University Gazette, 2 October 2008: Notices
Curators of the University Libraries
Plans for the future development of Oxford University Library Services: open meetings
Under the aegis of the Curators of the University Libraries, there are to be two open meetings at which Bodley's Librarian and other members of her staff will outline their proposed approach to the future development of the University's library services. Topics covered will include strategies for collection management and access; the proposed renovation of the New Bodleian Library; plans for the Humanities Library on the ROQ; and Google, digitisation, and e-resources. Proposals for a new approach to the Depository will be discussed as part of the Library's service strategy.
The meetings are open to all staff and students of the University and will be held on Wednesday, 15 October, at 2 p.m., in the Examination Schools, and on Friday, 17 October, at 2 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School.
Black History Month 2008
The following events are open to the public. Admission to all events is free.
Images of the transatlantic slave trade—rediscovered histories
Upper Gallery of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 6–10 October
This exhibition showcases the work of Anti-Slavery International, which has digitised its collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature on the transatlantic slave trade. Recovered Histories captures the narratives of the enslaved, enslavers, slave ship surgeons, abolitionists, parliamentarians, clergy, planters, and rebels.
The official launch of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, 8 October, 3.30–4.30 p.m.
Commemorating and remembering the Rwandan genocide, with the Aegis Trust
Okinaga Room, Wadham College, Thursday, 16 October, 5–6 p.m.
Dr James Smith, director of the Aegis Trust, will give a talk, alongside a Rwandan genocide survivor and an Oxford student who has been to Rwanda this summer. The talk will cover the history of the conflict, the reaction from international governments, as well as discussing how modern Black history can be commemorated.
Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Wednesday, 22 October, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
A day of African cultural events delivered by local community groups. The day will include musical workshops, a positive images exhibition of Black professionals and information about Oxford's Black History.
Screening of Burning an Illusion
Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School, Wednesday, 29 October, 7.15 p.m.
A pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, much of it shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities, Burning an Illusion marked a coming-of-age for Black British cinema. A film about transformation and identity, it is a love story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young Black couple in Thatcher's London. It was the first British film to give a central voice to a Black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening.
Community event: '007 Out of Africa'—explore, experience, live and learn
Museum of Oxford, October 2008–January 2009
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade (1807–2007) through images. Further information can be found at www.ackhi.org.
Readership in Modern South Asian History
FAISAL DEVJI, BA British Columbia, MA PH.D Chicago, Associate Professor of History, The New School for Social Research, New York, has been appointed to the readership with effect from 1 August 2009.
Dr Devji will be a fellow of St Antony's College.
Recognition of Distinction
On behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee the Vice-Chancellor has conferred the title of Professor of Ancient Philosophy on DR U.C. COOPE, PH.D. California, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, with effect from 1 October 2008.
Conferment and Reconferment of the Title of Visiting Professor
The Social Sciences Board, on the recommendation of Oxford University Centre for the Environment, has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Geography on PROFESSOR DAVID WIRTH, AB Princeton, AM Harvard, JD Yale, from 1 October 2008 to 30 September 2013.
The Social Sciences Board, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law, has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor on PROFESSOR JANE STAPLETON, LL.B Australian National University, BS New South Wales, PH.D Adelaide, D.PHIL Oxf, from 1 October 2008 to 30 September 2013.