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GRINFIELD LECTURES ON THE SEPTUAGINT

The Septuagint in light of the Qumran Scrolls

EUGENE ULRICH, John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, will deliver the second series of his Grinfield Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools. Each lecture will be followed by discussion.

23 Feb.: `Hebrew texts of the Psalter and the Septuagint translation.'

24 Feb.: `The Septuagint translation of Daniel.'

25 Feb.: `The Septuagint translation of Isaiah—version, not vision.'

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HUSSEY LECTURE ON THE CHURCH AND THE ARTS

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER WHITE, formerly Director of the Ashmolean Museum, will deliver the Hussey Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 February, in the Ashmolean Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum.

Subject: `Peter Paul Rubens: an artist in the service of religion.'

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NORTH LECTURE

DR MARINA KURKCHIYAN, North Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Keble College, will deliver the North Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10 February, in the Examination Schools. The lecture will be open to the public.

Convener: D.J. Galligan, BCL, MA, Professor of Socio- Legal Studies and Director of the Centre.

Subject: `The illegitimacy of law in post-Communist societies: an internal point of view.'

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NEWS INTERNATIONAL VISITING PROFESSOR OF BROADCAST MEDIA

The illusion of information

PROFESSOR ROGER GRAEF will lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 February, in Green College.

Subject: `Moveable feast: ethics in the media.'

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ANTHROPOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

Guest Seminar Series

The following seminars will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the senior common room, the School of Geography.

Conveners: Professor Colin Clarke, Professor Gordon Clark, Professor Andrew Goudie, and Dr Judith Tsouvalis.

DR D. DEMERITT, King's College, London
8 Feb.: `Conservation and the statistical enframing of nature's limits in the Progressive-era United States: the timber famine debates.'

PROFESSOR P. JONES, East Anglia
15 Feb.: `Global temperature over the last 150 years in the context of the millennium.'

DR R. GROVE-WHITE, Lancaster
22 Feb.: `Beneath the radar: environmentalism and the emerging politics of knowledge.'

DR Y. RIANO, Berne
29 Feb.: `Approaching social space from the bottom- up: self-help organisation and participatory research in the barrios of Quito, Ecuador.'

DR M. CLARKE, Nottingham
7 Mar.: `Aeolian sedimentary records of quaternary environmental change.'

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Southern Africa Seminar

DR R. GIBB, Plymouth, will give a seminar at 9.30 a.m. on Monday, 21 February, in the School of Geography.

Subject: `Regional implications for Southern Africa of a free trade agreement with the European Union.'

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Department of Plant Sciences

The following research talks will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Department of Plant Sciences.

Convener: H.G. Dickinson, MA, Sherardian Professor of Botany.

DR J. PANNELL
3 Feb.: `Persisting in a metapopulation: sex allocation and the maintenance of genetic diversity.'

DR J. IRWIN, John Innes Centre
10 Feb.: `Using genetic modification in Brassicas—science facts, not science fiction.'

DR R. SCOTT, Bath
17 Feb.: `The nature of sexuality and its utility in Arabidopsis and other plants.'

DR V. DE LORENZO, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Madrid
24 Feb.: `How Pseudomonas putida sense that there is toluene out there: transcriptional regulation and co- regulation of sigma-54 promoters of the TOL plasmid.'

DR M. FRICKER and N. WHITE
2 Mar.: `Opportunities offered by new and established imaging technologies; multiphoton confocal microscopy.' (Imagefest 1)

DR N. BATTEY, Reading
9 Mar.: `The regulation of flowering in space and time.'

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Computing in literary studies

The following seminars will be held at 3 p.m. on Mondays in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

DR LEE
7 Feb.: `Hypertext: the death of the author?'
14 Feb.: `The digital library: the death of a scholar?'

MS WIKANDER
21 Feb.: `The afterlife of the book: editing for the millennium.'
28 Feb.: `The afterlife of the author: text in the electronic age.'
6 Mar.: `The afterlife of the scholar: the future of literary research.'

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MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Fridays in Seminar Room 2, the Mathematical Institute.

Convener: P.K. Maini, MA, D.Phil., Professor of Mathematical Biology.

DR M. OWEN, Loughborough
4 Feb.: `The mechanics of lung tissue under high- frequency ventilation.'

