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NORMAN HEATLEY LECTURE

PROFESSOR ROBERT TJIAN, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the Norman Heatley Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 17 June, in the Lecture Theatre, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

Subject: `Deconstructing and reconstituting the Metazoan transcriptional apparatus.'

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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 continue his series of lectures 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.

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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CLARENDON LECTURES IN FINANCE

Default risk

PROFESSOR DARRELL DUFFIE, the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Finance at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Saïd Business School.

Mon. 14 June: `Bankruptcy probabilities.'

Tue. 15 June: `Default risk pricing.'

Wed. 16 June: `Default correlation.'

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LUBBOCK LECTURE IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES

GAVYN DAVIES, former Chairman of the BBC, will deliver the Lubbock Lecture in Management Studies at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10 June, in the Saïd Business School. The event is open to the public and free to attend. No ticket or registration is necessary.

Subject: `The economics of public service broadcasting: market failure and the scale and scope of the BBC.'

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NEWTON–ABRAHAM LECTURE

PROFESSOR J.W. PUTNEY, JR., National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina, USA, will deliver the Newton–Abraham Lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 May, in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

Subject: `Calcium signalling (the other reason your mother made you drink milk).'

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ASTOR LECTURE

PROFESSOR RICHARD WRANGHAM, Harvard, Astor Visiting Lecturer, will deliver an Astor Lecture at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 May, in Lecture Theatre A, the Department of Zoology.

Subject: `The behavioural ecology of human evolution: why cooking is critical.'

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CLASSICS

Dionysus recast

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College. Two papers will be given at the seminars on 9 and 16 June.

DR F. MACINTOSH
26 May: : `Dance, decadence, and modernity.'

Y. ZARIFI, Royal Holloway, London, and Thiasos Theatre Company
2 June: `Peaceful demonstrations: problems of choral identity and location in Aristophanes' Peace.'

H. EASTMAN, Floodtide Productions
9 June: `Greek tragdy in contemporary political theatre.'

A. WILLIS
9 June: `Trojan Women in performance: adapting Euripides' play for the modern stage, 2004.'

D. HULTON, University of Exeter and Foursight Theatre
16 June: `Foursight Theatre's production of Agamemnon.'

A. BURKE, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
16 June: `The Oresteia and the British press'.

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Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama

PROFESSOR E. CSAPO, Toronto, will lecture at 2.15 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 May, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. For further information, telephone Oxford (2)88210, or e-mail: apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: `Cooking with Menander: slices from the ancient home entertainment industry.'

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Lecture

DR A. VLACHOPOULOS, University of the Peloponnese, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 June, in the Headley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum. Further information may be obtained from Dr Sue Sherratt, Ashmolean Museum, or Dr Maria Stamatopoulou, Lincoln College.

Subject: `The wall paintings from the Xeste 3 building at Akrotiri, Thera. Towards an interpretation of its iconographic programme.'

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Fin de siècle

The following seminars will be give at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Wolfson College (signs to the seminar will be posted from the lodge). Two papers will be given at the seminar on 20 May.

Convener: Carol Peaker, Wolfson College.

DR G. MARSHALL, Leeds
20 May: `Shakespeare and the New Woman in the 1890s.'

T. COLLINS, Purdue
20 May: `Punch and the creation of the New Woman.'

PROFESSOR M.D. STETZ, Delaware
10 June: `Yellow Books and true-blue friends: the Bodley Head and the Wilde trials in the mid-nineties.'

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Romantic Realignments

The following seminars will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 11, English Faculty, St Cross Building.

Convener: Leonard Epp.

P. WOOF, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
26 May: `Dorothy Wordsworth: the making of a journal, and the making of poetry.'

R. HEWITT
2 June: ` "Dreaming o'er the map of things": William Wordsworth and the Irish Ordnance Survey.'

C. THROSBY
2 June: `Flirting with flame: Byron's fan letters.'

DR L. VARGO, Saskatchewan, USA
9 June: `Mary Shelley and "The great work of life": reception and re- vision.'

