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Academic Staff Seminars: places should be booked in advance through the Staff Development Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70086).

For the full list of courses, see the Staff Development Programme supplement.

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Friday 17 May

UNIVERSITY CLUB exhibitions open: `People of our time'—linocuts by Heinke Jenkins, and `Edifice and order'—prints by Gabrielle Oliver (until 28 June).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `The decorative watch', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015.)

FRANCO-BRITISH SEMINAR: `Electoral behaviour in Britain and France—the Green Parties in France and Britain', Maison Française, 2 p.m. (places to be booked one week in advance).

PROFESSOR NGUGI WA THIONG'O: `Oral power and literary glory: orature and literature in the academy' (Clarendon Lectures in English: `Penpoints, gunpoints, and dreams: performance of literature and power in post-colonial Africa'), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

S. ZELTZER (soprano) and F. HOLLER (piano) perform works by Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Duparc, Dubugnon, and Satie, Maison Française, 8.15 p.m. (tel. for reservations one week in advance: (2)74220).

THE BORROMEO STRING QUARTET and COLIN CARR perform works by Beethoven and Schubert, Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's, 8.30 p.m. (free tickets from Porters' Lodge after 6 May).

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Saturday 18 May

DEGREE conferments, Sheldonian, 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.

PITT RIVERS MUSEUM exhibition opens: `Native American photographs—nineteenth-century images from the collections' (until 28 September).

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Sunday 19 May

THE RT REVD DAVID CONNER preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

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Monday 20 May

PROFESSOR W. KEMPTON: `Cultural models of the environment' (Environmental Change Unit: special seminar), Main Lecture Theatre, School of Geography, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR M.A. NUSSBAUM (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `Democratic desire: Walt Whitman' (lecture series: `Ascents of love: desire and the good in the Western philosophical/literary tradition'), Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 5 p.m.

DR TESSA RAJAK: `The Greek Bible and the language of power' (Grinfield Lectures—second series: `The Septuagint as a cultural document'), Collier Room, Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

M.-C. SMOUTS: `La mondialisation et les crises de régulation', Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (admission free, but places to be booked one week in advance).

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Tuesday 21 May

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM exhibition opens: `Ruskin and Oxford' (until 15 September).

P. ADAMS: ` "A voice and a physiognomy of their own": the libraries of the Oxford women's colleges' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Chinese tomb figurines', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015.)

ANNUAL ELECTIONS of members of faculty boards (except Clinical Medicine), 30 May: nominations by six electors to be received at the University Offices by 4 p.m.

DR P. BEAL: `The character of a London scrivener: the "feathery scribe" ' (James P.R. Lyell Lectures in Bibliography: `In praise of scribes: manuscripts and their makers in seventeenth-century England'), St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

MR P. MANDELSON, MP, and MS S. MCDONALD: `Are the mass media undermining British democracy?' (lecture series: `The state of the Union: issues in contemporary British democracy'), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. ROSENBERG: `Reductionism redux; computing the embryo?' (Oxford History and Philosophy of Biology Programme), Sherrington Room, Department of Physiology, 5 p.m.

DR J. LUMLEY: `Labour and birth' (Women's Studies Committee seminars: `Policy, practice, and power: issues in human female reproduction'), Wolfson Hall, Somerville, 8.30 p.m.

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Wednesday 22 May

PROFESSOR A. BARING: `Adenauer's legacy' (Konrad Adenauer Memorial Legacy), New Lecture Theatre, St Antony's (access via the Lodge), 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. PHIZACKLEA: `Homeworking women: grateful slaves?' (Nuffield Women's Group seminars: `Women, poverty, and social policy'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

DR M. AL-RASHID: `Assyrian refugees in Great Britain' (Refugee Studies Programme: Seminars on Forced Migration), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

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Thursday 23 May

FRANCO-BRITISH workshop: `Le transfert de concepts et de pratiques dans les sciences des XXIXe et XXe siècles—sciences physiques et mathématiques', Maison Française, all day (tel.: (2)77277 or (2)74220).

