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Academic Staff Development Seminars: places should be booked in advance through the Staff Development Office, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, Oxford OX1 1PT (telephone: (2)86803, fax: (2)86801, e-mail: training@admin.ox.ac.uk).

For the full list of courses, see the Staff Development ProgrammeWeb site.

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Friday 12 May

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `The decorative watch', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

PROFESSOR P. VAN INWAGEN: `Horrors' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: `Evil and superfluity: two arguments against the existence of God'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR N. EDWARDS: `Early medieval stones and stone sculpture in Wales: context and connections' (O'Donnell Lectures in Celtic Studies: second of two lectures), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR T.K. RAYCHAUDHURI: `Mother of the universe' (Ashmolean Museum Millennium Lecture series: `Facing forward, looking back'), Oxford Playhouse, 5 p.m. (admission £2.50; enquiries: Oxford 798600).

SIR PETER WILLIAMS: `The UK: a home for high technology?' (Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites: annual Industrial Lecture), Lecture Room, Nuclear Physics Laboratory, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR H.W. PERRY: `Law and politics in America's Constitutional Court' (Annual Lecture in Socio-Legal Studies), Schools, 5.30 p.m.

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Sunday 14 May

PROFESSOR TIM GORRINGE preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

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Monday 15 May

ACADEMIC STAFF Development Programme seminar: `Time management', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

ST ANNE'S COLLEGE exhibition opens: works by Mary Moser and Betsy Tyler- Bell (in the Mary Ogilvie Gallery, until 2 June; open 10 a.m.–4 p.m., but tel. (2)74800 for confirmation of hours).

S. RANDALL: `Is mortality important? Reproductive decisions, outcomes, and strategies in Senegal' (Fertility and Reproduction Seminars), basement Seminar Room, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

DR M. SCHOFIELD: `Plato the feminist?' (Carlyle Classes in Classical Political Thought: `The politics of Plato's Republic'), All Souls, 2 p.m.

DR J. PATRICK: `The doctor's dossier: medicine, bureaucracy, and novelistic form in Zola, Huysmans, and George Eliot' (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine seminar series: `Historical perspectives on medicine and culture'), Wellcome Unit, 2 p.m.

J. GURY: `Voyageurs français Outre-Manche de Voltaire à Taine: en quête de ces étranges insulaires' (Maison Française lecture), Room 3, Taylor Institution, 3 p.m.

THE REVD DR BRYAN SPINKS: `Baptismal controversy, the Westminster Assembly, and Royal Episcopal Divines' (Hensley Henson Lectures in Theology: `Sacraments, Ceremonies, and Stuart Divines: sacramental theology and liturgy in England and Scotland, 1603–62'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR J. SCHIRATZKI: `The best interest of the child in Swedish refugee law' (seminar), Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. FRANCE: `Lost for words: travel and translation' (Besterman Lecture), Lecture Hall, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

J.-P. BOUDET: `La magie dans la société de la fin du Moyen Age' (Seminar series: `Political societies and culture in late medieval France, the British Isles, and the Netherlands'), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

DR X. HASCHER: `A propos of the slow movement of Schubert's C major quintet, D.956' (public lecture), Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, 5 p.m. (public lecture).

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Tuesday 16 May

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Francis Ernest Jackson (1872–1945' (special exhibition), 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

DR M. SCHOFIELD: `A city fit for Socrates: the politics of Quietism' (Carlyle Classes in Classical Political Thought: `The politics of Plato's Republic'), All Souls, 2 p.m.

ACADEMIC STAFF Development Programme seminars: `Recruitment and selection for occasional recruiters', 9.30 a.m., and `Introduction to electronic information resources', 2 p.m. (see information above).

PROFESSOR P. VAN INWAGEN: `Belief and evidence' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: `Evil and superfluity: two arguments against the existence of God'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR SIR ALAN COOK: `Edmond Halley and the magnetic field of the Earth' (Halley Lecture), Lecture Theatre, University Museum, 5 p.m. S. RICE: `The relationship between Zarlino's modal theory and Willaert's compositional practice in the motets of the Musica Nova' (Faculty of Music: Graduate Students' Colloquia), Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR R. PARKER: `Elisabeth's last act: Verdian history and the close of Don Carlos' (Henry Rowlatt Bickley Memorial Lecture), Mordan Hall, St Hugh's, 5.30 p.m.