D. FALLON
16 June: ` "What mov'd Milton?": Blake's Milton and eighteenth century Miltons.'

R. MARCH
16 June: `The (in)significance of Lady Caroline Lamb.'

D. O'SHAUGHNESSY
16 June: `Godwin and theatricality: radical self-censorship in the 1970s.'

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HISTORY OF ART AND PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy and theory of the visual art

Seminars in this interdisciplinary series will be given at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

PROFESSOR M. PODRO, Essex
21 May: `Wollheim, trompe l'oeil, and Andrea Mantegna.'

DR P. GOLDIE, King's College, London
28 May: `The experience of conceptual art.'

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Oxford 20/20: Global economic and demographic prospects

This day-long dialogue will be held on Friday, 21 May. Representatives will attend from the University, WHO, IMF, Harvard Medical School, Just Pensions, Goldman Sachs, and others. Advance registration is required. Contact: miriam.seifter@green.ox.ac.uk.

Moderator: Professor Gordon Clark.

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Soft Matter, Biomaterials, and Interfaces

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room. The seminar by Professor Eisenberg on Friday, 11 June, will also be given at 4 p.m., and not, as previously notified, at 2.15 p.m.

Convener: Professor J. Klein.

PROFESSOR J. H. P. BAYLEY
25 May: `Non-covalent and covalent chemistry with protein nanopores.'

DR J. MACPHERSON, Warwick
1 June: `High resolution electrochemical imaging of interfacial processes.'

PROFESSOR F. DE SCHRYVER, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Holland
8 June: `Visualisation and study of single molecules.'

PROFESSOR B. EISENBERG, Rush Medical College, Chicago, USA
Fri. 11 June: `Ion channels as devices: crowded charge model of selectivity.'

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MEDICAL SCIENCES

Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology

The following seminars will be given at 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Library, the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology.

Convener: Professor John Harding.

E. GANEA, Bucharest
24 May: `Chemical chaperones as chemical stabilisers.'

PROFESSOR HARDING
7 June: `Twins: should you trust them?'

J. WOOD
14 June: `Metabolic studies of rat retinal neurones and glia in culture.'

G. CHIDLOW
21 June: `Effect of optic nerve injury in the rat on ganglion and glial cells.'

J. CRAGHILL
5 July: `Glutathione–protein mixed disulphide in human lens—a reaction site on [gamma]s-crystallin.'

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SOCIAL SCIENCES

African studies

PROFESSOR GEORGE SAITOTI, Education Minister, Kenya, will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 May, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. The meeting will be chaired by Dr David Johnson.

Subject: `Putting education at the heart of development.'

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ROTHERMERE AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Lecture

JOHN SHELTON REED will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 May, in the Rothermere American Institute

Subject: `What's southern about the American South?'

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Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters

RICHARD FORD will deliver the Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 June, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `The things that help, the things that hurt: a memoir.'

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Complex Adaptive Systems

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room A, the Saïd Business School.

Convener: F. Reed-Tsochas.

PROFESSOR T. HALPIN-HEALY, Columbia, USA
1 June: `The dynamics of conformity and dissent.'

DR P. ANDRIANI, Durham Business School
8 June: `Cellular neural network simulations: the evolution of technology and the emergence of novelty.'

DR A. BYDE, HP Labs UK
15 June: `Market-based control for utility data centres.'

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OXFORD CENTRE FOR HEBREW AND JEWISH STUDIES

David Patterson Seminars

Amended notice

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held from 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor. This notice replaces previous announcements.

The OCHJS minibus will leave the Playhouse, Beaumont Street, at 6.40 p.m. and 7.30 p.m., and will leave Yarnton at 9.45 p.m. A single fare costs £1.60 (students £1.20).

Convener: Dr Joseph Sherman.

MRS H.E. GODLEVSKY, Hebrew writer
Mon. 24 May: `Spiritual interconnections between body and soul.' (Mrs Godlevsky discusses her poetry and prose)

PROFESSOR C. KUZNITZ, Bard College, New York
2 June: `Yiddish scholarship and politics: YIVO in inter-war Eastern Europe.'

