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INAUGURAL LECTURES

Professor of Numerical Analysis

PROFESSOR L.N. TREFETHEN will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 26 April, in the Examination Schools. The Vice-Chancellor will be present.

Subject: `Scientific computing: the finite, the infinite, and the future.'


J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language

PROFESSOR P. STROHM will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 May, in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `Chaucer's Troilus as temporal archive.'


Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature

PROFESSOR R. BUSH will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 May, in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `American voice/American voices.'

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CHERWELL-SIMON MEMORIAL LECTURE 1999

PROFESSOR CARL E. WIEMAN, University of Colorado, will deliver the Cherwell-Simon Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 11 June, in Lecture Theatre A, ZoologyPsychology Building, South Parks Road.

Subject: `Bose–Einstein condensation: revealing the quantum world using ultra-low temperatures.'

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HALLEY LECTURE 1999

PROFESSOR ROBERT E. WILLIAMS, Distinguished Research Scholar, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, will deliver the Halley Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 May, in Lecture Theatre A, ZoologyPsychology Building, South Parks Road.

Subject: `Probing the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope.'

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CYRIL FOSTER LECTURE 1999

PROFESSOR G. BEST will deliver the Cyril Foster Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 29 April, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Peace conferences and the century of total war: the 1899 Hague Conference and what came after.'

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JAMES P.R. LYELL LECTURES IN BIBLIOGRAPHY

PROFESSOR M.B. PARKES, James P.R. Lyell Reader in Bibliography 1998-- 9, will deliver the Lyell Lectures at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Trinity Term in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

4 May: `Which came first, the reader or the scribe? (The function and the processes of handwriting).'

11 May: `The hasty scribe (cursive handwriting in antiquity and the Middle Ages).'

18 May: `Set in their own ways (scribes and bookhands c.800--1200).'

25 May: `Features of fashion (scribes and style c.200--1500).'

1 June: `In the eyes of scribes and readers (handwriting as image).'

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RICHARD HILLARY MEMORIAL LECTURE 1999

SEBASTIAN FAULKS will deliver the Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 May, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `Something happened: how narrative helps tell the time.'

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D.M. MCKENZIE LECTURE

PROFESSOR L. RAINEY will deliver the fourth annual D.M. McKenzie Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 May, in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `The cultural economy of modernism.'

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MYRES MEMORIAL LECTURE

DR O. RACKHAM, Cambridge, will deliver the Myres Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 10 May, in the McGregor- Matthews Room, New College.

Subject: `Trees and timber in Greek history.'

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TIMES LECTURE

PHILIP HOWARD will deliver the Times Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 April, in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

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CLARENDON LECTURES IN ECONOMICS 1999

Strategic asset allocation: portfolio choice for long-term investors

PROFESSOR J.Y. CAMPBELL, Harvard University, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Economics at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the Institute of Economics and Statistics, the St Cross Building.

Tue. 4 May: `Who should buy long-term bonds?'

Wed. 5 May: `Is the stock market safer for long-term investors?'

Thur. 6 May: `Investing for retirement.'

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CLARENDON LECTURES IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES 1999

The determinants of corporate governance

PROFESSOR M. ROE, Milton Hawler Professor of Business Regulation, University of Columbia School of Law, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies at 5 p.m. on Monday, 10 May, Tuesday, 11 May, and Wednesday, 12 May, in the Examination Schools. The lectures will be open to the public, and admission is free.

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SIR ISAIAH BERLIN LECTURES IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS

The ideals and practice of scientific objectivity

PROFESSOR L. DASTON, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Sir Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor in the History of Ideas 1998–9, will lecture at 5 p.m. on the days shown in the St Cross Building.

Tue. 27 Apr.: `Can objectivity have a history?'

Thur. 29 Apr.: `Objectivity versus truth.'

Thur. 20 May: `A short history of the fact.'

Tue. 25 May: `Art and science opposed.'

Thur. 27 May: `Objectivity among the historians.'

Tue. 15 June: `Objectivity and the cosmic community.'

Professor Daston will be available to meet students at the following times, in Corpus Christi College: Wednesday, 28 April, 9–11 a.m.; Friday, 21 May, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Wednesday, 26 May, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Wednesday, 16 June, 9–11 a.m.

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ANTHROPOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

ESRC Research Programme `Transnational Communities'

Transnational religious communities: Muslim and Hindu movements and networks

The following seminars will be given at 2 p.m. on the days shown in the Senior Common Room, the School of Geography. Unless otherwise indicated, they will take place on Thursdays.

Conveners: S.A. Vertovec, MA, D.Phil., Director, Transnational Communities, C.G. Clarke, MA, D.Phil., Professor of Urban and Social Geography, and D.J. Parkin, MA, Professor of Social Anthropology.

