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ROMANES LECTURE

THE RT. HON. THE LORD BINGHAM OF CORNHILL, High Steward of the University, will deliver a Romanes Lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 October, in the Sheldonian Theatre.

Subject: `Personal freedom and the dilemma of democracies.'

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SPEAKER'S LECTURES IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

Who speaks for God? The Bible, discernment, and contested truth

DR WALTER MOBERLY, Reader in Theology, University of Durham, will deliver the Speaker's Lectures at 11 a.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools.

Wed. 30 0ct.: `What is speech on God's behalf, and is it a meaningful and usable concept?'

Thur. 31 Oct.: `Searching for criteria of critical discernment: the voice of Jeremiah.'

Fri. 1 Nov.: `How might you recognise a true prophet? The story of Micaiah ben Imlah.'

Wed. 6 Nov.: `How might you recognise a true apostle? The testimony of Paul.'

Thur. 7 Nov.: `How does religious dogma open eyes, and how does it shut them?'

Fri. 8 Nov.: `Living dangerously: the demands of discernment.'

Dr Moberly will also give a seminar on `How appropriate is "monotheism" as a category for biblical interpretation' at 5 p.m. on Friday, 30 October, in the Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College.

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WILDE LECTURES IN NATURAL AND COMPARATIVE RELIGION

Indic religions until 1200 AD: a critical and anthropological approach

GEOFFREY SAMUEL, Professor of Anthropology, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, will deliver the Wilde Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools.

Mon. 11 Nov.: `Beginnings and foundations: introduction—tracing back Ganesha.'

Tue. 12 Nov.: `Beginnings and foundations: the limits of our knowledge.'

Mon. 18 Nov.: `Brahmanical religion and its competitors: the world of the Yakshas.'

Tue. 19 Nov.: `Brahmanical religion and its competitors: the origins of the ascetic orders.'

Mon. 25 Nov.: `The age of the Guptas: the growth of the transcendental.'

Tue. 26 Nov.: `The age of the Guptas: wild goddesses and demon devotees.'

Mon. 2 Dec.: `The high period of Tantra: ritual technologies and the state.'

Tue. 3 Dec.: `The high period of Tantra: the privatisation of Tantra.'

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HERBERT SPENCER LECTURES 2002

The future of education

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Examination Schools. The lectures are open to the public.

DR J.T. BRUER, Director, James S. McDonnell Foundation
18 Oct.: `Neuroscience, cognitive science, and the rational basis of education.'

PROFESSOR J. LEDOUX, Centre for Neural Science, New York University
25 Oct.: `How our brains learn to be who we are.'

PROFESSOR M. COLE, Department of Psychology, University of California at San Diego
1 Nov.: `Cross-cultural and historical perspectives on the consequences of education.'

PROFESSOR C. HOYLES, Professor of Mathematics Education, Institute of Education, London
8 Nov.: `Cognitive and epistemological research aspects of mathematical learning.'

PROFESSOR H. GIROUX, Waterbury Chair Professor
15 Nov.: `Reclaiming higher education as a democratic public sphere: towards a politics of educated hope.'

PROFESSOR Y. ENGESTRÖM, Director of the Centre for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki
22 Nov.: To be announced.

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WEIDENFELD VISITING PROFESSOR IN EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, MICHAELMAS TERM 2002

Love and death: Vienna, Wagner, and fin de siècle culture

DR NIKE WAGNER will lecture at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools. Unless otherwise indicated, the lectures will be given on Tuesdays.

15 Oct.: `Historism in Vienna.'

Thur. 17 Oct.: `The political dreams of Theodor Herzl.'

22 Oct.: `The modernity of Richard Strauss.'

5 Nov.: `Artist and countess—the "ideal" couple.'

12 Nov.: `Schnitzler's "Casanova" and Hofmannsthal's "Marschalin" .'

19 Nov.: `Lulu and Lolita.'

26 Nov.: `The divided world of Winifred Wagner.'

3 Dec.: `Richard Wagner's posterity.'

Dr Wagner will also give seminars in November on dates to be arranged. The seminar topics will be:

1. `Thomas Mann and Richard Wagner.'

2. `Casanova and The Feldmarschallin.'

3. `Theodor Herzl's dreams.'

4. `The Jewish Question in Vienna: Schnitzler and Schoenberg.'

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CLARENDON LECTURES IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES

Information and organisation

PROFESSOR BRUNO LATOUR, Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole Normale Supérieure des Mines, Paris, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies at 5 p.m. on the days shown in the Saïd Business School. The lectures will be open to the public.

