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Oxford University Gazette, 24 May 2007: Diary

Friday 25 May

CONFERENCE: 'The 2007 French presidential and parliamentary elections', Maison Française, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (enquiries:

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:

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

PROFESOR SIMON BARON-COHEN: 'Sex differences in mind' ('Perspectives on the Human Sciences' lectures), Lecture Theatre, University 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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Saturday 26 May

STUDY-DAY: 'The Queen in French political imagination', Maison Française, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (enquiries:

MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE: `Paper Moon'—a day of talks (by Dr Nick Campion, Dr Christiana Payne and Adam Ford), film, family activities, and music from the Schola Cantorum, all on a moon-related theme; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., with free admission (further details at

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Sunday 27 May

THE REVD DR PHILIP ENDEAN, SJ, preaches the Sermon for Whit Sunday, Cathedral, 10 a.m.

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Monday 28 May

RENAUD MORIEUX: 'The Channel in the eighteenth century. The building of a border between England and France' (New Directions in French Research Seminar), Maison Française, 1.45 p.m.

PROFESSOR RICHARD MACRORY: 'Making environmental sanctions effective' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Socio-legal dimensions of environmental law and regulation'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

AMBASSADOR ASHRAF JEHANGIR QAZI (UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Iraq): 'The role of the UN in the future of Iraq' (lecture), Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre, Exeter, 5 p.m. (chaired by Lord Patten).

PROFESSOR JONATHAN DRAPER: 'A Zulu reading of the Book of Revelation: the case of George Khambule (1884–1949)' (seminar series: 'The Bible in art, music, and literature'), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.

THE PRAZAK QUARTET performs quartets by Haydn, Zemlinski, and Dvorák, Auditorium, St John's, 8.30 p.m. (admission by free programme, available from the Porters' Lodge, St John's).

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Tuesday 29 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Presentation skills' (Day 1), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'The Impressionists' palette', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m., or e-mail:

PROFESSOR PETER SINGER: 'Ethics and world poverty' (first of three Uehiro Lectures), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 4.30 p.m. (further details at

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER BROWNING (Bertelsmann Europaeum Visiting Professor of Twentieth-century Jewish Politics and History): 'The Nazi use of Jewish slave labour and the historian's use of survivor testimony' (lecture series: 'Remembering survival'), Council Room, Mansfield, 5 p.m.

GWYN PRINS: 'Problems and possibilities with strategic assessment methods' (James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation: visiting speaker series), James Martin Institute Seminar Room, Saïd Business School, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR JAMES ALLAN: 'Calligeofiguresques: making sense of Islamic art' (Interdisciplinary seminars in the study of religion), Seminar Room West, Mansfield, 5 p.m.

DR NICHOLAS WOOD and DR ISABELLA BUNN: 'God and Mammon: religion, public policy, and economics' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lectures: 'Oxford Project on Religion and Public Policy'), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

DORIS H. GRAY: 'Visions for the future: women in Morocco and Moroccan women in France' (lecture), Middle East Centre Library, St Antony's, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries:

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Wednesday 30 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Overview of university procedures: discipline, grievance, harassment, and employee relations', 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

TOM BETTAG: 'The tension between media business and public service interests' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminars), Committee Room, Green College, 12 noon (enquiries: k).

DEVI SRIDHAR: 'The Maharaja Mac: biologised globalisation in India' (seminar series: 'Obesity: whose problem?'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 1 p.m.

ORGAN RECITAL: Martyn Lane (Great Malvern Priory), the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Seventeenth-century Dutch still life', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m., or e-mail:

FRANÇOIS BOURGUIGNON, FRANCESCA PERUCCI, and PROFESSOR STEPHEN KLASEN: 'Missing dimensions of human development' (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative seminar series), Lecture Theatre, Queen Elizabeth House, 2.30 p.m. (registration required:

PROFESSOR AMARTYA SEN: 'What theory of justice?' (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative: inaugural lecture), Sheldonian, 5 p.m. (free of charge and open to the public).

