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Educational and Professional Development Seminars: places should be booked in advance through the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail: services@learning.ox.ac.uk, Internet: http://www.learning.ox.ac.uk).

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Friday 1 December

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminar: `Writing skills', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

DR M. BERGHAHN: `The culture and commerce of publishing' (Ethnicity and Identity seminar series: `Corporate images and bureaucratic identities'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Aspects of perspective' (monthly series: `Crossing Borders'), 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET perform Schoenberg's First Quartet, in D minor, op. 7, Holywell Music Room, 1 p.m. (tickets £5/£2.50 from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or on the door).

Q. PEEL: `Reporting Europe: untangling the web of media prejudice, suspicion, and confusion' (seminar series: `Europe—and Britain'), European Studies Centre, St Antony's (70 Woodstock Road), 5 p.m.

DR T. ZELDIN: `The search for lovers, friends, and workmates who are not bores' (Ashmolean Museum Millennium Lecture Series: `Facing Forward Looking Back'), Taylor Institution, 5 p.m. (no charge for admission).

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Saturday 2 December

MICHAELMAS FULL TERM ends.

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Sunday 3 December

PROFESSOR HENRY MAYR-HARTING preaches the Advent Sermon, Cathedral, 10 a.m.

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Monday 4 December

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminar: `Managing administrative projects', 10 a.m. (see information above).

PROFESSOR J.-P. BASTIAN: `The contemporary religious transformation of Latin America' (special seminar), Latin American Centre, 1 Church Walk, 11.15 a.m.

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Tuesday 5 December

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM exhibition opens: Ikats of Asia—explores the unique form of textile printing called ikat (until 11 February).

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminars: `Time management, for those who manage their manager's time as well as their own', 9.30 a.m., and `Recruitment and selection for occasional recruiters', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

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

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Wednesday 6 December

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminars: `Job search skills for contract research staff', 9.30 a.m.; `Dealing with the media', 9.30 a.m.; `Managing people—I: counselling skills' (Part 1), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

SIR THOMAS ALLEN (Hambro Visiting Professor of Opera Studies): `Opera for all' (lecture), Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 5.30 p.m. (tel. for tickets: (2)76133).

WINE-TASTING: `Wines for the festive season', University Club (6/8 South Parks Road), 5.45 p.m. (admission £2).

DR J. STEWART: `Religion and value in contemporary biology' (lecture series to mark the 140th anniversary of the Wilberforce/Huxley Debate: `Borders of science and faith'), University Museum of Natural History, 7.30 p.m. (Admission £5.50: advance tickets from the Department for Continuing Education, tel. (2)70380/(2)70308/(2)70391.)

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Thursday 7 December

CENTRE FOR BRAZILIAN STUDIES conference opens: `Reflections on Amazonia (part two): the impact of Amazonian research on the development of the social sciences' (continues until 9 Dec.; for information, tel. (2)84460).

DR M. DEXTER: `The past and future role of the Wellcome Trust in support of biomedical research' (Radcliffe Lecture), Witts Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Infirmary, 6 p.m.

L. ALLEN: `The pulling power of plants' (Oxford Science Lecture Series), University Museum of Natural History, 6 p.m. (admission £1.50).

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Friday 8 December

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminar: `Committee servicing', 9.15 a.m. (see information above).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Pilgrimages' (includes the Object of the Month), 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

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Saturday 9 December

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM study-day: `John Ruskin: his centenary year', Ashmolean, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Cost: £18/£5. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m.)

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Monday 11 December

BODLEIAN LIBRARY: central Bodleian and some dependent libraries closed (today only: see further details in notice above).

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminar: `Managing appraisal', 9.15 a.m. (see information above).

LAWRENCE LIBIN: `Robert Adam's instruments for Catherine the Great' (Bate Collection Christmas Lecture), Music Faculty, 5.30 p.m. (public lecture; no charge for admission).

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Tuesday 12 December

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Seventeenth-century Dutch still life', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

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Wednesday 13 December

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT seminars: `Effective interview preparation for contract research staff', 9.30 a.m., and `Managing people—I: counselling skills' (part 2), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

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Friday 15 December

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

THE BELCEA QUARTET perform works by Haydn, Dutilleux, and Brahms, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 8 p.m. (tickets £10/£7.50 from the Oxford Playhouse: tel. 798600).

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Tuesday 19 December

J. BUTT, J. Rifkin, A. Parrott, A. Stewart, and R. Tatlow: `Bach's B Minor Mass: perspectives on its music and history' (colloquium, free of charge and open to the public), Holywell Music Room, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: `Egyptian jewels and amulets', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £1.50. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

OXFORD PHILOMUSICA AND CHORUS perform Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232), Sheldonian, 8 p.m. (tickets from the Oxford Playhouse).

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Wednesday 20 December

CHRIST CHURCH Picture Gallery closed (reopens 1 January).

UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING SERVICE closed (reopens 3 January).

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Friday 22 December

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

ASHMOLEAN LIBRARY closed (reopens 2 January).

BODLEIAN LIBRARY: most reading rooms and libraries closed (reopen 2 January). (For further details, see notice above.)

TAYLOR INSTITUTION LIBRARY closed (reopens 2 January).

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