University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 13 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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Weldon Memorial Prize Lecture

PROFESSOR NANCY KOPELL, Boston University, winner of the Weldon Memorial Prize 2006, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 21 April, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory. Tickets are not required for admission. Those with special access requirements should telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.

Subject: 'Rhythms of the nervous system: how to connect biophysics and behaviour.'

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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.'

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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

Structural Genetics Consortium: Structural biology and human health

A symposium on this topic will be held on Monday, 14 April, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., in Rhodes House. Speakers confirmed to date are: Professor James C. Sacchettini, Professor Ernest Laue, Professor Nicholas La Thangue, Dr Stefan Knapp, Professor Laurence Pearl, Dr Michael Morgan, and Professor Wayne Hendrickson.

Enquiries may be directed to contact@sgc.ox.ac.uk. The conference is free, but registration is required, through the SGC Web site: www.sgc.ox.ac.uk/symposium.


Joint Fish Forum and Oxford Developmental Biology Seminar

This seminar will be held from 4 p.m. on Thursday, 27 March, in the Seminar Room, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. The seminar is supported by the J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Fund.

Convener: Professor Roger Patient.

SALLY STRINGER, Manchester: 'The role of fine editing of heparan sulphate structure on zebrafish vasculature development.'

THOMAS CHIPPERFIELD, Bath: 'Identifying targets of Sox10 by microarray analysis.'

RACHEL ASHWORTH, Queen Mary, London: 'A role for calcium signalling in late muscle differentiation.'


Neuroscience Guest Lectures

The following lectures will be given at 11.30 a.m. on Fridays in Lecture Theatre 1, Academic Block, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

PROFESSOR NIGEL LEIGH, Institute of Psychiatry
16 May: 'Update on motor neurone disease'.

PROFESSOR NICHOLAS FOX, Institute of Neurology, UCL
13 June: 'Immunotherapy in Alzheimer's disease: trials and tribulations?'

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Oriental Studies

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit: Jews and Judaism in the early modern period

Unless indicated otherwise, the following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Oriental Institute.

Convener: Joanna Weidberg.

HOWARD HOTSON
1 May: 'Philo-Semitism and millennarianism in early modern Europe.'

JOSEPH HACKER, Jerusalem
8 May: 'Curriculum and intellectual life among Spanish and Ottoman Jewry in fifteenth-century Spain: the supercommentaries on Rashi's commentary on the Torah.'

FRANCESCA BREGOLI
15 May: 'Hebrew and Spinozist hermeneutics: a Jewish-Christian polemic in eighteenth-century Italy.'

THEODOR WILLIAM DUNKELGRÜN, Chicago
22 May: 'The rabbinical scholarship of Johannes Drusius the Elder (1550–1616).'

PIET VAN BOXEL
29 May: 'Cardinal Bellarmine reads Rashi.'

DAVID RUDERMAN, Philadelphia
Mon. 2 June: 'Can one speak of a trans- regional Jewish culture in early modern Europe?'

ELEAZAR GUTWIRTH, Tel Aviv
12 June: 'Books and their readers: towards Hispano-Jewish continuity after 1492.'

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Social Sciences

Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War

PROFESSOR JOHN KELSAY, Research Professor and Richard L. Rubenstein Professor of Religion, Florida State University, will hold a seminar at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 April, in Seminar Room G, the Department of Politics and International Relations. For details of a public lecture by Professor Kelsay, on 1 May, see under 'Theology' below.

Subject: 'Arguing the just war in Islam.'

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Theology

Public lecture

PROFESSOR JOHN KELSAY, Research Professor and Richard L. Rubenstein Professor of Religion, Florida State University, will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 1 May, in Lecture Room 1, Christ Church.

Subject: 'Islam and modern war.'


Ian Ramsey Centre and Sophia Europa Oxford

The following lectures will be given at 8.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Old Dining Room, Harris Manchester College.

Conveners: Professor Peter Harrison and Dr Margaret Yee.

PROFESSOR EDWARD B. DAVIS, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania
1 May: 'Fundamentalist cartoons, modernist pamphlets, and the religious image of science in America during the Scopes era.'

