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Oxford University Gazette, 21 May 2009: Diary

Friday 22 May

SEMINAR: 'Breakfast at the OUCS—an introduction to Oxford University Computing Services', OUCS, 8.30 a.m.

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

NIC CHEESEMAN: 'How Africans vote: inequality, class, and the rise of populism' (seminar), Seminar Room B, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR PATRICK O'BRIEN: 'An architectural blueprint for the fiscal history of an exceptionally efficient fiscal state: Britain and its European rivals, 1642–1815' (Hicks Lecture in Economic History), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.

GILLIAN TETT: 'Reporting the City' (Media and Politics seminars), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 23 May

COLLOQUIUM: 'Sacrifice as offering' (last of four interdisciplinary colloquia on sacrifice in the modern world), Trinity, 9.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m. (see further at feperl/ctmet/main.cgi?7).

COLLOQUIUM: 'The arts of domination from Augustus to Theoderic', Seminar Room, Corpus Christi, 2–5.45 p.m. (registration:

ST JOHN'S COLLEGE: celebrity organ recital, with GUSTAVO DELGADO, the chapel, 5.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection); performance by THE LONDON BULGARIAN CHOIR, Auditorium, 8 p.m. (admission by free ticket, from college lodge).

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Monday 25 May

YASMIN SOOKA: 'The contributions and challenges of truth commissions' (Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminars), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

PATRICK OLIVELLE: 'Forming a canon: the literary and political history of Dharmasastra' (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies: Majewski Lecture), Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute, 5 p.m.

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Tuesday 26 May

PROFESSOR FRANCIS ROBINSON: 'Islamism comes to power: Turkey, the followers of Ataturk and those of Bediuzzaman Nursi' (lecture series: 'The emergence of the modern Muslim world. Part II: Islamic revivalism and Western domination c.1920–2000'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 10 a.m. (Open only to matriculated members of the University)

PROFESSOR NICK WHITE: 'Can malaria be eradicated?' (Richard Doll Seminars in Public Health and Epidemiology), Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, 1 p.m.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL KEITH: 'Rethinking integration and cohesion: policy dynamics between the multicultural and the convivial' (ESRC Centre of Migration, Policy, and Society seminars: 'The agency of borders: perspectives on UK immigration policy and practice'), Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m. (further information:

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 AVNER DE-SHALIT lectures in series 'Justice and climate change', Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 4 p.m.

PROFESSOR OLAF KAPER: 'Combining styles in the arts of Roman Egypt: the temple decorations at Kellis as a reflection of a changing world' (Myres Memorial Lecture), McGregor-Matthews Room, New College, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR J. RAZ: 'Responsibility and the negligence standard' (H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture), Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, 5 p.m.

DR THOMAS L. BREWER: 'International competitiveness and corporate strategy issues in EU and US climate change policy-making' (Smith School seminar series: 'Environmental regulations and corporate strategy'), Seminar Room, Hayes House, 75 George Street, 5 p.m.

ROSAMUND BARTLETT: 'Tolstoy's spiritual revolution: the excommunication and its repercussions' (lecture series: 'Understanding the self: subjectivity and Russian thought in late imperial and early Soviet Russia'), Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

DR DAVID LEOPOLD: 'News from Nowhere: William Morris's Utopian dreams' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lectures: 'Alternative worlds'), Collier Room, Regent's Park, 5 p.m.

FRANÇOISE LE SAUX: 'Theological debate and Wace's Conception Nostre Dame' (Medieval French seminar series), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR PETER GUMBERT: 'Fixing the quire: a book technique as mirror of Mediterranean and Western culture' (Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies: Catherine Lewis master-class), Room 2, Taylor Institution, 5.15 p.m.

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Wednesday 27 May

ORGAN RECITAL: organist Iestyn Evans, the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

NICHOLAS PRITCHARD and JONATHON SWINARD perform two song- cycles by Gerald Finzi (thirty-minute recital), Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 1.15 p.m. (Admission free. See further at )

MARK BISHOP: 'Intelligence and policing in modern Britain, the US, Moscow, and Afghanistan' (Oxford Intelligence Group lecture), Conference Room, Nuffield, 2.30 p.m. (Enquiries: The Chatham House Rule applies)

PROFESSOR BARONESS AFSHAR: 'Peace and reconstruction: where are the women?' (International Gender Studies Centre: Commemorative Lecture), Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 5 p.m.

