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Oxford University Gazette, 11 December 2008: Lectures

Bampton Lectures

'Le christianisme est étrange': Christian particularity in writing of the French seventeenth century

PROFESSOR RICHARD PARISH, Professor of French and Fellow of St Catherine's College, will deliver a series of Bampton Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The lectures will be delivered in English, and all exemplary material will be translated.

20 Jan.: 'Particularity and apologetics.'

27 Jan: 'Particularity and physicality.'

3 Feb.: 'Particularity and language: (i) talking of God.'

10 Feb.: 'Particularity and language: (ii) talking for God.'

17 Feb.: 'Particularity and discernment.'

24 Feb.: 'Particularity and polemics: (i) Jansenism.'

3 Mar.: 'Particularity and polemics: (ii) Quietism.'

10 Mar.: 'Particularity and salvation.'

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Herbert Spencer Lectures

Modifying human behaviour

The Herbert Spencer Lectures will be given at 5.15 p.m. on the following days in the Lecture Theatre, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

The lectures are arranged by a trust fund held by the University. They are held every three years, on a theme that would have been of interest to Herbert Spencer.

JUSTICE EDWIN CAMERON, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa
Thur. 5 Feb.: 'Rethinking rights and responsibilities in the AIDS epidemic.'

PROFESSOR ANTHONY DICKINSON, Experimental Psychology, Cambridge
Mon. 9 Feb.: 'Beast machines or cognitive creatures?'

PROFESSOR JON ELSTER, Philosophy, Columbia
Thur. 19 Feb.: 'How constitutions shape and change behaviour.'

Thur. 26 Feb.: 'People and nature: conservation, conflict, and compromise.'

PROFESSOR UTA FRITH, Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
Thur. 5 Mar.: 'How our social brain modifies our behaviour.'

PROFESSOR JULIET B. SCHOR, Sociology, Boston College
Thur. 12 Mar.: 'The social consumer and the sustainability challenge—consumer behaviour, ecological challenge, and the new "social science".'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Department of Statistics: Corcoran Memorial Prize Ceremony

The Corcoran Memorial Prize Ceremony will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, 22 January, in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College.

The prizewinners will each deliver a lecture: Dr Anja Sturm (2004), Dr Simon Myers (2006), Dr Ludger Evers and Dr Chris Spencer (2008). The lectures will be followed by a reception.Enquiries may be directed to

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Medical Sciences

Neuroscience Grand Round Guest Lectures

The following lectures will be given at 11.30 a.m. on Fridays in Lecture Theatre 1, the Academic Block, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL HANNA, National Hospital for Neurology16 Jan.: 'Update on channelopathies.'

PROFESSOR GAVIN GIOVANNONI, Barts and the London Centre for Neurosciences
13 Feb.: 'Update on anti-basal ganglia antibodies.'

20 Mar.: 'Imaging consciousness.'

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Social Sciences

Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society, and Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

PROFESSOR ANTONIO CASSESE, Professor of Law, University of Florence, and formerly President of the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 January, in Mordan Hall, St Hugh's College. Further information may be found at

Subject: 'The International Criminal Court and evolving conceptions of victim- centred justice.'

Department of Social Policy and Social Work: Sidney Ball Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR GREG DUNCAN will deliver the Sidney Ball Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 26 February, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Subject: 'Poverty and child development.'

School of Geography and the Environment

TIM SCHWANEN will lecture at 2 p.m. on Monday, 15 December, in the Boardroom, the School of Geography and the Environment.

Subject: 'Analytical, critical, and cultural understandings of every mobility and beyond.'

Open lecture series: Sustainable transport

PROFESSOR CHERNG YUAN LIN will deliver the first lecture in this series at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 January, in the School of Geography and the Environment. The full seriesu programme will be published later. Enquiries may be directed to Lara Scott (e-mail:

Subject: 'Approaches towards sustainable maritime transportation.'

Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict: Strengthening international authority

The following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Mondays in the James Martin Twenty-first Century School, the Old Indian Institute Building, corner of Broad Street and Catte Street. Enquiries should be directed to Jennifer Wilkinson (e-mail:

PROFESSOR MERVYN FROST, King's College, London
19 Jan: 'Understanding contemporary warfare in ethical terms.'

26 Jan.: 'Indiscriminate disproportionality: another attempt at rules with teeth.'

2 Feb.: 'The "just war" tradition as political theory: authority and the use of force.'

DR JAMES PATTISON, West of England
9 Feb.: 'Who should intervene? The agents of humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect.'

16 Feb.: 'Individual rights and the making of the international system.'

23 Feb.: 'Institutional responsibility for private military contractors.'

2 Mar.: 'A leap of trust? Overcoming the distrust in US–Iranian nuclear relations.'

DR TONI ERSKINE, Aberystwyth
9 Mar.: 'Kicking bodies and damning souls: the danger of harming "innocent" individuals while punishing "delinquent" states.'

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