DR D. MATT
9 June: `The Zohar, masterpiece of Kabbalah: a new annotated translation.'

PROFESSOR J.W. VAN HENTEN, Amsterdam
16 June: `Contemporary martyrs and violence: victims and/or perpetrators.'

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UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

BILL SHEEHAN, Willmar, USA, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 2 June, in the University Museum of Natural History. The talk will be illustrated, and will include videotape of the last transit in 1882. Admission is free.

Subject: `The transit of Venus of 8 June 2004: a once (or twice) in a lifetime event, and why it will be so worth watching.'

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MAISON FRANÇAISE AND FACULTY OF MODERN HISTORY

History and the public understanding of science

This two-day conference will be held at the Maison Française on Friday, 28 May, and Saturday, 29 May. The conference is the last in the cycle of five meetings on `Transmission and understanding in the sciences' held in Oxford and Bologna since April 2002. Further information may be obtained from the conveners, or from the Maison Française (e-mail: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

Conveners: Professor Robert Fox (e-mail: robert.fox@history.ox.ac.uk), and Professor Ian Maclean (e-mail: ian.maclean@all-souls.ox.ac.uk).

Friday, 28 May

First session: Biography and film (10 a.m.–1 p.m.)\

G. PANCALDI, Bologna
10 a.m.: `Biography, community, and contingency.'

GEORGINA FERRY, Oxford
11.15 a.m.: `Scientific lives: biography as a route to public understanding.'

T. BOON, Science Museum, London
12 noon: `Science and the Citizen: documentary film and science communication in World War Two.'


Second session: Museums and the public understanding of science (2.15–4.30 p.m.)

M. VAN PRAËT, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris
2.15 p.m.: `Science and its image: the Natural History Museum exhibitions in Paris since 1633.'

D. FERRIOT, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers
3 p.m.: `University museums and collections: the role of the object.'

W.-P. FEHLHAMMER, Deutsches Museum, Munich
3.45 p.m.: ` "Extended educational mission": the odd man out becomes important. A German view.'


Third session: The role of journalism (5–5.45 p.m.)

P. COULTER, Reuter Foundation Programme
5 p.m.: `Science in the media: the responsibilities of scientists and journalists.'


Saturday, 29 May

Fourth session: Science and theatre (9.30–11 a.m.)

R.M. FRIEDMAN, Oslo
9.30 a.m.: `Balancing act: harmonising scholarship and artistry in drama based on history about science.'

J. BENNETT
10.15 a.m.: `History of science on stage: one historian's experience.'


Fifth session: Burning issues (11.15 a.m.–12 noon)

M. HIRSCH, Directeur, Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments
11.15 a.m.: `How do scientists raise and calm new fears?'


Sixth session: The genome project (2–3.30 p.m.)


2 p.m.: Presentations by DENIS NOBLE, Oxford, and PIERRE SONIGO, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale


Seventh session: Medical imaging (4–5.30 p.m.)


4 p.m.: Presentations by SIR MIKE BRADY, Oxford, and NICHOLAS AYACHE, Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique

5.30 p.m.: Closing remarks by IAN MACLEAN and ALEXIS TADIÉ.

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ALL SOULS COLLEGE

Attention: Phenomenology, Hemispheric Specialisation and Psychiatric Disorders

This conference will be held on Friday, 28 May, and Saturday, 29 May, in All Souls College. Those interested in attending should contact the Fellows' Secretary, Humaira Erfan Ahmed (telephone: Oxford (2)89109, e-mail: humaira.erfan-ahmed@all-souls.ox.ac.uk).

Convener: Dr I. McGilchrist.

Friday, 28 May

PROFESSOR L. SASS, Rutgers, New Jersey, USA
9.30 a.m.: `Attention, engagement and emotion in schizophrenia: a phenomenological account.'

PROFESSOR E. MATTHEWS, Aberdeen
11 a.m.: `Being in a world on one's own: Merleau-Ponty and schizophrenia.'

