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Oxford University Gazette, 23 March 2006: Lectures

Inaugural Lectures

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.'

Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature

PROFESSOR MICHAEL SHERINGHAM will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 May, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'The difference a day makes: the journée as a measure of the self.'

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Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint (Second Series)

Origen's hexapla: the development of Septuagint tradition and its reception in antiquity

PROFESSOR PETER J. GENTRY, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, DR BAS TER HAAR ROMENY, Leiden, DR ALISON SALVESEN, Mansfield College, and THE REVD DR GERARD NORTON, OP, Birmingham (retired), will deliver the second series of Grinfield Lectures at 5 p.m. on the days shown in the Examination Schools.

Tue. 25 Apr.: 'The interdependence of the Old Greek and the Three in Ecclesiastes.'

Wed. 26 Apr.: 'Preparing a new edition of the hexaplaric Psalter: the significance of the material discovered since 1875.'

Thur. 27 Apr.: 'Towards a new edition of Field? Challenges for database and publication.

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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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Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies

Gatekeepers: corporate governance and the professions

PROFESSOR JOHN C. COFFEE JR., Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia School of Law, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies at 5 p.m. on the days shown in the Saïd Business School. The lectures will be open to the public, and admission is free.

Further information may be obtained from or

Wed. 24 May: 'The silent watchdog: why the gatekeepers failed at Enron, WorldCom—and elsewhere?'

Thur. 25 May: 'The prospects for reform: how can gatekeepers be induced to serve investors faithfully?'

Fri. 26 May: 'Litigation and corporate governance: the costs and benefits of the American reliance on the attorney as bounty-hunter.'

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Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Hinshelwood Lectures

PROFESSOR RICHARD J. SAYKALLY, University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, will deliver the Hinshelwood Lectures at 11.15 a.m. on the following days in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

Detailed synopses of the lectures are available at

Convener: Professor G. Hancock.

Tue. 25 Apr.: 'What makes water wet?? New insights from cluster spectroscopy.' Thur. 27 Apr.: 'Ions at the liquid water surface: beyond Langmuir and Onsager.'

Wed. 3 May: 'X-ray spectroscopy of aqueous solutions and their surfaces.'

Thur. 4 May: 'Water clusters in the atmosphere.'

Tue. 9 May: 'A unified description of hydrogen bond perturbations in liquid water and aqueous electrolytes: it's all in the field!!'

Thur. 11 May: 'Chirped CARS spectromicroscopy: molecule-selective imaging of complex samples.'

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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Medical Sciences

Department of Biochemistry

PROFESSOR RONALD LASKEY, FRS, MRC Cancer Cell Unit, Cambridge, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, 5 June, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Physiology.

Subject: 'Control of DNA replication and its exploitation for cancer diagnosis.'

Health Economics Research Centre

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Mondays in the Board Room, the Rosemary Rue Building, the Old Road Campus.

DR D. HUGHS, Wales
24 Apr.: 'Rationing of drugs for rare diseases.'

A. BATE, Newcastle
22 May: 'Use of programme budgetary and marginal analysis as a health care resource allocation tool.'

PROFESSOR N. DEVLIN, City University, and P. BURGE, RAND Europe, Cambridge
12 June: 'Understanding patients' choices at the point of referral: a discrete choice experiment.'

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: 'Decisions, decisions: TGF-b and monocytic lineage switching.'

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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Medical Sciences and Green College

Oxford Medical Seminar: Healthcare reimagined—what is the role of private provision in the NHS?'

This seminar, supported by GE Healthcare, will be held on Tuesday, 2 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre. The seminar will start at 5 p.m. with tea with the speakers.

JAMES NAUGHTIE, journalist and BBC broadcaster, will chair and introduce the debate.

PROFESSOR JULIAN LE GRAND, Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, will make a case for increasing private provision.

PROFESSOR ALLYSON POLLOCK, Head of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, will make a case against further private provision.

JAMES JOHNSON, Chairman of Council of the British Medical Association, will put the case from the profession.

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Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

David Patterson Seminars

The David Patterson Seminars will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the OCHJS, Yarnton Manor.

Convener: Dr Joseph Sherman.

