University Gazette, 8 May 2008: Lectures
Run Run Shaw Professor of Chinese
PROFESSOR TIMOTHY BROOK will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 May, in the Examination Schools.
Subject: 'Ming China and the emergence of a common world.'
Professor of Linguistics
PROFESSOR ADITI LAHIRI will deliver her inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 6 June, in the Lecture Theatre, the Taylor Institution. The subject of the lecture will be announced later.
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.'
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.'
Professor of Poetry
PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER RICKS will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 12 May, in the Examination Schools.
Subject: 'Rhythms 3. Robert Graves?'
Hussey Lecture on the Church and the Arts
PROFESSOR MARINA WARNER, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex, will deliver the Hussey Lecture on the Church and the Arts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 May, in the Examination Schools.
Subject: 'Wise men out of the east, or the knowledge of strangers.'
Julia Bodmer Memorial Lecture
SIR ALAN WILSON, Professor of Urban and Regional Systems, Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis, University College London, will deliver the Julia Bodmer Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 May, in Lecture Theatre A, the Department of Zoology.
Subject: 'Superconcepts for interdisciplinary research.'
O'Donnell Lecture in Celtic Studies
DR KATHERINE FORSYTH, Glasgow, will deliver the O'Donnell Lecture in Celtic Studies at 5 p.m. on Friday, 16 May, in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.
Subject: 'Rocking the cradle of Scottish Christianity: new work on Whithorn and its carved stones.'
PROFESSOR SUSAN SULEIMAN, Harvard, will deliver the Zaharoff Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 15 May, in the Main Hall, the Taylor Institution.
Subject: 'Language, foreignness, and the Canon: Beckett/Némirovsky.'
PROFESSOR PETER A. GRÜNBERG, Institut für Festkörperforschung Forschungszentrum Jülich, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2007, will deliver the Cherwell–Simon Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 9 May, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.
Subject: 'From spin waves to giant magnetoresistance and beyond.'
J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture
PROFESSOR DIDIER STAINIER, University of California, San Francisco, will deliver a Jenkinson Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 12 May, in Lecture Theatre B, the Zoology/Psychology Building. Tickets are not required for admission. Those with specific access requirements are asked to telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.
Subject: 'A genetic approach to cardiac development and function.'
GUY L. STEELE, JR, Sun Microsystem Laboratories, and RICHARD P. GABRIEL, IBM Research, will deliver a Strachey Lecture at 4.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 May, in Lecture Theatre A, the Computing Laboratory, the Wolfson Building. Enquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Walsh (e-mail: email@example.com).< /p>
Subject: '50 in 50.'
Public Address By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA will give a public address at 10 a.m. on Friday, 30 May, in the Sheldonian Theatre. The visit has been arranged by the Society for the Wider Understanding of the Buddhist Tradition, associated with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.
Note: only ticket-holders will be admitted to the meeting. Is is regretted that tickets are no longer available.
Subject: 'Buddhist understanding: why and how.'
Vice-Chancellor's Research Forum
The Vice-Chancellor will hold an interdisciplinary Research Forum, on the subject of Global Health, on Tuesday, 20 May, 2–6.30 p.m., in the Nissan Lecture Theatre at St Antony's College.
The Research Forum is intended to bring together people from across the Collegiate University who have an interest in global health research. The event will comprise a series of presentations by Oxford academics about their research in the field of global health, and a roundtable discussion of the problem of, and potential advances in, global health. All members of the University are welcome to attend the Research Forum.
Further information can be obtained from Dr Chris Ballinger (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
PROFESSOR CLAUDIA MOATTI, Paris 8 and Southern California,
will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 8 May, in the New Seminar
Room, St John's College.
Subject: 'Citizenship and emigration: the right to leave of the Roman citizen and the "cosmopolitanisation" of the Roman world from the late Republic to the Principate.'
PROFESSOR MANFRED BIETAK, Vienna, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 15 May, in the Lecture Room, the Classics Centre.
Convener: Dr L.M. Bendall.
Subject: 'In search of the palaces of Hyksos in Avaris: the most recent results of excavations at Tell el-Dabaea.'
Environmental Law Discussion Group
PROFESSOR DANIEL COLE, R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Indianopolis, will lecture at 1 p.m. on Monday, 12 May, in the Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College.
Convener: Dr Elizabeth Fisher.
Subject: 'Climate change and collective action.'
Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences
Brooke Benjamin Lecture in Fluid Dynamics
PROFESSOR HOWARD STONE, Harvard, will deliver the second Brooke Benjamin Lecture in Fluid Dynamics at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 22 May, in Lecture Theatre 2, the Mathematical Institute. The lecture will be followed by a reception. Those wishing to attend are asked to inform Mrs M. Hicks (e-mail: email@example.com).