ANGELOS MATTHAIOU: 'The Athenian empire on stone revisited' (Lewis Lecture), Classics Centre, 5 p.m.

DR ROBERT WILLIAMS and DR ALISTAIR HEWISON: ' "Being a father... is the embodiment of everything I do": African-Caribbean fathers' accounts of fatherhood and health', and DR ELLEN ANNANDALE: 'Men's health and women's health: pulling together or tearing apart?' (seminar series: 'Rethinking gender in the twenty-first century: masculinities, well-being, and health'), Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR ROSHDI RASHEED: 'Al-Khwarizmi and the beginnings of algebra' (Islam and science seminars), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5 p.m.

MRS PAULA HUNG: 'Union of heaven and human: the infinite goal of inner alchemy' (seminar series: 'Eastern medicines and religions: Chinese nurturing life practices'), Pauling Centre, 5 p.m.

LT-GEN. BILL ROLLO lectures in the Campaigning and Generalship seminar series (Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War), Wharton Room, All Souls, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR LEONARD GREENSPOON: 'Anglo-Jewish versions of the Bible' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 28 May

DR ADEEL MALIK: 'Official capital flows: development assistance or aid' (lecture series: 'International trade and finance'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 9 a.m. (Open only to matriculated members of the University)

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Handling conflict' (day 2), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHIATRY symposium, with speakers Dr Tim Bayne, Professor John Campbell, Professor Martin Davies, and Professor Tim Thornton, 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., St Cross (attendance free but registration required:

DR GEORGE W. LEESON: 'Late-life homelessness in Denmark' (seminar series: 'Home and place in an ageing world'), Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 12.30 p.m.

TATIANA SOLOVIOVA, soprano, and CHRISTIAN FELLNER, bass, perform vocal solos and duets from England, Germany and Russia, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 1.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

PROFESSOR PIERRE LEGENDRE: 'A normative disaster: philosophical, anthropological, and legal nihilism in an age of global management' (lecture), Philosophy Faculty Centre, 2 p.m. [From RC 5.3.09: sent in for SLL]

PETER MORRIS and MICHEL DUPUY: 'The German chemical industry in the twentieth century' (seminar series: 'History of chemistry'), Maison Française, 3 p.m. (enquiries:

PROFESSOR SIR DAVID WATSON: 'Morale: understanding happiness and unhappiness in university life' (Oxford Learning Institute: research seminars), Level 2, Littlegate House, 4 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

PROFESSOR RYAN GOODMAN: 'Socialising states: promoting human rights through international law' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminar), Seminar Room C, Manor Road Building, 4 p.m.

JOHN HOWARD (Prime Minister of Australia 1996–2007) lectures in the 'Lessons in Government' seminar series, Sheldonian, 5 p.m. (Admission free and open to all members of the University. Registration required:

DEREK HUGHES: 'Human sacrifice and the literary imagination' (public lecture), Trinity, 5 p.m.

ANN SMOCK: 'Logical Roubaud' (Modern French seminar series), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries:

MARK DARLOW: ' "Liberté des théâtres" and cultural control: the case of Paris Opera' (Early modern French seminar series), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (enquiries:

ALAN RYAN lectures on Isaiah Berlin: 'A very personal impression: Isaiah Berlin' (Wolfson College Lectures: 'Lives and works'), the Hall, Wolfson, 6 p.m.

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Friday 29 May

CONFERENCE: 'Déterminisme climatique et modération politique', Maison Française (Continues tomorrow. Enquiries:

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Time management for support staff', 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

EVAN LIEBERMAN: 'Institutionalised ethnicity and civil war: a medium-N analysis' (seminar), Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, 2 p.m. (enquiries:

DR ANTHONY GERAGHTY: 'Christopher Wren and the Restoration' (Chichele Lectures), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.

LORD PATTEN OF BARNES: 'Being reported' (Media and Politics seminars), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

DR PAUL SEAWARD: 'Thomas Harriot and the mariner's culture: "Manag'd by Interest, not by Merits": old regime Oriel, 1661–1781' (Lee Seng Tee Lecture), Senior Library, Oriel, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR MICHIO KAKU: 'Physics of the impossible' (St Cross College Science Lecture Series—lecture followed by book-signing), Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School, 5 p.m. (Entry by free tickets, available from

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