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Oxford University Gazette, 16 February 2006: Diary

Friday 17 February

STUDY-DAY: 'L'écriture du monde à la Renaissance', Maison Française, 10.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m.

DR J. ADAPON: 'Taste and the art of Mexican cooking' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminars: 'A sense of identity'), Lecture Theatre, 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

PROFESSOR PERRY BLACKSHEAR: 'Roles of the MARCKS and RFX4 protein families in central nervous system development' (third of three Oliver Smithies Lectures), Lecture Theatre, Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics, 1 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian art', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

A. CHAU: 'Of temples and trees: articulating environmentalisms in contemporary rural China' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminar, Pauling Centre for Human Sciences, 58a Banbury Road), 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR JOHN MORRILL: ' "The Bishop of Rochester's Cook": religious liberty and its paradoxes' (Ford's Lectures in British History: 'Living with revolution: the peoples of Britain and Ireland and the Civil Wars'), Schools, 5 p.m.

JÜRGEN VON HAGEN: 'Currency crises as door-opener for European Monetary Union' (lecture series: 'European crises 1945–2005: challenge and response in European integration'), European Studies Centre, 5 p.m.

M. WILLIS: 'Elections and referenda in the Maghrib: the illusion of significance?' (seminar series: 'The politics of elections in the Middle East today'), the Buttery, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (enquiries: Oxford (2)84780 or mec@sant.ox.ac.uk).

OLIVER KAMM: 'Does the internet contain the potential for new forms of journalism, and if so, what?' ('Media and Politics' seminar), Nuffield, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 18 February

QUEEN'S CLOSE HARMONY: recital, the chapel, Queen's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

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Sunday 19 February

THE VERY REVD JOHN DRURY preaches, St Mary's, 10 a.m.

BALLIOL CONCERTS: the Eminca Duo, the Hall, Balliol, 9 p.m. (non-members of the University, and those not accompanied by a member of the University, should collect free tickets from the Balliol Lodge by 9 p.m. on the previous day).

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Monday 20 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Presentation skills', 9.30 a.m.; 'Lecturing: purposes, approach, and performance (Humanities and Social Sciences)'—Session 1, 12 noon (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

HELEN SWEET: 'Sisters and sangomas: the role of the mission hospital in establishing healthcare provision in rural KwaZulu Natal' (seminar series: 'Medicine in the modern non-Western world'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR J.P. CARLEY (Leverhulme Visiting Professor): 'The Dissolution' (lecture series: 'The sixteenth-century English library: monastery and private collection'), St Cross Building, 4.30 p.m.

DR MARINA KURKCHIYAN: 'Legal culture in Russia: some reflections' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: public seminars), Seminar Room B, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER RICKS (Professor of Poetry): 'True friendship: II. Hill, Pound, and others' (lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

LORD MACLENNAN OF ROGART and SIR MICHAEL WHEELER-BOOTH: 'A written constitution, a "big bang" rather than small constitutional steps' (seminar series: 'How healthy is British democracy?'), Summer Common Room, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

DR JOHN CHRISTIE: 'Eighteenth-century England: a Socinian Enlightenment?' (Enlightenment Workshop), Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR THOMAS GOLD: 'Pacific governance: an international NGO and China's quest to build a harmonious society' (Contemporary China Seminars), Seminar Room 206, Institute for Chinese Studies, 5 p.m.

DR HELEN LENEMAN: 'The Scroll of Ruth retold through librettos and music: biblical interpretation in a new key' ('Biblical woman and their afterlives' series, funded by the AHRC), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ALAN TAYLOR: 'Collateral damage: trade disruption and the economic impact of war' (Seminar in Economic and Social History), Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 5 p.m.

THE HON. NANA AKUFO ADDO: 'Ghana: the democratic project: challenges and prospects' (Oxford Research Network on Government in Africa: public lectures), Lecture Theatre, Department of Politics and International Relations, 5 p.m.

M. FUMAROLI: 'Maurice Quentin de Latour et le siècle de Louis XV' (lecture, in French), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

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Tuesday 21 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Leading teams'—day 2, 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Death and burial in ancient Egypt', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

PROFESSOR DEREK PENSLAR: 'Power without land: Jews and the military in modern Europe' (Seminar in Modern European Jewish History), European Studies Centre, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR GEORGE PATTISON: 'Religion and the contemporary university' (James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation seminar series: 'Humanities and the future of humanity'), Saïd Business School, 4 p.m.

