H O N O R A R Y F E L L O W S
Honorary Fellow: Derek Parfit
Professor Parfit is Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, and has taught as a visiting professor of philosophy at New York University, Harvard, and Rutgers. He is the author of Reasons and Persons, a groundbreaking study of morality and personal identity, and the monumental two volume work On What Matters. The latter has been described as the most significant work in moral philosophy since Henry Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics. In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the field of ethics Professor Parfit was awarded the Rolf Shock Prize for Logic and Philosophy by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2014. Professor Parfit has also expressed an interest in Buddhist philosophical thought, elements of which have often been considered deeply commensurate with his own work.
Honorary Fellow: Marina Cantacuzino
Ms Cantacuzino, who began her career as a freelance journalist, became drawn to the issue of forgiveness and the struggle for reconciliation during the prelude to the second Gulf War. Her work collating the testimonies of victims and perpetrators of horrendous violence resulted in the widely celebrated F-Word Exhibition, first launched in London in 2004, which has since been displayed in over 550 venues worldwide. The exhibition tells the stories of people whose lives have been shattered by violence, tragedy and injustice and who are learning to forgive, reconcile and move on. The narratives which formed the main body of the exhibition have since been collected into a single volume, The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, which includes a preface by the Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Alongside the F-Word Exhibition, Ms Cantcuzino established the Forgiveness Project, an award-winning organisation that aims to build understanding, encourage reflection and enable those who have suffered severe trauma to restore value to their lives through the effort to forgive.
Honorary Fellow: Simon Baron-Cohen
Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the university of Cambridge and the present director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC). Professor Baren-Cohen is considered to be Europe’s foremost researcher into autism-spectrum conditions. He is the author of Mindblindness (1995), The Essential Difference (2003) Prenatal Testosterone in Mind (2005), and over 400 scientific articles. In his most recent book, Zero Degrees of Empathy (2011), which received wide praise in both the popular and academic press, Professor Baron-Cohen draws on years of research to argue that radical evil can be best understood as a failure in empathic awareness. As the creator of the films Mind Reading and The Transporters, devised to help children with autism learn emotional recognition, Professor Baron-Cohen has been nominated for two BAFTA awards.
Honorary Fellow: Alexander Stoddart
Alexander Stoddart is Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland. He is known for figurative neoclassical sculptures, his most famous works including the bronze statues of David Hume and Adam Smith on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In Oxford Stoddart is responsible for the bronze frieze at the Sackler Library depicting an allegory of traditionalist and modernist values. He was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Paisley in 1997, an Honorary Doctorate by Glasgow University in 2006 and is Honorary Professor in the Department of Arts and Media, University of Paisley. In addition to his renowned artworks he has given numerous talks on the relation of contemporary and historical art to wider society, and to the world’s great spiritual and philosophical traditions.
Honorary Fellow: Professor Julius Lipner
Professor Lipner began his career at Birmingham University before moving to the University of Cambridge in 1975, where in due course he became Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion. He has lectured widely in the UK and abroad, and has been appointed Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor in a number of universities both nationally and internationally. Professor Lipner has published a number of books and many journal articles and has made several radio and TV appearances. He is also a member of the editorial board of several international journals. His special fields of study are Vedantic thought, the intellectual milieu of 19th century Bengal, and inter-cultural and inter-religious understanding, with special reference to the Hindu and Christian traditions. One of his research projects at present is the theory and practice of Hindu image-worship. It is one of the stated aims of the centre to further the understanding of compassion within the context of the great world religions.
Honorary Fellow: Jas Elsner
Jas Elsner studied Classics and Art History at Cambridge, Harvard and London, taking his doctorate from King’s College Cambridge in 1991. I am married with four children. After a research fellowship at Jesus College Cambridge, he taught the art history of Greek and Roman antiquity at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London for 8 years as a Lecturer and Reader, before coming to the Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellowship in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus in 1999. He has been a regular Visiting Professor of the History of Art at the University of Chicago from 2003-13 and from 2014 am Visiting Professor of Art and Religion in the Divinity School and the History of Art Department there. He has held visiting attachments at the British School at Rome, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, UCLA, the Institute of Fine Art in New York and Princeton University. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of Journals around the world and is joint editor of two monograph series, Greek Culture in the Roman World, with the Cambridge University Press and Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage. Since 2013 he has been Principal Investigator on the Empires of Faith Project between the British Museum and Wolfson College, Oxford, which is exploring the visual cultures of the world religions in the Mediterranean and Asia between 200 and 800 AD.
