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Oxford University Gazette, 22 November 2007: Diary

Friday 23 November

PROFESSOR BETH CONKLIN: 'Appropriating the vitality of violence: cannibalism in early modern Europe and lowland South America' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminar: 'Blood, vitality, and relatedness'), Lecture Room, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introduction to the University Library Services', 11 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

SIGNE HOWELL: 'Continuity through change; three decades of engaging with Chewong (Malaysia)' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology departmental seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.10 p.m.

SIR PAUL NURSE: 'The great ideas of biology' (Charles Simonyi Lecture in the Public Understanding of Science), Oxford Playhouse, 4.30 p.m. (introduced by Professor Richard Dawkins). (Admission £3.50. Further information at

LORD ADONIS: 'The media as seen by an academic, a journalist and a minister' (Media and Politics Seminars), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR YVES GINGRAS: 'The transformation of the scientific fields (1900– 45): a bibliometric point of view' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PHILIPPA IBBOTSON (violin), JACQUELINE JOHNSON (cello), and MARK HOOPER (piano) perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 7.30 p.m. (tickets £10/£8 from; details of all events at

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Saturday 24 November

PITT RIVERS MUSEUM: weekend of activities to mark the formal opening of the museum's new extension, today and tomorrow, 1–4 p.m. (further details at

STUDY DAY: 'Dumézil and Dumont as third-generation Durkheimians', Maison Française, 10.30 a.m.–4 p.m.

ORGAN RECITAL: Stephen Farr (St Paul's, Knightsbridge), the chapel, Magdalen, 5.25 p.m. (admission free).

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Sunday 25 November

THE REVD DR RUTH GOULDBOURNE preaches the Sermon on the Sin of Pride, Corpus Christi, 5.45 p.m.

MEMBERS OF THE BALLIOL CHOIR: concert, Balliol, 9 p.m. (Admission free. Further information at< /p>

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Monday 26 November

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Project management', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

NICK ALLEN: 'Is a world history of kinship systems a reasonable undertaking?' (Fertility and reproduction seminars: 'Reproduction and kinship'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

DR OLIVIER ROZENBERG: 'Why parliaments accept marginalisation in the EU' (seminar), European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, 12.30 p.m. (enquiries:

ANA CARDEN-COYNE: seminar in the Unit for Cultural Variation and Obesity seminar series, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, 12.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR BLAKE MORRISON: 'Turning classical plays into contemporary theatre' (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama lecture), Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre, 2.15 p.m. (enquiries:

CHRIS LOW: 'Medicine, spirituality, and identity in Bushman arts and crafts' (seminar series: 'New directions in modern medicine'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR RAPHAEL ROUQUIER (Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics): 'Knots, braids, and mathematical structures' (Inaugural Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR FRANCES STEWART: 'Inequality and violent conflict' (lecture series: 'Foundations of governance in a globalised world'), Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, 5 p.m.

PETRA SCHLEITER: 'Putin and the government' (lecture series: 'Putin's presidency in perspective'), Lecture Theatre, Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ERIC BARENDT: 'Privacy reform' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminar series: 'Challenges to media policy, law, and regulation in the twenty- first century'), Seminar Room E, Manor Road Building, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND: ' "The Bible of Hell": celebrating the 250th anniversary of William Blake's birth, and his contribution to the Bible in art, music, and literature' (The Bible in Art, Music, and Literature seminar series), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR IAN STEWART: 'Symmetries in biological and physical networks' (Alan Tayler Lecture), Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.

FR CHYRS MCVEY: 'The risk and promise of interriligious dialogue' (Las Casas Lecture), Blackfriars, 5 p.m.

FR SEAMUS MULHOLLAND: 'John Duns Scotus at Oxford' (Greyfriars Fiftieth Anniversary Lectures: 'The Franciscans in Oxford'), English Faculty Lecture Room 2, 5.15 p.m.

DEREK MATRAVERS: 'Richard Wollheim on psychoanalysis and aesthetics' (Interdisciplinary Seminars on Psychoanalysis), St John's College Research Centre, 45 St Giles', 8.15 p.m.

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Tuesday 27 November

DR GARY J. NABEL: 'Rational vaccine design for public health threats: AIDS and influenza' (second Distinguished Lecture in Virology), Rhodes House, 4.30 p.m. (enquiries:

LORD (PADDY) ASHDOWN and PROFESSOR NANCY BERMEO: ' "Exporting democracy"—after Iraq, shall we every intervene again?' (launch of Swords into ploughshares: how to convert military victory into lasting peace, not endless guerrilla war), Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR ANN BUCHANAN and DR EIRINI FLOURI: 'Child well-being and grandparent involvement (new findings from an ESRC study)' (seminar series: 'Promoting the well-being of children: bringing all the evidence together'), Violet Butler Seminar Room, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ANDREW WALLS: 'The transformation of Christianity in the twentieth century' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture lectures: 'New directions and metaphors in mission'), Regent's Park College, Pusey Street, 5 p.m. (open to the public).

