University Gazette, 11 May 2006: Diary
Friday 12 May
LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Contracts', 9.30 a.m.; 'Recruitment and selection, for all staff'—day 2, 9.30 a.m.; 'Induction seminar for new contract research staff', 12.30 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Victorian paintings', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
CONFERENCE: 'Mésentente constructive: les relations franco-britanniques et le rôle global de l'Europe', Maison Française, 2–6.30 p.m. (continues tomorrow, 9.30 a.m.–6 p.m.).
CSABA LÉVAI: 'The American Revolution and Hungary in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries' (East and East–Central Europe Seminar), MacGregor Room, Oriel, 2.15 p.m.
CHRISTINA TOREN: 'How do we know what is true? The case of mana in Fiji' (Marett Lecture), Exeter, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR THEODOR W. HÄNSCH: 'A passion for precision' (Cherwell–Simon Memorial Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 4.30 p.m.
PROFESSOR MARTIN DAVIES: 'Explaining consciousness: theories and challenges' (Chichele Lectures: 'Frontiers of consciousness'), University Museum of Natural History, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR MAXINE BERG: 'The Asian century: the making of the eighteenth-century consumer revolution' (Hicks Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR STEVEN CONNOR: 'Haze: the Modernist atmosphere' (Interdisciplinary seminar in art theory and literary theory: 'Modernism and beyond'), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR SUSAN J. PHARR: 'The rise of civil society in Asia' (Nissan Institute: twenth-fifth anniversary lectures), Lecture Theatre, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, 5 p.m.
SIMON GREEN: 'The failure of integration in Germany?' (seminar series: 'Germany: a new political beginning?'), Seminar Room European Studies Centre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.
KEVIN MARSH: 'The future of political reporting' ('Media and Politics' series), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.
DEBATE: 'Franco-British views on Europe's global role', with H.E. Gérard Errera, French Ambassador to the UK, Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries to: email@example.com).
THE VERY REVD VIV FAULL: 'A new song in a strange land—the contribution of women to the priestly ministry of the Church' (Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture), the chapel, Keble, 5.30 p.m.
JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE (scriptwriter, actor, and author): 'Monsieur Carrière, s'il vous plaît?—un dialogue avec Jean-Claude Carrière sur le thème "Littérature et cinéma" ', Main Hall, Taylor Institution, 5.30 p.m.
PEDRAM KHOSRONEJAD: 'Shiite rituals amongst women: space, singing, body movement, miracle' (talk in series 'Religious and cultural politics in post-revolutionary Iran', accompanied by showing of documentary Standard-bearers of Hussein), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 8 p.m.
Saturday 13 May
THE RT. HON. LORD JUSTICE SEDLEY: 'Sex, libels, and video-surveillance' (Blackstone Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 11 a.m.
JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE (scriptwriter, actor, and author): (i) M. Carrière reads from his work in French and English, Main Hall, Taylor Institution, 9.45 a.m. (confirm attendance to: firstname.lastname@example.org); (ii) 'Un atelier avec Jean-Claude Carrière: Theâtre et cinéma: l'écriture d'un scénario', Moser Theatre, Wadham, 12 noon (places limited—confirm attendance to: michael.abecassis@modern-lang uages.ox.ac.uk).
ORGAN RECITAL: Ian Keatley, the chapel, Magdalen, 5.25 p.m. (admission free).
Sunday 14 May
THE RT. HON. TONY BENN preaches on the subject of 'Use and abuse of religion', St Mary's, 10.30 a.m.
CHARIVARI AGRÉABLE performs works by C.P.E. Bach, Telemann, and Kress (John Farmer Memorial Concert), Balliol, 9 p.m. (admission free).
Monday 15 May
LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Welcome to the University', 2 p.m. (see information above).
L. BRYDER: ' "Saving young women from mutilating surgery": the 1988 inquiry into cervical cancer at the National Women's Hospital, New Zealand' (seminar series: 'Medicine, surgery, and culture'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.
PROFESSOR DAVID CAMPBELL: 'Alcohol-related disorder and the nature of the problem of social cost' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminar series: 'Regulatory drift'), Room E, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m. (enquiries to: email@example.com).
PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER RICKS (Professor of Poetry): 'True friendship: III. T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Robert Lowell' (lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR ANTHONY GRAFTON: 'History's other eye: the rise and fall of technical chronology in early modern Europe' (History Faculty: Special Faculty Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR JAMES CARLEY: 'Opus interruptum and its consequences: John Bale's plunderings' (Leverhulme Lectures: 'John Leland's De uiris illustribus: the first Dictionary of National Biography'), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR ROBIN LEAVER: 'What makes church music church music? Biblical principles and implications' (seminar series: 'The Bible in art, music, and literature'), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.
FRÉDÉRIQUE MATONTI: 'Les intellectuels communistes de l'aggiornamento: entre obéissance et contrebande' (seminar series: 'New directions in French research'), Maison Française, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR VIV EDWARDS: 'Children as mediators of language and culture' (Department of Educational Studies: public research seminars), Lecture Room 1, Department of Educational Studies, 5 p.m. (for abstracts and further information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
THE RT. HON. LORD JUSTICE MOSES: 'The mask and the judge' (Margaret Howard Memorial Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5.45 p.m.
Tuesday 16 May
Note: The Paget Toynbee Lecture, due to have been given today in the Taylor Institution by Professor Guglielmo Gorni, has been cancelled because of the speaker's illness.
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Dining through cultures', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: email@example.com.)
PROFESSOR JOËLLE PROUST: 'Is conscious will an illusion?' (lecture series: 'New directions in French philosophy'), Lecture Room, Philosophy Centre, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR ELEONORE STUMP: 'Theodicy in another world' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: 'What we care about: the problem of evil'), Schools, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR DENISE CUSH: 'Wise young women: beliefs, values, and influences in the adoption of witchcraft by teenage girls in England' (Interdisciplinary Seminars in the Study of Religions: 'Approaches to religions in the twenty-first century'), Harris Seminar Room, Oriel, 5 p.m.
DR ROBERT BECKFORD: 'House negro with a field negro mentality: doing black political ideology in documentary film' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lectures: 'Faith in the media?'), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.
ANTONY GRAFTON and JOANNA WEINBERG: 'How a late Renaissance scholar read Jewish texts: Isaac Casaubon and his Judaic library' (Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit lecture), Oriental Institute, 5 p.m.
ANY QUESTIONS FORUM: `Intervention in early human life: panacea or ethical quagmire?', with Professor Richard Dawkins, Richard Gardner, Jane Moore, Michael Parker, and Josephine Quintavalle, Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR MICHÈLE LE DOEUFF: ' "Not a goddess, she" ' (Weidenfeld Visiting Professor lectures: 'The spirit of secularism: on fables, gender, and ethics'), Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 5.30 p.m.
Wednesday 17 May
LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Induction and probation', 9.30 a.m.; 'Writing at work'—third meeting, 3.30 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).
STUDY-DAY: 'Comment écrire l'histoire du communisme?', Department of Politics and International Relations, 10 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (enquiries to Maison Française: firstname.lastname@example.org).
ORGAN RECITAL: Rebecca Rollett, the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'English delftware', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: email@example.com.)
PROFESSOR GORDON J. YOUNG: 'The United Nations World Water Development Report—Crises in Freshwater: fundamental considerations' (Oxford Centre for Water Research UNESCO Lecture), Main Lecture Theatre, Centre for the Environment, 4.30 p.m.
PROFESSOR YURI SLEZKINE: 'On The Jewish Century (Princeton, 2004)' (Astor Lecture), Room 2, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR R. BRANDOM: 'Artificial intelligence and analytic pragmatism' (John Locke Lectures: 'Between saying and doing: towards an analytic pragmatism'), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR BRONISLAW GEREMEK: 'Britain and Poland: the neglected friendship' (lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.
NEIL MACGREGOR: 'Collecting in the modern world' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Beatrice Blackwood Lecture), Saïd Business School, 7 p.m.
DR I. GINOR and G. REMEZ: 'The Six-Day War as a Soviet initiative' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.
Thursday 18 May
LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Managing employee absence', 9.30 a.m.; 'Performance management', 12.45 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).
THE REVD DR AIDAN NICHOLLS: 'Balthasar on time and history' (lecture series: 'The dogmatic theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar'), Lecture Room 2, Oriel, 12 noon.
LUCY MATHESON (soprano), PETER MCMULLIN (piano), and ROBIN WHITEHOUSE (recorder): programme of music by Bach, Handel, and Mozart, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).
