Lectures

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WEIDENFELD VISITING PROFESSOR OF EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

The tempation of the impossible: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA, Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature 2003–4, will lecture on the following days in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School. Unless otherwise indicated, the lectures will begin at 5 p.m.

Admission will be by free ticket, obtainable from the Taylor Institution and the Taylor Insitution Administration Office, 41 Wellington Square.

Wed. 28 Apr.: `The divine stenographer.'

Thur. 6 May, 5.30 p.m.: `The dark vein of destiny.'

Wed. 12 May: `Touchy monsters.'

Wed. 19 May: `The great theatre of the world.'

Wed. 26 May: `Rich, poor, leisured, idle, and marginal.'

Wed. 2 June: `Civilised barbarians.'

Fri. 4 June: `From heaven above.'

Wed. 9 June: `The temptation of the impossible.'

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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 averages.'

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

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OSLER LECTURE

PROFESSOR JOHN BELL will deliver the inaugural Annual Osler Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 April, in the Lecture Theatre, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

Subject: `Will genomics change Oslerian medicine?'

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CHERWELL–SIMON LECTURE

PROFESSOR ANTHONY LEGGETT, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Nobel Laureate 2003, will deliver the Cherwell–Simon Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 30 April, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: `Does the everyday world really obey quantum mechanics?'

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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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ORIENTAL STUDIES

Programme on Contemporary Turkey

DR BILL PARK, King's College, London, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 30 April, in the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College.

Subject: `Turkey, the Kurds of Iraq, and the US; three sides of a triangular relationship.'

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CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

Prelude to the Oxford Guantanamo Bay Conference: Film and Speaker Event

This event will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 25 March, in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

The speakers will be: Charlie Swift and Mark Bridges, Pentagon appointed US defence counsel to represent the two Guantanamo detainees who have so far been charged; Najibullah Quraishi, Afghan journalist; Steven Watt, Centre for Constitutional Rights, USA; Richard Bourke, Australian barrister with Justice in Exile, working to defend the Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

The film Afghan Massacre—The Convoy of Death, produced and directed by Jamie Doran and Najibullah Quraishi, will also be shown.

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BALLIOL COLLEGE

Leonard Stein Lectures

PROFESSOR PETER SLUGLETT, University of Utah, will deliver the Leonard Stein Lectures at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 May, and Thursday, 20 May, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Subject: `Whose sacred trust? Some reflections on the implementation and legacy of the British and French Mandates in the Middle East.'

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CHRIST CHURCH

HUMPHREY CARPENTER will read passages from Alice in Wonderland, at 12.30 p.m. on Sunday, 28 March, in Christ Church Picture Gallery. The event is related to the gallery's current exhibition, `Alice's Adventures Under Ground'.

Admission is free, but as the number of places is limited, advance booking is advised (telephone: Oxford (2)76172). After the event, from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., normal entrance fees will apply.

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GREEN COLLEGE

Archie Cochrane `Effectiveness and efficiency' lecture

DR PETER ROTHWELL will deliver the Archie Cochrane `Effectiveness and efficiency' lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 25 March, in the Witts Lecture Theatre, the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Subject: `Effectivenes and efficiency in the prevention of stroke.'

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JESUS COLLEGE

Don Fowler Lecture

DR ANDREW LAIRD, Reader in Classical Literature, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, will deliver the Don Fowler Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Recognising Virgil.'

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