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SPEECHES BY THE PUBLIC ORATOR

The following speeches were delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Monday, 23 November, in presenting for the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law

Dr RICHARD LEVIN

Prodit par nobile fratrum, uterque cum alumnus noster, tum academiae primariae Praeses, tum denique peritus huius modi pomparum iudex, qui idcirco

Hesperiam magnam Saturniaque arva relinquunt,
scilicet adulescentiae suae locum revisentes, ut togae academicae quam olim labore et vigiliis meriti sunt haec speciosior accedat quam honoris tantum causa alumnis nostratibus summa dignis laude largimur. namque et ipsos honoramus et antiquissima intimae consuetudinis vincula celebramus quibus haec Academia cum clarissimis Americae Universitatibus coniungitur. quid si hoc addam, utrumque uxoris gradu Oxoniensi ornatae maritum esse? hic quem priorem praesento rei oeconomicae studiosus auditiones apud nos oeconomicas Academiae tempore iniquo obibat: grassabatur enim effrenatum istud interpellandi tumultuandique cacoethes quod hodie fere increduli admiramur; sed hic se ad studia utiliora conferebat, aequalibus excellebat, excessit Baccalaureus in Litteris. ad patriam suam regressus et Doctor in Philosophia apud Yalenses factus statim et alios instituere coepit et cetera officia exsequi quae sunt cuivis Academiae necessaria, et quidem tam felici eventu ut cum ex ordine professor magister decanus fuisset Praeses tandem crearetur. virum enim praesento qui tum denique ad summos in academia honores accessit, cum diu homines erudire nisus plurimorum investigationes gubernavisset, cumque ipse plurimos summae auctoritatis libellos composuisset. idem, qua est gravitate, persaepe consilio adhibetur publico cum de maximi momenti rebus agitur. quinque iam annos Universitatem suam felicissime gubernat, plurima aedificia quae diuturna incuria iam paene consumpta erant ad pristinum splendorem revocat, dedita opera idcirco laborat ut et academicis Yalensibus et Novi Portus civibus opes concordia spes revertatur.

Praesento virum in re oeconomica sagacissimum, Academiae columen firmissimum, rei publicae consiliarium prudentissimum, Ricardum Levin, Universitatis Yalensis Praesidem, Collegi Mertonensis Socium honoris causa creatum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Iure Civili.

Paraphrase

We see advance what the poet Horace calls `a noble pair of brothers', both Oxford graduates, the Heads of two great Universities, themselves connoisseurs of this sort of academic ceremony. They are revisiting the scenes of their student days, `leaving the rich lands of the golden West', in the words of the poet Virgil, in order to add to the academic honours which they won here by hard study the more showy robes that Oxford confers, without further effort on their part, on the most deserving of her alumni. As we honour them we celebrate also the close and long-standing links that unite Oxford with the leading Universities of America. I might add that each is married to a wife who is herself a graduate of Oxford. Dr Richard Levin, who comes first, is an economist, who studied the subject here in the difficult period, remembered now with some incredulity, of student unrest and academic disruption; but he applied himself to more valuable activities, excelled in his academic work, and took the degree of Bachelor of Letters. Returning home, he worked for his Doctorate at Yale, and immediately began both to teach there and to shoulder those administrative burdens which are vital to the existence of a University. After a distinguished career in which he was in turn Professor of Economics, Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, and Dean of the Graduate School, he became President of the University. He is an academic administrator who has himself worked for years as a teacher, supervising an exceptionally large number of dissertations, and who has also been a prolific author of weighty academic papers. His expertise has brought him many invitations to serve on important public committees. He has been President of Yale for five years, in which time the University has flourished impressively; he has devoted himself especially to the restoration of the many deteriorating buildings on the campus. He has worked tirelessly for the improvement and prosperity not only of Yale but also of the city of New Haven. I present an outstanding economist, a great academic leader, and a highly valued public adviser, Richard Levin, President of Yale, Honorary Fellow of Merton College, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law.

