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Oxford University Gazette, 29 May 2008: Diary

Friday 30 May

CONFERENCE: 'Polybe: historien–philosophe?', Maison Française, 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m. (continues tomorrow, 9.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m).

HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA: 'Buddhist understanding: why and how' (public address), Sheldonian, 10 a.m. (admission to ticket-holders only—tickets no longer available).

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Computer-assisted language learning', 2 p.m. (see information above).

ALPA SHAH: 'Eco-incarceration: indigenous politics in Jharkhand, India' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, 4.10 p.m.

DR SIMON GREEN: 'Affluence and anxiety: the significance of the Asquith Commission' (Chichele Lectures: 'All Souls after Anson: aspects of college history, c.1914–45'), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ELSPETH DUSINBERRE: 'Persepolis and the founding of an empire' (Roger Moorey Memorial Lecture), Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean, 5.30 p.m. (enquiries:

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Saturday 31 May

ORGAN RECITAL: Dr Richard Marlow (formerly Director of Music, Trinity College, Cambridge), the chapel, St John's, 6 p.m. (admission free).

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Sunday 1 June

THE RT REVD DR TOM WRIGHT preaches, St Mary's, 10.30 a.m.

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Monday 2 June

OXFORD FINANCE SYMPOSIUM begins, Saïd Business School, 9 a.m. (Continues to 6 June; enquiries: (2)88817, or

PROFESSOR EBBA KOCH: 'The garden palaces of riverfront Agra as a key to the problem of Mughal land ownership' (lecture series: 'The art and architecture of the Great Mughals'), Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre, 11 a.m.

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

DAVID RUDERMAN: 'Can one speak of a trans-regional Jewish culture in early modern Europe?' (seminar series: 'Jews and Judaism in the early modern period'), Oriental Institute, 2.15 p.m.

JESSICA DIONNE: 'The World Health Organisation and malaria eradication in southern Mozambique, c.1960–7' (Seminars in the History of Medicine), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

DR PHIL CLARK; 'Law without government? Legalism reconsidered' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'New directions in law and society'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Bulding, 4.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR HYUN SONG SHIN: 'Risk and liquidity: endogenous risk' (Clarendon Lectures in Finance), Saïd Business School, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

ISMAÏL KADARÉ, writer, presents and reads from his work, Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

THE RT HON. MICHAEL MATES, MP: 'Democratic oversight in Britain: the work of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliamentarians', Large Lecture Room, Nuffield, 5.30 p.m. (Oxford Intelligence Group meeting; enquiries to

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Tuesday 3 June

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introduction to management and leadership at Oxford', day 4, 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR HYUN SONG SHIN: 'Risk and liquidity: securitisation and financial stability' (Clarendon Lectures in Finance), Saïd Business School, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR JEAN COMAROFF: 'Detective fictions: in pursuit of sovereignty in the post-colony' (African Studies Annual Lecture), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR DAVID TROTTER: 'Anglo-Norman, the AND, and the OED' (Oxford English Dictionary Forum), Rewley House, 5 p.m.

TIMOTHY BENJAMIN: 'Music in the age of mass distribution: reflecting on Walter Benjamin in the early twenty-first century' (Graduate Students' Colloquia), Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, 5.15 p.m.

LUKE SUNDERLAND: 'The cruelty of Charlemagne: revolt and sovereignty in the Chanson de geste' (Medieval French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR PETER NOLAN: 'Nurse as spiritual provider: using whose wisdom?' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture Public Lectures: 'Wisdom in healthcare: exploring the spiritual dimension'), Regent's Park College, 5.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR SAMUEL SACHS: 'Fakes, forgeries, and other deceptions' (lecture), Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel, 6 p.m.

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Wednesday 4 June

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Managing employee conduct and performance', 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

CONGREGATION meeting: conferment of Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Diploma upon HIS MAJESTY KING ABDULLAH II IBN AL HUSSEIN of Jordan, Sheldonian, 3 p.m. (admission by invitation only).