Tue. 22 Oct.: `Four new uncertainties in the social sciences.'

Wed. 23 Oct.: `For a critique of pure reason.'

Thur. 24 Oct.: `The trouble with organisation.'

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Romantic Realignments

The following seminars will be held at 5.30 p.m. on the days shown in the Goodhart Seminar Room, University College. Further information may be obtained from Luisa Cale, University College (e-mail: luisa.cale@univ.ox.ac.uk).

DR J. MEE
Thur. 24 Oct.: `Blake, nation, and circulation: politics, poetry, and physiology.'

PROFESSOR M. FAVRET, Indiana
Thur. 21 Nov.: `Reading and writing in wartime.'

PROFESSOR M. JACOBUS, Cambridge
Tue. 3 Dec.: `Wordsorth and Winnicott.'

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, MUSIC, THEOLOGY

The Bible in art, music, and literature

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

Conveners: C.C. Rowland, MA, D.Phil., Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture, and C.E. Joynes, MA, M.St., D.Phil., Bampton Fellow in Theology, Trinity College.

PROFESSOR ROWLAND
21 Oct.: `William Blake and Merkavah mysticism.'

DR D. BIRCH
4 Nov.: `Ruskin and the Bible.'

DR O. REES
18 Nov.: `The composer as exegete? Case studies from Seville.'

SR. MARY CHARLES MURRAY
2 Dec.: `The Bible and western art.'

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Biodiversity Research Group

BRADFORD A. HAWKINS, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, will lecture at 1 p.m. on Monday, 21 October, in the Senior Common Room, the School of Geography and the Environment.

Convener: R.J. Whittaker, MA, Reader in Biogeography.

Subject: `Productivity and history as predictors of the latitudinal diversity gradient of terrestrial birds.'

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Oxford Physics Colloquia

The following colloquia will be held at 4.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Conveners: N.F. Johnson, MA, Professor of Physics, and J.I. Silk, MA, D.Phil., Savilian Professor of Astronomy.

PROFESSOR N. STRAUMANN, Zurich
25 Oct.: `The history and mystery of the cosmological constant.'

PROFESSOR K.W.D. LEDINGHAM, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, and William Penney Professor of Laser Induced Nuclear Physics (AWE PLC)
1 Nov.: `Laser induced nuclear physics and its applications.'

PROFESSOR T. GAISSER, Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware
15 Nov.: `Cosmic-ray physics and astrophysics.' (Leverhulme Lecture)

PROFESSOR W.D. PHILLIPS, NIST, USA; Distinguished University of Physics, University of Maryland, USA; George Eastman Visiting Professor and Nobel Laureate
22 Nov.: `Coherent atoms in optical lattices.'

PROFESSOR SIR GARETH ROBERTS
29 Nov.: `Leadership and management of scientific research.'

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Inorganic Chemistry Colloquia

The following colloquia will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Lecture Theatre, the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory.

Convener: M.L.H. Green, MA, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.

PROFESSOR L. GADE, Strasbourg
14 Oct.: `Strategies in homogeneous catalysis: going from mononuclear complexes to macromolecular dendrimer catalysts.'

PROFESSOR P. SHAPLEY, Indiana
21 Oct.: `Heterometallic complexes as selective oxidation catalysts.'

DR J. DAVIS
28 Oct.: `Molecular assemblies: metalloprotein and sensing nanotechnology.'

PROFESSOR M. DARENSBOURG, University of Texas A & M
4 Nov.: `Functioning catalysts inspired by active sites in bio- organometallic chemistry: the hydrogenases.'

PROFESSOR F.G. CLOKE, Sussex
11 Nov.: `Activation of dinitrogen by vanadium diamidoamine and uranium pentalene complexes.'

PROFESSOR N. HARRISON, Imperial College and Daresbury Laboratory
18 Nov.: `Predicting the stoichiometry, magnetic and electronic structure of transition metal oxide surfaces from first principles.'

DR P. TIMMS, Bristol
25 Nov.: `Making oxide replicas of organic nanostructures by chemical vapour deposition.'

PROFESOR S.T. BRAMWELL, University College, London
2 Dec.: `Hot spin ice: a new class of quantum magnet?'

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Soft matter, biomaterials, and interfaces

This interdisciplinary seminar series will continue this term. Unless otherwise indicated, the seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room, the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

Convener: J. Klein, MA, D.Phil., Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry.

