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Oxford University Gazette, 17 May 2007: Diary

Friday 18 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'An introduction to the University Computing Services', 8.30 a.m.; 'Job search and interview skills for contract research staff', 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

CONFERENCE: 'The Dream of Scipio and its tradition', Maison Française, 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Continues tomorrow at same time. Enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.)

CONFERENCE: 'The French presidential election and the French party system', St Antony's, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Looking at 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.)

PASCAL BOYER: 'Why do patients and religious people perform rituals?' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR RODERICK MACKINNON: 'Potassium ion channels' (Cherwell–Simon Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 4.30 p.m.

DR ELENA KATZ: 'Smart Russians and enterprising Jews: stereotyping the difference' (Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre seminars: ' "Them" and "us": the other in the Russian imagination'), the Buttery, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR NIGEL VINCENT: 'Language, geography, and history in medieval Italy' (Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture), Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

ALAN COWELL: 'The impact of the Net on the quality of reporting' (Nuffield College and Reuters Institute seminar series: 'Media and politics'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

DR MARIA AMPARO GRAU: 'Separacion de poderes y leyes presidenciales en Venezuela' (seminar), Latin American Centre, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 19 May

PITT RIVERS MUSEUM and UNIVERSITY MUSEUM: 'In a different light'—masked dances by Tibetan monks, performances by gamelan, kora and tabla musicians, rare film and animation screenings, and hands-on activities, 8–11 p.m. Admission free; donations welcomed. Further details at www.prm.ox.ac.uk and www.oum.ox.ac.uk.

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Monday 21 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Time management for administrative, secretarial and support staff', 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

ROMAIN BERTRAND: 'Remembrance of imperial things past. French public debate surrounding the 23 February 2005 law on the "positive aspects" of colonisation' (New Directions in French Research Seminar), Maison Française, 1.45 p.m.

GAYLE DAVIS: 'The medical community and abortion law reform: Scotland in national context, c.1960–80' (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine seminars: 'Medicine and the law, 1760–1990'), Wellcome Unit, 2.15 p.m.

DR BETTINA LANGE: 'Emotion management in the regulation of genetically modified organisms' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Socio-legal dimensions of environmental law and regulation'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR GUGLIELMO GORNI: 'La biografia di Dante' (Paget Toynbee Lecture), Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MAX PENSKY: 'Amnesty, sovereignty, and international law' (Oliver Smithies Lectures), Seminar Room A, Department of Politics and International Relations, 5 p.m.

ANDREW DILNOT: 'Health—what happens when the money runs out?' (Green College Lectures: 'Healthcare delivery'), E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College, 6 p.m.

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Tuesday 22 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introductory certificate in management' (Day 3), 9.30 a.m.; 'Writing research grant applications', 10.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'The twentieth-century gallery', 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 POLLY O'HANLON (Professor of Indian History and Culture): 'Cultures of the body in the making of modern India' (Inaugural Lecture), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

THE RT. HON. CHARLES KENNEDY, MP, and THE RT. HON. PAUL MURPHY, MP: 'The British political scene after Blair' (seminar), Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR R.J. OVERY: 'A morbid age: the "crisis of civilisation" in Britain between the wars' (A.B. Emden Lecture), Auditorium, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MARK PETTICREW: 'Strengths and limitations of randomised controlled trials of social interventions: housing, urban regeneration, and transport' (Centre for Evidence-based Intervention seminar series: 'Experimental evidence for policy'), Violet Butler Seminar Room, Barnett House, 5 p.m.

KEES VAN DER HEIJDEN: 'Scenarios to strategy' (James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation: visiting speaker series), James Martin Institute Seminar Room, Saïd Business School, 5 p.m.

DR ROGER WARD: 'William James' alternate understanding of conversion in The Varieties of Religious Experience' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lectures: McCandless Lecture), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR CHRIS STRINGER: 'Reconstructing the early human history of Britain' (Keble Archaeology Lectures), O'Reilly Lecture Theatre, Keble, 5 p.m.

LAURENCE LERNER: ' "You can't say that"—writing a popular book on usage' (OED Forum), Rewley House, 5 p.m. (open to all members of the University).

MICHAEL ZINK: 'Les images du récit et l'esprit du poème: réflexions sur "l'histoire d'amour sans paroles" du manuscrit Chantilly, Musée Condé 388' (Medieval French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

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Wednesday 23 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Hours of work, leave and absence', 9.30 a.m.; 'The history of the University', 11 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

JON LEE ANDERSON: 'Reporting Iraq' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminars), Committee Room, Green College, 12 noon (enquiries: kate.hanneford-smith@politics.ox.ac.uk).

KLIM MCPHERSON: 'Modelling obesity change in England' (seminar series: 'Obesity: whose problem?'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 1 p.m.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Introduction to Egyptian gods and myths', 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 JANE JAKEMAN: 'Eating in the Library: the pleasures of old cookery books' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1 p.m. (enquiries: fob@bodley.ox.ac.uk).