Subject: 'Manipulating thin-film flows: from patterned substrates to evaporating systems.'
Botnar Research Centre
The following seminars will be given at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Botnar Research Centre, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.
PROFESSOR GAVIN SCREATON, Imperial
AYMEN I. IDRIS, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
PROFESSOR JANE WORTHINGTON, Manchester
YUN ZHANG, Senior Genetics Research Fellow
PROFESSOR NEIL MCHUGH, Royal National Hospital for
Rheumatic Diseases, Bath
PROFESSOR IRENE TRACEY, FMRIB Centre
DR EUGENE MCCLOSKEY, Sheffield
Medieval and Modern Languages
PROFESSOR DAGMAR C.G. LORENZ, University of Illinois at Chicago, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 May, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution.
Convener: Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly.
Subject: 'The land of hopes, broken dreams, and desires. Israel in the works of contemporary Jewish authors in Austria.'
Peter Moores Lecture
PROFESSOR W. RICHARD SCOTT, Stanford, will deliver the Peter Moores Lecture at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday, 15 May, in Lecture Theatre 5, the Saïd Business School.
Convener: Professor Mari Sako.
Subject: 'Professions, organisations, and fields.'
Governing the globe? Governance and institutions in the twenty-first century (amended notice)
The seminar in this series on the subject of 'Science, science policy, and governance', due to have been given by Professor Diana Liverman on 12 May, has been cancelled.
The remaining events of this term are shown below. The seminars on Thursdays 15 and 29 May will be given at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, the Manor Road Building.
PROFESSOR KANTI BAJPAI, Headmaster, Doon School, India
PROFESSOR SUNIL KHILNANI, Johns Hopkins
PROFESSOR WANG JISI, Beijing
Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy: Democracy and inequality: old questions, new agendas
The Inaugural Conference of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy, on the above topic, will be held from 9.15 a.m. on Friday, 16 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Politics and International Relations, Manor Road Building, 9.15 a.m. Further information, and registration details, may be found at http://ocsid.politics.ox.ac.uk/events/.
Evidence-based practice seminars
The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Violet Butler Seminar Room, Barnett House, Department for Social Policy and Social Work. Those with specific access requirements are asked to contact Bryony Groves (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Convener: Dr Paul Montgomery.
DR BARNEY REEVES, Bristol
PROFESSOR JOHN WORRALL, LSE
The body in balance: humoral theory in practice
This conference, organised by the Anthropoogy Research Group Oxford on Eastern Medicines and Religions (ArgO-EMR), funded by the John Fell OUP Research Fund and All Souls College, will be held on Thursday, 29 May (from 1 p.m), and Friday, 30 May, in the Osler McGovern Centre, 13 Norham Gardens. Enquiries may be directed to the conveners.
Thursday, 29 May
HELEN KING, Reading
BARBARA DUDEN, Hanover
PETER MURRAY JONES, Cambridge
Friday, 30 May
GUY ATTEWELL, University College London
FRANCIS ZIMMERMANN, EHESS, Paris
SHIGEHISA KURIYAMA, Harvard
ELLEN MESSER, Tufts
Conference: The Future of the American Conservative Movement
This conference will be held on 8, 9, and 10 May in the Rothermere American Institute and the Department of Politics and International Relations.
Full details and details of registration arrangements can be found at www.politics.ox.ac.uk/events/dept.asp.
Rothermere American Institute
Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters
LORRIE MOORE, author of works including Birds of
America, will deliver the Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in
American Arts and Letters at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 29 May, in
the Rothermere American Institute.
Subject: 'Random things one can learn from a visiting writer.'
DR ABBAS AL-HUSSEINY, Al Qadassiyah University, Iraq, and PROFESSOR ROGER MATTHEWS, University College London, will hold a seminar at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 27 May, in the Headley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum. This is a joint seminar with the Oriental Institute, and is open to the public. Enquiries should be directed to Oxford (2)78020, e-mail: email@example.com.
Subject: 'The present state of archaeological heritage in Iraq.'
Roger Moorey Memorial Lecture
PROFESSOR ELSPETH DUSINBERRE, Colorado, will deliver the fourth Roger Moorey Memorial Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 30 May, in the Headley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum. Enquiries and reservation requests should be made to Oxford (2)78020, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject: 'Persepolis and the founding of an empire.'
Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art
Land of Silence and Darkness
Four days of talk and action connecting films, blindness, drawing, perception, and neuroscience, will be held as follows.
Convener: Anna Lucas, artist in residence, Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics.
