Joint venture: Ramsay-Campion Great Books Podcast

15 Sep 2022

Campion College’s Centre for the Study of the Western Tradition is delighted to partner with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation on the production of a new Great Books podcast series, hosted by Centre Director Dr Stephen McInerney.

The first series focusses on authors from ancient and classical Greece, including Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides and Plato.

Listen Now: Episode 1 - Homer's Odyssey Books 1-4

Listen Now: Episode 2 - Homer's Odyssey Books 5-12

Listen Now: Episode 3 - Homer's Odyssey Books 13-24


An introduction to the series is also available below.




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Host: Dr Stephen McInerney

Stephen McInerney is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Western Tradition at Campion College, Sydney. Part of the original faculty at Campion, he has taught across the entire literature curriculum offered by the College. From 2017-2021, he was a member of the Executive of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, first as Executive Officer and then Academic Director and Deputy CEO, and continues part-time at Ramsay as Academic Consultant. Representing the Ramsay Centre, he has been part of scholarship selection panels at the University of Queensland, the University of Wollongong and Australian Catholic University, and has also served on the Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship selection panel. His published works include The Enclosure of An Open Mystery: Sacrament and Incarnation in the Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins, David Jones and Les Murray (Peter Lang, 2012) and two volumes of poetry, In Your Absence (2002), chosen by Les Murray as a Times Literary Supplement ‘Book of the Year’, and The Wind Outside (2016).


Dr Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell completed a B.A., majoring in Jewish Civilization, Thought and Culture, and an M.Phil. in Philosophy, both at the University of Sydney, before commencing doctoral studies with the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 2007, supported by a General Sir John Monash Award. In 2015 he began teaching at Campion College, shortly before defending his dissertation on Elizabeth Anscombe’s philosophy of mind. He is currently Associate Dean at Campion College, where he teaches both philosophy and history. His publications include studies of Aquinas, Spinoza and Anscombe, as well as contributions to debates about euthanasia and higher education.


Dr Colin Dray

Dr Colin Dray is a Lecturer in Literature at Campion College of the Liberal Arts, and author of the novel Sign (Allen & Unwin, 2018). He has a PhD in English from the University of Sydney, where his thesis offered an interdisciplinary study in English Literature and Language Philosophy, and his research interests include the Australian poets Gwen Harwood and J.S. Harry.  Previously he has taught Creative Writing Prose at the University of Wollongong. His writing has appeared in Meanjin, Ginninderra Press, Australian Literary Studies, and Antipodes.


Prof Simon Haines

Professor Simon Haines is a distinguished scholar, teacher and author, and passionate advocate for the humanities. Educated in Iraq, England and Australia, Simon took a BA at the Australian National University and a DPhil in English literature at the University of Oxford. He worked as a banker in London and then as a diplomat and analyst with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of National Assessments. He led the OECD Budget Committee as Chairman from 1985-1987. Simon then taught English Literature at the Australian National University from 1990 to 2008, where he also served as Head of the School of Humanities. In 2009 he was appointed Chair Professor and Head of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he also served as Director of the Research Centre for Human Values. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. In 2017 he was appointed CEO of the Ramsay Centre. Simon is the author or editor of five books including the prizewinning Reader in European Romanticism (Bloomsbury, 2010, 2nd paperback edition 2014) and Poetry and Philosophy from Homer to Rosseau (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) His most recent book is the edited volume Shakespeare and Value (Routledge, May 2018).


Prof Renée Köhler-Ryan

Professor Renée Köhler-Ryan is a philosopher by training and is the National Head of the School of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Her research interests are in Aesthetics, the thought of St. Augustine, and twentieth-century personalism. Her first philosophical love is Plato and her most recent monograph publication is Companions in the Between: Augustine, Desmond, and their Communities of Love (2020). She is preparing publications on the Catholic imagination in the thought of St. Augustine, and Edith Stein’s essays on Woman.


Dr Laurel Moffatt

Laurel Moffatt is a writer and researcher in Sydney. Her writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph, ABC Religion and Ethics and The Spectator. She is a Senior Fellow with Anglican Deaconess Ministries and the host of the Small Wonders podcast.