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Oxford University Gazette, 12 March 2009: Diary

Friday 13 March

CONFERENCE: 'Genes and environment: Darwin and Lamark revisited', Maison Française, 9 a.m. (Continues tomorrow, 9 a.m.–5.30 p.m. Enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk)

STUDY-DAY: 'Les plaisirs du goût/the pleasures of taste', Maison Française, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., with showing of Le festin de Babette at 5.15 p.m. (enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Introduction to the University Library Services', 9 a.m.; 'CVs, selection, and interview skills for research staff', 9.30 a.m.; 'Developing management and leadership at Oxford, level 3 (for principal investigators), workshop 5: Good practice in managing projects (2)—financial reporting and budget planning', 12.30 p.m.; 'Springboard' (workshop 3) (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

KATHERINE SWANCUTT: 'Spectres of slavery and a false start to death rites among the Nuosu of Yunnan, China' (Ethnicity and Identity seminars: 'The identity of ghosts: haunting, corporeality, and the spectre'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 51 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

PETRA SCHLEITER: 'Varieties of semi-presidentialism and the survival of democracy' (Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy seminars), Seminar Room B, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m.

KEN KOTANI: 'Current Japanese intelligence reform; past and present' (Oxford Intelligence Group workshop), Large Lecture Room, Nuffield, 2.30 p.m. (enquiries: claire.bunce@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR NELSON GRABURN: 'Anthropological experiments and Inuit ethnoaesthetics: a performance model of artistic agency' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology: departmental seminars), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 64 Banbury Road, 4 p.m.

DR WANG DAN: 'Rethinking Tiananmen 1989' (lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (enquiries: asian@sant.ox.ac.uk).

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Saturday 14 March

FULL TERM ends.

VARIOUS SPEAKERS: 'Magic medicines: the art of healing' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Kenneth Kirkwood Memorial Study Day), Seminar Room, Pitt Rivers extension (access through Robinson Close), 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (cost inc. lunch £20, concessions £15; enquiries to felicity.wood@tesco.net).

CAROLE CERASI (clavichord) performs keyboard music by Haydn, Holywell Music Room, 3 p.m. (admission £14, or £12 concessions and Friends of the Bate Collection, at the door or from Tickets Oxford: 305305).

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Monday 16 March

PROFESSOR DAVID WOLPERT (Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center): 'Schelling formalised: strategic choices of non-rational personas' (lecture), Lecture Room 8, Information Engineering Building, 12 noon.

LAUNCH of the Oxford Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society (formerly the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation), Saïd Business School, 4.30 p.m. (registration: www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/html/sbs_event_register.asp?eventID=111).

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Tuesday 17 March

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Introductory Certificate in Management' (for academics and researchers) (day 6), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR ALLEN BUCHANAN: 'The egalitarianism of human rights' (Leverhulme Lectures), Seminar Room 1, James Martin School, Old Indian Institute, 12.30 p.m.

SYMPOSIUM: 'Fifteen years after genocide: where now for Rwanda?' (Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict), Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 2–4.30 p.m. (expressions of interest to: elac@politics.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR MARK LEONE: 'The archaeology of Frederick Douglass' (special lecture in historical archaeology), Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's, 4 p.m. (enquiries: dan.hicks@arch.ox.ac.uk).

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Wednesday 18 March

LEARNING INSTITUTE online course begins: 'Recruitment and selection' (see information above).

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Supervising D.Phil students—Humanities and Social Sciences', 10 a.m.; 'Examining D.Phil students—Humanities and Social Sciences', 1.30 p.m.; 'Approaches to lecturing in medicine', 2 p.m.; 'Springboard' (workshop 3) (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR DAVID WOLPERT (Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center): 'Extensions of mechanism design using gradient descent' (lecture), Oxford–Man Institute, Eagle House, Walton Well Road, 12.45 p.m.

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Thursday 19 March

CONFERENCE: 'The changing character of war', St Antony's, until 21 March (keynote speakers include Professor Hew Strachan, Professor Azar Gat, and Dr Antulio Echevarria); registration enquiries: ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk.

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Supervising D.Phil students—MPLS and Medical Sciences', 10 a.m., and 'Examining D.Phil students—MPLS and Medical Sciences', 1.30 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR HAROLD JAFFE: 'The global AIDS epidemic: past and future' (Archie Cochrane Lecture), E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, 6 p.m.

DR GEORGE MCGAVIN: 'Papua New Guinea's secret species' (lecture), St Edmund Hall, 6 p.m. (Open to all members of the University. Admission £10. Details and booking: www.alumni.ox.ac.uk.travel_mcga vin)

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Friday 20 March

BODLEIAN LIBRARY: celebration of the life and collections of Richard Gough (1735–1809), antiquary, bibliographer, topographer, and donor to the library (see further in 'Lectures' above).

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Developing management and leadership at Oxford, level 3 (for principal investigators), workshop 6: intellectual property', 12.30 p.m. (see information above).

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Monday 23 March

CONFERENCE: 'Countering home-grown terrorism', Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 9.30 a.m.–3.4 p.m. (Continues tomorrow. Enquiries and registration: jennifer.griffiths@sant.ox.ac.uk)

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Thursday 26 March

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Working with systems thinking and the unconscious in the organisation' (action learning sets), 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR ROGER TSIEN: 'Genetically encoded and synthetic molecules for in vivo and clinical imaging' (Rodney Porter Memorial Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, 4 p.m.

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Friday 27 March

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'For researchers—an insight into research management', 12 noon (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

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