MARK BOSTRIDGE: 'Flame-keepers and icon-makers: problems of a modern biographer' (lecture series: 'Biographers at work'), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 4 p.m.

DR ANDREW STREET: 'Developing new approaches to measuring NHS outputs and productivity' (Health Economics Research Seminar), Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, 4 p.m.

THE RT. HON. LORD (TOM) KING, PETER KILFOYLE, MP, and SIR DAVID OMAND: 'Can intelligence beat terrorism?' (St Antony's Visiting Parliamentary Fellows seminars: 'Terrorism: roots and responses'), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

DR T. CAROTHERS: 'Does democracy promotion have a future?' (Winchester Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR COLIN KIDD: 'Early nationalism as a form of Unionism' (Carlyle Lectures: 'The varieties of Unionism in Scottish political thought 1707–1974'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR J. CLASEN: 'Welfare state reforms in Germany and the United Kingdom' (Current Issues in Social Policy seminars: 'Welfare state transformations'), Violet Butler Seminar Room, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY SAMUEL: 'Subtle bodies in Indian and Tibetan yoga: scientific and spiritual meanings' (Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Study of Religions), Seminar Room, Oriel, 5 p.m.

DR Z. DRORY: 'Israel's reprisals policy 1953–6—rein in your horses' (lecture), Deakin Room, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR DR H. SCHENDL: 'Aspects of code-switching in the history of English' (OED Forum), Rewley House, 5 p.m.

J. LONDON: 'How to talk about musical meter: psychological and cross-cultural perspectives' (Graduate Students' Colloquia), Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music, 5.15 p.m.

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Wednesday 22 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Working for the University: opportunities and benefits', 9.30 a.m.; 'Assertiveness'—day 2, 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

MRS MARY CLAPINSON: 'The Bodleian and its readers, 1602–52' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1 p.m. (enquiries: (2)77234; fob@bodley.ox.ac.uk).

ORGAN RECITAL: James Mooney-Dutton, the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

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: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

JOHN EATON: 'Ancient dramas that break into modern song: a contemporary composer confronts the timeless truths of Greek tragedy' (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama lecture), Seminar Room, Classics Centre, 2.15 p.m.

NICOLA MCLELLAND: 'Language and national identity in the German- speaking countries since 1871' (interdisciplinary seminars: 'Language and history'), MacGregor Room, Oriel, 2.15 p.m.

VICE-CHANCELLOR'S QUESTION TIME: the Vice-Chancellor answers questions about the University submitted by members of Congregation, university/collge staff, and students, Lecture Theatre, Rewley House, 4 p.m. (prior registration required to questiontime@admin.ox.ac.uk, stating name, college/department affiliation, university card number, and date of session).

SIR JEREMY GREENSTOCK: `Iraq, Iran, and the ripple effects' (lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT VITALIS: 'America's kingdom: race, state, and the business of myth-making on the Saudi oil frontier' (King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud Lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (enquiries: Oxford (2)84780 or mec@sant.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR TOM PHILLIPS: 'Face to face: adventures and encounters in portraiture—Iris Murdoch and others' (Slade Lectures 2006: 'Making art work—the artist in the studio'), Lecture Theatre, University Museum of Natural History, 5 p.m. (open to the public).

PROFESSOR IAN GREEN: 'The dominance of classicism and moralism in English education, c.1530–1760' (Waynflete Lectures: 'Humanism and Protestantism in early modern England'), Grove Auditorium, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

MARIO FUMERTON: 'From victims to heroes: peasant counter-rebellion and civil war in Ayacucho, Peru, 1980–2000' (Refugee Studies Centre: public seminars), Seminar Room 2, Department of International Development, Mansfield Road, 5 p.m. (check for late changes at www.rsc.ox.ac.uk).