DR M. WYLLIE, Aberdeen
12 noon: `Lived time and psychopathology: depression and eternal suffering.'

M. BRENNER, author of Faces and Vanishing Points
2 p.m.: `Differences in the nature and laterality of attention in ancient and modern times.'

PROFESSOR N. NIKOLAENKO, St Petersberg, Russia
3 p.m.: `Visual hemifield preferences: the hemispheres and the relationship with schizophrenia and depression.'


Saturday, 29 May

DR MCGILCHRIST
9.30 a.m.: `The master, his emissary, and the paradoxes of attention.'

DR J. CUTTING, Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry
11 a.m.: `Apollo and Dionysus: the hemispheres and the phenomenological reductions in schizophrenia and depressive illness.'

PROFESSOR G. STANGHELLINI, Florence, Italy
12 noon: `Ceci n'est pas un délire: Husserl, Scheler, and the phenomenological reduction.'

DR A. RICHARDSON
2 p.m.: `Attention, laterality, and lipids in developmental and psychiatric disorders: a new approach to some old questions.'

DR G. GLAS, Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor, Utrecht, Holland
3 p.m.: `Concepts of attention in phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience: are what we experience and what we measure the same thing?'

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ST ANTONY'S COLLEGE

Asian Studies Centre

South Asian History Seminar: change to arrangements

There will be a change to the South Asian History Seminar on Tuesday, 25 May (fifth week). In a Special Seminar entitled `Indian Texts in Historical Context: Problems and Possibilities', Francis Clooney, SJ (Boston College and OCHS), James Benson (Wolfson/Oriental Institute), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (St Cross/Oriental Institute) and Nile Green (Lady Margaret Hall) will continue discussions about the themes of the workshop which took place on Friday, 7 May. Convener: Dr David Washbrook. Enquiries: asian@sant.ox.ac.uk or telephone: (2)74559.

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Seminar

PROFESSOR HIDEAKI MIYAJIMA, Waseda University, will give a seminar at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 June, in the Dahrendorf Room, the Founder's Building, St Antony's College.

The seminar will begin at 3 p.m., and not at 5 p.m., as previously announced.

Convener: Dr Mark Rebick.

Subject: `The state of the Japanese economy.'

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European Studies Centre

History and memory in interwar Italy

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, 26 May, 2–5 p.m., in the Seminar Room, the European Studies Centre. Further details of this and other European Studies Centre events may be obtained from Ulli Parkinson (telephone: Oxford (2)74470, e-mail: european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk).

C. BALDOLI: `The necessary tragedies: from Caporetto to Rome 1943.'

P. DIPAOLA, Goldsmiths' College, London: `Italian Anarchism and the outbreak of the Great War.'

M. TRUDELL, Birkbeck College, London: `Caporetto, history, and memory of the defeat.'

M. CAREW: `Fascism and women: the regime's demographic policies.'

R. CLIFFORD: `The memory of deportation in the Second World War.'

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South-east European Studies Programme: workshop

The workshop will be held on Friday, 28 May, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., in the Maplethorpe Conference Room, St Hugh's College. Admission is by registration only. For further details or to register, contact Mrs Janet Pearson (telephone: Oxford (2)74537, e-mail: seesp@sant.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: `The continued rapprochement between Greece and Turkey: still genuine?'

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Annual European Studies Centre Lecture

MR RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, Prime Minister of Turkey, will deliver the European Studies Centre Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 28 May, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College. Admission is by ticket only (limited seating available). Applications for tickets should be addressed to: dev.office@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: `Why the European Union needs Turkey.'

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Conference

DR A.-M. MOTARD will speak at a conference to be held on Friday, 4 June, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., in the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College.

Subject: `Trade union attitudes towards European integration: a comparative perspective.'

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Lecture

JOHN MONKS, General Secretary, European TUC, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 4 June, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Subject: `Is Europe still the workers' best friend?'

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ST HUGH'S COLLEGE

Becket Institute

The publicity of reasons, normative authority, and religious liberty

This meeting will be held on Saturday, 29 May, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., in the Wordsworth Room, St Hugh's College.

