Lectures

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INAUGURAL LECTURES

Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History

PROFESSOR H.M.R.E. MAYR-HARTING will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 14 November, in the Examination Schools. Subject: `Perceptions of angels in history.'

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John M. Olin Visiting Professor in American Government

PROFESSOR N.W. POLSBY will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 1 December, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `A revolution in Congress?'

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ZAHAROFF LECTURE 1997

PROFESSOR P. BROOKS, Yale, will deliver the Zaharoff Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 November, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: `History painting and narrative---Delacroix's Moments.'

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MAURICE LUBBOCK LECTURE IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES 1997

DR WALTER HASSELKUS, Chairman, Rover Group Ltd., will deliver the second Maurice Lubbock Lecture in Management Studies at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Examination Schools. The lecture will be followed by a reception at the Schools.

Subject: `The strategic development of Rover.'

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HUDSON MEMORIAL LECTURE

ADMIRAL SIR JOCK SLATER, GCB, LVO, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and First Sea Lord, will deliver the inaugural Hudson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 November, in the Examination Schools.
Schools: `Contemporary maritime power.'

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MEDIEVAL AND MODERN LANGUAGES

Romance Linguistics Seminar

PROFESSOR R. WRIGHT, Liverpool, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 20 November, in 47 Wellington Square (basement).

Convener: M. Maiden, MA, Professor of the Romance Languages.

Subject: `Reading aloud in Spain and France (800--1200).'

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MODERN HISTORY

Special Faculty Lecture

PROFESSOR J. BERGIN, University of Manchester, will deliver the annual Special Faculty Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 21 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `The churches of Counter-Reformation Europe and their bishops.'

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MODERN HISTORY, ORIENTAL STUDIES, AND ANTHROPOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

Comparative Islamisation in Indonesia and the Malay world

DR C. BRAKEL, Leiden, will give a seminar at 2.15 p.m. on Thursday, 20 November, in the Old Bursary, Trinity College.

Conveners: P.B.R. Carey, University Lecturer (CUF) in Modern History, and D. Parkin, MA, Professor of Social Anthropology.

Subject: `Sufi performances in the Javanese Serat Centhini and in contemporary Indonesia.'

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ORIENTAL STUDIES

Medieval Studies Seminar

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

This notice replaces that published in the Gazette of 23 October (p. 230).

Conveners: J.S. Meisami, MA, University Lecturer in Persian, and W.L. Treadwell, MA, Samir Shamma Lecturer in Islamic Numismatics.

PROFESSOR R. MURPHEY, Birmingham
18 Nov.: `Heroes and anti-heroes of popular versus courtly Ottoman history writing.'

PROFESSOR C. FOSS, Boston
2 Dec.: `Coins, archaeology, and the rise of Islam.'

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PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Speaker event

The following lectures will be given at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday, 15 November, in the University Museum of Natural History. This speaker event is organised by the Balliol College Medical Society.

SIR ANDREW HUXLEY: `Foresight and hindsight in science.'

PROFESSOR S. GREENFIELD: `Consciousness.'

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SOCIAL STUDIES

PROFESSOR D.S. KING will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 November, in the Chester Room, Nuffield College.

Conveners: B.E. Shafer, MA, Mellon Professor of American Government, and N.W. Polsby, MA, Olin Professor of American Government.

Subject: `Democracy by exclusion: eugenics, immigration, and democratisation in the United States.'

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DEPARTMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

JAMES PISCATORI will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 November, in the Lecture Theatre, Rewley House.

Subject: `Muslims in the West: towards a new civic pluralism.'

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE UNIT

An all-day seminar on Oxford's environmental capability will be held on Tuesday, 18 November, 9.15 a.m.–5.30 p.m., in Rhodes House. Entry will be by ticket only. Tickets may be obtained from Ian Curtis, Environmental Change Unit, 5 South Parks Road, Oxford (e-mail: ian.curtis@ecu.ox.ac.uk).

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DEPARTMENT OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Summer School on Connectionist Modelling

Applications are invited for this two-week residential summer school, to be held in Oxford, 19–31 July 1998. The course is aimed primarily at researchers who wish to exploit neural network models in their teaching and/or research and it will provide a general introduction to connectionist modelling, biologically plausible neural networks and brain function through lectures and exercises on Macintoshes and PCs. The instructors with primary responsibility for teaching the course are Kim Plunkett and Edmund Rolls.

The cost of attendance will be £950 for faculty, and £750 for graduate students. A small number of partial bursaries may be available for graduate students.

Further information can be found at http://www- cogsci.psych.ox.ac.uk/summer-school/. Information about the contents of the course is available from Steven.Young@psy.ox.ac.uk.

Those interested in participating should contact Mrs Sue King, Department of Experimental Psychology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD (telephone: Oxford (2)71353, e-mail: susan.king@psy.oxford.ac.uk), to whom a brief description of the applicant's background, with an explanation of why he/she would like to attend (one page maximum) should be sent by 31 January.

