University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 6 March 2008: Lectures

Inaugural Lectures

Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology

PROFESSOR N.J. BIGGAR will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 April, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Saving the "secular": the public vocation of moral theology.'


Professor of Mathematical Finance

PROFESSOR XUNYU ZHOU will deliver his inaugural lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 May, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre. The lecture will be followed by the Nomura Lecture.

Subject: 'Risk, human judgement, and asset allocation.'

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Nomura Lecture

PROFESSOR HARRY M. MARKOWITZ will deliver the Nomura Lecture, via video-link from the United States, at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 May, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre. The lecture will follow Professor Xunyu Zhou's inaugural lecture.

Subject: 'A taxonomy of risk-facing behaviour.'

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Classics

Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Alexandria in late antiquity: education, art, and scholarship

This colloquium will be held on Saturday, 8 March, in the History Faculty Building (the Old Boys' High School), George Street, 2–6 p.m. Sessions will be chaired by Averil Cameron and Alan Walmsley.

As places are limited, those wishing to attend should e- mail to ocla@history.ox.ac.uk.

The colloquium is funded through the generosity of Lewis Chester to the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity.

Convener: Judith McKenzie.

GRZEGORZ MAJCHEREK: 'The auditoria and the city: Alexandria in late antiquity.'

JUDITH MCKENZIE: 'Alexandrian architecture and art.'

RICHARD SORABJI: 'The excavated philosophy classrooms of Alexandria and the teaching there.'

YAHYA MICHOT: 'Islamic classroom teaching illustrated.' (Followed by discussion and closing remarks by Charlotte Roueché)


Villas and politics at the end of the Western Empire

This colloquium will be held on Monday, 17 March, in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should e-mail to neil.mclynn@classics.ox.ac.uk. The colloquium is organised with the support of Paul Pheby.

KIM BOWES, Cornell: 'The best of times: villas and taxes in Hispania and Aquitaine.' (Response: Bryan Ward-Perkins)

MICHAEL KULIKOWSKI, Tennessee: 'The nature of the catastrophe: fourth-century politics, fifth-century collapse.' (Response: Peter Heather, King's College, London)

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English Language and Literature, Music, Fine Art

Biblical women and their afterlives: New Testament characters

This interdisciplinary conference, exploring the interpretation of New Testament women in art, music, literature, and theology, will be held on 16–18 March in Trinity College.

Speakers include: Professor Christopher Rowland (theology), Professor Ruth Steiner (music), Fiona Maddocks (music), Professor Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (art history), and Professor Heidi Hornik (art history).

The specially commissioned poem 'To cast a stone', by the acclaimed Irish poet John F. Deane, will be premiered on Sunday, 16 March.

The full conference programme and booking forms are available at www.crhb.org. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Christine Joynes (e-mail: christine.joynes@trinity.ox.ac.uk).

Conveners: Professor Christopher Rowland and Dr Christine Joynes.

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Medical Sciences

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine: Public lectures

The following public lectures, part of Science Week 2008, will be held on Wednesday, 12 March, 6–9 p.m., in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, the John Radcliffe Hospital. Admission is free, and booking is not required. Further details may be found at www.imm.ox.ac.uk.

PROFESSOR DOUGLAS HIGGS, Deputy Director, WIMM
6 p.m.: Welcome and introduction.

PROFESSOR ALAN STOREY, Department of Medical Oncology
6.10 p.m.: 'The emerging epidemic of skin cancer.'

DR ED EVANS, Human Immunology Unit
7 p.m.: 'Visualising the mechanics of the cell—watching the molecules.'

DR RAJEEV GUPTA, Molecular Haematology Unit
7.25 p.m.: 'Undercovering the hidden origins of childhood leukaemia.'

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Botnar Research Centre

The following seminars will be given at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Botnar Research Centre.

PROFESSOR TIM HARDINGHAM, Manchester
14 Mar.: 'Chondrogenic differentiation and cartilage formation by human bone marrow stem cells.'

DR SHELLY ANNE LAWSON, Sheffield
28 Mar.: 'Tumour and bone interactions in multiple myeloma.'

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Social Sciences

Extra-legal Governance Institute: one-day event with Robert Saviano, author of Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia

This event will be held on Thursday, 6 March, in the Manor Road Building. The morning events will take place in Seminar Room G, and the evening meeting in the Large Lecture Theatre.

It is expected that this event will be popular. Those wishing to attend are advised to e-mail to john.carlarne@sociology.ox.ac.uk, indicating the sessions in which they are interested. Information on the Extra-legal Governance Institute can be found at www.exlegi.ox.ac.uk/.