DR S. COOMBES, Loughborough
3 Mar.: `Cellular signalling: composing global signals from elementary events.'

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Modelling spatiotemporal dynamics in interacting systems

This meeting, sponsored by the London Mathematical Society, will be held at the Mathematical Institute on 31 March and 1 April.

Convener: P.K. Maini, MA, D.Phil., Professor of Mathematical Biology.

Friday, 31 March

K. WEIJER, Dundee
2.05 p.m.: `Pattern formation in a biological excitable medium: the morphogenesis of Dictyostelium.'

J. LEWIS, ICRF, London
2.55 p.m.: `Lateral inhibition, lateral induction, and vector fields: nearest-neighbour interactions and cellular patterning in the inner ear.'

S. PANFILOV, Utrecht
3.45 p.m.: `Spatiotemporal chaos in the heart.'

H. OTHMER, Minnesota
5 p.m.: To be announced.

Saturday, 1 April

R. TRAUB, Birmingham
9 a.m.: `High-frequency (>100 Hz) neuronal oscillations generated by novel type of interaction between neurons: axon–axon gap junctions.'

J. BRINDLEY, Leeds
9.50 a.m.: To be announced.

N. FERGUSON
11 a.m.: To be announced.

D. RAND, Warwick
11.50 a.m.: `Explaining T cell recognition: how to obtain a timely, effective, and safe response from low-affinity receptors.'

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MEDIEVAL AND MODERN LANGUAGES

PROFESSOR MOSHE TAUBE, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Friday, 11 February, in the basement lecture room, the Taylor Institution Annexe, 47 Wellington Square.

Convener: C.M. MacRobert, MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Russian Philology and Comparative Slavonic Philology.

Subject: `Was there a Jewish conspiracy to proselytise the Principality of Muscovy as a solution to the Y7K problem?'

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Film-showing

BEN HOPKINS, formerly a student of Modern Languages (St John's, 1987–91), and now a successful film-maker, will introduce a showing of his recent film Simon Magus and answer questions, at 5 p.m. on Friday, 11 February, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. Simon Magus tells a story of fantasy, romance, and earthy humour, set in a small German and Jewish community in nineteenth-century Galicia. The cast includes Ian Holm and Rutger Hauer. The film, which is not yet on general release, is produced by Peter Jones (who produced The Usual Suspects) and will be distributed by FilmFour.

Convener: T.M. Kuhn, MA, D.Phil., Faculty Lecturer in Twentieth-century German Literature.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Theoretical Physics Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on the days shown in the Nuclear Physics Lecture Theatre. With the exception of the seminar on Monday, 28 February, they will be held on Fridays.

Convener: D. Sherrington, MA, Wykeham Professor of Physics.

DR I. KOGAN
4 Feb.: `Particles, strings, membrane, universe.'

PROFESSOR P. RAMOND, Florida
18 Feb.: `What can neutrinos tell us?'

PROFESSOR G. WEST, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Santa Fe Institute
28 Feb.: `The origin of universal scaling laws in biology from molecules and cells to whales.'

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Department of Atmoic and Laser Physics

The following seminars will be held at 1.45 p.m. on Mondays in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

S. CHOI
7 Feb.: `Towards the atom laser.'

DR K. TAYLOR, Belfast
14 Feb.: `Laser-driven helium.'

DR D. CASSETTARI, Innsbruck
21 Feb.: `Atom chips.'

DR D. LUCAS
28 Feb.: `A winter's tale of cold atoms and chilly ions.'

DR S. MORGAN
6 Mar.: `Interaction effects in dilute gas Bose–Einstein condensates.'

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PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Pharmacology and Anatomical Neuropharmacology Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Pharmacology.

DR R. MINCHIN, Western Australia
8 Feb.: `Regulation of the human NAT-1 gene.'

DR J.-M. PASQUET, Bordeaux
15 Feb.: `A novel pathway of calcium entry in platelets.'

DR R. KATO
22 Feb.: `Do opiods protect the ischaemic heart?'

PROFESSOR N. MCHALE, Belfast
29 Feb.: `Currents underlying spontaneous activity in smooth muscle.'

DR N. EMPTAGE, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London
7 Mar.: `One spine at a time: hippocampal synaptic function explored by high resolution imaging of single synapses.'