PIERRE JACOB: 'Is there a universal moral grammar?' (French Philosophy Seminar), Philosophy Faculty Centre, 5 p.m.

LT.-COL. CHRISTOPHER PUGSLEY: 'Engineers at war' (lecture series marking the Centenary of Engineering Science, 1908–2008), Lecture Room 1, Thom Building, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR PIERRE BRIANT: 'Alexander: some thoughts about change and continuity' (lecture), Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre, 5 p.m.

DISCUSSION: 'The global Cold War' (seminar series: 'The global Cold War'), Trevor-Roper Room, History Faculty Building, George Street, 5 p.m.

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Wednesday 28 November

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introduction to finance', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

BRIG. SHAUKAT QADIR: 'Military and media in Pakistan' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminars), Committee Room, Green College, 12 noon.

JAMES STUBBS: 'Weight loss and weight maintenance in Western consumers: current predicaments and future solutions' (Unit for Cultural Variation and Obesity seminar series), Room 1, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, 12.30 p.m.

ORGAN RECITAL: Robert Patterson, Canterbury Cathedral (Buxtehude and Mendelssohn series), the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

JON COOPER and MEREDITH A. GOWAN LE GOFF: 'The 2008 Democratic Global Primary: how Democrats Abroad will use the Internet to encourage political participation and increase overseas voting' (seminar), Oxford Internet Institute, 3 p.m. (open to the public, but registration required:

LORD (NIGEL) CRISP: 'The UK and global health' (Department of International Development: visiting speaker series), Seminar Room 2, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR NAN DIRK DE GRAAF and DR STIJN RUITER: 'Do networks matter? Socioeconomic payoffs of voluntary association involvement' (Sociology Seminars: 'Employment change, social inequality, and social integration'), Clay Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

DR JIM O'NEILL: 'International monetary cooperation in the twenty-first century' (Oxonia inaugural lecture), Lecture Theatre, Department of Economics, 5 p.m.

DR ALICE BLOCH: 'The lives of undocumented young migrants in the UK' (Refugee Studies Centre: public seminars), Seminar Room 2, Department of International Development, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT SPRINGBORG: 'Globalisation and the Gulf' (seminar), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

BARTOLOMÉ YUN CASALILLA: 'Spanish, French and English aristocracies? On aristocratic transnational networks in early modern Europe' (seminar series: 'Processes of change in early modern Europe'), Hovenden Room, All Souls, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

ANTHEA FRASER GUPTA: 'English words from the Malay world' (Oxford English Dictionary Forum), Rewley House, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR PIERRE BRIANT: 'The virtual Achaemenid Museum and the international network of Achaemenid studies' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR REINIER MUNK: 'Moses Mendelssohn's discussion with Spinoza' (David Patterson Seminars), OCHJS, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 29 November

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Presentation skills' (day 2), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

CONCERT of music by Gershwin, with Harris Manchester musicians, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

PATRICK STEWART (Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre) in conversation with Philip Franks, Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 2 p.m.

ELLIE VASTA: 'The controllability of difference: immigrant interaction and social solidarity' (ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) seminar series: 'New trends in contemporary migration'), Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m. (further information at vents/seminars_lectures.shtml).

PROFESSOR STEPHEN CASTLES: 'The "migration and development mantra": South–North migration as a solution for underdevelopment?' (James Martin Twenty-first Century School seminars), Old Indian Institute, 3.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR ANTHONY HYMAN: 'Boveri revisited' (Norman Heatley Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, 4 p.m.

PROFESSOR JOHN BRENNAN: 'What is learned at university? An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education' (Learning Institute: Research Seminars), Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, 4 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

PAUL FREESTONE: 'The future of food' (lecture), Seminar Room East, Mansfield, 5 p.m.

MAIRÉAD HANRAHAN: 'Taking trauma out of the crypt: towards a general theory of creativity' (Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR CLIVE GAMBLE: 'The first humans: a very remote period indeed' (Keble Archaeology Lecture), O'Reilly Lecture Theatre, Keble, 5.30 p.m.

LAUNCH of Oxford Poets 2007: An Anthology, introduced by Bernard O'Donoghue, with readings by Sue Leigh, Anna Robinson, Frances Thompson, Kieron Wynn, and Lynne Wycherley, the Buttery, Wolfson, 7.30 p.m.

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Friday 30 November

PROFESSOR JEAN-PIERRE WARNIER: 'The monarch's bodily substances as a binding principle in a contemporary Cameroon kingdom' (Ethnicity and Identity Seminar: 'Blood, vitality, and relatedness'), Lecture Room, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 11 a.m.

FRANCESCA BRAY: 'The technics of the California home' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology departmental seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.10 p.m.

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Saturday 1 December

THAD PARSONS: 'The early Ashmolean' (gallery talk), Museum of the History of Science, 2 p.m.

ORGAN RECITAL: Cynthia Hall (St Giles'), the chapel, Magdalen, 5.25 p.m. (admission free).

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