Lectures

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INAUGURAL LECTURES

Hambro Professor of Opera Studies 1999–2000

PROFESSOR JUDITH WEIR will deliver her inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 29 October, in the Holywell Music Room.

Subject: `Ten good reasons to write an opera.'

Note: for details of a performance of `The Dramatic Music of Judith Weir', see `Notices' above.

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Savilian Professor of Astronomy

PROFESSOR JOSEPH SILK will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 29 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `The infinite universe.'

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John M. Olin Visiting Professor of American Government

PROFESSOR J.W. CEASER will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 29 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Towards a new public schools philosophy in the United States.'

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PROFESSOR OF POETRY

Inaugural Lecture and other lectures

The end of the poem

PROFESSOR PAUL MULDOON will lecture at 5 p.m. on the following Tuesdays, in the Examination Schools.

2 Nov.: `The end of the poem: "All Souls' Night" by W.B. Yeats.' (Inaugural Lecture)

25 Jan.: `The end of the poem: "The Literary Life" by Ted Hughes.'

2 May: `The end of the poem: "The Mountain" by Robert Frost.'

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NEILL LECTURE

LORD HOFFMANN OF CHEDWORTH will deliver the Neill Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 29 October, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Europe and the question of sovereignty.'

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MAURICE LUBBOCK LECTURE IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES 1999

DR MICHAEL HAMMER, President of Hammer & Company Inc., will deliver the fourth Maurice Lubbock Lecture in Management Studies at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 November, in the Examination Schools. The lecture will be followed by a reception at the Schools. Further information is available from Georgina Denn, Said Business School (telephone: Oxford (2)88654, e-mail: georgina.denn@obs.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `The Internet and the real economy.'

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JOHN BERGER LECTURE 1999

PROFESSOR SUSAN GREENFIELD will deliver the John Berger Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 25 October, in the Examination Schools. The lecture is presented by the Laboratory at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Southern Arts.

Subject: `Neuroscience and art: conflict or complement?'

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ANTHROPOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

School of Geography: research seminars

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

Conveners: C.G. Clarke, MA, D.Phil., Professor of Urban and Social Geography, G.L. Clark, MA, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, and A.S. Goudie, MA, Professor of Geography.

PROFESSOR P. WHITE, Sheffield
26 Oct.: `Skilled migrant communities: the arrival of the Japanese in London.'

DR A. VARLEY, University College, London
2 Nov.: `The home as a gendered space in Mexican family law.'

PROFESSOR P. RIVIERE
9 Nov.: `Robert Schomburgk and the making of British Guyana.'

PROFESSOR M. WILLIAMS
16 Nov.: `Science and understanding the environment at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century.'

DR M. NEW
23 Nov.: `Uncertainties in climate-change impact assessment.'

PROFESSOR N. THRIFT, Bristol
30 Nov.: `The pursuit of Wow. New spaces of business knowledge.'

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COMMITTEE FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOLOGY AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS

General Linguistics Graduate Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 4.45 p.m. on Fridays in the ground-floor seminar room, 47 Wellington Square.

Conveners: D.F. Cram, MA, University Lecturer in Linguistics, and G.C. Ramchand, MA, University Lecturer in General Linguistics.

DR A. NEELEMAN, University College, London
22 Oct.: `Competition between syntax and morphology: separable compounds and other paradoxes.'

H. MORITA
29 Oct.: `Why move and why not? A comparative study of English and Japanese questions.'

MS R. FOLLI
5 Nov.: `Verbs and prepositions of motion and resultative constructions in English and Italian.'

DR R. BREHENY, Cambridge
12 Nov.: `Dynamic semantics and pragmatics.'

DR R. STEADMAN-JONES, Sheffield
26 Nov.: `The experience of discovery in colonial grammars of the early nineteenth century.'

PROFESSOR W. REDFERN, Reading
3 Dec.: `Second thoughts on punning.'

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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 the Higman Room, the Mathematical Institute.

Convener: P.K. Maini, MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Mathematical Biology.

D. SUMPTER, UMIST
22 Oct.: `From process to population: the agent- based approach to modelling behaviour.'

PROFESSOR E. PLAHTE, Agricultural University of Norway
5 Nov.: `Pattern formation in discrete cellular lattices.'

DR M. OWEN, Loughborough
26 Nov.: `The mechanics of lung tissue under high frequency ventilation.'

DR E. GAFFNEY, Birmingham
3 Dec.: to be announced.