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Wednesday 17 May

THE REVD M.A. SCREECH: `Montaigne's own copy of Lucretius' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1 p.m.

ANN ELISE SMOOT: organ recital, in series `Bach at Queen's 2000', the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

PROFESSOR R. CALASSO: `An abandoned room' (Weidenfeld Lectures in European Comparative Literature: `Literature and the gods'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR D. MCKITTERICK: `Perfect and imperfect' (Lyell Lectures in Bibliography: `Set in print: the fortunes of an idea, c.1450–1800'), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR JUN JING: `Speaking bitterness, seeking justice: a memorial movement on the Yellow River' (Refugee Studies Centre: Elizabeth Colson Lecture), Rhodes House, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. WALLS: `The pursuit of authenticity' (Waynflete Lectures: `Imagination and historical sense'), Grove Auditorium, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR D. VAVER (Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law): `Intellectual property: the state of the art' (inaugural lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5.30 p.m.

UNIVERSITY CLUB wine-tasting: Italian wines (admission £2).

DR I. FINKEL: `Tales of the unexpected: board games ancient and modern' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Beatrice Blackwood Lecture), Inorganic Chemistry Lecture Theatre, 7 p.m.

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Thursday 18 May

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM exhibition opens: `Glass of four millennia' (until 9 July).

ACADEMIC STAFF Development Programme seminar: `Lecturing and student learning', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

C. EMEAGWALI: `Nigerian female entrepeneurs in structurally maladjusted societies' (Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women seminars: `Women investigating cross-culturally—Canary Islands, China, Nigeria, South Africa'), Library Wing Seminar Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR R.W. WINKS (Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth of American History): `To stimulate to some action: the Harmsworth Professorship, 1920–2000' (inaugural lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR P. VAN INWAGEN: `The presumption of atheism' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: `Evil and superfluity: two arguments against the existence of God'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR R. CALASSO: `Mallarmé in Oxford' (Weidenfeld Lectures in European Comparative Literature: `Literature and the gods'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR D. MCKITTERICK: `Re-evaluations' (Lyell Lectures in Bibliography: `Set in print: the fortunes of an idea, c.1450–1800'), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR T. MEADE: `After the Human Genome Project—the UK Population Biomedical Collection' (St Catherine's College Millennium Lecture Series: `The impact of the Human Genome Project on society'), Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.

A. GUNNY: `The diffusion of Islamic culture by French scholars in the nineteenth century' (Maison Française lecture), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5 p.m.

E. NYE: `Dance and literature: the eighteenth century' (Seminar in Early Modern French Literature and Culture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

THE HON. MICHAEL J. BELOFF, QC: `Advocacy as art' (Margaret Howard Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5.45 p.m.

PROFESSOR R. GREGORY: `Shaking hands with the Universe' (Simonyi Lecture, introduced by Professor Richard Dawkins), Department of Zoology, 6 p.m.

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Friday 19 May

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Women in ancient Greece', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

DR C. HUEHNS: `Great composers for Erhu (the Chinese "violin"): Lin Tian-hua, A. Bing, and Jin Wei' (lecture series: `Music of the Far East'), Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, 4.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR R. ALLEN: `Russia's first capitalist economy: economic growth and income distribution under the tsars' (Sir John Hicks Lecture on Economic History), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR C. HUEHNS gives an Erhu recital, with music by Lin Tian-hua, A. Bing, and Jin Wei (lecture series: `Music of the Far East'), Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, 6 p.m.

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Saturday 20 May

REFUGEE STUDIES CENTRE workshop: `The rights of refugees under international law', Queen Elizabeth House, 21 St Giles'. (Continues tommorow; for details, tel. (2)70722, fax (2)70721.)

H.E. JUDGE ROSALYN HIGGINS: `Running a tight courtroom and respecting sovereign states' (Blackstone Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 11.30 a.m.

LINDA LACQUIÈRE (piano) and Catriona Caroline Scott (clarinet), Joan Conway Scholars 1999–2000, perform works by Schubert, Schumann, and Poulenc, the Auditorium, Magdalen, 12 noon (advance tickets necessary, obtainable from the Music Faculty: telephone: Oxford (2)76133).

MAISON FRANÇAISE COLLOQUIUM: `La Belle et la Bête: la naissance et les métamorphoses d'un conte', Maison Française, 9.30 a.m.–6.30 p.m.

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Sunday 21 May

DR VINCENT GILLESPIE preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

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