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Oxford University Gazette, 6 November 2008: Lectures

Lecture By the President of Israel

By the invitation of Balliol College, HIS EXCELLENCY SHIMON PERES, the ninth President of Israel, twice Prime Minister of Israel, and winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Peace, will lecture at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 November, in the Sheldonian Theatre.

The lecture will be open to all members of the University. Details of the admission arrangements will be announced later.

Subject: 'The globalisation of peace.'

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Coexistence Trust: Panel Discussion

Jewish–Muslim relations in a time of change

This meeting, arranged by the University, Oxford Brookes University, and the Coexistence Trust, will be held on Thursday, 13 November, 7–8.30 p.m., in the Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School.

Panellists: BARONESS (RUTH) DEECH OF CUMNOR HILL, LORD (PARRY) MITCHELL, BARONESS (KISHWER) FALKNER OF MARGRAVINE, and LORD (KHALID) HAMEED.

The meeting will be chaired by Dame Fiona Caldicott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Personnel and Equality, and Principal of Somerville College.

The Coexistence Trust includes Muslim and Jewish peers and MPs who promote dialogue, co-operation, and good relations between Muslim and Jewish communities internationally. The Trust is embarking upon a university campus tour to promote dialogue between Muslim and Jewish student communities in the UK. The 'road show' aims to explore the similar trajectories of the Muslim and Jewish communities in Britain. Further information may be found at www.coexistencetrust.org.uk.

The event is free and open to all students and staff of the University and Oxford Brookes University. Tickets are required for admission: one ticket per person can be requested by e- mailing community@admin.ox.ac.uk, and providing name and postal address. As there is a limited number of tickets available, early booking is strongly advised.

Note: those attending the event will need to present their valid University Card along with their ticket in order to gain entry.

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Inaugural Lectures

Professor of Russian

PROFESSOR ANDREI ZORIN will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 6 November, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Tolstoy and his creation of historical continuity.'


Professor of Modern History

PROFESSOR ROBERT GILDEA will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 7 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'The long road of oral history: around 1968 in France.'


Professor of the History of Art

PROFESSOR CRAIG CLUNAS will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 November, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History.

Subject: 'Putting China in its place in the history of art.'

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Cyril Foster Lecture

DR KAREN KONING ABUZAYD, UNRWA Commissioner General for Palestinian Refugees, will deliver the Cyril Foster Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Examination Schools.

Note: The lecture will be given on Thursday, 27 November, and not on Friday, 28 November, as stated in the Gazette of 9 October (p. 162–3).

Subject: 'Palestinian refugees in their sixtieth year: issues of human rights, public policy, and international law.'

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Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture

PROFESSOR INGOLF DALFERTH, Claremont Graduate University, California, and Zurich, will deliver the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, in the Examination Schools.

Note: this replaces the announcement which appeared in the Gazette of 9 October (p. 163), in which the date of the lecture was given incorrectly.

Subject: 'The contingency of evil.'

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Harmsworth Inaugural Lecture

PROFESSOR PETER ONUF, University of Virginia, Harmsworth Professor of American History 2008–9, will deliver the Harmsworth Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Thomas Jefferson and the origins of American democracy.'

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Professor of Poetry

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER RICKS will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Ghosts 1. Anthony Hecht and the Jews.'

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Astor Lecture

AKIRA IRIYE, Charles Warren Research Professor Emeritus of History, Harvard, will deliver an Astor Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 21 November, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Subject: 'Transnational moments.'

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George Eastman Visiting Professor

Michaelmas Term Lecture

PROFESSOR LYNN MARGULIS, George Eastman Visiting Professor and Fellow of Balliol College, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 13 November, in the Lecture Theatre (ground floor), the Department of Earth Sciences. The lecture will be introduced by Professor Martin Brasier.

Subject: 'Early life on Earth: Gaia and symbiogenesis.'

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Classics

Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama

PROFESSOR MARGARET MALAMUD, Associate Professor of History, New Mexico State University, will lecture at 2.15 p.m. on Monday, 17 November, in the Lecture Theatre, the Classics Centre. The lecture will be followed by refreshments. Enquiries may be directed to apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk (telephone: Oxford (2)88210).

Subject: 'Romans on the American stage, 1770s–1830s.'

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History

History of Art seminars

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Lecture Theatre, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's.

Conveners: Professor C. Clunas and Mr Nathan Flis.

DR JOHN HYMAN
11 Nov.: 'Philosophy and art theory.'

DR VIMALIN RUJIVACHARAKUL, Delaware
18 Nov.: 'Evolution translated: writing architecture at the edge of world architectural history.'

DR CATHERINE WHISTLER
25 Nov.: 'A new Ashmolean gallery: Britain and Italy in the eighteenth century.'

ROBERT POULTER, New Model Theatre
2 Dec.: 'The Eidophusikon&mdash ;an eighteenth-century attempt at virtual reality.'


Art History Research Seminar

The following open seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Headley Lecture Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum.

Conveners: Dr M. Leino (Oxford Brookes), Dr C. Whistler, and Dr A. Wright.

