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Oxford University Gazette, 13 November 2008: Lectures

Romanes Lecture

PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Peace, will deliver the Romanes Lecture at 5.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 December, in the Sheldonian Theatre. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Subject: 'Poverty-free world—when? How?'

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Lecture By the President of Israel

HIS EXCELLENCY SHIMON PERES, President of Israel, will lecture at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 November, in the Sheldonian Theatre. p

Subject: 'The globalisation of peace.'

Admission arrangements. The lecture is open to all members of the University on production of a valid University Card. No bags will be permitted in the theatre. No exceptions will be allowed—anyone without a valid University Card or with a bag will not be admitted. The lecture will commence at 7.45 p.m.: to clear security it will be necessary to arrive at the theatre not later than 7.30 p.m.

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The 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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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.

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, 24cNovember, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'The contingency of evil.'

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Professor of Poetry

Amended notice

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER RICKS will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, in the Examination Schools.

Note: the lecture will be given on Monday, 24c November, and not on Thursday, 27 November, as previously announced in the Gazette.

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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English Language and Literature

Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures

A will to believe: religion in Shakespeare's plays

PROFESSOR DAVID KASTAN, Yale, will deliver the Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

Tue. 18 Nov.: 'A will to believe: religion in Shakespeare's plays.'

Thur. 20 Nov.: 'A Rome of one's own: Shakespeare and Catholicism.'

Tue. 25 Nov.: 'Moors and merchants of Venice.'

Thur. 27 Nov.: 'The gospel truth: Shakespeare and the Bible.'

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History

Medieval Studies Lecture

PROFESSOR KATHRYN KERBY-FULTON, Notre Dame Professor of English, University of Notre Dame, will deliver the Medieval Studies Lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Scepticism, agnosticism, and belief: the spectrum of attitudes towards vision in medieval England.'

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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

Glycobiology Institute

DR CHARLES RICE, Rockefeller University, will deliver the Distinguished Lecture in Virology at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in Rhodes House, South Parks Road.

Subject: 'Hepatitis C: the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?'

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Music

Ethel Smyth (1858–1944) and her generation

This one-day symposium will be held from 9.15 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 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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Social Sciences

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.'


Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development (OxiGED): Inaugural Seminar

FRANÇOIS BOURGUIGNON, formerly Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, World Bank, and Director, Paris School of Economics, will give the inaugural seminar of the Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 November, in the Lecture Theatre, the Manor Road Building.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, with Paul Collier and Ian Goldin. The meeting is open to all members of the University.

Subject: 'The millennium development goals halfway.'

OxIGED is a new integrating institution within the University for the economic analysis of development and the global economy. The participating institutions within OxIGED include, in addition to the Department of Economics, the Department of International Development (Queen Elizabeth House), the Saïd Business School, the James Martin Twenty-first Century School, the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, the Centre for the Study of African Economies, the Centre for International Macroeconomics, the Global Economic Governance Programme, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. Enquiries may be directed to Benedikt Goderis (e-mail: benedikt.goderis@economics.ox.ac.uk).


Ethnicity and Identity Seminar: Performers and performances

The following seminars will be held at 11 a.m. on Fridays in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 51 Banbury Road.

Conveners: Shirley Ardener, Elizabeth Hse, Ian Fowler, and Lidia Sciama.

DR JONATHAN SKINNER, Belfast
14 Nov.: 'Performance, performer, and social dance: varieties of Self and Other on and around the dance- floor.'

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY SAMUEL, Cardiff
21 Nov.: 'Tibetan ethnicity and global identity: lamas and the international Buddhist community.'

DR ALISON SHAW, Department of Public Health
28 Nov.: 'Diagnostic performances in medical theatres.'

DR MARTIN STOKES, Faculty of Music and St John's
5 Dec.: 'Performativity, mediation, and presence: a musical perspective.'


Oxford Transitional Justice Seminars: amended notice

Unless otherwise stated the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room XI, Brasenose College. Enquiries may be directed to Paul Honey (e-mail: paul.honey@csls.ox.ac.uk).

Professor Ron Atkinson's seminar will now be held on Tuesday, 25 November (not on Wednesday, 19 November, as previously announced).

Conveners: Dr Philip Clark and Lydiah Bosire.

LORNA MCGREGOR, International Legal Adviser, REDRESS
18 Nov.: 'Embedding the International Criminal Court in situation countries: the importance of implementing legislation.'

PROFESSOR RON ATKINSON, South Carolina
25 Nov.: 'Building sustainable peace in northern Uganda.'

LARS WALDORF, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, and DR PHILIP CLARK
Thur. 27 Nov.: 'Debating power, politics, and justice in post-genocide Rwanda.'

DR LESLIE VINJAMURI, SOAS
2 Dec.: 'Globalising justice or reinforcing the divide? Trends in transitional justice.'

PROFESSOR KIERAN MCEVOY, Belfast
Thur. 4 Dec.: Time and subject to be announced.


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

PROFESSOR SHEILA JASANOFF, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 4 December, in the Mordan Hall, St Hugh's College. Further information may be found at www.fljs.org/Events, and enquiries may be directed to info@fljs.org.

Subject: 'Natural or naturalising? The law's ways with truth and justice.'

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Theology

Interdisciplinary Sermons in the Study of Religions

The film Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet will be shown at 7.45 p.m. on Monday, 17 November, in the Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College. The film depicts the life of Muhammad as transmitted from generation to generation within Islam, and how it is found to be relevant by contemporary Muslims in the United States. The film-showing will be presented by Professor Mohammad Talib.

Further information may be found at www.pbs.org/muhammad.

This series will continue in Hilary and Trinity Terms.

Convener: Dr Elizabeth de Michelis (e-mail: elizabeth.demichelis@oriel.ox.ac.uk ).

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Rothermere American Institute

The United States elections—interpreting the results

A round-table discussion will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 20 November, in the Rothermere American Institute.

PROFESSOR GEORGE EDWARDS, Texas A&M University, will speak in place of Professor Byron Shafer at the seminar to be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Rothermere American Institute.

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Saïd Business School

J.D. Bernal Prize Public Lecture

PROFESSOR STEVE WOOLGAR will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 November. The lecture is open to the public, and admission is free. Advance electronic registration is requested (e-mail: deborah.lisburne@sbs.ox.ac.uk).

The lecture marks the award to Professor Woolgar of the J.D. Bernal Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science, which is awarded annually to a person judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field.

Subject: 'Mundane governance.'

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Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

PROFESSOR JOHN MATTHEWS, Yale, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 November, in the Classics Centre.

The event is funded through the generosity of Lewis Chester.

Subject: 'Reading the mind of a traveller: the cultural landscape of the Bordeaux Itinerary.'

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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

Canada Seminar

MR MARK CARNEY, Governor of the Bank of Canada, will give a seminar at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 21 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: 'Price level targeting: a new frontier in monetary policy?'

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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, 24c November, in the Nissan Theatre, St Antony's College.p 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.'


Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre

Lecture

DR ALFRED KOKH, formerly Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 November, in the Fellows' Dining Room, Besse Building, St Antony's College. The lecture is open to all members of the University.

Subject: 'Russia: oligarchs, international assertiveness, and western misconceptions.'

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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 Ian Wilde, 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 forthcoming exhibition on the British choral tradition)

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Oxford Intelligence Group

The following lecture 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).

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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