Saint Louis University entered into a formal agreement with the Blackfriars Hall of Oxford University on Sept. 21 that will allow SLU to send an outstanding student to Oxford for a year of intense investigation.
Blackfriars Hall, one of 45 colleges and permanent private halls which constitute Oxford, is operated by the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). It's a community of scholars dedicated to teaching and research in the humanities, especially theology, philosophy, politics and the social sciences.
Students selected to attend Blackfriars Hall will be allowed great latitude in the selection of their area of research, while also receiving expert guidance from leading scholars in the field. They will also have the full resources of Oxford University at their disposal.
In addition to the benefits this agreement offers students, it also will provide faculty opportunities to further their research. SLU faculty will be welcome to give guest lectures, develop and deliver courses, and pursue their scholarly interests at Blackfriars Hall.
Selection criteria will be developed under the guidance of the Center for International Studies. The goal is to send the first SLU student to Blackfriars Hall in the 2012-2013 academic year.PHOTO: Fr. Richard Finn, OP, Regent, Oxford University - Blackfriars Hall (foreground) and Thomas Finn, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Center for International Studies sign the agreement establishing SLU's new relationship with Blackfriars Hall. Submitted photo