SUREKHA DAVIES, Warburg Institute
19 Nov.: 'Representations of Amerindian savagery and civility on Dutch maps with decorated borders, c.1598–1626.'

DR RUTH BARNES
26 Nov.: 'West meets east—a curator's passage to Asia.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR J. BARROW, Cambridge, will deliver the Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture at 4.15 p.m. on Friday, 21 November, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: 'The constants of nature.'


Mathematical Institute

PROFESSOR OFER ZEITOUNI, University of Minnesota and the Weizmann Institute, Israel, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 7 November, in Lecture Theatre 2, the Mathematical Institute.

Subject: 'Random walks in random environments.'

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Medical Sciences

Oxford Developmental Biology Seminar

The following seminar will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 November, in Room A/B (ground floor), the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. The Oxford Developmental Biology Seminar is supported by the J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Fund.

Convener: Shoumo Bhattacharya.

DR LESLIE DALE, University College London: 'Proteolytic regulation of dorsal- ventral patterning in Xenopus embryos.'

DR DOROTA SZUMSKA: 'New insights into Tolloid-like 1 function through ENU mutagenesis.'

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Music

Ethel Smyth (1858–1944) and her generation

This one-day symposium will be held from 9.45 a.m. (registration) on Saturday, 29 November, in the Music Faculty. Further details may be found at www.music.ox.ac.uk/events/ethe l-smyth.html.

CHRISTIAN LEITMEIR
10.15 a.m.: 'E.M. Smyth's Mass in D (1893) and the conquest of (musical) heaven.'

AIDAN THOMPSON
11 a.m.: 'Smyth, British opera, and opera in English.'

SOPHIE FULLER
1.15 p.m.: ' "If I could have stood in the sunlight...": Ethel Smyth in context.' (Keynote address)

CORNELIA BARTSCH
2.15 p.m.: 'Translations—Ethel Smyth as a European composer.'

PAVEL B. JIRACEK
3 p.m.: 'The emergence of Judith Beethoven: rooms, brooms, and grooms in times of change.'

BARBARA EICHNER
4.15 p.m.: 'Love, death, and the sea: Ethel Smyth's Three Moods of the Sea (1913) and other water music.'

LIANA SERBESCU
5.15 p.m.: 'Les Innocentes by Anna de Noailles, or how I started to love Ethel Smyth's piano music.' (Lecture–recital)

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Committee for Palaeography and Bodleian Library

The following seminars (involving original manuscripts) will be given at 2.15 p.m. on Fridays in the seminar room (Room 132), ground floor of the New Bodleian. Advance registration is not required for those holding a University or Bodleian Card.

Conveners: Professor Richard Sharpe and Dr Martin Kauffmann.

PROFESSOR HENRY WOUDHUYSEN, University College London
14 Nov.: 'Simon Forman's Booke of Plaies and beyond.'

PROFESSOR MICHAEL REEVE, Cambridge
28 Nov.: 'Clarifying the transmission of Pliny's Natural History.'

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Social Sciences

Israel: historical, political, and social aspects: amended notice

GEN. SIR RUPERT SMITH will lecture in this series at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 6 November, in St Anne's College (not in the Law Faculty, as previously announced).

Subject: 'Israeli Army conduct after 2006.'


Department of Politics: Sergio Vieira de Mello Lecture

PROFESSOR FERNANDO HENRIQUE CARDOSO will deliver the Sergio Vieira de Mello Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 10 November, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Note: the lecture will be given in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, and not in the Examination Schools, as previously announced in the Gazette.

Subject: 'Reframing human rights in the global era: a tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello.'


Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict

PROFESSOR ROSEMARY FOOT, PROFESSOR RUTI TEITEL, New York Law School, and PROFESSOR JEREMY WALDRON, New York University School of Law, will participate in a round-table discussion at 2 p.m. on Friday, 28 November, in Seminar Room A, the Manor Road Building. The discussion will be chaired by Dr David Rudin. Further details are available at www.elac.ox.ac.uk/events/.

Subject: 'Human rights and the war on terror.'


Refugee Studies Centre

Harrell-Bond Lecture

THE RT HON. SIR JOHN WAITE, co-chair of the Independent Asylum Commission, will deliver the Harrell-Bond Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 November, in the University Museum of Natural History. Enquiries may be directed to Katherine Salahi (e-mail: katherine.salahi@qeh.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxford (2)70723).

Subject: 'Asylum: a new perspective.'


Centre for International Gender Studies

Elisabeth Croll Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR DENIZ KANDIYOTI, SOAS, will deliver the Elisabeth Croll Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 November, in the Main Lecture Hall, Taylor Institution. Enquiries may be directed to igs@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

The lecture marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Centre for International Gender Studies.

Subject: 'Islam and the politics of gender: perspectives on Afghanistan.'

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Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

ZBIGNIEW FIEMA, Helsinki, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 November, in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies.

This event is held in conjunction with the Seminar for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and is funded through the generosity of Lewis Chester.

Subject: 'Jabal Haroun: a holy mountain and Byzantine monastery in south Jordan.'

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Museum of the History of Science

DR SVEN DUPRÉ ;, University of Ghent, a leading authority on the history of optics during the early years of the telescope, will lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 December, in the Museum of the History of Science. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: 'The invention of the telescope.'

