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Oxford University Gazette, 25 January 2007: Diary

Friday 26 January

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Working with systems thinking and the unconscious in the organisation: an introduction for managers' (Action learning set 2), 9.30 a.m.; 'Career review and planning for contract research staff', 9.30 a.m.; 'Current language teaching methodologies', 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

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: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

JAMES LAIDLAW: 'Anti-anti-anti-relativism: suggestions for the anthropology of the Self' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT BARTLETT: 'Richard of Devizes and the writing of history' (Ford's Lectures: 'The learned culture of Angevin England'), Schools, 5 p.m.

SIR JEREMY GREENSTOCK: 'Iraq, Iran and their global implications' (Middle East Centre fiftieth anniversary seminars: 'America and the Middle East), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 27 January

OLIVER COATES (cello) and BERENIKA ZAKRZEWSKI (piano): recital of music by Beethoven and Chopin, the chapel, Queen's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

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Sunday 28 January

INTER-COLLEGIATE EVENSONG, with The Rt Revd James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, St Mary's, 5.30 p.m.

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Monday 29 January

DAVID WILLIS (Partner, Herbert Smith): 'The UK nuclear legacy—a legal perspective' (Oxford Environmental Law Discussion Group meeting), Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi, 1 p.m.

DR C. RIDER: 'Medical magic and the Church in thirteenth-century England' (seminar series: 'Medicine, surgery, and culture'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR W.F. MENSKI: 'Muslim legal culture: why must we know it?' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Law, culture, and development'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

LAURENCE PINTAK: 'America, Islam, and the war of ideas' (Middle East Centre: guest lecture), Deakin Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's, 8 p.m. (enquiries: mec@sant.ox.ac.uk).

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Tuesday 30 January

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

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Colour in ancient Egypt', 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.)

ADAM SISMAN: 'Biographers and their subjects' (Visiting Lectures on Life-Writing), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 4 p.m.

THE MOST REVD PETER SMITH, DR EVAN HARRIS, MP, and DR ROY GARDNER: 'Faith schools: for and against' (St Antony's Visiting Parliamentary Fellows seminar series: 'How can democracies cope with minorities?'), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

DR A. BARRIENTOS: 'Social security in Latin America' (Current Issues in Social Policy seminars: 'Welfare and social security around the globe'), Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR TIM GORRINGE: 'Blackbird Leys: a non-place urban realm?' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lecture series: 'A sense of place: landscapes human and divine'), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

DR RICHARD RYDER: 'Speciesism' (seminar series: 'Animal experimentation for medical research: issues and perspectives'), Mansfield, 5.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR SIR ADAM ROBERTS: 'Israel and the UN' (lecture series: 'Israel: historical, political, and social aspects'), Oriel, 8 p.m.

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Wednesday 31 January

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

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

SOPHIE BODY-GENDROT: 'Recent urban unrest in France: anything new?' (Oxford Criminology Seminars), Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, 3.30 p.m.

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

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

OLIVER MILES: 'Libyan "snakes and ladders" ' (seminar series: 'British diplomatic perceptions of the Muslim world'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR HERMIONE LEE: 'Edith Wharton and biography' (Friends of the Bodleian: London Lecture), Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1, 6.30 p.m. (tickets £10, on application to: fob@bodley.ox.ac.uk).

TIM WINTER: 'Semitism and the Enlightenment mind: towards a Judeo-Islamic response to modernity' (David Patterson Seminars), Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 1 February

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

FRANCK DÜVELL: 'Transit migration on the fringes of Europe: myth or reality?' (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.

DR IAN FOWLER: 'Death and reciprocity: a woman's untimely death in Cameroon and its aftermath' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: 'Untimely deaths'), Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

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

DR MATTS MATTSSON: 'What are the characteristics of praxis-related research? What is there in terms of methods, methodology, and epistemology? What about the intersection of "research" and "practice"? How could this type of research be evaluated?' (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: 'Hobbes and the mask of power' (Carlyle Lectures: 'Sincerity, hypocrisy and lies in modern political thought from Hobbes to Orwell'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR DENIS COSGROVE: 'Images and imagination in twentieth-century environmentalism' (Linacre Lectures: 'Remaking environments: histories, practices, politics'), OUCE Lecture Theatre, Dyson Perrins Building, 5.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR SIR JOHN KREBS: 'Whose risk? Whose choice? Whose health?' (Wolfson Haldane Lecture), the Hall, Wolfson, 6 p.m. (open to the public).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.)

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.

RICHARD RUSBRIDGER: 'The internal world of Don Giovanni' (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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