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Dr NEIL RUDENSTINE

Ut hominibus ita academiis aemulationem prodesse cognovimus, Oxoniensi autem Cantabrigiensem, Harvardianam Yalensi benevolam quandam esse rivalem: sed hodie certamini nullus est locus, immo concordiam perfectissimam salutamus, namque harum Academiarum Praesides tantae dignitatis onere deposito paullisper saltem, cum sint Arcades ambo, in Arcadiam revertuntur. nec manifestius indicium desideraveritis, quam artis societatis vinculis nos Oxonienses cum praeclarissimis Americanorum academiis simus coniuncti, quam quod hic quoque noster est, disciplinam nostram summo in loco inlustravit. sunt qui adhuc meminerunt eum, cum largam Caecilii Rhodes munificentiam expertus huc devenisset, pila more patrio ludentem vitreis vetustissimis periculum sed non perniciem intulisse. litterarum Anglicarum studiosus est, eos scriptores colit praesertim qui litteris renascentibus florebant, quorum principem Philippum Sidney cum libro doctissimo illustravisset, de acriori illo poetarum genere qui faenum habent in cornu (ut cum Horatio saturarum auctore haud ignobili dicam) opus luculentum conscripsit. sed in Parnaso recumbere litterisque delectari non contigit viro qui otio suo utilitati communi postposito a cathedra vitaque umbratili ad Fundationem Mellonianam migravit, cuius amplissimas facultates tam sollerter tamque docte dispensabat ut omnes omnium Musarum provincias ditarit, et nescio an praecipue nobiles illas pinacothecas quas pariter cum uxore sua fovet diligit curat. mox autem ab Harvardensibus revocatum ac Praesidem creatum summo gaudio exceperunt iuniores, qui sciebant huic commodum, disciplinam, profectum suum cordi futurum esse. de doctoris gradu consequendo librum emisit hic quem doctoris gradu honoramus, quo insunt multa gravia, multa tristia, multa meditatione dignissima.

Praesento virum humanissimum, in litteris versatissimum, in beneficentia splendidissimum, Neil Rudenstine, Universitatis Harvardianae Praesidem, Collegi Novi Socium honoris causa creatum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Iure Civili.

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Paraphrase

A spirit of competition, we know, is as good for universities as it is for individuals. As Oxford has always enjoyed a friendly rivalry with Cambridge, so has Harvard with Yale. Today, however, there is no trace of that, but only perfect harmony: the Presidents of both have a chance to lay aside the dignity and the burdens of their lofty positions and return for a while to Arcadia—for, in the phrase of the poet Virgil, they are Arcadians both. No more compelling evidence could exist of the close connections which we in Oxford enjoy with the leading Universities of America than the fact that Dr Neil Rudenstine, too, is one of us, an Oxonian in a high academic position. He came here on the munificent foundation of the Rhodes Scholarships; there are still those who remember him at play with a baseball, menacing, but not damaging, the mediaeval glass. His special interest is in the writers of the Renaissance, and he is the author of an important book on Sir Philip Sidney; he has also written memorably on the English poetic satirists, writers who, in the phrase of the poet Horace, should have a warning truss of hay tied to their horn. But he was not to remain out of the world of action, reposing on the Hill of the Muses. He left his Princeton chair for the burdens of public life, directing the enormous resources of the Mellon Foundation in such a way that all the arts were enriched, not least the art galleries and museums in which he shares with his wife a keen and informed interest. He was next recalled to Harvard as President, an appointment greeted with special joy by the undergraduates, who knew that their well-being and their education would be close to his heart. Our new Doctor is the author of a book on The Pursuit of the Doctorate, in which there are many weighty discussions, a good deal of matter for gloom, and much which repays leisurely reflection.

I present a man of true humanity, scholarly in literature, judicious and powerful in action, Neil Rudenstine, President of Harvard, Honorary Fellow of New College, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law.

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PETER BEACONSFIELD PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded to MISS CLAIRE HIGHAM, Merton College.

