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The Academic and Pastoral Vision of the Catholic University - Newman Conference Night 1 - TUNE IN HERE
Paul Shrimpton will speak about his examining of the most important documents penned by Newman in his efforts to establish a Catholic university in Ireland.
“My Campaign in Ireland, Part I brings together the most important documents penned by Newman in his efforts to establish a Catholic university in Ireland. Appointed the founding Rector in 1851, Newman was fully involved in every aspect of the university, masterminding its design in the planning stages, then from 1854, when it opened, as its Rector until his resignation in 1858. The discourses he composed in 1852, to prepare for the foundation of the university, form the first half of The Idea of a University, Newman’s classic work on education which many regard as the most influential book on the nature and purpose of the university. By contrast, the foundational documents in My Campaign in Ireland, Part I demonstrate how he was able to turn theory into practice in adverse circumstances. Filling out Newman’s vision of education, they show how he should also be esteemed for his practical contribution to education.”
Frustration and ‘Failure’ - Newman Conference Night 2 - TUNE IN HERE
Paul Shrimpton will speak about Newman’s candid verdict on his frustrating years as founding Rector of the Catholic University.
“My Campaign in Ireland, Part II contains hitherto unpublished writings by Newman, discovered by the editor in the Birmingham Oratory archives. Newman had left instructions that after his death, his papers about the Catholic University should not be published except for grave reasons, because they were too sensitive. These included the three documents that comprise this volume: the first draft of a ‘Memorandum about my Connection with the Catholic University’ written in 1870; a heavily revised version of this, written in 1872–73; and a lengthy Appendix of correspondence, with extracts of letters from and to Newman together with a running commentary. In total they amount to 984 pages of manuscript, all in Newman’s hand.”