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MEDIEVAL AND MODERN LANGUAGES

Italian Graduate Seminar

The following seminars and lectures will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. They will take place in 47 Wellington Square, unless otherwise stated.

Convener: M.L. McLaughlin, MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Italian.

PROFESSOR A. STUSSI, Scuola Normale di Pisa
19 Oct., Room 3, Taylor Institution: `Una ballata tre carte d'archivio padovane del Trecento.'

PROFESSOR R. DOMBROSKI, Connecticut
1 Nov., Room 3, Taylor Institution: `Reading Pirandello politically.'

PROFESSOR J. USHER, Edinburgh
16 Nov.: `Peacocks and epitaphs: Pythagoras, Petrarch, and Boccaccio's theory of translatio poesis.'

DR J.E. EVERSON, Royal Holloway
30 Nov.: `The romance epic in the age of humanism.'

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MODERN HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES

PROFESSOR M. HOLT, Virginia, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 October, in the Clay Room, Nuffield College.

Subject: `Substance and structure in American political history, 1840–85.'

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MUSIC

Composing opera

JUDITH WEIR, Hambro Professor of Opera Studies 1999–2000, will lead the following seminar series, each seminar to take place at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in the Denis Arnold Hall, the Music Faculty. These events are open to the public.

28 Oct.: `Narrative.'

4 Nov.: `Character.'

11 Nov.: `Atmosphere.'

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ORIENTAL STUDIES

Topics in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology

S. WEST will give a seminar at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 October, in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

Conveners: M.J. Smith, MA, Reader in Egyptology, J.A. Black, B.Phil., MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Akkadian, and S. Dalley, MA, Senior Research Fellow, Somerville College.

Subject: `Demythologising Herodotus.'

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PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Atomic and Laser Seminars

The following seminars will take place in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

PROFESSOR D. HANNA, Southampton
25 Oct.: ` "Quasi-phase-matching": the key to engineerable nonlinear optical materials.'

PROFESSOR P. FRENCH, Imperial College
8 Nov.: `Ultrafast/all-solid-state laser technology applied to biomedical imaging.'

DR D. BOUWMEESTER
15 Nov.: `The bright future of entangled photons: quantum teleportation, GHZ states, and other applications.'

PROFESSOR C. LATIMER, Belfast
22 Nov.: `The most popular molecules in the universe.'

DR G. SUMMY
29 Nov.: `Experiments with a caesium matter wave interferometer.'

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Interdepartmental Polymer Seminars

The following seminars will be held as indicated.

Convener: C.P. Buckley, MA, D.Phil., University Lecturer in Engineering Science.

DR D. BUCKNALL will give a seminar at 2.15 p.m. on Thursday, 21 October, in the Hume-Rothery Lecture Theatre, the Department of Materials.

Subject: `Polymers and neutrons: a useful combination.'


PROFESSOR B.T. PICKUP, Sheffield, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Monday, 8 November, in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

Subject: `Polymer chain conformations: what can theory add to experiment?'


DR N.A. SPENLEY, Unilever PLC, will give a seminar at 12 noon on Friday, 26 November, in Lecture Room 7, the Department of Materials.

Subject: `Applications of dissipative particle dynamics.'


DR A. IVANCOVIC, Imperial College, London, will give a seminar at 1.10 p.m. on Monday, 29 November, in Lecture Room 8, the Department of Engineering Science.

Subject: `Fast cracks in plastic pipelines (and related problems).'

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Theoretical Particle Physics Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Nuclear and Astrophysics Lecture Theatre.

Conveners: I.I. Kogan, MA, and S. Sarkar, MA, University Lecturers in Physics.

S. KING, Southampton
22 Oct.: `Solar and atmospheric neutrino mixing with a heavy singlet.'

F. QUEVEDO, Cambridge
5 Nov.: `Phenomenological aspects of Type I strings.'

A. DOLGOV, Copenhagen
19 Nov.: `Lepton asymmetry, neutrino oscillations, and nucleosynthesis.'

C. MICHAEL, Liverpool
3 Dec.: `Flavour singlet mesons and glueballs.'

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Materials Modelling Laboratory Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 12 noon on Fridays in Lecture Room 7, the Engineering and Technology Building.

Conveners: Dr R.E. Rudd and Professor D.G. Pettifor.

DR S.C. ERWIN, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
22 Oct.: `'Tis a gift to be simple: toy models in computational materials science.'

