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Oxford University Gazette, 2 October 2008: Diary

Friday 3 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Springboard' (Programme 2, follow-up day) (See the Learning Institute site).

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Saturday 4 October

RUDI LINDNER: 'Sedentary scholarship and nomadic history', and ROGER BATTY: 'After Rome and the nomads' (Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity colloquium: 'The nomadic world of late antiquity'), Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi, 2–5.30 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: neil.mclynn@classics.ox.ac.uk).

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Monday 6 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Listening skills' (day 1), 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

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Tuesday 7 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introductory Certificate in Management' (for administrative, technical, and professional staff) (day 2), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

CONGREGATION meeting, Convocation House, 12 noon (vice-Chancellor's Oration).

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Wednesday 8 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introduction to finance', 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site)..

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: official opening of exhibition 'Images of the transatlantic slave trade—rediscovered histories', Upper Gallery, University Museum of Natural History, 3.30 p.m. (exhibition continues to 10 October).

HARRY BERAN: 'Trobriand warshields: sex, speculation, and reality' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers lectures), Pitt Rivers Museum Extension, entrance through Robinson Close, 6.15 p.m. (admission for visitors £2).

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Friday 10 October

CONFERENCE: 'In search of solidarity: 150 years after the birth of Emile Durkheim', Maison Française, from 7 p.m. (continues tomorrow and on Sunday).

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Sunday 12 October

FULL TERM begins.

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Monday 13 October

PROFESSOR MARK HARRISON: 'Malaria control in the Bombay Presidency of British India, 1902–40' (seminar series: 'Health, disease and medicine since 1800'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR ILLKA HANSKI: 'The Glanville fritillary butterfly: a model species for metapopulation biology' (Southwood Lecture), Lecture Theatre A, Department of Zoology, 4 p.m. (open to the public).

PROFESSOR MICHAEL FREEMAN: 'Human rights: advocates, sceptics, problems—a view from political theory' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Interdisciplinary perspectives on human rights'), Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

KEVIN SPACEY (Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre): inaugural lecture, Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m. (tickets required for admission: tel. (2)71762).

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Tuesday 14 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Assertiveness' (day 1), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR RANDAL E. BRYANT: 'Data-intensive scalable computing: taking Google-style computing beyond Web search' (Oxford Strachey Lecture in Computing Science), Lecture Theatre B, Computing Laboratory, 4.30 p.m.

LAUNCH of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, Examination Schools, 5 p.m., followed by a reception in Christ Church, 6.15–7.15 p.m. (enquiries: frances.jenkins@theology.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR DAVID NEWBERY lectures in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment seminar series: 'Environmental and ecological economics', Lecture Hall, Dyson Perrins Building, 5 p.m.

DANIELA MAIRHOFER: 'Some approaches to medieval Latin' (Medieval French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

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Wednesday 15 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Springboard' (workshop 2) (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

OPEN MEETING to discuss the future development of the University's libraries, with Bodley's Librarian, Schools, 2 p.m. (open to all staff and students of the University).

SIMON WINCHESTER discusses his latest book, Bomb Book and Compass (about Joseph Needham in China), Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's, 5 p.m.

CECILE DUBERNET: 'UN and the "global crisis of internal displacement": deconstruction of a narrative' (Refugee Studies Centre public seminars), Seminar Room 1, Department of International Development, 5 p.m. (enquiries: rsc@qeh.ox.ac.uk).

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Thursday 16 October

CONFERENCE: 'Elite symbolic superiority: multidisciplinary perspectives', Maison Française, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

DR MARTIN SEELEIB-KAISER: 'The political economy of pension reform in Germany' (Oxford Institute of Ageing seminars: 'Pensions and economics of ageing', Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 12.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR ELEONORE KOFMAN: 'Gender, migration, rights and entitlements: comparison of European welfare regimes' (ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society seminars: 'Migration, welfare and inequalities'), Seminar Room, Pauling Centre, 2 p.m. (further details at www.compas.ox.ac.uk/e vents/seminars_lectures.shtml).