DR R. AUDI, Notre Dame
9.30 a.m.: `Moral foundations of democracy, secular reasons, and liberal neutrality toward the good.'

DR M. FERRETTI, Bologna
11.14 a.m.: `Having reasons and not giving reasons.'

DR J. SIMMONS, Mercer
2 p.m.: `A rhetorician's view on religious speech in deliberative democracies.'

DR D. ROBINSON, Oxford and Columbia
3.45 p.m.: ` "Essentialism" (again) and fitness for the rule of law.'

Lectures

DR ARMIN ADAM will lecture at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Becket Institute, St Hugh's College.

Tue. 1 June: `Postsecularisation: a new evaluation of religion in Western societies.'

Thur. 3 June: `The scarf and the Cross: current trends in Continental constitutional debates on religious liberties.'

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ST JOHN'S COLLEGE

St John's College Research Centre

CORINNA RIVA, Junior Research Fellow in Archaeology, St John's College, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 May, in the Seminar Room of the Centre.

The meeting is open to all, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend are asked to e-mail: research.centre@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: `Fragmented landscapes in eastern–central Italy: the Upper Esino Valley Survey.'

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TRINITY COLLEGE

Margaret Howard Lecture

SIR CHARLES GRAY, Judge of the High Court, will deliver the Margaret Howard Lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Thursday, 27 May, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `Freedom of expression—checking the balances.'

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WOLFSON COLLEGE

Public lecture

DR JEREMY JOHNS will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 May, in the Buttery, Wolfson College.

Subject: `The Book of Curiosities: some answers and many more questions.'

Note: The Book of Curiosities, the unique complete manuscript of a hitherto unknown Arabic cosmographical treatise, was acquired by the Bodleian in June 2002. The manuscript, a copy of a work which was probably compiled in the eleventh century, contains an unparalleled series of diagrams of the heavens and maps of the Earth. Many of its illustrations can be seen in the Bodleian exhibition `Medieval views of the cosmos' (Exhibition Room, 7 June–30 October).

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Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture

SIR TOM STOPPARD will deliver the annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 10 June, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: `Drawing on the wall of Plato's cave.'

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RIPON COLLEGE, CUDDESDON

150 Anniversary Festival

The past, present, and future of theological education

This conference will be held on Tuesday, 25 May, 9.30 a.m.–6 p.m., in Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Speakers will include Mark Chapman, Andrew Atherstone, Alastair Redfern, Michael Brierley, and Robert Jeffrey.

THE RT. REVD STEPHEN PLATTEN, Bishop of Wakefield, will deliver the keynote lecture at 4.15 p.m.

Subject: `Cuddesdon, theological education, and the changing Church.'

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Other events

The following events will also be held as part of the Anniversary Festival. Further details of all events may be obtained from Mrs Sophie Farrant, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford OX44 9EX (telephone: Oxford 874404, e-mail: sfarrant@ripon-cuddesdon@ac.uk).

Note: places are very limited for the Friday events.

Wed. 26 May, 7.30 p.m.: Concert of sacred music in All Saints Church, Cuddesdon, with the choir of St Mary Magdalen.

Thur. 27 May, 5.30–7 p.m.: Tour of the old Ripon Hall buildings in Boar's Hill, and unveiling of blue plaque.

Fri. 28 May, 11.30 a.m.: Festival Eucharist. Celebrant: The Rt. Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury; preacher: The Rt. Revd Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford and Visitor to the college.

Fri. 28 May, 2.30 p.m. THE RT. REVD DR ROWAN WILLIAMS, Archbishop of Canterbury: `The Christian priest today.' (Festival Lecture)

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OXFORD ITALIAN ASSOCIATION

Rowe Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR PIERO BOITANI, FBA, Professor of English, University of Rome, `La Sapienza', will deliver the Dorothy Rowe Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 28 May, in the Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College (entrance through Longwall).

Subject: `Dante, Milton, and the poetry of Christian Europe.'

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