Wednesday, 14 May
Thursday, 15 May
Friday, 16 May
11 a.m.–12 noon, Sheldonian Theatre: 'Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those who can See.' Oxford scholar and writer Kate Tunstall talks about Denis Diderot's letter and the historic and philosophical portrayal of blindness. (BSL interpreted)
1.15–2.15 p.m., Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Teaching Centre: 'Fundamentally Applied—spatial experience and perception.' A 'show and tell' with neuroscientist Wyeth Bair about the processes and techniques he uses for mapping visual perception.
2.30–3.45 p.m., MSTC Lecture Theatre: A blind man taught me to see. Filmmaker Peter Mann will screen and discuss his documentary about his blind painter father Sargy Mann. Their new book Sargy Mann—Probably the best blind painter in Peckham will be available.
4–4.30 p.m., University Museum of Natural History: EXTRAMISSION 4. DVD projection and live performance by artist Lindsay Seers. A girl literally turns herself into a camera in order to understand the impact that photography has had on her. Diagnosed as autistic and unable to speak as a child, only by the act of photographing does she establish herself as an agent in the world.
Saturday, 17 May
3–4 p.m., the Auditorium, Magdalen College: 'Land of Science and Artness—Translation, Documentary and the Copy'. Critic and scholar Silke Panse reflects on 'translations' between physical experiences and their images; between the documentary index and the carbon copy.
4–5.30 p.m., the Auditorium, Magdalen College: 'Blind Poem'. Werner Herzog's cameraman Jörg Henning Schmidt-Reitwein talks about scenes from Land of Silence and Darkness and presents his short films Blind, portraying blind basketball players in LA, and AUS from the series Poem, in which blind twins travel to Vietnam literally to feel an Asian country with their own hands.
Future of Humanity Institute
Global Catastrophic Risks Conference
This conference, to be held in Oxford, 17–20 July, will bring together leading experts working in a number of different disciplines, all of whom study possible catastrophes that would inflict serious damage to human well-being on a global scale. The conference will provide delegates with an overview of the key risks and the state of current thinking on each of them. It will also be a forum to bring together scholars from different disciplines to discuss the common problems and methodologies which affect the study of global catastrophic risks.
Topics treated will include: nuclear terrorism; cosmic threats such as supernova, comets and asteroids; the long-term fate of the universe; pandemics; nanotechnology; ecological disasters which drastically reduce biodiversity; climate change; biotechnology and biosecurity; the cognitive biases associated with making judgements in the context of global catastrophic risk; social collapse; and the role of the insurance industry in mitigating and quantifying risk.
A detailed programme, and information on registration arrangements, can be found at www.global-catastrophic-risks.com. The deadline for registration is Monday, 26 May.
Students and staff of the University can register for the conference free of charge, but optional events will be charged at the normal rate. They should attach a photocopy of a valid university card to the registration form, and write 'member of Oxford University' next to the 'Conference fee' section of the form.
Enquiries should be directed to the Conference Co-ordinator (e-mail: email@example.com).
Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre
Intellectual property in the new millennium
The following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Latner Room, St Peter's College.
Conveners: Dr Justine Pila and Dr Christine Greenalgh.
DR BITA AMANI, Queen's, Ontario
BARBARA LAURIAT, D.Phil student
WOLF RICHTER, D.Phil student
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
PROFESSOR PHILIPPE SANDS, QC, Director, Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, University College London, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 12 June, in the Centre for Islamic Studies.
Subject: 'Torture team: cruelty, deception, and the compromise of law.'
All Souls College
All Souls after Anson: aspects of college history, c.1914–15
DR SIMON GREEN will deliver the Chichele Lectures at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Old Library, All Souls College.
30 May: 'Affluence and anxiety: the significance of the Asquith Commission.'
6 June: 'Historians and men of letters: the emergence of a research college.'
13 June: 'Wykehamists and public servants: the recasting of the Ansonian ideal.'
Oliver Smithies Lectures
Can we win the long war against global corruption?
MR BEN W. HEINEMAN, JR, former Senior Vice-President for Law and Public Affairs, General Electric Co., will deliver two Oliver Smithies Lectures at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Theatre 4, the Saïd Business School. Online registration is necessary (www.sbs.oxford.edu/events/heineman).
20 May: 'Inside the private firm?'
27 May: 'Through governmental initiatives?'
Leonard Stein Lectures
PROFESSOR SHLOMO BEN-AMI, author of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: the Israeli-Arab Tragedy, will deliver two Leonard Stein Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.
Tue. 13 May: 'The changing window of opportunities for an Israeli-Arab peace.'
Thur. 15 May: 'Lessons of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.'
