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Oxford University Gazette, 8 February 2007: Lectures

Bampton Lectures

Lectures: liberal pluralism, citizenship, law and the sacred

LORD PLANT OF HIGHFIELD, Professor of Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy, King's College London, will deliver the Bampton Lectures on at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

16 Feb.: 'The sacred and the challenge to liberalism.'

23 Feb.: 'Liberalism and the challenge to the sacred.'

2 Mar.: 'The public and the private or "religion as a hobby".'

9 Mar.: 'Natural law, the virtues of religion and the virtues of the liberal citizen.'

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Grinfield Lectures

The Book of the Twelve: translation, interpretation and current research

DR JENNIFER DINES, Lecturer in Old Testament Studies (retired), Heythrop College, London, will deliver a series of three lectures on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Examination Schools.

22 Feb.: 'New life from old bones? The Greek "Minor Prophets": characters and characteristics.'

1 Mar.: 'The Twelve among the prophets: innovation and dependence.'

8 Mar.: 'One scroll, one translator?'

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J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture

DR SHIGERU KURATANI, Rigen Centre for Developmental Biology, Kobe, Japan, will deliver a Jenkinson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 19 February, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building. Tickets are not required for admission. Persons with specific access requirements are advised to telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.

Subject: 'Developmental factors behind the vertebrate evolution.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Department of Physics

PROFESSOR ARTHUR I. MILLER, UCL, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 February, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Convener: Professor R.L. Davies.

Subject: 'Empire of the stars: friendship, obsession, and betrayal in the quest for Black Holes.'

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Medical Sciences

Department of Experimental Psychology

The following seminars will be given at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Weiskrantz Room (C113), the Department of Experimental Psychology.

13 Feb.: 'Noticing when things go wrong: neural mechanisms of performance monitoring.'

20 Feb.: 'Cognitive perspectives on supernatural minds.'

27 Feb.: To be announced.

6 Mar.: 'The role of the family in the course and treatment of bipolar disorder.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages

Seminar on Witold Gombrowicz

This seminar will be held on Thursday, 15 February, in Room 3, the Taylor Institution.

Conveners: Mr Pawel Potoroczyn, Polish Cultural Institute, London, and Dr Jan Fellerer.

4.30–6 p.m.: Panel

MRS RITA GOMBROWICZ, Paris: welcome address.

MRS NINA TAYLOR-TERLECKA: 'Argentina's greatest writer? Witold Gombrowicz between two cultures.'

PROFESSOR ALLEN KUHARSKI, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia: 'The theatre of Witold Gombrowicz.'

6–6.45 p.m.: screening of Witold Gombrowicz documentary by Andrzej Wolski.

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Social Sciences

Embodiment, ritual, and the sacred landscape in the context of Tibetan healing

This conference, organised by the Anthropology Research Group Oxford on Eastern Medicine and Religion (ArgO-EMR) will be held on 17 and 18 May.

Enquiries should be directed to Patrizia Bassini or Elisabeth Hsu, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

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Centre for Brazilian Studies

The judiciary and economic development in Brazil and other emerging countries

This workshop will be held on Friday, 23 February, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., in the Centre for Brazilian Studies. The programme is available at

There is no conference fee but advanced registration is required. Register with name and affiliation to, or telephone Oxford (2)84460


Dr Jairo Saddi, IBMEC Legal Centre, São Paulo (Convener)

Professor Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo

Mr Marcos Cavalcante, Sturzenneger e Cavalcante Law Firm, São Paulo

Dr Persio Arida, Instituo de Estudos de Política Econômica, Rio de Janeiro

Professor Christopher McCrudden, Law Faculty

Professor Jérôme Ségard, University of Paris-Dauphine

Dr Edgardo Buscaglia, Columbia Law School, New York

Professor Dalvinder Singh, Oxford Brookes University and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Professor Armando Castelar Pinheiro, Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas Aplicadas (IPEA), Rio de Janeiro

Dr Pierpaolo Bottini, Ministry of Justice, Brasília

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Centre for Criminology

The following seminars will be held at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Seminar Room A, the Manor Road Building.

14 Feb.: 'Police and the political game in Argentina and Brazil.'

BEN CREWE, Cambridge
28 Feb.: 'The society of captives in a managerial era.'

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Maison Française

French Literature lecture

PHILIPPE FOREST will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 February, in the Maison Française.

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James Martin Twentieth-first Century School

PROFESSOR SIR NICHOLAS STERN, HM Treasury, will deliver the inaugural James Martin Twenty-first Century School Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 21 February, in the Examination Schools. Tickets are not required for admission.

The Vice-Chancellor will introduce the meeting, which will be chaired by Dr Ian Goldin, Director of the School.

Subject: 'The economics of climate change.'

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Keble College

Richardson Lecture

PROFESSOR RALPH HANNA will deliver the Richardson Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 16 February, in the Pusey Room, Keble College. There is no charge for admission.

Subject: 'Early English print culture and English literary manuscripts.'

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Lady Margaret Hall

Heron-Allen Lecture

PROFESSOR GEORGINA MACE, Director, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College, London, will deliver the Heron-Allen Lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 2 March, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. There will be an opportunity to meet the speaker informally after the lectures. Enquiries should be directed to Janet Wardell, Lady Margaret Hall (telephone: Oxford (2)74302, e-mail:

Subject: 'Biodiversity, ecosystems, and human wellbeing.'

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St Antony's College

Asian Studies Centre

PROFESSOR DANIEL BELL, Tsinghua University, Beijing, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 26 February, in the Deakin Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's College.

Conveners: Dr Mark Rebick and Dr Steve Tsang.

Subject: 'From Marx to Confucius: changing political discourses in China.'

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Somerville College

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR JENNY MARTIN, Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, will deliver the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, 6 March at 5 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre of the University Museum, Parks Road.

Subject: 'The name's Bond—Disulfide Bond. Disulfide bond catalysts and their role in bacterial virulence and sex manipulation.'

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Trinity College

Richard Hillary Lecture

PHILIP PULLMAN will deliver the Richard Hillary Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 February, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: 'Poco a poco: the fundamental particles of narrative.'

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University College

Global Economic Governance Programme

DANA BROWN will lecture at 2 p.m. on Friday, 9 February, in the Swire Seminar Room, 12 Merton Street.

Subject: 'Corporate self-regulation and the recovery of the role of the state in developing countries. Making globalisation work for developing countries.'

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Oxford English Dictionary Forum

The following lectures, which are open to all members of the University, will be given at 5 p.m. on the days shown in Rewley House.

Fri. 2 Mar.: 'What's in a name: Middle English surnames as lexical evidence.'

Thur. 8 Mar.: 'Kings, dreams, and a coat of many colours: making connections between Old and modern English.'

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