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SOCIAL STUDIES

PROFESSOR D.S. KING will give the Senior Research Seminar in American Politics at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 February, in the Chester Room, Nuffield College.

Convener: B.E. Shafer, MA, Mellon Professor of American Government.

Subject: `Americanisation and the American idea at home and abroad: contradictions or convergence?'

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Political and constitutional reform

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Summer Common Room, Magdalen College.

Conveners: Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth, Dr Christopher Lake, and Dr Stewart Wood.

SIR MICHAEL WHEELER-BOOTH
7 Feb.: `House of Lords reform prospects after Wakeham.'

RT. HON. GERALD KAUFMAN, MP, Chairman, Select Committee on Culture, Media, and Sport
14 Feb.: `Commons Select Committees under Blair.'

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DEPARTMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

Oxford Architectural History Seminar

KATHRYN BAIRD will give a seminar at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, 14 February, in Rewley House.

Conveners: M.R. Airs, MA, D.Phil., Reader in Conservation and the Historic Environment, and G. Tyack, MA, M.Litt., Fellow of Kellogg College and Director of the Stanford University Centre in Oxford.

Subject: `Domestic wall-paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.'

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DELEGACY FOR MILITARY INSTRUCTION AND THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE HUDSON BEQUEST

PROFESSOR CARL BOYD, Louis I. Jaffe Professor of History, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10 February, in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Convener: R.J. O'Neill, MA, D.Phil., Chichele Professor of the History of War.

Subject: `German–Japanese co-operation during the Second World War.'

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BRASENOSE COLLEGE

Tanner Lectures in Human Values 1999–2000

Rhetorics of value

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY HILL will deliver the Tanner Lectures in Human Values at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Taylor Institution.

Mon. 6 Mar.: `Intrinsic value: marginal observations on a central question.'

Tue. 7 Mar.: `Poetry and value.'

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CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE

Collecting antiquities from Hadrian to the present day

This meeting will be held on Saturday, 26 February, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., in Corpus Christi College. Places are limited and booking is essential. Booking forms are available from Robin Osborne, Corpus Christi College (e-mail: robin.osborne@ccc.ox.ac.uk).

E. BOWIE: `Hadrian as collector.'

D. EKSERDJIAN: `Collecting and studying the antique in the Renaissance.'

R. COOPER: `Collecting in Renaissance France.'

V. COLTMAN: `Sculpture collections and their representation in late eighteenth-century England.'

D. WILLIAMS: `The Warren Cup and patterns of collecting antiquities since the end of the nineteenth century in the British Museum.'

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Bateson Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR D. KARLIN, Department of English, University College, London, will deliver the F.W. Bateson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 February, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `The figure of the singer.'

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ST ANTONY'S COLLEGE

Russian and East European Centre

Twentieth-century Russia: ideas, politics, and society

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Lecture Theatre, the New Building, St Antony's College.

Conveners: D.R. Priestland, MA, University Lecturer (CUF) in Modern History, and R.J. Service, MA, University Lecturer in Modern Russian History.

A. LUUKKANEN
7 Feb.: `Russian and her Christianity.'

D. LIEVEN, LSE
14 Feb.: `Russia and her imperialism.'

DR SERVICE
21 Feb.: `Russia and her nationalism.'

G. SWAIN, West of England
28 Feb.: `Russia and her social-democracy.'

MR PRIESTLAND
6 Mar.: `Russia and her Communism.'

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SOMERVILLE COLLEGE

Study-day: How to get on in politics

This study-day will be held on Saturday, 26 February, in Somerville College.

Have you ever considered becoming more involved in politics? Do you want to know what political activity really involves? What has drawn Somervillians into politics? What are the highs and lows? A panel including local councillors, members of Parliament and the House of Lords, and those who work closely with politicians as researchers and journalists, will discuss the realities of political life at all levels.

For details of the programme, and to book, contact Liz Cooke, Somerville College, Oxford OX2 6HD (telephone: Oxford (2)70632, e- mail: elizabeth.cooke@somerville.ox.ac.uk).

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SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF MEDIEVAL LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE

PROFESSOR PETER DRONKE will lecture to an Open Meeting of the Society, to be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 4 March, in Lecture Room XXIII, Balliol College.

Subject: `Imagery of dance in early medieval Europe.'

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