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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 Office Web site.

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Friday 20 February

DR S. ABRAM: `Land, landscape, fields, and (4.4m) houses; the struggle over housing in south-east England' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminars: `Land and territoriality'), Institute of Social Anthropology, 11 a.m.

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET (with students from the Music Faculty) perform works by Richard Strauss, Andrew Hamilton, and Shostakovitch, Holywell Music Room, 1 p.m. (tickets £5/£2.50 from Blackwell's Music Shop or at the door).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Narrative paintings', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9.30 a.m.--12.30 p.m.)

PROFESSOR R.R. DAVIES: ` "Sweet Civility" and "Barbarous Rudeness"' (Ford Lectures in British History: `Beyond the English state: power, societies, and identities in the British Isles, 1093–1343'), Schools, 5 p.m.

NICHOLAS DE JONGH: `Censorship (1901–68): its effect on contemporary theatre' (lecture, introduced by Professor Thelma Holt), Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR S. BERCOVITCH: `Huckleberry Finn and the study of American literature' (lecture), St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

HIS EXCELLENCY DR GEBHARDT VON MOLTKE: `German national interests' (Foreign Policy Studies Programme: `Germany, Europe, and the world'), Old Library, All Souls College, 5 p.m.

SANDRA CARLOCK plays Clara Schumann and Friends (lecture-recital), Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 5 p.m. (tickets £9/£5.50 from Blackwell's Music Shop or at the door).

I. GADD: `From Barker to Blagden: anthologising the Stationers' Company, 1582--1960' (seminar series `From text to book: new studies in literature and history'), North Lecture Room, St John's, 5 p.m.

A. VIALA: `Racine et Louis XIV' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

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Saturday 21 February

SEMINAR (Museum of the History of Science): `Canguilhem--Foucault: recasting the French epistemological tradition', Maison Française, 9 a.m.

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Sunday 22 February

DR AVERIL CAMERON preaches the Sermon on the Grace of Humility, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

SANDRA CARLOCK plays Clara Schumann and Friends (concert), Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 5 p.m. (tickets £9/£5.50 from Blackwell's Music Shop or at the door).

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Monday 23 February

C. FOLLAND: `Detection and attribution of climate change at the Hadley Centre' (Environmental Change Unit seminars), Main Lecture Theatre, School of Geography, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR G. THEISSEN: `The programme of a theory of primitive Christian religion' (Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies: `Theory of primitive Christian religion'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. STEPAN: `Democracy and world religions: contra Samuel Huntington' (Mansfield College Religion and Democracy Programme), Rhodes House, 5 p.m.

C. ROOTES: `Political opportunity structures: promise, problems, and prospects' (seminar), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 24 February

THE MEETING of Congregation, due to take place today, is cancelled.

S. FLYNN: ` "Through scorching clime and varied sea": Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, traveller, Egyptologist, and man of letters, 1797–1875' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Egyptian painting and sculpture', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9.30 a.m.--12.30 p.m.)

ACADEMIC STAFF SEMINARS: `(i) Tutorial teaching—general', 2 p.m.; (ii) `Dealing with harassment', 2 p.m. (see information above).

DR J. LOWDEN: ` "Who is wise and shall understand": exegesis and commentary' (Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint: `The illustration of the Septuagint'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR G. THEISSEN: `The significance of the historical Jesus for the primitive Christian religion' (Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies: `Theory of primitive Christian religion'), Schools, 5 p.m.

SIR MICHAEL WHEELER-BOOTH: `Westminster and the European Union' (Waynflete Lectures: `Parliament in a changing world'),, Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR C. BOOTH: `The rise of the "new" universities in Britain' (Wolfson College Lectures 1998: `The idea of a university', the Hall, Wolfson, 5 p.m.).

B. SZERSZYNSKI: `Ecological rites: environmental politics as ritual action' (Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics, and Society seminars), Council Room, Mansfield, 5 p.m.

D. ARASSE: `Reflections on the prehistory of genre painting (Italy and Europe, 1550--1650)' (seminar), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

DR GEOFFREY MARSHALL and Professor Alan Ryan: ` `Freedom of Information and a Bill of Rights' (seminar series: `A Britain for the twenty-first century: the debate on constitutional change'), Lecture Theatre, New Building, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GERARD HUET: `Prooflets: a general paradigm for auto-certifiable mobile code and its implementation in the Coq Proof Assistant' (Strachey Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Building, the Computing Laboratory, 5 p.m.

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Wednesday 25 February

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM study-day: `The arts and culture of India', 10 a.m.--4 p.m. (Cost: £16. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9.30 a.m.--12.30 p.m.)