PROFESSOR R. PASHLEY, Australian National University
15 Oct.: `Emulsion stability.'

DR W. HUCK, Cambridge
22 Oct.: `Manipulating polymers at the nanoscale.'

DR H. CHRISTENSON, Leeds
29 Oct.: `Experimental studies of capillary condensation from vapour and from liquid mixtures.'

PROFESSOR M. KLEIN, Pennsylvania
5 Nov., 11.15 a.m.: `Modelling biomolecules at soft interfaces: the continuing challenge of bridging length and time scales.'

DR J. YEOMANS
12 Nov.: `Simulating polymer hydrodynamics.'

PROFESSOR J. ISRAELACHVILI, California, Santa Barbara
19 Nov., 11.15 a.m.: `Differences in the interactions of colloids, biological molecules and surfaces.'

PROFESSOR H.-J. BUTT, Siegen
26 Nov.: `Contributions to microfluidics and chemistry.'

PROFESSOR R. EVANS, Bristol
3 Dec.: `Attraction out of repulsion: interfaces and entropic wetting in model colloid–polymer mixtures.'

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MEDICAL SCIENCES

Oxford Clinical Neuroscience Lectures

The following lectures will be given at 11.30 a.m. on Fridays in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

PROFESSOR J. ROTHWELL, Sobell Department of Neurophysiology, Institute of Neurology
11 Oct.: `Transcranial magnetic stimulation.'

PROFESSOR A. COMPSTON, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
15 Nov.: `The basis for treatment in MS.'

PROFESSOR P. DE JONGHE, Antwerp
13 Dec.: `Interited neuropathies.'

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THEOLOGY

Seminars in the study of religions

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room 2, Christ Church.

Conveners: The Revd Professor Keith Ward, B.Litt., MA, DD, Regius Professor of Divinity, and Peggy Morgan, MA, Lecturer in the Study of Religions, Mansfield College.

PROFESSOR D. MARTIN, LSE
22 Oct.: `Protestantism and politics in the developing world.'

PROFESSOR M. DOUGLAS, University College, London
5 Nov., Examination Schools: `Microcosm as theological thinking.'

DR M. KLEIN
19 Nov.: `The spirituality of childbirth: a Jewish perspective.'

DR M. JASCHOK
3 Dec.: `Women's mosques and female ahong: innovation or aberration.'

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THEOLOGY, ORIENTAL STUDIES

Eastern Christian Studies Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in St Gregory's House, 1 Canterbury Road.

Convener: S.P. Brock, MA, D.Phil., Reader in Syriac Studies.

N. NAHAS
23 Oct.: `Faith and reason according to St Ephrem.'

DR K.T. WARE
6 Nov.: `The Fifth Earl of Guilford: an eighteenth-century convert to the Orthodox Church.'

DR J. BAUN
20 Nov.: `Theological reflections on two Middle Byzantine heavens.'

L. OSINKINA
4 Dec.: `The mystery of Church Slavonic Ecclesiastes.'

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INTERDISCIPLINARY SAWYER SEMINAR (IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION)

The theory and politics of civil society

The following seminars will be held from 1.45 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. on Mondays in the Rothermere American Institute. The series will continue in Hilary Term and Trinity Term. Papers will be precirculated to participants. Those wishing to attend the seminars should register their interest in good time. All enquiries should be directed to Paul Bou-Habib (telephone: (2)82718, e-mail: paul.bou-habib@socres.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR PHILIP PETTIT, Princeton
28 Oct.: `Deliberative democracy, the discursive dilemma, and republican theory.'

PROFESSOR HANS JOAS, Erfurt
18 Nov.: `Value pluralism and moral universalism.'

PROFESSOR ADAM SELIGMAN, Boston
25 Nov.: To be announced.

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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

The second Ashmolean Chinese Painting Colloquy: Chinese aesthetic theory, the avant-garde, and works of art in the past half-century

This meeting will be held on Wednesday, 16 October, in the Headley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum. To reserve a place, contact Janet Partridge (e-mail: janet.partridge@ashmus.ox.ac.uk, fax: Oxford (2)78078). The meeting will end with a period of discussion at 4.30 p.m. A reception will be held in the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese Painting, 5–6.30 p.m.

Convener: S.J. Vainker (BA London), University Lecturer in Chinese Art.

MS VAINKER
1.30 p.m.: `Introduction: collecting the contemporary—an institutional viewpoint.'

N. BUNIN, Institute for Chinese Studies
1.50 p.m.: `Themes from contemporary Chinese aesthetics.'

QU LEILEI, artist
2.20 p.m.: `Reflecting on my time: the spirit of the "Stars".'