26 Apr.: 'The Haifa turning point—the British Administration and the civil war in Palestine, December 1947–May 1948.'

DR C. HELMAN, Royal Free and University College Medical School
3 May: 'The dybbuk and the golem: two archetypes of Jewish folklore.'

PROFESSOR J. GOLDSTEIN, State University of West Georgia
10 May: 'Comparative Zionisms: Singapore and Manila.'

17 May: 'The Six-Day War as a Soviet initiative.'

PROFESSOR A. KAHANE, Royal Holloway, London
24 May: 'Levinas' Talmud: ancient Jewish thought and modern French philosophy.'

31 May: 'Reading between the lines: Jewish–Christian relations as reflected in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts.'

DR A. SUTCLIFFE, King's College London
7 June: 'Philosemitism, the Enlightenment, and the road to Jewish emancipation.'

DR S. GELLER, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
14 June: 'Biblical roots of religious violence.'

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Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

Medicine, surgery, and culture

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Mondays in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine.

Convener: Dr Margaret Pelling.

M. MOORE, Ulster
24 Apr.: 'Artistic medicine: the function of contemporary art within medical institutions.'

C. HOCHMUTH, Technical University of Dresden
8 May: 'Making the colonial indigenous: medical discourse about imported goods in Germany in the long eighteenth century.'

L. BRYDER, Auckland
15 May: ' "Saving young women from mutilating surgery": the 1988 inquiry into cervical cancer at the National Women's Hospital, New Zealand.'

W. CHURCHILL, Wellcome Trust, UCL
22 May: 'Anonymity, privacy, and confidentiality in early modern British medicine.'

5 June: 'Quacks, social climbers, and gentlemen: the nerve doctors of late eighteenth-century Britain.'

12 June: 'Smallpox in early modern London: the emergence of an "endemic" epidemic.'

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ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS)

States and emigrants

The following seminars will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Seminar Room, the Institute of Human Sciences, the Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road.

Convener: Dr Xiang Biao.

M. ABELLA, formerly of ILO
27 Apr.: 'Should labour migration be left to the market? Some lessons for origin states.'

DR M. THUNO, Copenhagen
4 May: 'Wooing political and financial support from Chinese migrant populations: the Chinese state as a strategic operator of migration.'

DR HEIN DE HAAS, International Migration Institute, Oxford
11 May: 'Between courting and controlling: the Moroccan state and "its" emigrants.'

DR M. LALL, SOAS, London
18 May: 'Embracing the forgotten child? Changes in India's diaspora policy.'

25 May: 'Diasporas and development in the wake of war.'

F. RAGAZZI, Northwestern
1 June: ' "Diaspora" as a state category: the case of Croatia.'

8 June: 'Brokering labour: the state, migrants, and Philippine transnationalisms.'

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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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Brasenose College

Tanner Lectures on Human Values

Children in crisis: the state of the world's children and the challenges they face in the twenty-first century

CAROL BELLAMY, formerly Executive Director, UNICEF, will deliver the Tanner Lectures in Human Values at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools. The lectures are open to the public.

Tue. 25 Apr.: 'From Taliban to the tsunami—true stories from the front lines of making a world fit for children.'

Wed. 26 Apr.: 'Stealing childhood—poverty, war, and disease.'

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Green College

Alan Emery Lecture

PROFESSOR DAVID RIMOIN, Los Angeles, will deliver the Alan Emery Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 11 May, in the E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College.

Subject: 'The skeletal dysplasias: clinical–molecular correlations.'

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Oriel College

Lee Seng Tee Lecture

DR SIMON SKINNER will deliver the Lee Seng Tee Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 26 May, in the Senior Library, Oriel College.

Subject: 'Noetics and Newmaniacs: Oriel's intellectual legacy in the nineteenth century.'

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St Edmund Hall

A.B. Emden Lecture

PROFESSOR DIARMAID MACCULLOCH will deliver the A.B. Emden Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Archbishop Cranmer and his biographers.'

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Trinity College

Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture

MONICA ALI will deliver the Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 5 May, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: 'Censorship.'

Margaret Howard Memorial Lecture

THE RT. HON. LORD JUSTICE MOSES will deliver the Margaret Howard Memorial Lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Monday, 15 May, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: 'The mask and the judge.'

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