ORGAN RECITAL: Alex Hodgkinson (Keble College), the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

DR MUKULIKA BANARJEE: 'Whose democracy? Anthropological perspectives from India' (International Gender Studies Centre: Barbara E. Ward Commemorative Lecture), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 4 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT STALNAKER: 'Phenomenal and epistemic indistinguishability' (John Locke Lectures: 'Our knowledge of the internal world'), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR RON EKERS: 'Paths to discovery in radioastronomy—prediction and serendipity' (Halley Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 5 p.m. (open to the public).

DR BÜLENT DIKEN: 'From refugee camps to gated communities: a culture of exception' (Refugee Studies Centre public seminars: 'Camp life: exception, emergency, and the spaces of forced migration'), Seminar Room 2, Department of International Development, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL WOERRLE: 'Heliodorus and the Maccabees: looking back at an (un)finished study' (David Lewis Lecture), Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's, 5 p.m.

MARINA WARNER: 'Dreams of empire: magic powers, spirit travel, soul theft' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Beatrice Blackwood Lecture), Saïd Business School, 7 p.m.

ARMAND D'ANGOUR: 'Two types of innovation' (Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis), St John's College Research Centre, 45 St Giles', 8.15 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: paul.tod@sjc.ox.ac.uk).

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Thursday 24 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Managing employee absence', 9.30 a.m.; 'Induction seminar for new contract research staff', 12.30 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR S.P. LONG: 'BP Energy Biosciences Institute—solving partial sightedness in the development of biofuels from plants' (lecture), Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences, 11.30 a.m.

RECITAL of organ and choral music by musicians from Harris Manchester College to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection for organ restoration fund).

RAÚL DELGADO WISE: 'The reshaping of Mexican labour exports under NAFTA: paradoxes and challenges' (Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society seminar), Seminar Room, Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR DAVID SPIEGELHALTER: 'Bayesian evidence synthesis 1: meta-analysis allowing for the rigour and relevance of studies', and 'Bayesian evidence synthesis 2: evaluating the introduction of a high-risk operation for congenital heart disease' (Department of Statistics: Corcoran Memorial Lectures), Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 3 p.m. and 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR S.P. LONG: 'How will plants respond to global atmospheric change? From genes to fields' (Blackman Lecture), Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences, 4 p.m.

PROFESSOR LOUISE MORLEY: 'Employers, quality and standards in higher education: shared values and vocabularies or elitism and inequalities?' (Oxford Learning Institute: research seminars), Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, 4 p.m.' (to attend, e-mail: rocio.garavito@learning.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR GURHARPAL SINGH: 'Reflections on British multiculturalism: the case of the Sikhs' (Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture), Lecture Theatre (staircase 23), Balliol, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR NORMAN MILLER: 'Trials and tribulations' (Waynflete Lectures: 'High density lipoproteins and heart disease'), Auditorium, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

LORD GARDEN OF HAMPSTEAD: 'Security and the greater Middle East: time for a new strategy?' (seminar), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

GARY BEST: 'Charles Wesley: "the man made for friendship" ' (John Wesley Lecture), Oakeshott Room, Lincoln, 5 p.m.

ANDREW CURRAN: 'The threat of sameness: explaining the albino in eighteenth-century thought' (Early Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

LIZZIE WHITE: ' "I am Lucifer": representations of the devil in fin de siècle literature' (seminar series: 'Fin de Siècle'), Meyerstein Room, St Cross Building, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR CASS SUNSTEIN: 'If the public would be outraged by their rulings, should judges care?' (lecture), Rhodes House, 5.30 p.m. (register interest to: events@fljs.org).

DR MICHAEL IGNATIEFF: 'Isaiah Berlin on political judgement: theory versus practice' (Isaiah Berlin Lecture), the Hall, Wolfson, 6 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT SERVICE: 'Russian politics, Russian émigrés and Russian intelligence' (Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism and Intelligence seminar), St Antony's, 6 p.m. (Members of the University admitted on production of university card. Non-members of the University must obtain prior permission to attend: pluscarden.programme@sant.ox.ac.uk.)

ORGAN RECITAL: Robert Patterson (Canterbury Cathedral), the chapel, Queen's, 7.30 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

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Friday 25 May

CONFERENCE: 'The 2007 French presidential and parliamentary elections', Maison Française, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Ivories', 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.)

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Introduction to the University Library Services', 2 p.m.; 'Teaching translation', 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

RALPH MERKLE: 'Nanotechnology: the coming revolution in manufacturing' (Future of Humanity Institute seminar), Lecture Theatre, Rewley House, 3.30 p.m. (see further at www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/).

PROFESOR SIMON BARON-COHEN: 'Sex differences in mind' ('Perspectives on the Human Sciences' lectures), Lecture Theatre, Museum of Natural History, 4.15 p.m.

DR KENNETH FINCHAM: 'An Oriel Sphinx? Provost Blencowe (1574–1618)' (Lee Seng Tee Lecture), Senior Library, Oriel, 5 p.m.

HELEN BOADEN: 'Fairness and balance in political broadcasting' (Nuffield College and Reuters Institute seminar series: 'Media and politics'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

FLORIANA FOSSATO: 'Creating Them and Us through television broadcasting' (Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre seminars: ' "Them" and "us": the other in the Russian imagination'), Deakin Room, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GURHARPAL SINGH: 'Between multiculturalism and secularism' (seminar related to Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture, 24 May), Lecture Theatre (staircase 23), Balliol, 5 p.m.

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