CORY WAY: 'Crime news in national newspapers and television broadcasts in England and America' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminars), Committee Room, Green College, 12 noon (enquiries:

DR CHRISTOPHER FLETCHER: 'From the Fastolf Master to Jan van Hogspeuw: the poetic importance of Philip Larkin's picture postcards' (Friends of the Bodleian thirty-minute lecture), Cecil Jackson Room, Sheldonian, 1.10 p.m. (enquiries:

ORGAN RECITAL: Nicholas Prozzillo (Brasenose), the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

PROFESSOR FRANÇOIS WEIL: 'The democratisation of American genealogy' (American History Research Seminar), Rothermere American Institute, 4 p.m.

NICOLE GORE reads (in French) from Apollinaire's Le Bestiaire and Alcools, with private view of new exhibition 'Le Bureau des singes: towards a new Bestiaire', Voltaire Room, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m. (limited seating—to attend, e-mail:; (2)78141).

PROFESSOR HYUN SONG SHIN: 'Risk and liquidity: financial regulation and monetary policy' (Clarendon Lectures in Finance), Saïd Business School, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

MARC VENTRESCA: ' "Cultural markets": views from economic sociology and evidence from governance innovations in European bourses' (Nuffield Sociology Seminars: 'The sociological aspects of cultural markets'), Clay Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

SIR IVOR ROBERTS: 'Kosovo: cradle of civilisation or albatross?' (seminar series: 'Aspects of the Muslim presence in Europe'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5 p.m.

GYBURG RADKE: 'The Platonism of early Christian theology' (Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity lecture), Classics Centre, 5 p.m.

RUPERT SMITH: 'The natural dye project in the Wangden Valley of Tibet' (Oxford Asian Textile Group lecture), Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road, 5.45 p.m. (admission for visitors £2).

PROFESSOR STEVEN J. ZIPPERSTEIN: 'Isaac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow, and New York Jewish intellectuals: a reassessment' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 5 June

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Overview of university procedures: discipline, grievance, harassment, and employee relations', 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

LAURELLE ROND (voice and clarsach): a programme of Celtic music, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection; enquiries:

DR LYNN ERLER: 'Contract researchers in the Oxford University Department of Education: a needs analysis' (Oxford Learning Institute: research seminars), Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, 2 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

DR SUMANA DAS: 'Two women writers of the Bengali diaspora: Ketaki Kushari Dyson and Dilara Hashem' (Cross-cultural Research in Gender Studies seminars), Lecture Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3.30 p.m.

AMBASSADOR YIM SUNG-JOON (President, Korea Foundation): 'Korea's transformation—1975–2008, and challenges for the future' (lecture), Lincoln College EPA Science Centre, Museum Road, 5 p.m. (meeting chaired by the Vice-Chancellor).

JAMES AMBROSE: 'Ancient theatre and the early modern: the images of Seneca's tragedies' (Early Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR PASCAL GRENIER: 'Pride and prejudice: visions of the French School during the First Empire' (lecture series: ' "A lost generation": modernity on stage in Napoleonic France'), St John's College Research Centre, 5.30 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

LORD WALTON OF DETCHANT: 'A myologist in the House' (Alan Emery Lecture), E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College, 6 p.m.

MUSIC FOR A SUMMER EVENING, marking the fiftieth anniversary year of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams; programme includes Five English Folksongs and Three Shakespeare Songs, the chapel and Provost's Garden, Queen's, 7.30 p.m. (Admission by programme £8/£6/£5. Reservations:

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Friday 6 June

CONFERENCE: 'Mediterranean unions—visions and politics', St Antony's, 12 noon–7 p.m. (continues tomorrow, 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m) (further information at

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Good practice in leading people (1)—the basics' ('Management and Leadership Development' series), 12.30 p.m., and 'Springboard' (Programme 1, follow-up day) (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR ADITI LAHIRI (Professor of Linguistics): ' "Language asymmetries in the brain: "handbags" = "hambags", but "ham dish" ≠ "hand dish" ' (Inaugural Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

H.E. ALAIN LE ROY (Ambassador of France): 'The French presidency of the EU and the Mediterranean' (lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR WANG JISI: 'New trends in China's foreign relations and strategic thinking' (seminar in 'Global perspectives on order and justice' series), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

DR SIMON GREEN: 'Historians and men of letters: the emergence of a research college' (Chichele Lectures: 'All Souls after Anson: aspects of college history, c.1914–45'), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.

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