PROFESSOR RICHARD SWINBURNE
15 May: 'What makes me me? A defence of substance dualism.'

PROFESSOR GEORGE PATTISON
29 May: 'Technology and violence: origins and futures.'

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Centre for Criminology

Oxford Criminology Seminars

Unless otherwised indicated the following seminars will be given at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Seminar Room A, the Manor Road Building.

BARBARA HUDSON, Central Lancashire
23 Apr.: 'Principles of justice for divided societies in a globalised world.'

VICTOR TADROS, Warwick
7 May: 'Wrongs and crimes.'

PROFESSOR FRANK ZIMRING, Berkeley
Wed. 21 May, Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.: 'The great American crime decline: two lessons for criminology and crime policy.' (Roger Hood Annual Public Lecture)

Thur. 22 May, Wharton Room, All Souls, 2 p.m.: 'The political economy of the death penalty in Asia.'

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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 Centre for Late Antiquity

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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Oxford University Library Services

Oxford University Research Archive Seminar: priorities for MPLS, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Following the success of the first ORA seminar held in January, a second seminar will be held on Tuesday, 8 April, 10.30 a.m.–1 p.m., in the Rothermere American Institute. The seminar is for staff in the MPLS, Social Sciences, and Humanities divisions, and will be relevant to those in any way involved with research publications or other research output. The seminar will contribute to the further development of ORA.

ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) is the new online archive for research materials for the University. It offers benefits such as preservation and efficient management of the digital items it contains, easier discovery of and access to research materials, plus increased visibility for Oxford research. The archive is home to all types of research materials such as conference papers, articles, book chapters, reports, and discussion papers.

Enquiries and reservation requests should be directed to Sally Rumsey, ORA Service and Development Manager (e-mail: sally.rumsey@ouls.ox.ac.uk). Further information can be found at http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk and www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/ora.

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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 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.

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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All Souls College

Evans-Pritchard Lectures

Secret networks and major misfortunes: an historical anthropology of 'crisis' in the African Great Lakes Region

DR RICHARD VOKES, Canterbury, New Zealand, will deliver the Evans-Pritchard Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

Wed. 23 Apr.: 'The many lives of the Nyabingi Spirit: rethinking the history and sociology of secret societies in south-western Uganda.'

Tue. 29 Apr.: 'Splicing the networks: millennarianism, HIV/AIDS, and the new Christianity in south-western Uganda.'

Wed. 30 Apr.: 'On the origins of violence: suicide, murder, and the limits of the academic detective.'

Tue. 6 May: 'Broadcasting networks: secret networks, new radio stations, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994.'

Wed. 7 May: 'Secret societies and the origins of crisis in the African Great Lakes.'

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Balliol College

Oliver Smithies Lectures

DR UTTARA NATARAJAN, Goldsmiths College, London, will deliver two Oliver Smithies Lectures at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Lecture Theatre II, the Faculty of English, the St Cross Building.

24 Apr.: 'Hazlitt and Shakespeare.'

8 May: 'Hazlitt's common sense.'


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.

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.'

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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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Lincoln College

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.
Subjekct: 'Saving souls and saving lives: John Wesley's "inward and outward health".'

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St Antony's College

Asian Studies Centre

Olympic Legacies

This conference will be held on Saturday, 29 March, from 9.45 a.m., and Sunday, 30 March, from 10 a.m., in St Antony's College. There is no registration fee, but registration is required. Registration should be arranged with Jennifer Griffiths, Asian Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF (telephone/fax: Oxford (2)74559, e-mail: jennifer.griffiths@sant.ox.ac.uk).

Speakers include: Mark Dyreson, Penn State, USA; David Washbrook, Trinity College, Cambridge; Dong Jinxia, Beijing; Bruce Kidd, Toronto; John J. MacAloon, Chicago; Joseph Maguire, Loughborough; J.A. Mangan, Strathclyde; Malcolm Speed, Chief Executive, International Cricket Council; Brian Stoddart, former Vice- Chancellor, La Trobe University, Melbourne; Boria Majumdar, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Conveners: Boria Majumdar and Jonathan Manley.

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