The Idea of the College

Event Overview

Join Oxford University’s Pusey House and Common Sense Society–United Kingdom for a special colloquium on June 1 with Dr. Andrew Hegarty. We will consider the essential nature of collegiate life and study, with a nod to the famous discussion of the university by John Henry Cardinal Newman. Participants will discuss the Christian origins of university colleges, colleges as distinct and intentional social microcosms, and the future of faith and reason in the collegiate university. The conversation will begin at 4:00 P.M. in the Resurrection Chapel of Pusey House, St. Giles, Oxford.

This event is open to the community as part of a series of collegiate colloquia at Oxford, organized by the Centre for Theology, Law, and Culture at Pusey House and in conjunction with fellows of said colleges. Kindly RSVP to Stephen Ridley at


Resurrection Chapel of Pusey House
St. Giles', Oxford
OX1 3LZ, United Kingdom

Featured Speaker

A photo of Dr. Andrew Hegarty

Dr. Andrew Hegarty

Dr. Andrew Hegarty is a historian who specializes in the history of universities, particularly Oxford, Salamanca and Paris, and that above all in the early-modern period. He has contributed nearly two dozen entries to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and was assistant editor of a comprehensive history of Magdalen College, Oxford, from the fifteenth century to the present day. He is interested in Church history and has written on interventions by academics in early-modern Church-State relations. Since 2004, he has been director of the Thomas More Institute in London. He continues to develop wider interests in the role of the university as an institution and on friendship as a crucial ethical concept. He is a graduate of Merton College, University of Oxford, and obtained his Ph.D. from the same university.

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