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CYRIL FOSTER LECTURE 2004

THE HON. GARETH EVANS, President, the International Crisis Group, and formerly Foreign Minister of Australia, will deliver the Cyril Foster Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 10 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `When is it right to fight? Rethinking the jurisprudence of military force.'

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HINSHELWOOD LECTURES

Unravelling averages in complex molecular systems

PROFESSOR GRAHAM FLEMING, University of California at Berkeley, will deliver the Hinshelwood Lectures at 11.15 a.m. on the following days in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

Convener: Professor J. Klein.

Tue. 27 Apr.: `Time, colours, and distance: watching molecules become solvated.'

Thur. 29 Apr.: `The photon echo: remembering how to forget the averages.'

Tue. 4 May: `The primary step of photosynthesis: averaging over just about everything.'

Thur. 6 May: `Design principles and regulation of light harvesting: making use of unaveraged information.'

Thur. 13 May: `Multidimensional spectroscopy I: probing deeper into the averages.'

Tue. 18 May: `Multidimensional spectroscopy II: all there is to know? Full 2D spectra.'

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CLASSICS AND ORIENTAL STUDIES

Disappearance of writing systems

This international conference will be held on in Keble College, 26–8 March. Papers will include coverage of European, Near Eastern, Indian, East Asian, and New World case studies. A limited number of places is available for graduate students who have an interest in this area of research. Those who would like further details and may wish to attend all or part of the conference should contact John Bennet, Keble College (e-mail: john.bennet@keble.ox.ac.uk), no later than Monday, 15 March (ninth week).

Details of the open plenary session of the conference, to be held in the Pusey Room, Keble College, on Friday, 26 March, 5.30–7 p.m., are given below. The session will be chaired by Dr John Bennet. The papers will be followed by open discussion led by Professor John Baines, with the participation of other scholars presenting papers at the conference.

STEPHEN HOUSTON, Brigham Young University: `Last writing: how and why scripts "die".'

JERROLD COOPER, Johns Hopkins University: `Mesopotamian exceptionalism: the lingering, anomalous death of cuneiform script.'

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, MUSIC, FINE ART

The Bible in Art, Music, and Literature

PROFESSOR W. POPKES, Hamburg, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 8 March, in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

Conveners: Professor C. Rowland and Dr C. Joynes.

Subject: `Dying with and in Christ: Passion narrative and requiem.'(Perspectives on the Passion series)

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

G.E. Blackman Lecture

PROFESSOR PETER H. RAVEN, Washington University, St Louis, USA, will deliver the G.E. Blackman Lecture at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 30 March, in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Department of Plant Sciences. Further details may be obtained from Mrs D. Turnbull-Smith (e-mail: diane.turnbull-smith@plants.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `Plants, sustainability, and our common future.'

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

DR C. OPPENHEIMER, Cambridge, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Monday, 8 March, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Earth Sciences.

Subject: `Remote sensing of volcanic gases.'

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES, LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Oxford Life Science Modelling Colloquia

PROFESSOR J. HEIN will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 March, in the Auditorium, St John's College.

Convener: Professor P.K. Maini.

Subject: `What is bioinformatics?'

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ORIENTAL STUDIES

Armenian Studies Seminar

C. WALKER will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 11 March, in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

Convener: Professor Th.M. van Lint.

Subject: `Archbishop Laud, Oxford, and Armenia.'

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SOCIAL SCIENCES

Seminar

PIPPA NORRIS will give a seminar at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 4 March, in the Seminar Room, Nuffield College.

Convener: Dr Christopher Wlezien.

Subject: `Electoral engineering.'

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Executive Government Group lunchtime workshop

DR M. FLINDERS, Sheffield, will lecture at 12.30 p.m. on Friday, 5 March, in Seminar Room B, the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Convener: Professor C. Hood.

Subject: `Delegated government: the myth of depoliticisation.'

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EUROPEAN HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTRE

The future of the humanities

This two-day conference will be held in St Hugh's College, 19--20 March.

