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Oxford University Gazette, 1 February 2007: Diary

Friday 2 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Springboard, Programme 4'—follow-up day; 'Developing language skills', 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

LARS BUUR: 'Hope and despair in the South African townships: vigilantism and violent moral policing' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT BARTLETT: 'Orrm's Orrmulum and the birth-pangs of the vernacular' (Ford's Lectures: 'The learned culture of Angevin England'), Schools, 5 p.m.

ALI ALLAWI: 'America and Iraq' (Middle East Centre fiftieth anniversary seminars: 'America and the Middle East), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

THE MOST REVD DR JOHN SENTAMU: 'Jesus Christ—suffering and glory' (lecture in University Chaplains' Mission series), Sheldonian, 8.15 p.m. (No charge for admission. Further details at: www.sufferingandglory.com.)

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Sunday 4 February

HARRIET GOODWIN (mezzo-soprano): recital in series of Balliol Concerts, Balliol, 9 p.m. (admission free and open to all members of the University).

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Monday 5 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Time management for managers and academic/research staff', 9.30 a.m.; 'The history of the University', 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

DR J. SHAW: 'Retailing medicine in Renaissance Florence: the "Giglio" and its clients, 1493–4' (seminar series: 'Medicine, surgery, and culture'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

DR FERNANDA PIRIE: 'Law and order on the margins: the Chinese legal system in Tibet' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Law, culture, and development'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

CARYL PHILLIPS: Professor Phillips reads from and discusses his work, Memorial Room, Queen's, 5 p.m. (no charge for admission).

DR NANCY BIRDSALL: 'Inequality and justice in the global economy: are Islamic countries different?' (lecture), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 6 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Job search and interview skills for contract research staff', 9.30 a.m.; 'Introductory certificate in management' (Day 3), 9.30 a.m.; 'Class teaching' (for Humanities and Social Sciences), 12 noon (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Ancient Egyptian jewellery', 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.)

YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN, JOHN LLOYD, and DR SCOTT BLINDER: 'Minorities and politics' (St Antony's Visiting Parliamentary Fellows seminar series: 'How can democracies cope with minorities?'), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PENELOPE LIVELY: 'The hazards of hindsight: on memoir-writing' (Visiting Lectures on Life-Writing), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 4 p.m.

PROFESSOR T.H. IRWIN (Professor of Ancient Philosophy): 'Fundamental morality' (Inaugural Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR PHILIP STEWART: 'Why did Muhammad go to war?' (Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Study of Religion), Harris Seminar Room, Oriel, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR L. LEISERING: 'Basic income schemes in developing and transitional countries' (Current Issues in Social Policy seminars: 'Welfare and social security around the globe'), Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

THE VERY REVD JUNE OSBORNE: 'Sacred place: memory and longing' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lecture series: 'A sense of place: landscapes human and divine'), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR SIR RAVINDER MAINI: 'Lessons learnt in taking successful anti-TNF biological therapy from the bench to the clinic' (GlaxoSmithKline Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, 5 p.m.

DR ALISON HILLS: 'Do animals have rights?' (seminar series: 'Animal experimentation for medical research: issues and perspectives'), Mansfield, 5.30 p.m.

DR JEFF DARKEN: 'English country clocks' (public lecture, related to current exhibition on English country clocks 1600–1840), Museum of the History of Science, 7 p.m.

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Wednesday 7 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: ' Class teaching' (for MPLS and Medical Sciences), 12 noon (see information above).

ORGAN RECITAL: George Castle, the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Saints and their symbols', 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.)

DR DAVID GELLNER: 'Resistance and conversion' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: 'Religion, ritual, and power in the Nepal Himalayas'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR PAUL BINSKI: 'Cities, authorities and the Holy Blood' (Slade Lectures: 'English Gothic art and architecture before the Black Death'), University Museum of Natural History, 5 p.m.

H.R.H. PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL (Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States): 'Saudi constitutional reform, from Abdul Aziz to Abdallah' (King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud Annual Lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GEORGE JOFFE: 'The policy process and the Middle East: competing arenas' (seminar series: 'British diplomatic perceptions of the Muslim world'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

MARC LAZAR: 'Continuity and change: the French Left from 1945 to the present day' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

DANIEL WEISSBORT: 'Poets as translators' (Creative Arts Lecture Series), Haldane Room, Wolfson, 7.30 p.m. (enquiries: carmen.bugan@wolfson.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR MARTIN GOODMAN: Book launch: Rome and Jerusalem: the Clash of Ancient Civilizations (David Patterson Seminars), Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET performs quartets by Schubert and Tchaikovsky, and Elgar's piano quintet in A minor, op. 84 (with Nathan Williamson), Holywell Music Room, 8 p.m. (tickets £12/£6 from Tickets in Oxford, 305305/www.ticketsoxford.co.uk, or at the door). (Preceded by an open rehearsal, 2–4 p.m., and a talk on ' "Schubert's Enigma: the Quartettsatz D703' by Dr Susan Wollenberg, 7.30 p.m.)

