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Oxford University Gazette, 12 February 2009: Lectures

Romanes Lecture

A SENIOR CABINET MINISTER will deliver the Romanes Lecture at 1 p.m. on Friday, 27 February, in the Sheldonian Theatre.

Entry will be ticket only, for which early booking is advised. Application should be made to the Events Office (e-mail: events.office@admin.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxford (2)70568), giving full name and department/college and/or full postal address.

The subject of the lecture will be announced later.

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J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR WENDY BICKMORE, Edinburgh, will deliver a J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 9 March, in Lecture Theatre B, the Zoology/Psychology Building. Anyone with special access requirements should telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.

Subject: 'Spatial reorganisation of the genome during differentiation and development.'

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Hensley Henson Lectures

PROFESSOR JOHN RICHES, Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Biblical Criticism, University of Glasgow, will deliver the Hensley Henson Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools.

Wed. 4 Mar.: 'What are "pre-modern" readings of the Bible?'

Thur. 5 Mar.: 'The literary history of Galatians.'

Wed. 11 Mar.: 'The literal meaning of the Bible and the search for "what Paul wanted".'

Thur. 12 Mar.: 'Being found by the Bible: Coleridge and biblical inspiration.'

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Classics

Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama

PROFESSOR VASSILIS LAMBROPOULOS, Professor of Greek, University of Michigan, will lecture at 2.15 p.m. on Monday, 23 February, in the Lecture Theatre, the Classics Centre. Enquiries may be directed to apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'The death of tragedy and the return of the god Pan after Nietzsche.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Computing Laboratory

RAGHU RAMAKRISHNAN, Chief Scientist for Audience and Cloud Computing, Yahoo! Research, will lecture at 3 p.m. on Friday, 13 February, in Room 478, Computing Laboratory/E-Science Research Centre, Keble Road and Parks Road.

Convener: Professor M. Benedikt.

Subject: 'Semantics on the Web: how do we get there?'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Social Sciences

Darwin's lost world: the early history of life and the planet

The following lectures will be given at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences. The meetings will end with an open discussion.

Conveners: Professor Lynn Margulis, Professor Martin Brasier and Kathy Willis.


19 Feb.: Towards a habitable planet

TIM LENTON, East Anglia: 'Gaia and the early biosphere.'
BOB WILLIAMS: 'Later evolution and the chemical elements.'
DAVID CATLING, Bristol: 'Oxygen and evolution.'


26 Feb.: Origins of the eukaryote cell

LYNN MARGULIS: 'Origins of the eukaryote cell.'
STEPHEN BELL: 'Archaea and the origins of eukaryotes.'


5 Mar.: Life at four billion revisited

PROFESSOR A.N. HALLIDAY: 'The early solar system.'


12 Mar.: Complexity in multicellular lineages

LIAM DOLAN, John Innes Centre: 'On the origin of rooting.'
PETER HOLLAND: 'Genes, genomes and animal complexity.'

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Medical Sciences

Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture

BARONESS (RUTH) DEECH will deliver the second Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 March, in St Edward's School, Woodstock Road. Enquiries may be directed to Kasia Lewis (telephone: Oxford 408311, e-mail: klewis@oibc.org.uk).

Subject: 'Thirty years: from IVF to stem cells.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages

Sub-faculty of Russian and Other Slavonic Languages: Taylorian Special Lecture

PROFESSOR BORIS GASPAROV, Columbia, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 26 February, in the Main Hall, the Taylor Institution. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Convener: Professor Andrei Zorin.

Subject: 'The Silver Age heritage and the rise of Stalinism: Prokofiev in search for a new voice.'


German Studies Today: Modern German Research Seminar

PROFESSOR HELMUT LETHEN, Director, Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 25 February, in Lecture Room 2, the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Der Schmerz—kulturwissenschaftlich betrachtet.'

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Social Sciences

Israel: historical, political, and social aspects: cancellation of lecture

The lecture due to have been given in this series by Professor Shimon Shamir, at 8 p.m. on 19 February in Oriel College, has been cancelled.

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Special Lecture in Historical Archaeology

PROFESSOR MARK LEONE, Maryland, one of the leading archaeologists working on the archaeology of the modern period, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 March, in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Dan Hicks (e-mail: dan.hicks@arch.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'The archaeology of Frederick Douglass.'


Oxford–Achilles Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, Saïd Business School

ERIC KNIGHT, OUCE, will lecture at 12 noon on Wednesday, 18 February, in Seminar Room B, the Saïd Business School.

Subject: 'Remaking the financial model: the future of company valuation in a climate-changed world.'


