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Oxford University Gazette, 19 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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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?'

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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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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.'

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Lyell Lectures in Bibliography

Collecting incunabula: Enlightenment, revolution, and the market—rediscovering and re-creating the earliest printed books in the eighteenth century

DR KRISTIAN JENSEN, British Library, will deliver the Lyell Lectures in Bibliography at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools.

Tue. 22 Apr.: 'Incunabula and freedom.'

Thur. 24 Apr.: ' "May the god of Gold be with you".'

Tue. 29 Apr.: 'Old books and new luxury—identifying incunabula in the market.'

Thur. 1 May: ' "The superiority which books give better than horses": incunabula and authority.'

Tue. 6 May: ' "Old books, very displeasing to the eye": re-creation and oblivion.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Astor Visiting Professor

PROFESSOR ARES ROSAKIS, California Institute of Technology, Astor Visiting Professor in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 2 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History.

Subject: 'Intersonic earthquakes: what laboratory earthquakes can tell us about real ones.'


Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR LORD MAY will deliver a Memorial Lecture in memory of John Burnett, formerly Chairman of the National Biodiversity Network Trust, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 April, in Lecture Theatre A, the Department of Zoology. The lecture is open to all members of the University.

Convener: Sir Neil Chalmers, Warden of Wadham College.

Subject: 'Causes and consequences of the pending extinction spasm.'

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Medical Sciences

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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Medieval and Modern Languages

Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR MAIR PARRY, Bristol, will deliver the Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 May, in the Main Hall, the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Matters of choice: language preferences in Italy today.'

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Oriental Studies

Khalili Research Centre: The art and architecture of the Great Mughals

PROFESSOR EBBA KOCH, Vienna, Visiting Professor at the Khalili Research Centre, will lecture at 11 a.m. on Mondays days (except where stated otherwise) in the Khalili Research Centre.

28 Apr.: 'Why are the Great Mughals (r. 1526–1707) so important for the study of Islamic art?'

Fri. 2 May: 'Tolerance and universalism: the intellectual and artistic climate at Akbar's court.'

5 May: 'Mughal gardens and other approaches to landscape and nature.'

12 May: 'The Iranian identity of the Mughal Padshahs in their visual construction of universal rule.'

19 May: 'The Great Mughals and Europe: art as a link.'

26 May: 'Visual strategies of imperial ideology in Mughal history painting under Shah Jahan: the Windsor Castle Padshahnama.'

2 June: 'The garden palaces of riverfront Agra as a key to the problem of Mughal land ownership.'

9 June: 'The Taj Mahal as a statement in the "built tomb controversy".'


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.'


Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit: David Patterson Seminars

Unless otherwise stated, the following seminars will be given at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor.

Convener: Dr Piet van Boxel.

DR JAVIER DEL BARCO, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
23 Apr.: 'Conversos as New Christian Hebraists in sixteenth-century Spain.'

DR GARTH GILMOUR
30 Apr.: 'Folk religion, or the religion of folk? The archaeology of cult in Israel and Judah in the biblical period.'

PROFESSOR JAMES CHARLESWORTH, Princeton Theological Seminary
Thur. 8 May: 'The Odes of Solomon: Jewish, Gnostic, Jewish–Christian, or "Christian"?'

DR ESPERANZA ALFONSO, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
14 May: 'The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10–31 and her medieval Jewish interpreters.'

REBECCA CLIFFORD
21 May: 'Forging consensus in Holocaust commemoration: the uses (and abuses) of "The Righteous Among the Nations".'

PROFESSOR CHAIM MILIKOWSKY, Bar Ilan
28 May: 'How did the Jews count their years and how did the rabbis lose 160 years?'

PROFESSOR STEVEN J. ZIPPERSTEIN, Stanford
4 June: 'Isaac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow, and New York Jewish intellectuals: a reassessment.'

PROFESSOR JOSEPH HACKER, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
11 June: 'Private collections and public libraries in sixteenth-century Salonica—their impact on intellectual fermentation.'

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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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Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

PROFESSOR MICHAEL VICKERS and DR SUSAN WALKER will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 1 May, in the Headley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum. The lecture marks the recent acquisition by the Ashmolean of the Wilshere Collection of late Roman gold-glass, sarcophagi, and inscriptions. Those wishing to attend should e-mail antiquities@ashmus.ox.ac.uk, or telephone Oxford (2)78020.

Subject: 'Miracles, myths, and menorahs: celebrating the Wilshere Collection at the Ashmolean Museum.'

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Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Lectures in honour of Cyril Mango

The following lectures will be given from 2 p.m. on Monday, 14 April, in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. The event is sponsored by Lewis Chester with a grant from the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity.

PROFESSOR STEVEN WANDER: 'Ut scriptura, pictura. The Joshua Roll: drawings of an imperial column of triumph?'

PROFESSOR JIM CROW: 'Longinus, Constantine the Dragon Slayer and Manuel I: the last six centuries of the long-distance water supply of Constantinople.'

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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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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

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?

PROFESSOR BEN HEINEMAN, 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?'

7 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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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.

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

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Magdalen College

DOMINIC GRIEVE, MP, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 24 April, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College.

Convener: Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth.

Subject: 'What constitution do we need? The Conservative approach to reform.'

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Nuffield College

Nuffield Sociology Seminars: The sociological aspects of cultural markets

The Nuffield Sociology Seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Clay Room, Nuffield College. Details of the 21 May seminar will be announced later.

Convener: Tamar Yogev, Nuffield College.

JENS BECKERT, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
23 Apr.: 'Valuation and social order in cultural markets.'

WENDY GRISWOLD, Northwestern
30 Apr.: 'The death, entombment, and resurrection of the book.'

ALAN WARDE, Manchester
7 May: 'Cultural intermediation: restaurant guides and the market for quality.'

KOEN VAN EIJCK, Erasmus University
14 May: 'Taste patterns and cultural boundaries.'

PHILIPE MONIN, EM Lyon Business School
28 May: 'Iconisation, sacralisation, and the institutionalisation of competing logics in the wine industry.'

MARC VENTRESCA
4 June: ' "Cultural markets": views from economic sociology and evidence from governance innovations in European bourses.'

EVA ILLUZ, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
11 June: 'Oprah Winfrey and the glamour of misery: an exercise in cultural interpretation.'

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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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University College

H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR SAMUEL ISSACHAROFF, Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University Law School, will deliver the H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 May, in the Examination Schools. The lecture will be followed by a discussion session in the Seminar Room, University College, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 May.

Subject: 'Democracy in times of war.'

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