PROFESSOR R.D. JAMES, Minnesota
29 Oct.: `Magnetostriction of martensite: new materials that combine ferromagnetism and shape memory.'

PROFESSOR R. PHILLIPS, Brown
5 Nov.: `Dislocation-based plasticity: junctions and hardening.'

PROFESSOR J.H. BEYNON, Sheffield
12 Nov.: `Modelling the boundary conditions for thermomechanical processing—a materials study in itself.'

DR J. GALE, Imperial College
19 Nov.: `Developments in modelling of ionic materials—from forcefields to first principles.'

DR N.A. SPENLEY, Unilever
26 Nov.: `Applications of dissipative particle dynamics.' (Joint MML/Interdepartmental Polymer Seminar)

DR H. OCKENDON
3 Dec.: `Microscopic and macroscopic modelling of textiles.' (In association with OCIAM)

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PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES

Cognitive Science Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) on Thursdays in room C113, the Department of Experimental Psychology.

DR B. HENNING
21 Oct.: `Variations on a theme of Mach.'

PROFESSOR N. EMLER
28 Oct., 2.30 p.m.: `The relation between cognitive variables and political commitments.'

DR T. BAILEY
4 Nov.: `Levels of representation: words, subword sequences, and features in speech processing and generalisation.'

DR S. MILLAR
11 Nov.: `Active touch and multisensory spatial information.'

DR A. HARVEY
18 Nov.: `I can't sleep. My mind is racing: the role of cognition in insomnia.'

DR J. UTMANN
25 Nov.: `Mapping from sound to meaning: acoustic distortion and disorders of spoken word comprehension.'

DR P. COLLETT
2 Dec.: `East and west: the values of European managers.'

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SOCIAL STUDIES, MODERN HISTORY

Seminar in Economic and Social History

The following seminars will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

Conveners: Paul A. David, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Jane Humphries, Reader in Economic History, and Avner Offer, Reader in Recent Social and Economic History.

T. LEUNIG, LSE
26 Oct.: `Explaining Anglo-American productivity differentials c.1900: the role of immigrant labour and on-the-job learning in a US cotton mill.'

S. JOHANSSON, Cambridge
2 Nov.: `Did England have one mortality transition or several?'

L. TSAI, LSE
9 Nov.: `Technology and location of the American automobile industry.'

N. FERGUSON
16 Nov.: `The political economy of the international bond market, 1850–1914.'

O. GRANT
23 Nov.: ` "Few Better Farmers in Europe": productivity, technology, and change in Junker agriculture, 1870–1913.'

A. CROCKETT
30 Nov.: `Supply-side economics or secularisation? Religious change in England and Wales in 1851.'

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SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL

Interdepartmental Finance Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Seminar Room, the Said Business School, 59 George Street. Further information may be obtained from Elaine Durham, Said Business School, 59 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BE (telephone: Oxford (2)88650, e-mail: elaine.durham@sbs.ox.ac.uk).

Conveners: C. Raposo (Said Business School), H. Shin (Economics), and S. Howison (Mathematics).

E. SCIUBBA, Cambridge
22 Oct.: `Asymmetric information and survival in financial markets.'

G. CONNOR, LSE
29 Oct.: `A nonlinear characteristic-based factor model of common stock returns.'

T. LYONS, Imperial College
5 Nov.: To be announced.

K. NYBORG, London Business School
12 Nov.: `R. and D., capital investments, and financing under repeated moral hazard.'

A. STOMPER, Vienna
19 Nov.: `Lending-relationships and banks' information about industry-specific default risk.'

T. HELLMAN, Stanford
26 Nov.: `Venture capital financing.'

N. WEBBER, Warwick Business School
3 Dec.: `An icosahedral lattice method for three- factor models.'

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Oxford Financial Research Centre: workshops

The Oxford Financial Research Centre (OFRC) will be running two workshops in finance during Michaelmas Term. The workshops are designed to give postgraduate students and faculty in any department of the University the opportunity of presenting papers in finance. The workshops will take place on 29 October and 26 November at the Said Business School, Research Information Centre, 59 George Street. Those interested in presenting a paper, or just attending the workshops, should contact Elaine Durham at the Said Business School (e-mail: elaine.durham@sbs.ox.ac.uk, telephone: (2)88650).

