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SPEECHES BY THE PUBLIC ORATOR

The following speeches were delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 30 September 1995, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts

Mr Seth Dubin

Dominus illuminatio nostra, sic enim gloriari solemus, nos autem nisi ceteris mortalibus illuminationem adferimus officio nostro et maiorum meritis impares nos esse fateamur; quod Deus avertat et ipsi avertamus. Academiae fas non est soli opibus suis incumbere, ceteris non impertire; novistis enim omnes Horatianum illud, Nullus argento color est avaris abdito terris.[1] si quis quaerat qua praecipue doctrinam largiamur, alii alia commemorent, unum certe proferamus omnes: Prelum scilicet Academicum, cuius fama cum ipsius Universitatis celebritate benevolo quodam certamine contendit, in quibusdam mehercle orbis terrarum partibus nescio an antecellat. nos homines academici discimus docemus legimus scribimus; libros exaramus doctrina et sapientia refertos; quaestio subit toties repetita, Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? [2] cui, nisi Preli Delegatis, exquisitis hominibus, quorum opera tantam librorum copiam totius orbis lectoribus profusam concessamque esse gaudemus. sed ne illi quidem soli ta ntum onus suscipere possunt; pergratum est igitur quod tales homines exsistunt qualem produco. iuris consultus est et quidem occupatissimus, cuius consilio freti res gerunt maximas Novi Eboraci cives, quibus tamen ita est adsidue praesto ut otio abundare videatur, societatibus quae litteris et humanitati inserviunt plurimis intersit, multis praesederit. cur Scientiarum Aulam nominem, cur Fortunae Melioris Aediculam, cur Institutum Technologiae Hebraicum? quibus omnibus hic e secretis fuit. propius ad rem accedemus si proclabimus quantum Prelo nostro Novi Eboraci sito contulerit: cui tredecim abhinc annos fiduciarius creatus amplissimum quemque civium suorum conciliavit, consilium et experientiam suppeditavit, ita denique opem tulit in aedibus in urbe sua inveniendis comparandis emendis ut negotium legum formulis hominumque factionibus perplexissimum enodaret, quam optimis condicionibus solveret. quae aedes nuper consecratae sunt, non sine pompa quadam inusitata. sed non deerat amari a liquid, nam hic e magistratu decedit, onera deponit. cui decedenti tot labores rite exsecuto Universitas Oxoniensis animo gratissimo togam suam tribuit, grates meritas agit, omnia bona fausta felicia exoptat.

Praesento virum de Prelo Oxoniensi optime meritum Seth Dubin ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Magistri in Artibus.

[1] Horace, Odes II.1.1.

[2] Catullus I.1.1.

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Paraphrase

The Lord is our light: that is the official boast of Oxford University. But we should be failing in our duty and not meeting the standards of our predecessors, if we did not bring light to others. That must not happen. The University must not hoard its knowledge but share it. We remember the words of the poet Horace: Silver has no lustre, if it stays buried in the greedy ground. If we are asked how we share our treasures, there are many things to which we can point; but we shall certainly not fail to mention the Oxford University Press, which for fame and reputation has a friendly rivalry with the University itself, and indeed in parts of the world is perhaps the better known of the two. We academics are busy studying, teaching, reading, and writing. The old question then presents itself, as it did to the poet Catullus: To whom shall I entrust my lovely new book? The answer of course is: To those magnificent men, the Delegates of the Oxford University Press, whose exertions have filled the world with masses of learned and edifying publications. Even they, however, cannot manage without help; and so their gratitude is great to such invaluable allies as Mr Dubin. He is a partner in a very busy New York law practice, and yet he still finds time for a multitude of cultural and educational activities. He has served as officer and as president of many foundations: one could mention the New York Hall of Science, A Better Chance, Inc., and the Hebrew Institute of Technology. More to our present purpose is that he has been of very special help to Oxford University Press, USA, of which he has been a Trustee since 1982. He has introduced many highly valuable connections, he has given unstinting advice and counsel, and in the difficult business of the purchasing and financing of the new offices of the Press in New York he guided the complex negotiations through the labyrinth of politics and regulations to completion on the best terms. The building was inaugurated this summer with a procession of a special sort. The only sad thing is that Mr Dubin is retiring as a Trustee. The University takes the opportunity of thanking him publicly for all he has done and of expressing its good wishes for the future.