The aim of the conference is to assess the changes that have taken place in the Humanities in the last thirty-five years and to consider what the future of the Humanities might be in the twenty-first century. The Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) organized the first such conference in 1968 as part of its fiftieth anniversary celebrations, the proceedings being published in J.C. Laidlaw (ed.), The Future of the Modern Humanities (1969). Now the European Humanities Research Centre of the University of Oxford, in conjunction with the MHRA, and other relevant bodies, is organising this follow-up conference to examine the enormous changes that have taken place in the Humanities since 1968, and to outline the implications for the future. In order to do this, major authorities on the Humanities have been invited to speak, and a wide range of topics will be covered, including Humanities and the universities, the Humanities and Europe, visual culture, ICT in the Humanities, the media and the Humanities. The conference acknowledges the support of the Europaeum and the Modern Languages Faculty of Oxford University, and of the MHRA.

Information concerning registration can be obtained from Ms Avery Willis (e-mail: avery.willis@ehrc.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxford (2)844683). Details can also be found at www.ehrc.ox.ac.uk.

Friday, 19 March

9.45--10.30 a.m.: Humanities and the modern university

Speakers: Malcolm Bowie (Cambridge) and Martin McLaughlin (EHRC); Ludmilla Jordanova (Cambridge: CRASSH); Reindert Falkenberg (Leiden); and Annie Cot (Paris 1-Sorbonne)


11 a.m.--1 p.m.: ICT in the humanities

Speakers: David Robey (AHRB); Marilyn Deegan (King's College, London); Alan Bowman (Oxford); Amanda Wrigley (Oxford); Robert MacNamee (Oxford); and Michael Fraser (Humbul, OUCS).


2.30--4.30 p.m.: Humanities and Europe

Speakers: Edward Acton (UEA); Edith Hall (Durham); Joseph Sherman (Hebrew Studies); and Alexis Tadié (Maison Française d'Oxford).


5–6 p.m.: Keynote address

John Frow (Edinburgh): `The future of the humanities.'


Saturday, 20 March

9--10.30 a.m.: Humanities and national bodies

Speakers: Michael Jubb (AHRB); Peter Brown (British Academy); and Malcolm Cook (MHRA).


11 a.m.--12.30 p.m.: The humanities and outreach

Speakers: Christopher Brown (Ashmolean Museum); Valentine Cunningham (Corpus Christi College); and Bill Swainson (Bloomsbury Publishing)


12.30--1 p.m.: Round-table discussion

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OXFORD CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES

PROFESSOR GUDRUN KRAMER will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 March, in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Subject: `Justice and equality in contemporary Islamic discourse.'

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MAISON FRANÇAISE AND THE EUROPEAN STUDIES CENTRE, ST ANTONY'S COLLEGE

PASCAL LAMY, EU Trade Commissioner, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 March, in the College Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Subject: `Is the enlarged EU an economic superpower?'

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LADY MARGARET HALL

Heron-Allen Lecture

PROFESSOR JOHN LAWTON, CBE, FRS, Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 12 March, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall.

Subject: `Biodiversity, conservation, and unsustainable development.'

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SOMERVILLE COLLEGE

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

DR MARGARET ADAMS, Dorothy Hodgkin and E.P. Abraham Fellow, Tutor in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Somerville College, will deliver the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 March, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: ` "A piece in the jigsaw": the protein behind a hereditary disease G6PD structure—G6PD deficiency and forty years' progress for biological structures.'

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Global Economic Governance Programme

Inaugural Lecture

THE HON. TREVOR MANUEL, MP, Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Global Economic Governance Programme at 5 p.m. on Monday, 8 March, in the Examination Schools. Further details may be obtained from Reija Fanous, University College (e-mail: reija.fanous@univ.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `Making globalisation work for Africa.'

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Wolfson College Lectures 2004

Bubbles physical and metaphysical

PROFESSOR S. SPARKS, Bristol, will deliver the last of the series of Wolfson College Lectures at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 March, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture is open to the public. Enquiries should be directed to the college (telephone: Oxford (2)74103, e-mail: college.sec@wolfson.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `Forecasting volcanic eruptions.'

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RIPON COLLEGE, CUDDESDON

Jaspers Lecture

PROFESSOR PETER HODGSON, Vanderbilt University, will deliver the Jaspers Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 March, in the Examination Schools. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Old Library of the University Church.

Subject: `Hegel and Christian theology.'

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