'Exeter at Saïd' Seminar

RICHARD LAMBERT, Director-General, the Confederation of British Industry, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 19 February, in the Saïd Business School. The event is open to all members of the University, and admission is free, but advance electronic registration is requested: www.sbs.oxford.edu/events/lambert. Enquiries may be directed to Deborah Lisburne, Events Manager (e- mail: deborah.lisburne@sbs.ox.ac.uk).

'Exeter at Saïd' is a series of collaborative events in which the Rector of Exeter College, Frances Cairncross, brings a high-level speaker to the Saïd Business School.

Subject: 'How the global financial crisis will reshape British business.'


Saïd Business School: Distinguished Speaker Seminars

PETER AVEN, President, Alfa Bank, Russia, formerly Russia's G-7 representative and Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, will lecture at 12.15 p.m. on Monday, 23 February, in the Saïd Business School. The event is open to all members of the University, and admission is free, but advance electronic registration is required: www.sbs.oxford.edu/events/aven. Enquiries may be directed to Deborah Lisburne, Events Manager (e-mail: deborah.lisburne@sbs.ox.ac.uk).

The subject of Mr Aven's lecture will be announced later.

ROMANO PRODI, past President of the European Commission and formerly Prime Minister of Italy, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 March, in the Saïd Business School. The lecture is open to the public, and admission is free, but advance electronic registration is required: www.sbs.oxford.edu/events/prodi. Enquiries may be directed to Deborah Lisburne, Events Manager (e-mail: deborah.lisburne@sbs.ox.ac.uk).

The lecture is arranged in association with Italian Studies at Oxford and the Oxford University Italian Society.

Subject: 'What does the financial crisis mean for Europe? Political and economic consequences.'


OXONIA Distinguished Speaker Series

DR STEPHEN JEN, Morgan Stanley, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 18 February, in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries may be directed to Fabian Eser, Nuffield College (e-mail: fabian.eser@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'The global economy, currency markets, and the financial crisis: a view from the market.'


Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development: Mellon-Sawyer Seminar

The following seminars, which are concerned with the making of national economic policy in the face of the challenges of globalisation, will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Mondays (unless indicated otherwise) in Seminar Room G, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries may be directed to Benedikt Goderis (e-mail: benedikt.goderis@economics.ox.ac.uk).

GUIDO TABELLINI, Rector, Bocconi University
16 Feb.: 'Institutions and culture.'

PROFESSOR ALAN BLINDER, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton; formerly Vice-Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve
Thur. 19 Feb., 1 p.m., Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building: 'The challenge of offshoring.' (Jointly with the Economics Workshop)

STEPHEN NICKELL, Warden, Nuffield College
23 Feb.: 'The role of the world economy in UK monetary policy-making.'

FABRIZIO SACCOMANNI, Director General, Bank of Italy
1 Mar.: 'Managing international financial instability.'


Oxford Network for Social Inequality Research and the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy: Growing unequal? Inequality in the advanced industrial societies

This round-table discussion will be held on Friday, 27 February, 5–7 p.m., in the Lecture Theatre, the Manor Road Building.

The speakers will be PROFESSOR TONY ATKINSON, Department of Economics; DAVID GRUSKY, Stanford; GREG DUNCAN, California, Irvine; TAK-WING CHAN; and NANCY BERMEO.

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The Europaeum

Europaeum Lecture

PROFESSOR VERA GOWLLAND-DEBBAS, Geneva, will deliver the Europaeum Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 12 February, in the Old Library, All Souls College. All welcome. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

The meeting will chaired by Professor Vaughan Lowe, and the discussant will be Professor Avi Shlaim.

Subject: 'Middle East crises and the challenges for international law.'

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Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

A.N. Stencl Lecture in Yiddish Studies

DR KERSTIN HOGE will deliver the A.N. Stencl Lecture in Yiddish Studies at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 19 February, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Objects of desire: on the role of non-Jewish languages in Sholem Aleichem's Mayses far yidishe kinder.'

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Latin American Centre

PROFESSOR JO-MARIE BURT, George Mason University, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 23 February, in the Seminar Room, the Latin American Centre, St Antony's College. Enquiries may be directed to enquiries@lac.ox.ac.uk.

Convener: Dr Leigh Payne.

Subject: 'How truth led to justice in Peru: the Fujimori trial and Peru's integral model of transitional justice.'

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Taylor Institution Library

Portuguese and French event: readings and book launch

DR ANA CLAUDIA SURIANI DA SILVA, Birmingham, and DR AQUILES ALENCAR BRAYNER, British Library, will discuss a new edition of Queda que as mulheres tem para os tolos, by Machado de Assis, one of Brazil's greatest writers (a translation of Victor Hénaux's De l'amour des femmes pour les sots), at 5 p.m. on Monday, 16 February, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution. The event will be in English, with readings in Portuguese and French.