PROFESSOR P. LUBECK:, University of California, Santa Cruz
29 Apr.: `Global Islam.'

PROFESSOR P. VAN DER VEER, Amsterdam
6 May: : `Cosmopolitanism, secularism, and transnational religion.'

PROFESSOR D.F. EICKLEMAN, Dartmouth College
13 May: `Shifting centres and emerging peripheries: the changing political geography of Muslim transnationalism.'

PROFESSOR W. SCHIFFAUER, Europa University Viadrina, Frankfurt
20 May: `Islamism in the Diaspora: the fascination of political Islam among second- generation German Turks.'

DR R. BAROT, Bristol
27 May: `Local, global, and transnational: the case of the Swaminarayan movement.'

DR J. CESARI, New York
3 June: `Islam in the west: the issue of pluralism in the context of globalisation.'

DR C. BHATT, Essex
10 June: `Ideologies of indigenism.'

DR J. PISCATORI
Fri. 18 June: `On transnational religious communities.'

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LITERAE HUMANIORES

BRANKO KIRGIN, Archaeological Museum, Split, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 29 April, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College.

Convener: N. Purcell, MA, University Lecturer (CUF) in Ancient History.

Subject: `Discovering the island of Diomedes? Palagruza and the archaeology of the ancient Adriatic.'

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MODERN HISTORY

New approaches to the history of the Second World War

The following seminars, which are open to all, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Council Room, Mansfield College.

Conveners: Dr Ashley Jackson, Mansfield College, and Mr Paul Collier, Wadham College, in co-operation with Professor R.J. O'Neill.

DR JACKSON
29 Apr.: `Pioneers, mutineers, and bombardiers: the colonial empire at war.'

PROFESSOR A. CAPET, Rouen
6 May: `Writing a comprehensive bibliography of Britain and the Second World War: an impossible task?'

A. KRYLOVA, Johns Hopkins
13 May: ` "Healing wounded souls": Soviety identity, gender, and the trauma of the Great Patriotic War.'

A. HILL, Cambridge
20 May: `German rule and Russian resistance on the German occupied territories of Russia in Western, Soviet, and post-Soviet historical writing.'

D. O'SULLIVAN, Catholic University of Eichstaett
27 May: `Framing the mind: information and perception during the Second World War.'

DR K. FEDOROWICH, University of the West of England, and DR R. MOORE, Sheffield
3 June: `New approaches to prisoner-of-war (POW) history.'

J. KIRAS, Hull
10 June: ` "By all possible means"? The implications of the creation and use of Special Operations Forces in the Second World War.'

MR COLLIER
17 June: ` "Planes, trains, and automobiles": logistics and the Afrika Korps.'

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Evidence-based practice

The following seminars will take place at 5 p.m.m on Tuesdays in the Lecture Room, the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research.

Convener: B.L. Hudson, MA, University Lecturer in Applied Social Studies.

PROFESSOR G. MACDONALD, Bristol
27 Apr.: `The trouble with research.'

PROFESSOR P. RAYNOR, Swansea
4 May: `Evidence-based probation: can it be done?'

PROFESSOR B. SHELDON, University of Exeter
11 May: `Evidence-based social services.'

PROFESSOR E. GAMBRILL, Berkeley
18 May: `Research-based social work in the USA—conspicuous by its absence.'

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THEOLOGY

Ian Ramsey Centre

Seminars in Science and Theology

The following seminars will be held at 8.15 for 8.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Hood Room, St Cross College.

PROFESSOR D. BARTHOLOMEW, FBA, formerly Professor Statistics, LSE
6 May: `Misplaced certainty in science and religion.'

DR A. PEACOCKE, Director, Ramsey Centre
20 May: `Science and the future of theology: some critical issues.'

PROFESSOR O. O'DONOVAN
3 June: `Creation.'

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QUEEN ELIZABETH HOUSE

Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women

Audrey Richards Commemorative Lecture 1999

DR M. LEACH, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, will deliver the Audrey Richards Commemorative Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 April, in the Taylor Institution.

Further details may be obtained from the Centre (telephone: Oxford (2)73644, fax: (2)73607, e-mail: ccrw@qeh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `New shapes to shift: war, parks, and the hunting persona in modern West Africa.'

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MAGDALEN COLLEGE

Waynflete Lectures

Seminal events in the evolutionary history of plants

PROFESSOR N. FRIEDMAN, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA, will deliver the Waynflete Lectures at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College.

28 Apr.: `The study of evolutionary history: insights from Queen Victoria.'

5 May: `The origin of photosynthesis and how Earth turned green.'

12 May: `The colonisation of land and the origin of organismic complexity.'

19 May: `The origin of flowering plants: an examination of Darwin's "abominable mystery".'

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