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

DR ANSELM HAGEDORN: 'Taking a fish to Tarshish—travelling the Mediterranean biblical style' (David Patterson Seminars), Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

EDWARD HARCOURT: 'What has love to do with rationality? An answer from psychoanalysis' (Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis), St John's College Research Centre, 45 St Giles', 8.15 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

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Thursday 31 May

PROFESSOR AMARTYA SEN and MICHAEL SPENCE: 'What space for new economic approaches?' (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative seminar series), Lecture Theatre, Queen Elizabeth House, 9.30 a.m. (registration required:

SIR TONY ATKINSON and FRANÇOIS BOURGUIGNON: 'Directions for research in multidimensional welfare economics' (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative seminar series), Lecture Theatre, Queen Elizabeth House, 11.30 a.m. (registration required:

MYLES HARTLEY performs organ works by Elgar, including the Organ Sonata, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection for organ restoration fund).

AGATA ZIEBA: 'Women and power in the Arab Gulf region: mobilisation for change?' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: 'Women in cross-cultural perspectives'), Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House (Mansfield Road), 2 p.m.

JOANN MCGREGOR: 'Joining the BBC (British Bottom Cleaners): Zimbabweans and the UK care industry' (Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society seminar in series 'Perspectives on African migration'), Anthropology Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR MALACHI BEIT-ARIE: 'Sfardata: the codicological database of the Hebrew Palaeography Project—a pioneering tool for dating and localising medieval manuscripts and their historical typology' (series of master-classes: 'Hebrew codicology: the medieval Jewish hand-produced book in comparison with non-Hebrew manuscripts'), Sheldonian, 2.15 p.m.

DR HUBERT ERTL: 'Contexts of higher education pedagogy and professional development at German universities' (Oxford Learning Institute: research seminars), Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, 4 p.m.' (to attend, e-mail:

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER BROWNING (Bertelsmann Europaeum Visiting Professor of Twentieth-century Jewish Politics and History): 'The Jewish community of Wierzbnik' (lecture series: 'Remembering survival'), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 5 p.m.

DR KHALID MEDANI: 'Globalisation, informal markets, and Islamic extremism: the view from Cairo' (seminar), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

PHILIPPE ROGER: 'Comment la France littéraire enfanta le maître à penser (1870–1914)' (Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

SARAH APETREI: 'The universal principal of grace: gender and the problem of predestination in two seventeenth-century women writers' (seminar series: 'Literature and Theology'), History of the Book Room, St Cross Building, 5.15 p.m.

DR DENIS ALEXANDER: 'Evolution and theodicy—a biologist's perspective' (Ian Ramsey Centre lectures), Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel, 8.15 for 8.30 p.m.

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Friday 1 June

WORKSHOP: 'Democracy and citizen distrust of public institutions: Brazil in comparative perspective', Centre for Brazilian Studies, 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m. (registration:

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Springboard' (Workshop 3 Programme 4), 9.30 a.m., and 'Computer-assisted language learning', 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

SEMINAR AND DISCUSSION GROUP: 'Philology and its dangers: canonical texts, modes of knowledge, cultural crises' (speakers Professor Polly O'Hanlon, Sheldon Pollock, Benjamin Elman, Professor Christopher Minkowski, and Joanna Weinberg), Lecture Room 23, Balliol, 2.15–5.30 p.m. (see under 'Lectures, Seminars and Events').

EMMA COHEN: 'Incorporating the mind: the cognition of spirit possession in an Afro-Brazilian religious tradition' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

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Sunday 3 June

THE REVD PROFESSOR BERNARD SILVERMAN preaches the Sermon for Trinity sunday, Queen's, 10.30 a.m.

MARCEL ZIDANI plays piano works by Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and Zidani, Holywell Music Room, 2 p.m. (Admission £7, students and seniors £5. Sponsored by the Department of Education.)

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