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Oxford University Gazette, 9 October 2008: Diary

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.

THE RT REVD JOHN PRITCHARD preaches the Commemoration Day Sermon, St Mary's, 10.30 a.m.

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Monday 13 October

PROFESSOR MARCIA INHORN: 'Masturbation, semen collection, and men's IVF experience: anxieties in the Muslim Middle East' (Fertility and Reproduction Seminars: 'Islam, sexuality, and transgression), Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

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).

SIR MARK POTTER: 'The family in the twenty-first century: exploding the nuclear myth' (High Sheriff's Law Lecture), Schools, 4 p.m. (audience to be seated by 3.45 p.m.; admission free and open to the public).

PROFESSOR LARRY MAY and PROFESSOR ROBERT CRYER: 'Sudan and the International Criminal Court' (Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict: round-table discussion, chaired by Professor Jennifer Welsh), Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 4 p.m.

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.

SEÑOR DON GUILLERMO DE LA DEHESA: 'Spain: how does it contribute to Europe's role in the world?' (seminar), Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR TIMOTHY BROOK: 'China and globalisation: some forgotten history' (seminar series: 'China and the World: History, Politics and Security'), Dahrendorf Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

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

THE RT REVD RICHARD HARRIES: 'What makes us think God wants democracy?' (David Nicholls Memorial Lecture), Regent's Park, 5.30 p.m.

THE REVD PROFESSOR BERNARD SILVERMAN preaches the Court Sermon, Cathedral, 6 p.m.

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Wednesday 15 October

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

LAUNCH of The Groupware Project: a new collaborative working environment for e-mail, managing calendars, sharing documents, and more, Saïd Business School, 11 a.m. (further details at www.ict.ox.ac.uk/odit/projects/groupware/project/launch).

ADRIAN MONCK: 'The (good) future of journalism' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminars), Committee Room, Green Templeton, 12 noon.

ORGAN RECITAL: Marco Lo Muscio (Rome), the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free, with a retiring collection).

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).

DR BJARKE FRELLESVIG: 'Old Japanese' (lecture series: 'Introducing ancient languages'), Voltaire Room, Taylor Institution, 4 p.m.

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: 'The 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).

PROFESSOR KATHARINA PISTOR: 'Global network finance' (Extra-legal Governance and Organised Crime Discussion Group Seminar Series: 'Informal governance'), Saïd Business School, 5 p.m.

FRANCES STEWART: 'Horizontal inequalities and conflict: threats to development' (seminar series: 'Conflict, development, and education'), Deakin Room, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GEORGE JOFFE: 'A new era in the Middle East: 2009 and beyond' (seminar series: 'History, politics, and culture of the Islamic world'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

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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.

ANNI NAKAMURA, soprano: a programme of Danish song, with music by Buxtehude, Heise, and Nielsen, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with a retiring collection).

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).

SABINA BREVAGLIERI: 'Science, politics, and cultural mediation between Rome and the German world: crossing boundaries in Thirty Years War Europe' (Problems in the History of Science seminars: 'The powers of science: negotiating and circulating knowledge in the early modern period'), Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty, 3 p.m.

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.

LAWRENCE SHERMAN: 'Evidence and liberty: the promise of experimental criminology' (Centre for Criminology seminars), Old Library, All Souls, 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, Director, Aegis Trust, Okinaga Room, Wadham, 5 p.m.

PRASANTA PATTANAIK: 'Measuring deprivation in a multi-attribute framework' (Development and Sanjaya Lall Programme Seminars), Seminar Room 2, Queen Elizabeth House, 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

STAFF OF THE PITT RIVERS MUSEUM: 'Behind the scenes at the Pitt Rivers Museum: research and other projects' (Research Seminars in Material and Visual Anthropology), Pitt Rivers Museum Research Centre (entrance through Robinson Close), 1 p.m.

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).

JACK SNYDER: 'A realist approach to the strategy of humanitarianism' (seminar series: 'Refugees in international relations'), Swire Room, University (12 Merton Street), 2 p.m.

ULF HANNERZ: 'Images of the world, now and next: global scenarios as texts and transnational cultural phenomena' (Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 64 Banbury Road, 4.10 p.m.

JONATHAN POWELL: 'Handling the media' ('Media and Politics' seminars), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

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).

DR DAVID SHANKLAND: 'Changing gender roles amongst the Alevi community in Turkey' (Fertility and Reproduction Seminars: 'Islam, sexuality, and transgression), Seminar Room, 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

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.

ALEXANDER BETTS: 'International cooperation and the global refugee regime' (seminar series: 'Refugees in international relations'), Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, 5 p.m.

LOUISE BRADDOCK: 'Is psychoanalysis an academic discipline? Should it be one?' (Interdisciplinary seminars in psychoanalysis), Seminar Room, St John's College Research Centre, 8.15 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: paul.tod@sjc.ox.ac.uk).

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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.

MARTIN CONWAY: 'Political legitimacy: a historical approach' (seminar series: 'History of political thought'), Swire Seminar Room, University, 5 p.m.

DR MUTHIAH ALAGAPPA: 'China and the changing Asian strategic landscape' (seminar series: 'China and the World: History, Politics and Security'), Dahrendorf Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

BOOK-LAUNCH: Caribbean Diaspora and the Church, with Dr Delroy Reid-Salmon, Professor Paul Fiddes, Dr Anthony Reddie, and Dr Michael Jagessar, Regent's Park, 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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