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ROLLESTON MEMORIAL PRIZE 1998

The Prize has been awarded jointly to DR K. KRUG, Christ Church, and DR T.S. TIERNEY, St John's College.

Proxime accessit: DR B.C. REGAN, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING SERVICE

Christmas Vacation hours

The hours of the University Counselling Service will be as follows during the Christmas Vacation:

Monday, 14 December–Friday, 18 December: open 9.30 a.m.–1.30 p.m.

Monday, 21 December–Friday, 1 January: closed

Monday, 4 January–Friday, 8 January: open 9.30 a.m.–1.30 p.m.

From Monday, 11 January, normal opening times: weekdays 9.15 a.m.–5.15 p.m.

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INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Intensive German courses for archaeologists

A week of intensive German courses for archaeologists, for beginners and intermediate learners, will be offered in the Institute of Archaeology in Hilary Term, week 9 (15–19 March 1999). Those wishing to attend should register with the receptionist at the institute (telephone: (2)78240), giving details of name, college, contact number, and desired course. The course tutor will be Gertrud Seidmann, Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology.

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COMPUTING LABORATORY

Programming Competition

A prize of £100 is offered for the best solution to a specified programming problem submitted by an undergraduate member of the university by noon on Monday of sixth week of Hilary Term to the judges, Dr Michael Spivey and Dr Stephen Jarvis, Computing Laboratory. The rules of the competition and a description of the problem to be solved can be obtained from the WWW at http://spivey.oriel.ox.ac.uk/~mike/comp.html, or from the receptionist at the Computing Laboratory.

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EDUCATIONAL RECORDING AGENCY

Survey of off-air recording

This notice is to inform members of the University about a survey of educational recordings in which the University is obliged to participate this year, and to request co-operation in collecting the necessary information.

The University (including its constituent colleges) is covered by an Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence to record radio and television broadcasts and cable programmes for educational use, without infringing copyright. The University pays about £24,000 per annum for this licence.

It is a condition of the licence that institutions may be required to maintain for a specified period of time details of radio and television recordings made under the licence and to return this information to the ERA. Oxford University has been selected to take part in ERA's survey during the period 1 September 1998 to 31 August 1999 and the University is therefore asking all staff for assistance in collating the information required.

In each department and college, and some faculty offices, an individual has been nominated as the local co-ordinator for the survey. All staff are asked to give details to the most appropriate co-ordinator of all recordings of radio and television programmes which they make for educational purposes whether at home, in the University, or elsewhere. The information required is the title, date, and channel of the programme, and the location where the recording was made. As statistics have to be returned by the University at the end of every month, it is important that a co- ordinator is informed as soon as possible after a recording is made.

The identity of the local co-ordinator should be publicised in each department, college, and (where appropriate) faculty office. If it is not clear, the departmental administrator, senior tutor, or faculty office administrator should be able to identify the co- ordinator. In cases of difficulty, details of recordings can be passed instead to the University's central co-ordinator, Miss Catherine Long, at the ETRC (telephone: (2)70529, e-mail: catherine.long@etrc.ox.ac.uk). It is, of course, necessary to pass information about recordings only to one co-ordinator; there is no need, for example, to inform both a college co-ordinator and a faculty co-ordinator but simply the one which is most convenient.

Please note that ERA are likely to visit the University at some stage during the survey period and to monitor the information returned against recordings held by the University. It is therefore important that the required information is collected carefully and that recordings are available for inspection if necessary. It is also important to note the requirement (which is general and not just for the period of the survey) that each recording should be labelled with the date and time, and with the statement that `This recording is to be used only for educational purposes'.

It is hoped that the survey will not cause too much inconvenience, and the full co-operation of members of the University would be appreciated.

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CHRIST CHURCH PICTURE GALLERY

The gallery is closed for conservation and building work, and will reopen on 7 June 1999. Its most important paintings, including The Butcher's Shop by Annibale Carracci, have been integrated with the National Gallery's collection during the closure.

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