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Oxford University Gazette, 2 November 2006: Lectures

Inaugural Lecture

Professor of Geography

PROFESSOR DAVID S.G. THOMAS will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 9 November, in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Theatre.

Subject: 'When is a desert not a desert? The past and future of African drylands.'

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Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History

PROFESSOR LINDA KERBER, Harmsworth Professor 2006–7, will deliver the Harmsworth Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 16 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'The stateless as the citizen's other: a view from US history.'

Note: the date of the lecture was previously announced as Tuesday, 14 November.

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Clarendon Lectures in Economics

Unravelling the mystery of economic trends

PROFESSOR PETER C.B. PHILLIPS, Yale University, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Economics at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Department of Economics. The lectures are open to the public, and admission is free. Enquiries should be directed to natasha.antunes@oup.com.

Mon., 20 Nov.: 'The mystery of trend: using trends as coordinates and instruments.'

Tues., 21 Nov.: 'The passage through unity: mildly integrated and explosive time series.'

Wed., 22 Nov.: 'Transition and growth: econometrics of convergence and clustering.'

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J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR MICHAEL AKAM, Director, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, will deliver a Jenkinson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 20 November, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building.

Tickets are not required for admission. Anyone wishing to attend who has specific access requirements is asked to telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.

Subject: 'The evolution of segmentation mechanisms in animals.'

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Hudson Lecture

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY TILL, Defence Studies Department, King's College, London (based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College), will deliver the Hudson Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 13 November, in Room 6, the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Trafalgar, Tsushima, Medway and the decisive battles of the twenty-first century.'

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History

Seminar in Economic and Social History

The following seminars will be held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Wharton Room, All Souls College. Up-to- date information is available at www.history.ox.ac.uk/ecohist/seminars .

Convener: Professor Avner Offer.

T. MURPHY
7 Nov.: 'Old habits die hard (sometimes): What can département heterogeneity tell us about the French fertility decline?'

D. CHAMBERS
14 Nov.: 'The new issue market in interwar Britain.'

V. BATEMAN
21 Nov.: 'Markets and growth in early modern Europe.'

M. BORDO, Rutgers and C. MEISSNER, Cambridge
28 Nov.: 'Currency mismatches, default risk and exchange rate depreciation: evidence from the end of bimetallism.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Distinguished Lecture in Virology

The inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Virology will be held on Thursday, 30 November, at 4.30 p.m., in the University Museum of Natural History, followed by a champagne reception in Museum Court from 5.45 p.m.

PROFESSOR BARUCH BLUMBERG, Nobel Laureate: 'Hepatitis B. The first cancer vaccine.'

DR DENNIS BURTON, The Scripps Institute: 'The challenge of an HIV vaccine from the antibody perspective.'

DR MARTINE ROTHBLATT, United Therapeutics: 'Management of xenoviral risk.'


Inorganic Chemistry Seminars

The following seminars will be held on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road.

Convener: Dr Jason J. Davis.

C. CORPORET, Lyon
6 Nov.: 'Design of well-defined alkene and alkene metathesis heterogeneous catalysts.'

W. DAVID, ISIS
13 Nov.: 'Combinatorial studies of hydrogen storage materials—playing the odds.'

P. BARKER, Cambridge
20 Nov.: 'Haem proteins as components for self-assembling circuits.'

P. LOW, Durham
27 Nov.: 'The synthesis and study of unusual conjugated systems.'

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Social Sciences

Department of Educational Studies

SIR DAVID WATSON, Professor of Higher Education Management, Institute of Education, London, will lecture at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, 16 November, in the Department of Educational Studies.
Convener: Dr Hubert Ertl.

Subject: 'The concept of student experience.'


PROFESSOR CHRISTINE HOWE, Strathclyde, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 13 November, in the Department of Educational Studies.
Convener: Professor Terezinha Nunes.

Subject: 'Group work in science: from principles to practice.'

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Saïd Business School

Complex Adaptive Systems Group Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room B, the Saïd Business School.

The Seminar web-page is at www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/html/faculty_seminars_complex_systems.asp.

Conveners: Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas and Dr Sean Gourley.

DR ANTONIS PAPACHRISTODOULOU, Department of Engineering Science
7 Nov.: 'Robust functionality of large-scale networked systems: switching topologies and communication constraints.'

DR MICHAEL BIGGS, Department of Sociology
21 Nov.: 'From event-history analysis to simulation: replaying the tape of history for the 1960s sit-ins.'

DR KEN KAHN, OUCS
28 Nov.: 'How to build multi-agent simulations without knowing how to program.'

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Museum of the History of Science

Occasional lecture series: Between the lines

ANDREW ROBINSON, Literary Editor, The Times Higher Education Supplement, will talk about his book Thomas Young: The Last Man Who Knew Everything, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 21 November, in the Museum of the History of Science.

