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute Prize for Poetry in 1982 and the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature in 1998. An extraordinary linguist, fluent in over five languages, O’Siadhail has also been a noteworthy academic speaker and writer, publishing important works on the Irish language, and lecturing at the Universities of Harvard, Yale, Iceland, and Trinity College Dublin. His most recent poetry publications include the highly acclaimed Collected Poems (2013) and the newly released One Crimson Thread (2015).
‘He is a delightful poet – I don’t know of any other who writes with such affection of the everyday, our changing moods and chances’, Louis Simpson, Pullitzer prize-winning poet.
O’Siadhail’s poetry bears an ‘open-hearted humanity, touchingly devoted to the glamorous and the magical’, Brian Lynch, Irish Independent.
‘This is a poet who makes himself brilliantly, lucidly vulnerable at times and subjects our weird old world with its wonders and its monstrosities, to the damning power of a loving heart turned livid… I love the dimensions that are spiritual, religious, metaphysical, eschatological and above all pastoral’, Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland.
The Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture with the Oxford University Poetry Society
For more information, contact Professor Paul Fiddes: firstname.lastname@example.org.