RICHARD RUSBRIDGER: 'The internal world of Don Giovanni' (Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis), New Seminar Room, St John's, 8.15 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: paul.tod@sjc.ox.ac.uk).

MELVYN TAN, fortepiano, performs Haydn, Sonata in F, no. 38, Hob XVI/23, and Mozart, Eight Variations on 'Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding', K613, and Sonata in D, K311, in the Auditorium, St John's, 8.30 p.m. (admission by free programme, available from the Porters' Lodge, St John's).

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Thursday 8 February

PROFESSOR ROY MACLEOD: 'Sight and sound: the physicists' war' (Leverhulme Lectures: 'On Minerva and Mars: science and war, 1914–20'), Osler–McGovern Centre, 13 Norham Gardens, 11 a.m.

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Introduction to the University Library Services', 11 a.m.; 'Developing student learning in medicine', 2 p.m.; 'Assertiveness' (Day 1), 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR ANDREAS WIMMER: 'How (not) to think about culture and ethnicity in immigration research' (ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society seminars: 'Migration on the fringes of Europe: trends, patterns, transformation'), Institute of Human Sciences, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

BOOK LAUNCH (in honour of Shirley Ardener): Identity and networks—fashioning gender and ethnicity across cultures (International Gender Studies Centre event), Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

DR CARL-JOHAN SEGER: 'Micro-processor design: theoretical physics meets high-volume manufacturing' (Oliver Smithies Lectures), Thom Building, 3 p.m.

PROFESSOR GRAHAM GIBBS: 'Departmental leadership of teaching' (Oxford Learning Institute: research seminars), Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, 4 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: rocio.garavito@learning.ox.ac.uk).

DR DAVID RUNCIMAN: 'Mandeville and the virtues of vice' (Carlyle Lectures: 'Sincerity, hypocrisy and lies in modern political thought from Hobbes to Orwell'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR LEO MARX: 'The Great Gatsby: prophetic mystery story' (lecture), Lecture Room 2, Faculty of English, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR TIM INGOLD: 'Bindings against boundaries: entanglements of life in an open world' (Linacre Lectures: 'Remaking environments: histories, practices, politics'), OUCE Lecture Theatre, Dyson Perrins Building, 5.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBIN DUNBAR: 'Why only humans have culture' (Perspectives on the Human Sciences lecture series), Lecture Theatre, Museum of Natural History, 6 p.m.

ORGAN RECITAL: Robert Patterson (Canterbury Cathedral) (Buxtehude and Mendelssohn anniversary series), the chapel, Queen's, 6.15 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

PROFESSOR YOSSI BEN-ARTZI: 'The State of Israel: historical and geographical roots of its formation' (lecture series: 'Israel: historical, political, and social aspects'), Exeter, 8 p.m.

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Friday 9 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'An introduction to the University Computing Services', 8.30 a.m.; 'Springboard' (Workshop 2; Programme 2), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site). (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

CONFERENCE: 'L'Europe des Lumières: culture materielle, culture intellectuelle', Maison Française, 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m. (enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Portraits', 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.)

SARI WASTELL: 'Sovereignty and time: politics in Swazi kingship' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT BARTLETT: 'Alexander Nequam and the emergence of the university' (Ford's Lectures: 'The learned culture of Angevin England'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PHILIP PULLMAN: 'Poco a poco: the fundamental particles of narrative' (Richard Hillary Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

CHRISTOPHER PRENTICE: 'Britain, America and the Middle East' (Middle East Centre fiftieth anniversary seminars: 'America and the Middle East), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 10 February

SARAH DUPUIS (violin): recital of music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky, the chapel, Queen's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

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Monday 12 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Presentation skills' (Day 1), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

DR LIZ FISHER: 'The role of environmental courts in developing environmental law: reflecting on the Australian experience' (Oxford Environmental Law Discussion Group meeting), Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi, 1 p.m.

THOMAS BLAEN: ' "Not used to be worn as a jewel": precious stones in early modern medicine' (seminar series: 'Medicine, surgery, and culture'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR BARBARA HARRISS-WHITE: 'Tax culture: a case from South India' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Law, culture, and development'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.