Alan Emery Lecture
LORD WALTON OF DETCHANT will deliver the Alan Emery Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 5 June, in the E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College.
Subject: 'A myologist in the House.'
Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
THE REVD CANON DR JANE SHAW, Chaplain, New College, and Dean of Divinity, will deliver the Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 9 May, in the chapel, Keble College.
Subject: 'The mystical turn: religious experience in the modern world.'
Kellogg College Centre for Learning in the Professions
PROFESSOR MICHAEL ERAUT, an internationally renowned scholar in the field of professional learning, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Centre for Learning in the Professions at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 22 May, in the Lecture Theatre, Rewley House.
The lecture is open to all members of the University, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend should contact Dr Geoff Hayward (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Subject: 'Professional learning trajectories: personal experiences and future policies for lifelong learning in a time of rapid change.'
Lady Margaret Hall
Benazir Bhutto Memorial Lecture
SIR MARK LYALL GRANT, Director General, Political, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will deliver the Benazir Bhutto Memorial Lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Thursday, 15 May, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. Admission will be by invitation only. Invitations may be obtained on application to Janet Wardell (e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: Oxford (2)74302).
Subject: 'Reflections on Pakistan.'
Rose Research Fellow Lecture
DR ALEXANDER BETTS will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 May, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. Enquiries may be directed to the Development Office, Lady Margaret Hall (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: Oxford (2)74362).
Subject: 'The global governance of migration.'
John Wesley Lecture
DR DEBORAH MADDEN will deliver the John Wesley Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 21 May, in the Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College.
Subject: 'Saving souls and saving lives: John Wesley's "inward and outward health".'
Thomas Harriot Lecture
DR MARK NICHOLLS, St John's College, Cambridge, will deliver the Thomas Harriot Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 22 May, in the Champneys Room, Oriel College.
Subject: 'Last act? 1618 and the shaping of Sir Walter Ralegh's reputation.'
Lee Seng Tee Lecture
DR PETER NOCKLES, Curator, Department of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, will deliver the Lee Seng Tee Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 23 May, in the Senior Library, Oriel College.
Subject: 'Oriel and the making of John Henry Newman.'
St Edmund Hall
A.B. Emden Lecture
PROFESSOR SIR JOHN ELLIOTT will deliver the A.B. Emden Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 May, in the Examination Schools.
Subject: 'Starting afresh? The eclipse of empire in British and Spanish America.'
St John's College
Introductory lectures in psychoanalysis
The following lectures, by speakers from the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London, will be given at 9.30 a.m. on Saturdays in the St John's College Research Centre, 45 St Giles'. Two presentations will be given at each meeting.
Entrance is free to members of the University and other academics, but but space is limited. Those wishing to attend should e-mail to Dr Louise Braddock (e-mail: email@example.com). Interested mental health professionals are welcome to attend if there is room, and should e-mail to Dr Braddock.
PROFESSOR JOHN KAY will deliver the Founder's Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 8 May, in the Auditorium, St John's College. Enquiries may be directed to the Alumni Office (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Subject: 'Risks, uncertainties, and decisions.'
Monica Fooks Memorial Lecture
PROFESSOR DAVID MIKLOWITZ, Colorado, will deliver the Monica Fooks Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History.
Subject: 'The role of the family in the course and treatment of bipolar disorder.'
Isaiah Berlin Lecture
PROFESSOR TIMOTHY GARTON ASH will deliver the annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 15 May, in the Hall, Wolfson College.
Subject: 'Isaiah Berlin and the challenge of multiculturalism.'
Bodleian Library and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
H.H. Asquith and the Liberal legacy
DR LAWRENCE GOLDMAN will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 15 May, in Convocation House. The lecture, which is arranged by the Bodleian Library and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to mark the centenary of Asquith's 1908 Liberal Government, will be followed by a panel and open forum discussion. A selection of manuscripts will be on display in the Divinity School.
Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum
Beatrice Blackwood Lecture
DEA BIRKETT will deliver the annual Beatrice Blackwood Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 21 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History.
Subject: 'Malcolm in the Middle at the Museum.' (One metre from the gallery floor, a discovery trail)
Oxford Intelligence Group
THE RT HON. MICHAEL MATES, MP, member of the Intelligence and Security Committee since its formation in 1994, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, 2 June, in the Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College.
Subject: 'Democratic oversight in Britain: the work of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliamentarians.'
A limited number of places is available for dinner, at 7.15 p.m. Applications, with a cheque for £25 (students £15), made out to Nuffield College, should be sent to Claire Bunce, Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NF (e-mail: email@example.com), by no later than 28 May.
Those attending the lecture only (for which there is no charge) are asked to confirm attendance to Ms Bunce.