The event is arranged with assistance from Italian Studies at Oxford and the United World Colleges Society at Oxford.

Conveners: Professor Federico Varese and Dr John Carlarne.

DIEGO GAMBETTA
11 a.m.: Introduction.

PROFESSOR VARESE
11.05 p.m.: 'The Camorra closely observed.'

VALERIA PIZZINI
11.20 a.m.: 'Women in the Camorra.'

JOHN LLOYD
11.35 a.m.: 'Gomorrah as investigative journalism.'

ROBERTO SAVIANO
11.50 a.m.: Reply (followed by questions from the audience).

ROBERTO SAVIANO
5–6.30 p.m.: Oxford students meet Roberto Saviano. (Chaired by Professor Varese)

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European Humanities Research Centre

The politics of opera: the French Revolution and its consequences

This interdisciplinary colloquium will be held on Friday, 18 April, 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., in Room 2, the Taylor Institution. Full details can be found at www.ehrc.ox.ac.uk/opera.htm. Enquiries should be directed to rosamund.bartlett@ehrc.ox.ac.uk.

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Oxford Internet Institute

The following seminars will be held as shown in the Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles'. The seminars are open to the public. Those wishing to attend should e-mail details of name and affiliation, if any, to events@oii.ox.ac.uk. Further details can be found at www.oii.ox.ac.uk/events/.

JORDAN HATCHER
Fri. 7 Mar., 4 p.m.: 'Implementing open data: the Open Data Commons Project.'

THEODOR HOLM NELSON, Visiting Fellow
Mon. 17 Mar., 3 p.m.: 'A very general lecture.'

CHARLES BECKETT, Director, POLIS
Mon. 28 Apr., 2 p.m.: 'Networked journalism.'

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James Martin Twenty-first Century School

James Martin Public Lecture

JAMES MARTIN, founder of the James Martin Twenty-first Century School, author of The Meaning of the 21st Century, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 March, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History. The lecture is free and open to the public, but to ensure a place registration is recommended: www.21school.ox.ac.uk/registration.

Subject: 'Target Earth: the grand scale problems of the twenty-first century.'

Special film preview

A documentary film entitled The Meaning of the 21st Century, produced by James Martin and narrated by Michael Douglas, will be shown at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 13 March, in the Phoenix Picture House, Walton Street. The showing will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film-maker in person. Free tickets may be booked through www.21school.ox.ac.uk.

Other public lectures

The following lectures, which are open to the public, will be given as shown in the Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets can be reserved through the James Martin School Web site, www.21school.ox.ac.uk.

PROFESSOR JOSEPH STIGLITZ, Columbia
Thur. 1 May, 11.30 a.m.: 'Global governance: meeting twenty-first century challenges.'

PROFESSOR SIR JOHN SULSTON, and PROFESSOR JOHN HARRIS, Manchester
Mon. 12 May, 4.30 p.m.: 'What is science for?'

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Green College

Brian Walker Lecture on Environment and Development

DR ROBERT GOODLAND will deliver the Brian Walker Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 13 March, in the E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College.

Subject: 'How the World Bank could lead the world in alleviating climate change.'

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St Antony's College

European Studies Centre

Core Seminar

DAVID GOODHART, editor, Prospect magazine, and STUART WHITE, Jesus College, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 6 March, in the European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road.

Convener: Timothy Garton Ash.

Subject: 'Is "progressive nationalism" an oxymoron?'

Stifterverband Seminar Series: Peculiarities of West German modernity—state and society in the 'Bonn Republic'

CHRISTIANE EIFERT, Bielefeld, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Friday, 7 March, in the European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road.

Conveners: Ralph Jessen and Jane Caplan.

Subject: 'Women entrepreneurs, 1950s–1980s: wartime left-overs or indicators of modernisation?'

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Oxford Italian Association

Special meeting

H.E. SIG. GIANCARLO ARAGONA, Ambassador of Italy, Patron of the Oxford Italian Association, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 6 March, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College (entrance from Long Wall). The lecture will be in English, and is open to the public.

Subject: 'Italy's domestic development and foreign policy.'

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Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature

Annual Open Lecture

PROFESSOR MIRI RUBIN, Queen Mary, University of London, will deliver the society's annual Open Lecture at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 8 March, in the Vernon Harcourt Room, St Hilda's College.

The lecture is open to all members of the University. Enquiries may be directed to Lucinda Rumsey (e-mail: lucinda.rumsey@mansfield.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Mary of the Europeans: emotion and devotion.'

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Oxford Asian Textile Group

JENNIE PARRY will lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 March, in the Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road. Admissuion for visitors costs £2.

Subject: 'My braid journey takes me to Kyoto.'

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