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HUMANITIES COMPUTING UNIT

The Humanities Computing Unit is hosting a series of lunchtime seminars on digital activities at Oxford. The talks will present an informal overview of the project, demonstrating various aspects of its development and potential use. The talks are aimed at researchers, lecturers, and students who may be interested in using the products; but also at potential managers of projects, and anyone interested in digitisation per se.

The talks will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room A, the Computing Services.

DR S. LEE
26 Oct.: `Scoping the future of Oxford's digital collections.'

J.-A. LAMBERT (to be confirmed)
2 Nov.: `The John Johnson Collection.'

R. FABER and J. PIGGOT
9 Nov.: `The use of text and the use of data in the New DNB.'

G. PARKER, T. MANNACK, F. MASKELL, and I. HILEY
23 Nov.: `The Beazley Archive Project.'

A. BOWMAN and others
7 Dec.: `Digitisation projects at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents.'

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NISSAN INSTITUTE OF JAPANESE STUDIES

The Anglo-Japanese Fureai Network

MRS KEIKO HOLMES will lecture at 6 p.m. on Sunday, 24 October, in the Nissan Institute.

Subject: `Reconciliation between Japanese and Far East POWs.'

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RUSKIN SCHOOL OF DRAWING AND FINE ART

DAVID ROKEBY, Canadian artist, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 29 November, in the Examination Schools. The lecture is presented by the Laboratory at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency, and supported by the Canadian High Commission, the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England, and Southern Arts.

Subject: `Perceptual filters and reality browsers.'

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OXFORD CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

PROFESSOR B. HOLZNAGEL, ITM, University of Münster, Germany, and PROFESSOR R. JOCHIMSEN, Director of Cross Media Ownership, Germany, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 21 October, in the Seminar Room of the centre.

Subject: `Technological transitions and digital gateway regulation in Germany.'

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DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Department of Statistics.

P. FEARNHEAD
21 Oct.: `Sequential Monte Carlo methods in filter theory.'

D. DENISON, Imperial College, London
28 Oct.: `Bayesian partition models.'

H. GRUBB, Reading
4 Nov.: `Long-term trends in UK air passengers—estimation and forecasting.'

A. BARBOUR, Zurich
11 Nov.: `Thresholds for some epidemic models.'

H. WILSON, Liverpool
18 Nov.: `A comparison of a parametric and a non- parametric approach to the assessment of spatial pattern from replicated two-dimensional data.'

T. FEARN, University College, London
25 Nov.: `Variable selection with many variables.'

XIAO-LI MENG, Chicago
2 Dec.: to be announced.

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LADY MARGARET HALL

Canada Seminars

RICHARD GUAY, Delegate General of Quebec, will give a seminar in this series at 5.15 p.m. on Thursday, 28 October, in Lady Margaret Hall.

There will be an opportunity to meet the speaker informally afterwards. All are welcome. Further information may be obtained from Elizabeth Jubb, Lady Margaret Hall (telephone: Oxford (2)74302, e- mail: liz.jubb@lmh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `Contemporary Quebec: myths and realities.'

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MAGDALEN COLLEGE

Rowe Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR T. CARTER, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, will deliver the Rowe Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 5 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Io la Musica son': Monteverdi and the problems of opera.'

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ST ANTONY'S COLLEGE

European Studies Centre

PROFESSOR W. KNOPP, former President, the Stiftung Preussicher Kulturbesitz, and Stifterverband Fellow, St Antony's College, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 29 October, in the seminar room, 70 Woodstock Road. All are welcome to attend.

Convener: A.J. Nicholls, B.Phil., MA, Special Lecturer in Modern History.

Subject: `Paintings and politics: cultural policy and the restoration of art treasures confiscated during the Second World War.'

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Annual Ronald Syme Lecture 1999

BARBARA LEVICK will deliver the annual Ronald Syme Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 4 November, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: `Titus and the Jewish princess.'

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OXFORD BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

PROFESSOR A.C. DE LA MARE will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Thursday, 28 October, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: `Bartolomeo Sanvito of Padua, scribe and illuminator.'

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ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Oxford Branch

Oxford Science Lecture Series

RUTH MCDONALD, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, the Meteorological Office, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 28 October, in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road.

Subject: `Climate studies, 1860–2100: is our climate really changing?'

This lecture is open to the public. Tickets (including refreshments) cost £1.50. Tickets will be available at the door, but please book by contacting Dr Elizabeth Griffin (telephone: Oxford (2)73345/483686, e-mail: remg@astro.ox.ac.uk).

These lectures are sponsored by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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