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CHERWELL-SIMON MEMORIAL LECTURE 1996

PROFESSOR U. AMALDI, University of Milan and European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, will deliver the Cherwell-Simon Memorial Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 24 May, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building.

Subject: `When nothing is something: a history of the vacuum.'

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O'DONNELL LECTURE IN CELTIC STUDIES 1995–6

PROFESSOR DONATIEN LAURENT, Directeur de recherche, CNRS, and Directeur du Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique, Université de Bretagne occidentale, will deliver the O'Donnell Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 30 May, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution.

Subject: `Ronan's eyes: duality tamed in Breton folk culture.'

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MAURICE LUBBOCK MEMORIAL LECTURE

DR D. CRABB will deliver a Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 31 May, in the Department of Engineering Science.

Subject: `A history of the automobile engine, 1970–2014.'

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WEIDENFELD VISITING PROFESSOR OF EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

The seminar which PROFESSOR MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM will give on Thursday, 23 May, in Lecture Room 1, St Anne's College, will start at 3 p.m. (not, as previously notified, at 5 p.m.).

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Department of Plant Sciences

Amendment to published notice

The talk by DR K. PALLET (Rhône-Poulenc Agriculture Ltd.), which was to have been given on 23 May, will now be given on Tuesday, 21 May, at 4 p.m., in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Department of Plant Sciences.

Subject: `The role of biochemistry and molecular biology in new herbicide discovery.'

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CLINICAL MEDICINE

Department of Clinical Geratology

The following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Seminar Room, the Department of Clinical Geratology, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

A Journal Club meeting will be held on 19 June.

Convener: N. Qizilabash, MA status, D.Phil., Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Geratology.

DR R. MCSHANE
22 May: `Use of neuroleptics in dementia.'

R. STAVELY
29 May: `Bereavement support for the elderly.'

PROFESSOR D. SACKETT
5 June: `Evidence-based medicine.'

DR J. PORTER
12 June: `Cardiology and the elderly.'

DR C. BAIGENT
26 June: `Anti-platelet therapy in the elderly.'

DR R. FITZPATRICK
3 July: `Quality of life in Parkinson's disease.'

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LAW, SOCIAL STUDIES

The function of law in the international community

Amended notice

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Old Library, All Souls College.

This notice replaces that published in the Gazette of 18 April, p. 942.

Conveners: I. Brownlie, D.Phil., DCL, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and E.A. Roberts, MA, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations.

PROFESSOR BROWNLIE
22 May: `Boundary problems and the formation of new states.'

PROFESSOR C. GREENWOOD, LSE
29 May: `Criminal prosecution for breaches of international law: the Yugoslav and Rwanda Tribunals.'

SIR ROBERT JENNINGS, QC, Cambridge
5 June: `The contribution of the International Court of Justice.'

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MEDIEVAL AND MODERN LANGUAGES

PROFESSOR ALOIS WIERLACHER, Universität Bayreuth, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May, in the Taylor Institution.

Convener: T.J. Reed, MA, Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature.

Subject: `Interkulturelle Germanistik: zu Entwicklungsgeschichte und Pragmatik eines neuen Studienkonzepts.'


PROFESSOR DORRIT COHN, Harvard, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 27 May, in the Taylor Institution.

Convener: T.J. Reed, MA, Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature.

Subject: `Freud's case histories and the question of fictionality.'

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Graduate seminar in Portuguese

DR M. DINNEEN, Southampton, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 22 May, in Room T11, 47 Wellington Square.

Conveners: T.F. Earle, MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Portuguese Studies, and S.R. Parkinson, MA, University Lecturer in Portuguese Language and Linguistics.

Subject: `The use of popular culture in the literature of north-east Brazil: Suassuna and Amado.'

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Graduate seminar in Spanish studies

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on the days shown in the Taylor Institution. They will take place on Tuesdays, except for the meeting to be held on Wednesday, 12 June.

Conveners: I.D.L. Michael, MA, King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies, and C.P. Thompson, MA, D.Phil., Faculty Lecturer in Spanish.

XOSÉ LUÍS DE TORO
21 May: `La revista Nós: la emergencia de los intelectuales gallegos en los años veinte.' (In conjunction with the Centre for Galician Studies)

MRS R. CLARK, Cambridge
28 May: `The case for the dragon: the Church and dissidence in post-war Catalonia in the novels of Juan Marsé.'

M. MORENO, Durham
4 June: `Tableros y ajedreces en un Ms. de la British Library.'

A. GEOGHEGAN
12 June: `Lorca's drawings.'

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ORIENTAL STUDIES

Lectures in Japanese History

PROFESSOR J.B. MASS will lecture as follows at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays in sixth, seventh, and eighth weeks of term in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

Subject: `Land and society in pre-modern Japan.'