PROFESSOR G. THEISSEN: `The transformation of the Jewish sign system by post-Easter belief in Christ. Or: how did Jesus come to be deified?' (final lecture for this term in series of Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies: `Theory of primitive Christian religion'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR K. WEIL-GARRIS BRANDT: `The "heroic rebel" ' (Slade Lectures: `Michelangelo at the millennium'), Lecture Hall, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

DR J. CRISP: `Critiques of UNHCR' (Refugee Studies Programme Seminars on Forced Migration), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

VIKRAM SETH reads from his own work (Richard Hillary Lecture), St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

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Thursday 26 February

ACADEMIC STAFF SEMINAR: `Examining and assessing undergraduates', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

DR H. CALLAWAY: `Exploring feminism(s)' (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Gender, culture, and development—new theoretical directions'), Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

DR D. SAUNDERS: `A Pyrrhic victory: the Russian Empire in 1848' (`From Reform to Reaction: the revolutions in Europe, 1848'—a series of commemorative lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

SIR JOHN JOHNSON and Tom Pakenham: `A walk in northern Ethiopia' (Friends of Rewley House lecture), Lecture Theatre, Rewley House, 5 p.m. (admission by ticket, available from Rewley House after 1 February).

P. SMITH: `The Third Republic and the new notables' (seminar), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

DR R. OCKENDEN: `Empedokles in Buckow—a sketch- map of misreading' (series: `The Brecht Centenary—"Streit under Gelächter": a seminar on Brecht's poetry'), Lecture Room 6, New College, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR C. VITA-FINZI: `Climate and history in the Old World and the New' (Linacre Lectures: `The environment and historical change'), Lecture Theatre A, Zoology/Psychology Building, 5.30 p.m.

DR J. BENNETT: `The Temple' (public lectures linked to Bodleian exhibition: `The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple—biblical metaphors of knowledge in early modern Europe'), Museum of the History of Science, 6 p.m.

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Friday 27 February

DR M. SALTMAN: `From cattle herding to maize cultivation: the development of an indigenous system of land law among the Kipsigis of south-western Kenya' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminars: `Land and territoriality'), Institute of Social Anthropology, 11 a.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Fabulous furniture', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9.30 a.m.--12.30 p.m.)

PROFESSOR R.R. DAVIES: `The limits of the English empire and the shaping of English exceptionalism' (Ford Lectures in British History: `Beyond the English state: power, societies, and identities in the British Isles, 1093–1343'), Schools, 5 p.m.

FIELD-MARSHAL LORD INGE: `Germany in NATO' (Foreign Policy Studies Programme: `Germany, Europe, and the world'), Old Library, All Souls College, 5 p.m.

DR N. SMITH: to be announced (seminar series `From text to book: new studies in literature and history'), North Lecture Room, St John's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR H.M. MACEDO: `Love as knowledge: the lyric poetry of Camžes' (Taylor Institution Sesquicentennial Lectures: `Languages and literatures of Europe'), the Lecture Hall, the Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

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Sunday 1 March

PROFESSOR JUDITH BROWN preaches the Ramsden Sermon, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with the Choir of Christ Church, perform music from Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Christ Church, 6.05 p.m. (free admission).

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Monday 2 March

F. BERKHOUT: `The dynamics of substance flows through industrial economies' (Environmental Change Unit seminars), Main Lecture Theatre, School of Geography, 2.15 p.m.

M. DIANI: `Social movements as social networks' (seminar), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR J. STAROBINSKI: `Les poètes et la fleur secrète' (Taylor Institution Sesquicentennial Lectures: `Languages and literatures of Europe'), the Lecture Hall, the Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 3 March

CHRIST CHURCH Picture Gallery exhibition opens: ` "Talking heads" '—Old Master drawings and prints (until 29 April).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM study course: `The splendours of the Renaissance: early Renaissance paintings and drawings', 10 a.m.--4 p.m. (Cost: £19. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9.30 a.m.--12.30 p.m.)

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `The Pre-Raphaelites', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9.30 a.m.--1 p.m.)

PHYSICAL SCIENCES Faculty Board election, 12 March (one official member): nominations by six members to be received at the University Offices by 4 p.m.

DR J. LOWDEN: ` "And he read the book before the king": owners and users' (Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint: `The illustration of the Septuagint'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR A. MACFARLANE: `Universities in a knowledge economy: the impact of technology' (Wolfson College Lectures 1998: `The idea of a university', the Hall, Wolfson, 5 p.m.).

J. BURGESS: `Rationalising (un)sustainable lifestyles' (Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics, and Society seminars), Council Room, Mansfield, 5 p.m.

C. LEVER: `Pop or poetry: aspects of late modernist visual arts' (seminar), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

THE RT. HON. STEPHEN DORRELL, MP, and Professor Iain McLean: `Would changing the British voting system empower the voters?' (seminar series: `A Britain for the twenty- first century: the debate on constitutional change'), Lecture Theatre, New Building, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

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