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MAISON FRANÇAISE

Alteration to date of lecture

The lecture on the following subject, by P. FITZGERALD of Carleton University, Ottawa, will now be given on Friday, 14 November, at 5 p.m., in the Middle East Centre, St Antony's (not on Thursday, 13 December, as previously notified).

Subject: `The Franco-British conflicts in the Middle East after the First World War: the role of oil.'

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CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

Government by contract

Revised notice

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Buttery, Wolfson College. This notice replaces that published in the Gazette of 25 September (p. 19).

Conveners: Anne C.L. Davies and Philip Lewis.

DR C. MCCRUDDEN
17 Nov.: `Public procurement and socio-economic policies: the impact of globalisation.'

PROFESSOR JANE LEWIS
24 Nov.: `Contracting for social care.'

PROFESSOR BILL BRADSHAW and MR TOM WINSOR, partner and Head of Railways, Denton and Hall
1 Dec.: `Can contracts deliver better services in the "New Railway"?'

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Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

PROFESSOR MARC RABOY, Montreal, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 20 November, in the Law Faculty, Lecture Theatre 1, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `Public policy challenges of media globalisation.'

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INSTITUTE OF VIROLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY

PROFESSOR JOHN E. BERINGER, Bristol, will give a seminar at 4 p.m. on Monday, 17 November, in the Institute Seminar Room.

Subject: `To cin or not cin, that would be the question.'

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ALL SOULS COLLEGE

Foreign Policy Studies Programme: special seminar

THE RT. HON. DR JOHN REDWOOD, MP, will speak at a special seminar to be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Subject: `Is Europe my country or my continent?'

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GREEN COLLEGE

Green College Lectures 1998

Plagues

The following lectures will be given at 6 p.m. on Mondays in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

DR P. SLACK
19 Jan.: `Plagues in history: some case studies.'

PROFESSOR P. HAGGETT, Bristol
26 Jan.: `The geography of plagues.'

PROFESSOR R. ANDERSON
2 Feb.: `Drugs and plagues: antimicrobial resistance.'

SIR KENNETH CALMAN, Chief Medical Officer
9 Feb.: `Plagues of the millennium.'

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LINACRE COLLEGE

Linacre Lectures 1998

The environment and historical change

The Linacre Lectures will be given at 5.30 p.m. on Thursdays in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building.

Linacre College acknowledges the generosity of Riche Monde (Bangkok) Ltd. in making the current lecture series possible.

PROFESSOR A.S. GOUDIE
22 Jan.: `The Ice Age in the tropics and its human implications.'

PROFESSOR SIR TONY WRIGLEY, Cambridge
29 Jan.: `Meeting human energy needs: constraints, opportunities, and effects.'

PROFESSOR M.G.L. BAILLIE, Belfast
5 Feb.: `The tree-ring records :putting some abrupt environmental changes back into human history.'

DR O. RACKHAM, Cambridge
12 Feb.: `Boundaries and country planning: ancient and modern.'

PROFESSOR C.V. PHYTHIAN-ADAMS, Leicester
19 Feb.: `Environments and identities: landscape as cultural projection in the English provincial past.'

PROFESSOR C. VITA-FINZI, University College, London
26 Feb.: `Climate and history in the Old World and the New.'

PROFESSOR W. BEINART
5 Mar.: `The re-naturing of African animals: film and literature in the 1950s and 60s.'

PROFESSOR H. MORPHY, University College, London
12 Mar.: `Hunting to mining: transformations of the Australian landscape through time.'

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ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE

Alan Tayler Lecture

PROFESSOR L.N. TREFETHEN will deliver the Alan Tayler Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College. Tea will be served from 4.15 p.m.

The annual lecture, in memory of Dr Alan Tayler, is sponsored by Smith System Engineering.

Subject: `Eigenvalues: what they do and do not tell us about dynamics.'

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ST CROSS COLLEGE

St Cross Visiting Fellow Lecture

PROFESSOR BEN PIMLOTT, Birkbeck College, London, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Is biography history?'

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Public Lecture

PROFESSOR A.B. WATTS will deliver a public lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Hall, Wolfson College.

Subject: `The rise and fall of ocean islands.'

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ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING: OXFORD BRANCH

Oxford Science Lecture Series

PROFESSOR KAY DAVIES will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, in the University Museum of Natural History. The lecture is open to the public.

Tickets (including refreshments), costing £1.50, will be available at the door, or in advance from Dr Elizabeth Griffin (e-mail: remg@astro.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxford (2)73345).

Subject: `Challenges of muscular dystrophy.'

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OXFORD ASIAN TEXTILE GROUP

SUSAN CONWAY will lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 December, in the Pauling Centre for Human Sciences, 58 Banbury Road. Refreshments will be served from 5.15 p.m. Visitors are welcome (£2).

Subject: `Thai textiles—from village to royal court.'

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