I present Seth Dubin, a great friend of the University Press, for the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

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Mr WILLIAM TOYE

Subit vir non minus quam XLIV annos Prelo nostro adscriptus, qui in Universitate Torontonensi educatus valde se Oxoniensem praebuit. o diem candido lapillo notandum! hominibus academicis domi fere sedentibus, vitam umbratilem degentibus, pergratum est aliquando imperi nostri provincias recensere, (liceat enim mihi hoc audacius dicere), coloniarum gubernatores ante oculos habere praesentes. hic quem produco inter Canadienses suos eminet, qui praemiis insignibus iterum atque iterum adfectus Ordini Canadiensi nuper sit adlectus. quaeritis fortasse quid libris producendis contulerit, qua in parte muneris illius laborarit; haereo, nam libros conscripsit et quidem multorum generum sed omnes praeclaros, quorum aliquot iuventutis studiosae in usum virginibus puerisque destinavit, Divi Laurenti Fluvium, Capras Temlahamanas, Ignis Furtum, alios; idem seniores non neglexit, patriae enim suae annales aureo eloquentiae flumine ornavit, litterarum humaniorum Canadiensium enchiridion et edidit et re tractat, nuperrime autem architecturae Canadiensis historiam, in Preli nostri officina designatam sociisque conscribendam dispertitam, iam rude donatus absolvit. librorum agnoscitote cum scriptorem tum editorem praeclarissimum; elegantiae membranarum haud minus studiosus est noster, qui illo quoque nomine insignis curaverit ut sint in libris `derecta plumbo et pumice omnia aequata', [1] neque desint ea quae delicatissimus quisque lector exoptat. typographorum societati iure praesedit, huius quoque generis est praemiis honoribusque cumulatus. iam demum, credo, existimatis nihil relictum esse quod conficeret homo quantumvis strenuus; erratis, nam ne tetigimus quidem permultos summae notae libros quos hic officinae illi plus quam viginti annos praefectus aliis conscribendos mandavit, quosque a tot scriptoribus exaratos emendavit correxit iuris publici fecit, quorum multos praemiis insignioribus ornatos esse nemo est qui nesciat, nemo quin gaudeat. cum quinque iam anni sint ex quo de praefectura decessit, nihilominus et Musis et Prelo nostro vir impigerrimus servit et serviet, qui in manibus habeat enchiridion suum iterum retractandum.

Praesento virum de Prelo optime meritum, librorum auctorem editorem typographum summum, Gulielmum Toye, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Magistri in Artibus.

[1] Catullus 22.8.

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Paraphrase

I now present a man who was associated with the University Press for no less than forty-three years; educated at the University of Toronto, he has shown himself a true Oxford man. It is a most welcome opportunity for us academics, most of whom live a rather cloistered life here, to be reminded of our far-flung empire (if I may use that metaphor) and to see before us one of the governors of its provinces. Mr Toye is a distinguished Canadian author, who has been awarded many prizes and medals, and who recently was presented with the Order of Canada. If asked what role he plays in the production of books, I hardly know where to begin. He is a writer, and of books of many kinds; some of them are meant for a youthful audience, such as The St Lawrence, The Mountain Goats of Temlaham, and The Fire Stealer. He also writes for an older readership, perhaps most notably on Canadian history and literature. He is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Most recently he has brought out A History of Canadian Architecture, which was commissioned and structured while he was at the Press but published since his retirement. So much by way of indication of his eminence as author and editor; but he is scarcely less distinguished in the area of the design of books, sh owing the taste and ability to meet the most exacting demands in typography. He has been President of the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada, and he has received awards in that connection too. You are beginning to think that we must have reached the end of the interests and achievements of a single man, however energetic; not so, for we have not even touched on the impressive list of books by other hands which as Editorial Director of Oxford University Press in Canada for more than twenty years he commissioned, edited, emended, and improved, on their way to publication. It is a source of pride to us all that so many of these books have been honoured with distinguished awards. In the five years since his retirement he has continued to write and to serve the Press: among his current projects is a revised edition of his Oxford Companion.