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Balliol College

Oliver Smithies Lectures

PROFESSOR JUAN MANUEL LÓPEZ MUÑOZ, University of Cadiz, will deliver a series of Oliver Smithies Lectures at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Great Lecture Hall, Taylor Institution, as detailed below.

20 Nov.: 'French lyrical poetry in the Middle Ages (I): problems of traditional classification.'

4 Dec.: 'French lyrical poetry in the Middle Ages (II): women's discourse and discourse about women.'

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Keble College

Richardson Lecture

DOUGLAS MCLELLAND, Research Associate, Keble College, and Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics, will deliver the Richardson Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 14 November, in the Pusey Room, Keble College. Admission is free.

Subject: 'Tricking the brain to see how it works: scientific insights from visual illusions.'

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Kellogg College

Bynum Tudor Lecture

DR RALPH KOHN will deliver the Bynum Tudor Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 13 November, in Rewley House. Enquiries may be directed to Jitka Fort (e-mail: jitka.fort@kellogg.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Challenges and opportunities in a changing world.'

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Lady Margaret Hall

Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture

SIR JOHN GURDON, of the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, will deliver the Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 7 November, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. Enquiries may be directed to Maya Evans (telephone: Oxford (2)74362, e-mail: maya.evans@lmh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'The reversal of cell differentiation and prospects for cell replacement therapy.'

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St Antony's College

Warden's Seminar

PROFESSOR PHILIP BOBBIT, University of Texas, DR SCOTT BLINDER, Nuffield, and DR NIGEL BOWLES, Director, Rothermere American Institute, will present the following seminar at 12.15 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, in the Nissan Theatre, St Antony's College.

This is expected to be a capacity event, so early arrival is recommended.

Subject: 'The next American administration: change or continuity?'


European Studies Centre

Monte Dei Paschi Lecture

FRANCO FRATTINI, Italian Foreign Minister, will deliver the Monte Dei Paschi Lecture at 6 p.m. on Monday, 17 November, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre. The meeting will be chaired by Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University.

Photographic identification will be required for admission. Enquiries may be directed to european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk (telephone: Oxford (2)74470).

Subject: 'Europe's role in the reform of global governance.'

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St Edmund Hall

Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture

LIONEL BARBER, editor, The Financial Times, will deliver the Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 7 November, in the Doctorow Hall, St Edmund Hall.

Subject: 'W(h)ither journalism? The future of the press and new media.'

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Wolfson College

Colloquium: The world almost turned upside down: conscience, constitution, and a troubled poet in seventeenth-century England

This colloquium will be held on Monday, 17 November, 2.30–5 p.m., in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College. Members of the University and other interested parties are invited to attend. It will be followed by a public lecture by Mr Tony Benn (see below).

The colloquium is sponsored by Wolfson College and the Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society.

PROFESSOR RICHARD SORABJI: 'The idea of conscience in the Civil War period.'

DR MARGARET KELLY, Macquarie: 'John Milton: catching the conscience of the king? Politics and Paradise Lost.'

PROFESSOR DENIS GALLIGAN: 'Constitutional revolution: the Levellers, the New Model Army, and the Putney Debates.'


Public lecture

MR TONY BENN will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, 17 November, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture is open to the public.

The lecture follows an afternoon colloquium (see above).

Subject: 'The long hard road to democracy and social justice.'


Translation Seminar: Modern European Literature in English

DR JULIE CURTIS, DR ROSAMUND BARTLETT, DARYA PROTOPOPOVA, and DR OLIVER READY will discuss Chekhov's The Bishop in three English translations, at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 14 November, in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College. Further information may be obtained from Carmen Bugan (e-mail: carmen.bugan@wolfson.ox.ac.uk).

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Friends of the Bodleian

The following thirty-minute lectures will be given at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Cecil Jackson Room, the Sheldonian Theatre. Admission is free, and open to all members of the University.

Wine and sandwiches will be served in the Chancellor's Court after the lectures at a cost of £5 per person, for which bookings should be made and paid for in advance with the Administrator, Friends of the Bodleian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG (telephone: Oxford (2)77234, e-mail: fob@bodley.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR T.J. REED, Taylor Professor Emeritus of the German Language and Literature
26 Nov.: 'Out of the labyrinth: Kafka's manuscripts.' (Accompanied by display of selected manuscripts from the Bodleian's Kafka archive)

PETER WARD JONES, retiring Music Librarian, Bodleian
3 Dec.: 'Hallelujah! Reflections on a swansong exhibition.' (Related to current exhibition on the British choral tradition)

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Oxford Intelligence Group

The following lectures will be given as shown in the Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College. Enquiries may be directed to Claire Bunce (e-mail: claire.bunce@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

ALEXANDER EVANS, Fellow, Nuffield College, and a British diplomat based in Pakistan
Tue. 11 Nov., 5 p.m.: 'Mapping Pakistan's tribal areas.'

THE RT HON. MICHAEL MATES, MP
Thur. 20 Nov., 5.30 p.m.: 'Democratic oversight in Britain: the work of the Intelligence and Security Committee of parliamentarians.'

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