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Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Oxford Internet Institute

JOHN NAUGHTON, Professor for the Public Understanding of Technology, Open University, and columnist, the Observer, will lecture at 12 noon on Wednesday, 8 November, in the Committee Room, Green College. Enquiries: kate.hanneford-smith@politics.ox.ac.u k.

Subject: 'Blogging and the emerging eco-system.'

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Maison Française

Mediterranean Writers Series

The following meetings will be held in the Maison Française, unless otherwise indicated.

AL-TAYYIB SALIH, writer
Fri., 17 Nov., 5 p.m., Middle East Centre, St Antony's: 'A conversation with al-Tayyib Salih.'

LEÏLA SEBBAR, writer
Wed. 22 Nov., 5.15 p.m.: 'L'exil de la langue du père, l'arabe.'

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University Church

GEORGE SOROS, author, financier, and international philantropist, will hold a discussion with PROFESSOR TIMOTHY GARTON ASH at 12 noon on Sunday, 12 November, in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The discussion will last one hour, with an opportunity for questions.

Subject: 'Consequences of the war on terror.'

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Lady Margaret Hall

Canada Seminar

JENNIFER WELSH, Professor of International Relations, will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 24 November, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. All members of the University are welcome to attend. Enquiries should be directed to Janet Wardell (telephone: Oxford (2)74302, e-mail: janet.wardell@lmh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Values and vision in Canadian foreign policy.'

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St Anne's College

Hoskins Lecture

J. HARWOOD, Chairman of the Northmoor Trust for Countryside Conservation, will deliver the Hoskins Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 7 November, in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College.

Subject: 'Demos and science; the breakers of the English landscape?'

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St Antony's College

European Studies Centre

Remembering 1956: de-Stalinisation and Suez after fifty years

This conference, arranged in conjunction with New College and the Modern European History Research Centre, will be held on Friday, 10 November, and Saturday, 11 November, in the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College. Enquiries and registration requests should be directed to european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Conveners: Professor Jane Caplan and Professor Catriona Kelly.

Keynote Lecture

PROFESSOR ARNE WESTAD, LSE, will deliver the keynote lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 November, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Subject: 'The global 1956: end of the post-war era?'


Saturday, 11 November, 9–11 a.m.: The secret speech and its aftermath in Russia and Eastern Europe

The Saturday sessions of the conference will be held in the ESC Seminar Room, 70 Woodstock Road.

DR POLLY JONES, UCL-SEES: 'The secret speech: responses and repercussions, 1956–2006.'

DR MARK PITTAWAY, Open University: 'The social roots of political revolution and failed de-Stalinisation: Hungary's 1956 revolution in context.'

PROFESSOR ZBIGNIEW PELCZYNSKI: 'Poland in 1956.'


11.30 a.m.–1 p.m.: Western European responses

DR MARIE-CLARE LAVABRE: 'The PCF and 1956.'

PROFESSOR MICHAEL KENNY, Sheffield: 'The multiple meanings of "1956" for the Left in Britain.'

DR HOLGER NEHRING, Sheffield: 'Germany: the invisible 1956.'


2.15–3.45 p.m.: Suez

DR LAURA JAMES, Economist Intelligence Unit: 'Suez the sideshow: continuity and change in Egyptian foreign policy.'

DR TONY SHAW, Hertfordshire: ' "Are they enemies or just socialists?" Anthony Eden, the British mass media, and propaganda during the Suez crisis.'

PROFESSOR AVI SHLAIM: 'Sir Anthony Nutting and the Suez saga.'


4–6 p.m.: The eyewitness and the historian

Participants in the closing session, chaired by Professor Timothy Garton Ash, will be Professor Wlodzimierz Brus, Sir Bryan Cartledge, Dr George Gömöri, Professor Michael Kaser, and Charles Wheeler.

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St Catherine's College

Sir Patrick Nairne Lecture

LORD BEST, Director, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will deliver the Sir Patrick Nairne Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 9 November, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Roger Ainsworth, Master of St Catherine's.

Subject: 'The voluntary sector: captured by the state and voluntary no more?'

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Templeton College

Foundation Lecture 2006

PROFESSOR TOM BURKE, Visiting Professor at Imperial College and University College London, will deliver the 2006 Foundation Lecture in Memory of Clifford and Evelyne Barclay at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 9 November, in the Clifford Barclay Lecture Theatre, Templeton College.

Subject: 'Business and the environment in the twenty-first century: risks, rewards and responses.'

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Wolfson College

Creative Arts Lecture Series

JON STALLWORTHY and PETER FRANCE will lecture at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 10 November, in the Buttery, Wolfson College. Enquiries should be directed to carmen.bugan@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Poets as translators.'

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Oxford English Dictionary Forum

DR SIMON HOROBIN will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 16 November, in Rewley House. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Subject: 'What's new in Chaucer's language?'

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