I present William Toye, a devoted employee and friend of the University Press, distinguished as author, editor, and typographer, for the honorary degree of Master of Arts.

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LESTER B. PEARSON PROFESSORSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

STEPHEN NEIL MACFARLANE, MA, M.PHIL., D.PHIL. (AB Dartmouth College), Professor of Politics, Queen's University, Ontario, has been appointed to the newly-established professorship with effect from 1 March 1996.

Professor Macfarlane will be a fellow of St Anne's College.

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WILDE LECTURERSHIP IN NATURAL AND COMPARATIVE RELIGION

It is intended to elect in Michaelmas Term 1995 two lecturers to hold office, one for the academic year beginning 1 October 1996, and one for the academic year beginning 1 October 1997. Applications are invited by 15 November 1995, and should be sent to the Secretary to the Wilde Electors, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.

Candidates are requested to send a typed application including an indication of the lectures they would propose to give, and any statement that they may think it desirable to submit. The scheme of lectures should be for one year, and applicants are asked to indicate any specific preferences as regards period of tenure. Applicants should name three referees and invite their referees to send references to the Secretary to the Wilde Electors by the date given above. On this occasion preference will, other things being equal, be given to candidates proposing subjects in the field of Comparative Religion.

The choice of the electors will not necessarily be limited to those who apply.

The emoluments of each lecturership will be about £3,500 a year, to be divided between stipend and expenses at the discretion of the electors.

The Wilde Lecturer is not subject to an age limit, and is not required to become a member of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

A.J. DOREY Registrar

Extracts from the Decrees

The lecturer shall hold office for one or two or three years, as the electors shall determine. A person may be appointed lecturer more than once; but the same person shall not be appointed twice in succession.

The lecturer shall deliver not less than eight lectures in each academic year in Natural and Comparative Religion; these lectures to be delivered either in the course of one term, or so that not less than four be given in each of two terms.

For the purposes of this lecturership Comparative Religion shall be taken to mean the modes of causation, rites, observance, and other concepts involved in the major historical religions. Natural religion shall be taken to mean man's conscious recognition of purposive intelligence and adaptibility in the universe of things on which he is dependent for his continued existence and well-being and with which he endeavours to live in harmonious relations.

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OXFORD CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES

Arabic classes for the study of the Qur'an

Classes are continuing to be held for those wishing to improve their Arabic for the study of the Qur'an, at the centre's new premises in George Street, starting on Friday, 13 October.

For further details and to register, contact Dr Basil Mustafa, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR (telephone: Oxford (2)78730).

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Arabic classes

Classes in Modern Standard Arabic at beginner and intermediate levels are continuing to be held at the centre's new premises in George Street this term, starting on Monday, 9 October.

For further details and to register, contact Mrs Lynn Abdel-Haq, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AR (telephone: Oxford (2)78730).

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LIBRARY OF THE HOUSE OF ST GREGORY AND ST MACRINA

The Library of the House of St Gregory and St Macrina (1 Canterbury Road), which contains books and periodicals on the Eastern Churches, is open on Wednesdays, 2–5 p.m., during full term, or by appointment with the Librarian, Dr G. Kendal (telephone: Oxford 52991).

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ST JOHN'S COLLEGE

Chamber music concerts

The following concerts will be given at 8.30 p.m. on the days shown in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College.

Admission, subject to availability of space, is free. Admission to the 20 October concert will be by ticket, obtainable in advance from the Porters' Lodge.

20 October

ANDRAS SCHIFF plays Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, Book I.

24 November

FIONA KIMM (mezzo-soprano), accompanied by David Golub.

8 March 1996

THE GOULD TRIO (piano, violin, cello).

17 May 1996

THE BORROMEO QUARTET with COLIN CARR in a programme including the Schubert Quintet.

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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Exhibition now open

An exhibition of early children's books (until 20 January) In the Exhibition Room, the Old Schools Quadrangle; open Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 9.30 a.m.–12 noon. Admission free.