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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 26 April

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Monarchs in the Museum', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015.)

FRANCO-BRITISH SEMINAR: `Electoral behaviour in Britain and France—the 1992 General Election in Britain and the 1995 Presidential Election in France', Maison Française, 2 p.m. (places to be booked one week in advance).

PROFESSOR R.E. BROWN: `New Testament scholarship and Christianity today' (second of five Martin D'Arcy Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR S. HOWELL: ` "May blessings come, may mischiefs go!": living kinds as agents of transition and transformation among the Lio' (Marett Memorial Lecture), Saskatchewan Lecture Room, Exeter College, 5 p.m.

MAISON FRANÇAISE debate: `Le journalisme politique en France, aujourd'hui' (various speakers), 5 p.m. (admission free, but places to be booked one week in advance).

D. LEBAUD and P. JOURDAN play cello and piano works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms, Maison Française, 8.15 p.m. (tel. for reservations one week in advance: (2)74220).

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Saturday 27 April

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

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Sunday 28 April

LORD BLAKE preaches the St Mark's Day Sermon, Magdalen, 10 a.m.

ALBERT JULIÀ plays piano works by Mozart and Liszt, Wolfson, 5 p.m. (tickets £4, concessions £2, at the door).

THE LANDOR PIANO TRIO play works by Beethoven, Bridge, and Lalo, the hall, Balliol, 9 p.m.

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Monday 29 April

PROFESSOR M.A. NUSSBAUM (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `The Christian ascent I: Augustine' (lecture series: `Ascents of love: desire and the good in the Western philosophical/literary tradition'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. GIGNOUX: `The three immortal souls and other human faculties' (Ratanbai Katrak Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

J. BLOT: `The French perception of Bloomsbury', Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (admission free, but places to be booked one week in advance).

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Tuesday 30 April

WOMEN'S STUDIES COMMITTEE meeting, Old Bar, Mansfield, 1 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Drinking in the past!', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015.)

PROFESSOR Q. SKINNER: `Ancient laughter and modern philosophy' (A.B. Emden Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR R.E. BROWN: `New Testament scholarship and Christianity today' (third of five Martin D'Arcy Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

MR M. CAMPBELL, MP, and MR B. JENKIN, MP: `Defence: the last refuge of national sovereignty?' (lecture series: `The state of the Union: issues in contemporary British democracy'), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

G. PLOTKIN: `Denotational semantics: an unbalanced perspective' (Strachey Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Computing Laboratory, 5 p.m.

DR E. GREENHALL: `Control of conception' (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 1 May

DR J. BENSON: `Some illuminated Sanskirt manuscripts in the Bodleian Library' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1 p.m.

PROFESSOR M.A. NUSSBAUM (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `The Christian ascent II: Dante' (lecture series: `Ascents of love: desire and the good in the Western philosophical/literary tradition'), Schools, 5 p.m.

MS CAROLINE BENN and PROFESSOR TED WRAGG: `Affirming the comprehensive ideal: effective schools and effective teachers', Department of Educational Studies, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. GIGNOUX: `Body: anatomy, physiology, and medicine' (Ratanbai Katrak Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR H. LAND: `Care and dependency—reformulating the equation?' (Nuffield Women's Group seminars: `Women, poverty, and social policy'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

L. WEIGHILL: `Refugees in Gaza' (Refugee Studies Programme: Seminars on Forced Migration), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

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Thursday 2 May

DR C. GUPTA: `Fundamentalism and the print media in contemporary India' (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 M. SELTMAN: `The algebra of Thomas Harriot: reputation and reality' (Thomas Harriot Lecture), Champneys Room, Oriel, 5 p.m.

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Friday 3 May

HAKLUYT SOCIETY: `Science and geography in imperial contexts', Modern History Faculty, 2 p.m. (names in advance to Dr F. Fernandez- Armesto, care of Modern History Faculty).

FRANCO-BRITISH SEMINAR: `Electoral behaviour in Britain and France—protest and tactical voting, party identification and volatility', Maison Française, 2 p.m. (places to be booked one week in advance).

PROFESSOR R.E. BROWN: `New Testament scholarship and Christianity today' (fourth of five Martin D'Arcy Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. GIGNOUX: `Cosmic elements and theory of microcosm' (Ratanbai Katrak Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR J. MOKYR: `Famine and mortality: an historical re- examination' (Sir John Hicks Lecture on Economic History), Schools, 5 p.m.