TAO TAO LIU, Institute for Chinese Studies
2.55 p.m.: `Modern Chinese literature and the avant- garde.'

CHANG TSONG-ZUNG, curator
3.25 p.m.: `The everyday use of art.'

PROFESSOR M. SULLIVAN
4 p.m.: `Chinese modernism reaches maturity: some recent paintings from the Sullivan Collection.'

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SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL

Deutsche Bank Lecture Series: European financial integration

PROFESSOR XAVIER FREIXAS will deliver the Deutsche Bank Lecture Series at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in Michaelmas Term in the Saïd Business School.

Finance Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Saïd Business School. A sandwich lunch will be provided at 12 noon in Meeting Room 14 (except on 1 November: Seminar Room B).

18 Oct.: DAVID HOBSON, Bath.

25 Oct.: CHRISTIAN LAUX, LSE.

1 Nov.: HENRY WYNN, Warwick.

8 Nov.: MARK SALMON, City University.

15 Nov.: STEPHEN TAYLOR, Lancaster.

22 Nov.: ERNST-LUDWIG VON THADDEN, Lausanne.

29 Nov.: FRANK GERHARD, Nuffield College.

6 Dec.: LUCIO SARNO, Warwick.

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CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

International Human Rights Seminar

THE HON. HUGO CHAVEZ FRIAS, President, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, will lecture at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, 17 October, in the Examination Schools. The audience must be seated by 3.15 p.m.

Individual numbered tickets for members of the University only can be obtained by e-mailing to ihrs@herald.ox.ac.uk. All other requests should be directed to Dr P. Ferguson, IHRS, 17 Plantation Road, Oxford OX2 6JD, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope enclosed. All tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Last requests for tickets must be received by midday on Tuesday, 15 October. For further details, see http://www.oxfordunivhumanrightsseminar.org.uk.

Convener: Dr William F. Pepper.

Subject: `Globalisation and poverty.'

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ALL SOULS COLLEGE

The neo-Darwinian theory of sociocultural evolution

Seminars on this subject will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Hovenden Room, All Souls College.

Convener: W.G. Runciman, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and President, the British Academy.

15 Oct.: `The application of the neo-Darwinian paradigm to sociology.'

22 Oct.: `The transition from cultural to social selection in the pre- Neolithic.'

29 Oct.: `The diffusion of Christianity in the Eastern Roman Empire.'

5 Nov.: `Roman slavery and manumission in the Republic and Principate and in Hispanic America.'

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Evans-Pritchard Lectures 2002–3

Histories of the hanged: testimony from the Mau Mau Rebellion, 1952–60

DR D.M. ANDERSON, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, will deliver the Evans-Pritchard Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Tue. 29 Oct.: ` "Parasites in Paradise": race, violence, and Mau Mau.'

Wed. 30 Oct.: `Death at Lari: the story of an African massacre.'

Tue. 5 Nov.: `Struggles in the city: Mau Mau in Nairobi, 1952–6.'

Wed. 6 Nov.: `General China's war: freedom fighters in the forest.'

Tue. 12 Nov.: `Rebels and informers: interrogation, torture, and the state.'

Wed. 13 Nov.: ` "War is not porridge": memorialising Mau Mau.'

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HERTFORD COLLEGE

Tyndale Lecture 2002

PROFESSOR GERALD HAMMOND, Professor of English, University of Manchester, will deliver the Tyndale Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 17 October, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Tyndale's other Hebrew translations.'

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LADY MARGARET HALL

Save the Children Eglantyne Jebb Seminar:
Child poverty: a scar on the soul—UK and global responses

This seminar will be held at 6.15 p.m. on Thursday, 29 October, in Lady Margaret Hall. Tickets, costing £8.50 (students £5), may be obtained from Julie Haynes (telephone: 0121-558 0111, e-mail: j.haynes@scfuk.org.uk).

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SOMERVILLE COLLEGE

Monika Fooks Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR KEITH HAWTON, Director, the Centre for Suicide Research, Department of Psychiatry, and Consultant Psychiatrist, the Warneford Hospital, will deliver the inaugural Monika Fooks Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 October, in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Subject: `By their own hand: the problem of youth suicide.'

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Ronald Syme Lecture

PROFESSOR E. GRUEN, Berkeley, will deliver the annual Ronald Syme Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 7 November, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture will be open to the public.

Subject: `Tacitus and the Jews.'

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