Honorary Fellow: Sir Richard Sorabji
Sir Richard Sorabji, CBE FBA, Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, who is a recognised authority on the work of Aristotle and his tradition and on the philosophy of Stoicism, has held academic positions at various institutions including, among others, Cornell University, King’s College London and Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the editor of over 100 volumes of translation and author of fourteen books in the history of philosophy and of two biographies. In his most recent work, Gandhi and the Stoics: Modern Experiments on Ancient Values, Professor Sorabji defends the claim that Mahatma Gandhi was a philosopher of great significance, and that his thought shows a profound affinity with that of the ancient Greek Stoics. A Fellow of both the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Sorabji was awarded a CBE in 1999 for services to the scholarship of Ancient Philosophy and received a knighthood for services to philosophical scholarship in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.
Honorary Fellow: Joanna Lumley
Actress and activist Joanna Lumley OBE is recognised as one of Britain’s foremost actors, having starred in a number of major domestic and international films and television series. Throughout her career Ms Lumley has also been an advocate of various political and social causes, including, most recently, the Gurkha Justice Campaign. She serves as Patron for a number of charities including Tree Aid, PENHA, Trust in Children, and Action on Addiction. Further, Ms Lumley has been a vocal supporter of Survival International, a human rights organisation concerned with the plight of indigenous tribal peoples, as well as being a long-term friend of the people of Tibet.
Honorary Fellow: Rupert Gethin
Professor Rupert Gethin has accepted an Honorary Fellowship with the DLCC. Professor Gethin, who has been president of the Pali Text Society since 2003, was appointed Lecturer in Indian Religions at the University of Bristol in 1987, and then Professor of Buddhist Studies in 2009. He has also been a visiting professor of Buddhist Studies at Berkeley (2008) and at the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Tokyo (2013). He has particular research interests in the philosophy and psychology of Indian Buddhist meditation theory and comparative mysticism. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost contemporary scholars of Buddhism in the west; in particular, his 1998 book The Foundations of Buddhism is used as a core text in university curricula across the world.
Honorary Fellow: Richard Moore
Richard Moore is the founder of Children in Crossfire. In 1972, aged 10 whilst on his way home from school, Richard Moore was blinded by a rubber bullet fired at point blank range into his face in Derry, Northern Ireland. Amazingly, from childhood to the present day, he has never allowed bitterness to stunt his development.
In 1996 he felt the need to harness all that he had learned and put it at the service of humanity, particularly children. He thus founded Children in Crossfire, an international development organisation, committed to the promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable children caught in the crossfire of poverty. It works in partnership with local organisations in Africa, specifically Tanzania & Ethiopia to deliver projects on the ground, protecting the rights of vulnerable children, providing access to clean water, food, health and education.
In 2006, 33 years after the incident, Richard Moore and the soldier who fired the bullet met for the first time and have remained friends. He first met His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an event in his hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland where he spoke to a group of people from across the political and religious divide who had been directly affected by the conflict there.
In May 2010 His Holiness was announced as the Patron of Children in Crossfire.
Honorary Fellow: Lawrence Freeman
Laurence Freeman was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he had experience with the United Nations in New York, banking and journalism. Today Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey, England, a monastery of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is also Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. In the monastery, his spiritual teacher was John Main. He helped Fr John to establish the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Montreal, in 1977, he accompanied John Main to establish a Benedictine community of monks and laypeople dedicated to the practice and teaching of Christian meditation. Fr Laurence studied theology at the Universite de Montreal and at McGill University. He made his solemn monastic profession in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. After the death of John Main in 1982, he continued the work of teaching meditation that had already begun to develop a global community. In 1991, Fr Laurence returned to England to establish the International Centre of the newly formed World Community for Christian Meditation, now present in more than a hundred countries and which has become a ‘monastery without walls’, in which he travels and teaches widely.