PNINA WERBNER: 'Tswapong women's initiation cult and the achievement of dignity in Botswana at a time of AIDS' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: 'Gender and Film: Gender in Film'), Queen Elizabeth House, 3.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR YADVINDER MALHI: 'Threats and opportunities for tropical forests in the twenty-first century' (James Martin Twenty-first Century School seminars: 'Twenty-first century challenges—more questions, any answers?'), Old Indian Institute Building, 3.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR BRUCE BEUTLER: 'Forward genetic analysis of innate immunity in mammals' (Norman Heatley Lecture), Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, 4 p.m.

JOHN HILSDON: 'Making sense of university: a "learning development" perspective' (Learning Institute: Research Seminars), Littlegate House, 4 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: research@learning.ox.ac.uk).

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: 'Commemorating and remembering the Rwandan genocide'—talk by Dr James Smith, Directory, Aegis Trust, Okinaga Room, Wadham, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MARIE-HÉLÈNE COTONI: 'Les dégouts de Voltaire: impressions et expression' (Voltaire Foundation Besterman Lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

DR THOMAS DIXON: 'The history of altruism, 1851–2006: Comte, Wilde, and Dawkins' (Ian Ramsey Centre seminars), Old Dining Room, Harris Manchester, 8.30 p.m. (full details at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~theo0038/semin ar.html).

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Friday 17 October

OPEN MEETING to discuss the future development of the University's libraries, with Bodley's Librarian, Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School, 2 p.m. (open to all staff and students of the University).

HENRY LAURENS: 'The United Arab Republic through Syrian memoirs' (Le Collège de France à Oxford lecture series), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

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Monday 20 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'The history of the University', 9.30 a.m., and 'Listening skills' (day 2), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR MANUEL CASTELLS: 'Communication power' (seminar series), Oxford Internet Institute, 2 p.m. (to attend, send name and affiliation details to: events@oii.ox.ac.uk).

DR MARGARET JONES: 'Malaria in the Caribbean: the Jamaican experience, 1880–1965' (seminar series: 'Health, disease and medicine since 1800'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR MASAHIKO AOKI: 'Corporations as embodying cognitive systems' (Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies: 'Corporations, games, and societies'), Saïd Business School, 5 p.m. (admission free and open to the public; enquiries: keira.mcdermott@oup.com).

PROFESSOR RONNIE HSIA: 'Elective affinities: the Jesuits and China in the early modern World' (Faculty of History: Special Faculty Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 21 October

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introductory Certificate in Management' (for administrative, technical, and professional staff) (day 3), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR PETER KING: 'The future of social housing' (Housing Seminars), Large Lecture Room, Nuffield, 1 p.m. (to reserve a place, e-mail: events@socres.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR MANUEL CASTELLS: 'Communication power' (seminar series), Oxford Internet Institute, 2 p.m. (to attend, send name and affiliation details to: events@oii.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR STEPHEN BELL (Professor of Microbiology): 'The evolution of DNA replication' (Inaugural Lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR DOREEN MASSEY: 'What's left of place? What possibility for a place-based radical politics in the current globalised world?' (Clarendon Lectures in Geography: 'Voices of places'), O'Reilly Theatre, Keble, 5 p.m. (admission free and open to the public; enquiries: keira.mcdermott@oup.com).

H.E. MAURICE GOURDAULT-MONTAGNE (Ambassador of France): 'From Georgia to the Mediterranean: what is the French presidency doing for Europe in the world?' (seminar), European Studies Centre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR DIETER HELM: 'Climate change, European energy policy and the Copenhagen Summit: time for realism?' (Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment seminar series: 'Environmental and ecological economics', Lecture Hall, Dyson Perrins Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MASAHIKO AOKI: 'Corporations embedded in societies' (Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies: 'Corporations, games, and societies'), Saïd Business School, 5.15 p.m. (admission free and open to the public; enquiries: keira.mcdermott@oup.com).

DR REIDAR DUE: 'Introduction to the films of Krysztof Kieslowski' (lecture, opening series of Kieslowki films), Maison Française, 7 p.m. (followed by showing of La double vie de Véronique at 8 p.m).

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