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Plasma seminar

PROFESSOR AMEMIYA RIKEN, Japan, will give a seminar at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 21 May, in Lecture Room 6, eighth floor, the Thom Building.
Convener: `Plasma containing negative ions.'

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SOCIAL STUDIES

MR D.S. BRODER, reporter and analyst, The Washington Post, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May, in the Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College.

Convener: B.E. Shafer, MA, Mellon Professor of American Government.

Subject: `American politics: 1996 and beyond.'


PROFESSOR HARRISON C. WHITE, Columbia, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Friday, 31 May, in Barnett House, Wellington Square.

Convener: M. Hechter, MA, University Lecturer in Sociology.

Subject: `Markets, hierarchies, and social networks.'

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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Oxford Seminars in Cartography

P. BARBER, Deputy Map Librarian, British Library, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May, in the Schola Astronomiae et Rhetoricae, Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library.

Subject: `Something old, something new, something borrowe, something blue: maps in the collection of Sir Robert Cotton, 1571–1631.'

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MCDONNELL–PEW CENTRE FOR COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND THE MRC RESEARCH CENTRE IN BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR

Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar and Astor Lecture

PROFESSOR BOB SHAPLEY, New York University, will give a seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May, in the Sherrington Room, the University Laboratory of Physiology.

Subject: `Perception and cortical responses to illusory contours.'


Cortical vision symposium

This symposium will be held on Monday, 20 May, 2–6.30 p.m., in the Large Lecture Theatre, the University Laboratory of Physiology. Those wishing to attend should contact Ms K. Hartwell (telephone: Oxford (2)72476, e-mail: katherine.hartwell@physiol.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR BOB SHAPLEY, New York University
2 p.m.: `Luminance and colour patterns from retina to cortex.' (Astor Lecture)

DR D. TOLHURST, Cambridge
2.45 p.m.: `How neurons in cortex code the contrast in natural scenes.'

PROFESSOR BILL NEWSOME, Stanford
3.30 p.m.: `Single cells and the perception of motion.'

DR J. JACK
4.45 p.m.: `On the complexity of simple cells.'

PROFESSOR H. BARLOW, Cambridge
5.30 p.m.: `The role of simple cells: a new interpretation.'

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE UNIT

Special seminar

PROFESSOR WILLETT KEMPTON, Assistant Professor, College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, will speak at a special seminar to be held at 2.15 p.m. on Monday, 20 May, in the Main Lecture Theatre, the School of Geography.

Subject: `Cultural models of the environment.'

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PHONETICS LABORATORY

The speaking brain: an interdisciplinary series of seminars

The following talks will be held at 2 p.m. on Fridays in Room 207, the Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street.

Convener: J.S. Coleman, MA, University Lecturer in Phonetics.

DR C. MUMMERY, Institute of Neurology, London
24 May: `Imaging words in the brain—from perception to meaning.'

DR G. GREEN, Newcastle
31 May: `How does the auditory system analyse the acoustic features of speech?'


Cancellation of seminars

The seminars which were to have been given by Professor M. Halle on 4 June and 5 June have been cancelled.

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BALLIOL COLLEGE

PROFESSOR J.A. MACGILLIVRAY, Columbia, will lecture at 2.30 p.m. on Friday, 24 May, in the Old Senior Common Room, Balliol College.

Convener: N. Momigliano, MA, Richard Bradford MmConnell Research Fellow in Aegean Archaeology, Balliol College.

Subject: `Evand and Knossos—the archaeology of myths and ideals.'

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MANSFIELD COLLEGE

Interdisciplinary seminar: animals and why they matter

PROFESSOR B. KLUG, St Xavier University, Chicago, and PROFESSOR D. ROBINSON, Georgetown University, will speak at this seminar, to be held on Friday, 7 June, 4–6 p.m., in the Council Room, Mansfield College. The meeting will be chaired by The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, from whom further information may be obtained (telephone: Oxford (2)70983).

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TRINITY COLLEGE

Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture

NADIME GORDIMER will deliver the Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 31 May, in the St Cross Building.

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OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY FORUM

DR C. STRAY, Swansea, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 27 May, in Rewley House. All are welcome to attend.

Subject: `Idiosyncrasy and idiolexis in Victorian England: the Mushri–English Dictionary.'

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OXFORD MEDIEVAL SOCIETY

DR MARGARET BENT and DR KEVIN BROWNLEE will lecture at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May, in Bostar Hall, University College. Wine will be served from 8.15 p.m. New members are welcome.

Subject: `Icarus, Phaeton, Haman: Fauvel and Dante.'

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