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Oxford University Gazette, 9 March 2006: Lectures

Inaugural Lecture

Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation

PROFESSOR JONATHAN ZITTRAIN will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 April, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'The future of the Internet—and how to stop it.'

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Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature 2005–6

The spirit of secularism: on fables, gender, and ethics

MICHÈLE LE DOEUFF, CNRS, Paris, philosopher and critic, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in St Anne's College. The opening lecture will be given in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre; subsequent lectures will be given in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre.

25 Apr.: 'Epics.'

2 May: 'Ariadne and the Blue Beards.'

9 May: 'Prometheus and other colosses.'

16 May: ' "Not a goddess, she".'

23 May: 'Alas, poor Lucrecia!'

30 May: 'Are all wars wars of religion?'

6 June: 'The lost Island.'

13 June: 'All is imaginary, or is it?'

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Life and Environmental Sciences

A celebration of the career of Professor Lord May

A symposium celebrating the career of Professor Lord (Robert) May, with lectures by leading international ecologists, will be held on Tuesday, 21 March, and Wednesday, 22 March, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., in the Department of Zoology.

The symposium programme is available at

Subject: 'Advances in theoretical ecology.'

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Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

PROFESSOR KERRY SIEH, CalTech, Pasadena, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 28 April, in the University Museum of Natural History. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: 'Great Sumatran megathrust earthquakes—from science to human welfare.'

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Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences

Astor Visiting Fellow's Lecture

PROFESSOR IGOR R. EFIMOV, St Louis, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 15 March, in the Large Lecture Theatre of the Department for Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Sherrington Building.

Subject: 'Towards painless defibrillation: virtual electrode theory of electrical stimulation of the heart.'

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Medical Sciences

Botnar Research Centre

The following lectures will be given at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

21 Apr.: 'Targeting inflammatory synovitis.'

DR S. FOX, Plymouth
19 May: To be announced.

9 June: 'Lessons from a longitudinal osteoporosis database.'

16 June: 'Fragile bones in childhood.'

PROFESSOR A.J. DAY, Manchester
23 June: 'TSG-6: a protector of joint function.'

DR T. VINCENT, Imperial College, London
30 June: 'Basic FGF: an extracellular mechanotransducer in articular cartilage.'

14 July: 'The importance of size in T cell activation.'

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Rothermere American Institute

Panel discussion: Can new Europe creat Trans-Atlanticism?

PROFESSOR LENKA ROVNA, Charles University, Prague, DR DAVID ELLWOOD, Bologna, PROFESSOR JAN ZIELONKA, St Antonoy's College, and MICHAEL CARMICHAEL, political consultant, will take part in a discussion to be held on Friday, 10 March, 5–6.30 p.m., in the Rothermere American Institute. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Lunchtime seminar

Crime fiction novelist SARA PARETSKY will give a lunchtime seminar on Tuesday, 14 March, 12 noon–1.30 p.m., in the Rothermere American Institute. All members of the University are welcome to attend, but registration is strictly necessary: e-mail

Subject: 'Crime fiction and its place in society.'

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International Gender Studies Centre

Contribution to Oxford International Women's Festival: Women's voices—a celebration

MARIA JASCHOK, HIDEKO MITSUI, and JUDITH OKELY will speak at a special seminar to be given at 2 p.m. on Thursday, 9 March, in Queen Elizabeth House.

Subject: 'Coming to voice: researchers' perspectives.'

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All Souls College and the Mcdonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience

Chichele Lectures 2006

Frontiers of consciousness

The Chichele Lectures will be given as a series of six seminars and six lectures. The lectures will be of broad general interest, while the seminars will be more specialised.


The seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Old Library, All Souls College.

PROFESSOR DAVID MILNER, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham
27 Apr.: 'The dorsal stream: its role in automatic visual processing for action.'

PROFESSOR JOSEPH LEDOUX, Center for Neural Science, New York
4 May: 'Conscious and unconscious emotion: fear as a test case.'

PROFESSOR ADAM ZEMAN, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter
11 May: 'Sidestepping the problem of consciousness: building bridges between neurology, psychology, and psychiatry.'

PROFESSOR CHRIS FRITH, Institute of Neurology, London
18 May: 'What has brain imaging revealed about the neural basis of consciousness?'

PROFESSOR CECILIA HEYES, Imperial College, London
25 May: 'Mentalising, metacognition, and animal consciousness.'

1 June: 'Experience and belief: the role of consciousness in the aetiology of delusions.'


The lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the University Museum of Natural History.

12 May: 'Explaining consciousness: theories and challenges.'

19 May: 'Emotional consciousness: clues from the brain.'

26 May: 'Sight unseen: an unconscious visual processing system in the human brain.'

2 June: 'What is consciousness for? Sharing experiences.'

9 June: 'Beast machines? The question of animal consciousness.'

16 June: 'Does consciousness spring from the brain?'

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St Antony's College

European Studies Centre

Workshop: Forms of Union: the British and Spanish monarchies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

This one-day workshop will be held on Saturday, 11 March, 9.30 a.m.–6 p.m., in the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College. Enquiries should be directed to Ulli Parkinson (telephone: (2)74470, e-mail:

Convener: Jon Arrieta, Basque Visiting Fellow (e-mail:


JOSÉ ANTONIO CAMPOS, Minister of Education, Universities and Research, Basque Government: Opening

SIR JOHN ELLIOTT, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History: Introduction

DR ARRIETA: 'Forms of Union: elements for a comparison.'

DR JENNY WORMALD: 'A Union of hearts and minds? Scotland and England, 1603.'

PROFESSOR JOHN ROBERTSON: 'The conceptual framework of Anglo-Scottish Union.'

PABLO FERNÁNDEZ ALBALADEJO, Autonomous University of Madrid: 'Union of souls, autonomy of bodies.'

XAVIER GIL, Barcelona: 'The crown of Aragon in the Spanish monarchy.'

JOSÉ MARÍA PORTILLO, University of the Basque Country: 'Biscay in Tlaxcala: how can a modern history of the Basque Country make sense?'

GREGORIO MONREAL, Public University of Navarre: 'Navarre in the Spanish monarchy.'

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Oxford Intelligence Group

CHRISTIAN JENNY, Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, 13 March, in the Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College. Enquiries should be directed to Claire Bunce, Nuffield College (e-mail:

Subject: 'Swiss intelligence—past, present, and future.'

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