ANNA LORA-WAINWRIGHT: 'Not a mother at twenty-five, you are too old: some reflections on gender in rural Sichuan' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: 'Work-in-progress: cross-cultural comparisons/issues in fieldwork'), Lecture Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.
DR M. LALL: 'Embracing the forgotten child? Changes in India's diaspora policy' (COMPAS seminar series—ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society: 'States and emigrants'), Institute of Human Sciences, Pauling Centre, 2 p.m.
ICT STRATEGY PROGRAMME: open meeting to discuss the first draft of the ICT Strategic Plan, Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School, 2 p.m. (see: www.ict.ox.ac.uk/strategy/).
PROFESSOR TOBIAS WOLFF: 'Saving your life by spending it: a writer's accounts' (Esmond Harmsworth Annual Lecture), Rothermere American Institute, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR D. GARLAND: 'A peculiar institution: on the forms and functions of America's death penalty' (Roger Hood Public Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR CHRIS FRITH: 'What has brain imaging revealed about the neural basis of consciousness?' (seminar series related to Chichele Lectures: 'Frontiers of consciousness'), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.
DR STEPHEN PUMFREY: 'Thomas Harriot and the patronage of English science' (Thomas Harriot Lecture), Oriel, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR ELEONORE STUMP: 'The desires of the heart' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: 'What we care about: the problem of evil'), Lecture Room, Philosophy Centre, 5 p.m.
MARIELLE MACE: 'De l'histoire à la mémoire littéraire: les écrivains et le devenir de la littérature' (Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.
PROFESSOR JOHN CAREY: 'What good are the arts?' (St John's College Founder's Lecture), Auditorium, St John's, 5.30 p.m. (admission by free ticket, available from the lodge, St John's).
PROFESSOR MICHAEL WALZER: 'The paradox of national liberation: India, Israel, Algeria' (Isaiah Berlin Lecture), the Hall, Wolfson, 6 p.m.
PROFESSOR RICHARD GRAY: 'Curing breast and bowel cancer: large-scale randomised evidence, and the decreasing UK death rates' (Archie Cochrane Lecture), Witts Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Infirmary, 6 p.m.
DAVID CROWN (baritone) and SHOLTO KYNOCH (piano) perform Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel, the chapel, Queen's, 8 p.m. (admission £9/£6/£3; enquiries and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org).
PEDRAM KHOSRONEJAD: 'Singers in Iran: Shari'at and women's protest in post-revolutionary Iran' (talk in series 'Religious and cultural politics in post-revolutionary Iran', accompanied by showing of documentary film Back Vocal), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 8 p.m.
Friday 19 May
LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Springboard—Programme 4', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'From tree to table—looking at furniture', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: email@example.com.)
CONFERENCE: 'From Revolution to Restoration. Science, politics and society in France, 1789–1830', Maison Française, 2–5.30 p.m. (continues tomorrow, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.).
SAMUEL JOHNSON: ' "The Eastern Ghetto": British perspectives on Polish Jews, 1900–22' (East and East–Central Europe Seminar), MacGregor Room, Oriel, 2.15 p.m.
MICHAEL LAMBEK: 'Sacrifice and the problem of beginning: meditations on Sakalava Mythopraxis' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, 4.15 p.m.
DR ROGER DIGBY: 'Development and application of new materials technologies for airbus aircraft' (Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites: Annual Industrial Lecture), Lecture Room 1, Thom Building, 4.30 p.m.
PROFESSOR JOSEPH LEDOUX: 'Conscious and unconscious emotion: fear as a test case' (Chichele Lectures: 'Frontiers of consciousness'), University Museum of Natural History, 5 p.m.
PROFESSOR A.G. FANE: 'The role of membrane technology in our quality of life' (first of three Oliver Smithies Lectures), Lecture Room XXIII, Balliol, 5 p.m.
ART & LANGUAGE (Michael Baldwin, Charles Harrison, and Mel Ramsden): 'Voices off: reflections on conceptual art' (Interdisciplinary seminar in art theory and literary theory: 'Modernism and beyond'), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.
JAMES SLOAM: 'German EU policy under the Grand Coalition: between indifference and a grand vision' (seminar series: 'Germany: a new political beginning?'), Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.