DR ANTONI ÜÇERLER: 'The Japanese "Primitive Church": Alessandro Valignano's rhetorical History of Japan (1603)' (D'Arcy Lectures: 'Christianity "Made in Japan": the Jesuit enterprise, 1549--1640'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MASSIMO FIRPO: 'From Reformation to Counter-Reformation: images of heresy and figurative Nicodemism' (Isaiah Berlin Visiting Scholar lectures: 'Painting and heresy in sixteenth-century Italy: Jacopo Pontormo and Lorenzo Lotto'), Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean, 5 p.m.

DR D. KLEIN: 'Antisemitism: a modern canon' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 23 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Lecturing: purposes, approach, and performance (LES, MPS, and Medical Sciences)'—Session 1, 12 noon (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

ORGAN RECITAL with Myles Hartley, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

DR DAVID RODIN: 'Torture and absolute moral prohibitions' (seminar series: 'Normative theory and the use of force'), Schools, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR RICHARD BLACK: 'Shaping migration research strategies: the British experience' (COMPAS seminars—Centre on Migration, Policy and Society: 'Shaping migration research strategies: national research centres, government policies, and public attitudes'), Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

DR L. SCIAMA: 'Citizenship, migration, and identity: a personal account' (International Gender Studies Centre lectures: 'Transnational people: globally mobile professional people'), Department for International Development, 2 p.m.

VICE-CHANCELLOR'S QUESTION TIME: the Vice-Chancellor answers questions about the University submitted by members of Congregation, university/college staff, and students, Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School, 4 p.m. (prior registration required to questiontime@admin.ox.ac.uk, stating name, college/department affiliation, university card number, and date of session).

GARY W. GALLAGHER: 'The progress of our arms: whither Civil War military history?' (Fortenbaugh Lecture, to be delivered by video link from the University of Virginia), Rothermere American Institute, 4 p.m.

REBECCA CLARK: 'Land degradation and small-holder agriculture in Sri Lanka' (Development Seminars), Seminar Room 2, Department of International Development, 5 p.m.

D.J. TAYLOR: 'The madwoman in the attic' (lecture), Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty, St Cross Building, 5 p.m. (tickets £3 at the door, in aid of Oxfordshire Mind).

DR ROBERT WATSON: 'The impact and role of major international scientific assessments on global environmental governance' (Linacre Lectures: 'Environmental Governance'), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 5.15 p.m.

S. UNGAR: 'Subjective voice and colonial culture in Jean Rouch's Moi, Un Noir' (Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

F. DE POLIGNAC: 'Fragments of antiquity in medieval cultures: Alexander the Great in the Arabic writing of history' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

STEPHEN JOHNSTON: 'The astrolabe, east and west' (public lecture, linked to current exhibition), Museum of the History of Science, 7 p.m. (admission free).

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Friday 24 February

TAYLOR INSTITUTION: Slavonic and Modern Greek Library closed to readers (today only).

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Career review and planning for contract research staff', 9.15 a.m.; 'Time management for administrative, secretarial, and support staff', 9.30 a.m.; and 'Introduction to the Bodleian Library', 11 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR R. LITTLEWOOD: 'The voice of God: talking to God in prayer' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminars: 'A sense of identity'), Lecture Theatre, 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Hairstyles, wigs, and whiskers (men's fashions)', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

A. BEATTY: 'The Pope in Mexico: syncretism in public ritual' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminar, Pauling Centre for Human Sciences, 58a Banbury Road), 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING: 'The origin of the Universe' (Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 5 p.m. (Admission to the lecture, and to the video-link in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, by ticket only: sb@astro.ox.ac.uk. Tickets for the original date are invalid.)

PROFESSOR JOHN MORRILL: 'Legacies' (Ford's Lectures in British History: 'Living with revolution: the peoples of Britain and Ireland and the Civil Wars'), Schools, 5 p.m.

WOLFGANG WESSELS: 'Crisis of confidence in "old Europe" after the peaceful revolutions in "new Europe" and why the EU succeeded with its biggest enlargement' (lecture series: 'European crises 1945–2005: challenge and response in European integration'), European Studies Centre, 5 p.m.

L. WISE: 'President and Parliament: the Egyptian elections of 2005' (seminar series: 'The politics of elections in the Middle East today'), the Buttery, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (enquiries: Oxford (2)84780 or mec@sant.ox.ac.uk).