F. MACAULEY: `Gender relations and local politics in the transition to democracy in Brazil' (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Gender and development—protest and politics'), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

DR P. BEAL: ` "Hoping they shall only come to your merciful eyes": Sidney's Letter to the Queen and its transmission' (James P.R. Lyell Lectures in Bibliography: `In praise of scribes: manuscripts and their makers in seventeenth-century England'), St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

PITT RIVERS MUSEUM open evening: `America North, America South' (family activities focusing on the Americas, to celebrate National Museums Week), 5–7.30 p.m.

B. RUSSELL: `Parisian fairground theatre: academic hypertext in action', Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (admission free, but places to be booked one week in advance).

THE DUKE STRING QUARTET perform works by Bartók, Ives, and Schubert, the chapel, Trinity, 8.30 p.m. (admission free).

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Friday 24 May

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `An introduction to ancient Egypt', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015.)

FRANCO-BRITISH SEMINAR: `Electoral behaviour in Britain and France—the 1994 European election and attitudes towards the European Union in France and Britain', Maison Française, 2 p.m. (places to be booked one week in advance).

CLINICAL MEDICINE Faculty Board annual elections (7 June): nominations by six electors to be received at the University Offices by 4 p.m.

PROFESSOR U. AMALDI: `When nothing is something: a history of the vacuum' (Cherwell–Simon Memorial Lecture), Lecture Theatre A, Department of Zoology, 4.30 p.m.

C. GOLDSTEIN: `A theorem of Fermat and its contexts—sociological, historical, and mathematical readings', Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (admission free, but places to be booked one week in advance).

AN EVENING of music and poetry from the court of François I, Maison Française, 8.15 p.m. (tel. for reservations one week in advance: (2)74220).

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Saturday 25 May

BATE COLLECTION of Musical Instruments Open Day (National Museums Week), 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Sunday 26 May

PROFESSOR HUGH WILLIAMSON preaches, Cathedral, 10 a.m.

BIRANDA FORD plays violin works by Beethoven, Schubert, Kreisler, and Franck, the hall, Balliol, 9 p.m.

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Monday 27 May

UNIVERSITY OFFICES closed (today only).

PROFESSOR M.A. NUSSBAUM (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `The descent of love: Joyce's Ulysses' (lecture series: `Ascents of love: desire and the good in the Western philosophical/literary tradition'), Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 5 p.m.

DR TESSA RAJAK: `In and out of the Bible: Greek additions to the biblical text' (Grinfield Lectures—second series: `The Septuagint as a cultural document'), Collier Room, Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

DR C. STRAY: `Idiosyncrasy and idiolexis in Victorian England: the Mushri–English Dictionary' (OED Forum meeting), Rewley House, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 28 May

ACADEMIC STAFF SEMINAR: `Dealing with the media (radio): introductory', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `The Romans in Oxfordshire', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015.)

CONGREGATION meeting, 2 p.m.

DR P. BEAL: ` "The virtuous Mrs Philips" and "that whore Castlemaine": Orinda and her apotheosis, 1664–8' (James P.R. Lyell Lectures in Bibliography: `In praise of scribes: manuscripts and their makers in seventeenth-century England'), St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

G. PALMER: `Lactation' (Women's Studies Committee seminars: `Policy, practice, and power: issues in human female reproduction'), Wolfson Hall, Somerville, 8.30 p.m.

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Wednesday 29 May

PROFESSOR M. JAMESON: `The rituals of Athena Polias in Athens' (David Lewis Lecture), Garden Quad Auditorium, St John's, 5 p.m.

T. BRIGHOUSE and S. RANSON: `Affirming the comprehensive ideal: the organisation of comprehensive education in the future', Department of Educational Studies, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR S. JACKSON: `High achievers from the care system: lessons for policy' (Nuffield Women's Group seminars: `Women, poverty, and social policy'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

N. SHEHADI: `Post-war Lebanese reconstruction' (Refugee Studies Programme: Seminars on Forced Migration), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET (with Catherine Pierard, soprano), plays works by Haydn, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg, Holywell Music Room, 8 p.m. (tickets £8/£6, from Blackwell's Music Shop; student tickets £4, from Blackwell's or the Music Faculty).

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