M. RIOT-SARCEY: `Femmes et démocraties', Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (admission free, but places to be booked one week in advance).

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Sunday 5 May

PROFESSOR URSULA KING: `Christian spirituality, Third World theology, and the voices of women: the spiritual significance of otherness' (seventh Bampton Lecture), St Mary's, 10 a.m.

CHRIST CHURCH PICTURE GALLERY exhibition opens: `Jeff Clarke—new work' (until 5 June).

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Monday 6 May

UNIVERSITY OFFICES closed (today only).

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

PROFESSOR M.A. NUSSBAUM (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor): `The Romantic ascent I: Emily Brontë' (lecture series: `Ascents of love: desire and the good in the Western philosophical/literary tradition'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. GIGNOUX: `Is there an Iranian Shamanism? (1)' (Ratanbai Katrak Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 7 May

PROFESSOR J. BURROW (Professor of European Thought): `A common culture? Nationalist ideas in nineteenth-century European thought' (inaugural lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR D.M. KENNEDY (Harmsworth Professor of American History): `Can the United States still afford to be a nation of immigrants?' (inaugural lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. SHLEIFER: `Inefficient financial markets' (Clarendon Lectures in Economics: `Inefficient markets'), Schools (East School), 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR D. GOUGH: `The seismic structure of the sun' (Halley Lecture), Lecture Theatre, University Museum, 5 p.m.

THE REVD DR JOHN COOK: `Missing the point: a theology of culture in the work of Mondrian, Kandinsky, and Rothko' (Deneke Lecture), Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR R.E. BROWN: `New Testament scholarship and Christianity today' (last of series of Martin D'Arcy Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

MR J. BIFFEN, MP, and LORD PLANT: `Westminster: time for another Great Reform Act?' (lecture series: `The state of the Union: issues in contemporary British democracy'), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

DR R. DAWKINS: `In praise of reductionist, adaptationist, progressivist, gradualist, neo-Darwinism' (Oxford History and Philosophy of Biology Programme), Sherrington Room, Department of Physiology, 5 p.m.

DR A. STEWART: `Menarche and other issues in adolescence' (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 8 May

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

PROFESSOR A. SHLEIFER: `Origins of investor sentiment' (Clarendon Lectures in Economics: `Inefficient markets'), Schools (East School), 5 p.m.

DR Z. BRZEZINSKI: `Eurasia: post-imperial dilemmas' (Elliott Lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. GIGNOUX: `Is there an Iranian Shamanism? (2)' (Ratanbai Katrak Lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS J.R. QUINN: `Moral life or moral law' (Thomas More Lecture), Catholic Chaplaincy, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR R. COLE-TURNER: `The anxiety of change' (Idreos Lectures in Science and Technology: `Genetics and theology'), Harris Manchester, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR N. ORME: `Magdalen College and its School' (Waynflete and related lectures: `Oxford and England during the Renaissance and Reformation'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR S. ARBER: `Women and income inequality in later life' (Nuffield Women's Group seminars: `Women, poverty, and social policy'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

DR S. GRAHAM-BROWN: `The Kurds in Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War' (Refugee Studies Programme: Seminars on Forced Migration), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

H. MORPHY: `Hunting art' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Beatrice Blackwood Lecture), Inorganic Chemistry Lecture Theatre, 7 p.m.

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Thursday 9 May

H. SUMMERFIELD: `Gender and identity in Cambodia' (Centre for Cross- Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Gender and development—protest and politics'), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR J. GOULD: `Something to do with Dionysos' (Gaisford Lecture), St John's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. SHLEIFER: `The limits of arbitrage' (Clarendon Lectures in Economics: `Inefficient markets'), Schools (East School), 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR T. NAGEL: `Justice and nature' (Hart Memorial Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR R. COLE-TURNER: `The humility of hope' (Idreos Lectures in Science and Technology: `Genetics and theology'), Harris Manchester, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR N. ABU-ZAID: `Reformation of Islamic thought: some questions and some suggestions' (Hamid Enayat Lecture), New Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR N. ORME: `Oxford and the transformation of English school education 1480–1530' (Waynflete and related lectures: `Oxford and England during the Renaissance and Reformation'), Schools, 5 p.m.

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