Enquiries should be directed to Liz Baird (e-mail: liz.baird@taylib.ox.ac.uk).

A display of books by and about Machado de Assis will continue in the library until 30 March (open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m).

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All Souls College

Lee Lecture in Political Science and Government

PROFESSOR ALAIN DESROSIÈRES, French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, will deliver the Lee Lecture in Political Science and Government at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 3 March, in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Subject: 'Statistics and governmentality: an historical approach.'


Isaiah Berlin Centennial Seminar on Political Thought

An extended seminar will be held on Wednesday, 3 June, in the Old Library, All Souls College, in celebration of the centennial of the birth of Sir Isaiah Berlin. Admission is free but by ticket only. Application should be made to to Fellows' Secretary, All Souls College (telephone: Oxford (2)89109, e-mail: humaira.erfan-ahmed@all-souls.ox.ac .uk).

IAN CARTER, Pavia, QUENTIN SKINNER, Cambridge and London, and HILLEL STEINER, Manchester
2.30 p.m.: 'Berlin on negative and positive liberty.' (Chaired by Myles Burnyeat)

JOSEPH RAZ, Columbia, TIM SCANLON, Harvard, and DAVID WIGGINS
4.30 p.m.: 'Berlin and the plurality of value.' (Chaired by G.A. Cohen)

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Balliol College

Oliver Smithies Lectures

PROFESSOR IAN STOREY, Professor of Classics, Trent University, Ontario, will give two Oliver Smithies Lectures at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Classics Centre.

6 Feb.: 'On looking (again) into Kratinos' Dionysalexandros.' What happens when Paris cannot be found for the (in)famous Judgement of Paris, and the only substitue that can be found is the comic god, Dionysos? In 1904 a papyrus from Oxyrhynchus yielded most of the plot-summary of this lost comedy by Kratinos (career: 454–423 BC).

20 Feb.: 'The play before the play: when did a Greek play "begin"?'

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Brasenose College

Tanner Lectures on Human Values

Meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values will be held on Friday, 20 February, and Saturday, 21 February, in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School.

Tickets will be required for admission: see www.bnc500.co.uk/bnc500/events.html. Registration is free. Enquiries may be directed to Pat Spight (e- mail: pat.spight@bnc.ox.ac.uk).


PROFESSOR ROBIN WEISS, University College London, PROFESSOR JANE CARDOSA, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and PROFESSOR EDDIE HOLMES, Penn State
Fri., 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m.: 'The challenge of emerging infection.'


LT.-COL. JOHN NAGL, Center for a New American Security, TANVIR KHAN, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, LEO DOCHERTY, author of Desert of Death and former serving officer in Iraq and Helmand, and PADDY DOCHERTY, author of The Khyber Pass
Fri., 2–5.30 p.m.: 'Terrorism and security: what have we learned from Afghanistan and Iraq?'


PROFESSOR VERNON BOGDANOR, SIR NICOLAS BRATZA, UK Judge on the European Court of Human Rights, KATE ALLEN, Director of Amnesty International UK, SIR IAN KENNEDY, Chairman of the Healthcare Commission, and PROFESSOR JULIAN SAVULESCU
Sat., 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m.: 'Human rights in the twenty-first century.'


GEORGE MONBIOT, Guardian columnist, SIR DAVID KING, PROFESSOR DIETER HELM, and PROFESSOR ROBERT WATSON, Chief Scientific Adviser, DEFRA (Chair: David Shukman, Environment and Science Correspondent, BBC News)
Sat., 2–5.30 p.m.: 'Environmental challenges in a warming world.'

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Keble College

DR SOPHIE RATCLIFFE, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Keble College, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 20 February, in the Pusey Room, Keble College. Dr Ratcliffe's first book, On Sympathy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

Subject: 'A history of tears: some readings of fictional sympathy.'

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Lincoln College

Public lecture

STEPHEN COX, the inaugural Montgomery Visiting Fellow in Sculpture, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 February, in the Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College. The lecture will be open to the public.

Subject: 'Dreadnought: problems of history—the search for the hidden stone.'

Mr Cox will be in residence in Lincoln College throughout Hilary Term. An exhibition of his work will be held in the college during the Turl Street Arts Festival, 14–22 February. He will also preach in the college chapel on 22 February.

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Magdalen College

Towards a new constitutional settlement? (Amended notice)

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Summer Common Room, Magdalen College. The Chatham House Rule will apply.

This notice replaces previous announcements.

Conveners: Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth and Dr Stewart Wood.

CHRIS HUHNE, MP
12 Feb., Auditorium: 'Terrorism and the conflict with liberty.'

