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New College Reads To You
Nur Laiq Reads To You
Nur Laiq—sometime TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) Global South Visiting Fellow, from New College—reads W. H. Auden’s 1971 poem ‘Hymn to the United Nations’, which the UN commissioned Auden to write. Auden wrote the poem fifty years ago, on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the UN.
While working at the UN in New York, Nur was—as she tells us—struck by all the incredible art on display in the organization’s corridors and chambers, which had been gifted by nations in homage to peace. Her same feeling of a sense of calm emanates from the place where Nur recorded her reading for #NewCollegeReadsToYou: New College Chapel, with its beautiful stained glass.
“For peace means to change
At the right time”.
Multi-million pound plan for a new quad
The new buildings will include nearly 100 student rooms on its Savile Road site, with a new entrance created on Mansfield Road.
The Return of the Choristers - Readings and Music for Lent
The Chapel service on Sunday 14th March was the first to feature our wonderful choristers since December and we were delighted to welcome them back.
The service, Readings and Music for Lent, featured readings from seventeenth-century poet and cleric John Donne. These were read by Professor Peter McCullough, Fellow of Lincoln College and expert on Donne, and introduced by Erica Longfellow, Dean of Divinity. The choir sang motets by Morales, Tallis, Sheppard and Gibbons.
New College Notes
Cyprian in England
This is the tale of an early 13th-century, English manuscript probably done by Cistercian monks.
Our MS 130 has all the dignified restraint of a Cistercian manuscript, a plainness—in itself rather stylish—which was in keeping with the principles of life established by the order’s rule. There are a few drawings at the foot of a few pages, but these are doodles by a reader, albeit rather skilfully done.
New College Library, Oxford, MS 130, f. 40v