SIR JOHN SCARLETT
5 Mar.: ''How the increasing accountability of the security services to Parliament now works, and serves to give the public confidence in their working.'

SIR ROGER SANDS and ROBERT ROGERS
14 May: 'Constitutional and parliamentary modernisation, aspirations, and reality: the New Labour record, 1997–2008.'

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St Antony's College

European Studies Centre

'Wreckage of modernity' or 'revolution of perception'? 1968: consequences and echoes

This workshop, sponsored by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft, will be held on Friday, 27 February, 9 a.m.–6.30 p.m., in the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College. Registration is not required, but expressions of interest are welcomed. These should be sent to european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk, to which enquiries may also be directed.

The speakers will be INGRID GILCHER-HOLTEY, Bielefeld; STEFFEN BRUENDEL, Essen; GARETH STEDMAN-JONES, Cambridge; HENNING MARMULLA, Frankfurt; KAREN LEEDER, Oxford; PETRA TERHOEVEN, Göttingen; RAINER HORN, Warwick; RAINER WINTER, Klagenfurt; SAM WHIMSTER, London; KRISTINA SCHULZ, Geneva; SALLY ALEXANDER, London; LESZEK KOLAKOWSKI, Oxford; ROBIN BLACKBURN, London; SHEILA ROWBOTHAM, Manchester; MICHAEL VESTER, Hanover; and K.D. WOLFF, Berlin.


Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism and Intelligence

Conflict economics, underdevelopment, and counter-terrorism

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, 25 February, 2–6.30 p.m., in the Dahrendorf Room, the Founder's Building, St Antony's College. The workshop is open to all members of the University on production of their University card. A charge is made for those who wish to join the speakers for lunch or dinner: full details may be obtained from Jennifer Griffiths, Secretary, Pluscarden Programme, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF (telephone: Oxford (2)74559, e-mail: pluscarden.programme@sant.ox.ac.uk).

Convener: Dr Steve Tsang.

PROFESSOR PAUL COLLIER
2.05 p.m.: 'Framework for understanding conflict economics, underdevelopment, and terrrorism.' (Discussant: the Rt Hon. Clare Short, MP)

PROFESSOR KRISTIAN SKREDE GLEDITSCH, Essex
3.10 p.m.: 'Failure of states: what drives them? What can be done to arrest state failure?' (Discussant: Professor David Anderson)

DR ANKE HOEFFLER
4.30 p.m.: 'Lack of security and underdevelopment: how to break the vicious circle?' (Discussant: Professor David Keen, LSE)

DR KNOX CHITIYO, RUSI
5.35 p.m.: 'Counter-terrorism as driver behind development aid: the wrong paradigm?' (Discussant: Dr Zoe Marriage, SOAS)

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St Catherine's College

Katritzky Lecture

SIR JOHN MEURIG THOMAS will deliver the inaugural Katritzky Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 23 February, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Inorganic Chemistry.

Subject: 'The genius of Michael Faraday.'

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Somerville College

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

PAMELA J. BJORKMAN, California Institute of Technology, will deliver the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture at 6.30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m) on Wednesday, 11 March, in the University Museum Lecture Theatre. The lecture is arranged in conjunction with the Association for Women in Science and Engineering. All are welcome.

Subject: 'Your mother's antibodies: how you get them and how we might improve them to combat HIV.'

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Wolfson College

Lecture

PROFESSOR JAMES CRABBE, Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, and Executive Dean and Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 12 February, in the Buttery, Wolfson College.

Subject: 'Climate change and coral reefs: moving from science to conservation actions.'


Wolfson Haldane Lecture

PROFESSOR V.S. RAMACHANDRAN, Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, will deliver the annual Wolfson Haldane Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 5 March, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: 'Molecules to mind: the self and others in neurology.'

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St Benet's Hall

SIR JAMES CRAIG, formerly British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia, will give an informal talk at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 12 February, in St Benet's Hall, 38 St Giles'. All members of the University are welcome, especially undergraduates. Enquiries may be directed to Wendy Bunning (telephone: Oxford (2)80556, e-mail: wendy.bunning@stb.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'The East is a career.'

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Friends of the Bodleian

DR ROGER TOMLIN, Wolfson, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, will give a thirty-minute lecture at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 25 February, 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 lecture 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).

Subject: 'Woolly beaks: birds in south Persian tribal rugs and bag-faces of the nineteenth century.'

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Oxford University Newman Society

Religion in the public square

HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL GEORGE PELL, Archbishop of Sydney, will lecture in this series at 4 p.m. on Friday, 6 March, in the Divinity School, the Bodleian Library. The lecture will be followed by a reception in Convocation House. The lecture is open to all members of the University.

Subject: 'Varieties of intolerance: religious and secular.'

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