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Oxford University Gazette, 26 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.

Subject: 'Science and our economic future.'

Note: Entry is by ticket only, and the lecture is now fully booked.

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Inaugural Lecture

Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies

PROFESSOR VESNA WALLACE will deliver her Inaugural Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 18 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'When a Buddha becomes a Mongol.'

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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

Literary history and the understanding of scripture

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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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.'


Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine: public lectures

The following public lectures, held as part of Science Week 2009, will be held on Thursday, 12 March, in the Seminar Room, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. The lectures are open to the public; admission is free of charge, and booking is not required. Further information can be found at www.imm.ox.ac.uk.

PROFESSOR ANDREW MCMICHAEL, Director
6 p.m.: Welcome and introduction.

DR STEPHAN FELLER, Department of Medical Oncology
6.10 p.m.: 'Towards personalised cancer therapies—the dawn of a new era of molecular analyses and treatments.'

PROFESSOR DAVID BEESON, Neurosciences Group
6.35 p.m.: 'Nerves, muscles, and that Monday morning feeling.'

JOHN BAKER, Human Immunology Unit
7 p.m.: 'Functions of immune genes linked to Crohn's disease.'

DR RAM MALLADI, Molecular Haematology Unit
7.25 p.m.: 'The potential for embryonic stem cells in science and medicine.'

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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.'


Oxford Kafka Research Centre

PROFESSOR GERHARD NEUMANN, Munich and Free University of Berlin, Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Kafka Research Centre, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 March, in Lecture Room 2, the Taylor Institution. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

An abstract may be found at www.kafka-research.ox.ac.uk/activities/02Neuman1.php.

Subject: 'Chinesische Mauer und Schacht von Babel: Franz Kafkas Architekturen.'

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Philosophy

Practical Ethics events

The following events will be held as shown. Further details will be found at www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk.

Thur. 26 Feb., 7 p.m., Lecture Room 6, New College: First 'Ethics Film Club': Gattaca.

Fri. 27 Feb., 12.30 p.m., Seminar Room 1, Old Indian Institute: Jeff McMahan (Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University) on Cognitive Disability and Cognitive Enhancement.

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Social Sciences

Saïd Business School: Distinguished Speaker Seminars

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.'

Other events: Thursday, 5 March. Sig. Prodi will speak on 'Un economista prestato alla politica: una riflessione personale' (conversation, in Italian, followed by question-and- answer session), at 12 noon in the Main Hall, the Taylor Institution.

Sig. Prodi will also speak in a debate on 'Today's Europe: is there a need for institutional reforms?', at 2.30 p.m. in the Oxford Union.


Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War

Conference: The changing character of war

This international conference will be held at St Antony's College, 19–21 March. Keynote speakers include Professor Hew Strachan, Professor Azar Gat (Tel Aviv), and Dr Antulio Echevarria (United States Army War College). Places are limited and a registration fee applies. Enquiries should be directed to ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk.

Lecture

PHILIPPE SANDS, QC, Professor of International Law, University College London, and author of Torture Team and Lawless World, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 30 April, in the Examination Schools. All are welcome. Enquiries should be directed to ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'The laws of war'.


Environmental Change Institute: Webinar series on sustainable energy and related careers

A webinar series, arranged by the UK Energy Research Centre and the Environmental Change Institute, and co-sponsored by the ESRC, will be held as part of National Engineering and Science Week, 9–13 March. The series is principally intended for sixth-formers and undergraduates. Registration is required, for which the deadline is 2 March: information will be found at http://tinyurl.com/UKERC-webinars-webpage.

The series will begin with the following 'big picture' presentations.

ROGER STREET: 'Climate change science and politics. What do we know and not know about climate change? How is climate science underpinning international climate negotiations? What is the latest political situation?'

DR CHRISTIAN JARDINE: 'Energy in a nutshell. What are the big energy issues and challenges? How might society rise to meet these challenges and what role will science play?'

DR JEFF HARDY, UKERC: 'Creating and using science and knowledge: the UK perspective. Why is a whole systems and interdisciplinary approach needed, and what is this? What energy-related science is the UK investing in?'


Oxford Seminars in Cartography

SUREKHA DAVIES, Warburg Institute and Birkbeck College, London, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 March, in the University Centre for the Environment. Enquiries may be directed to Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library (e-mail: nick.millea@ouls.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Maps and the construction of the Brazilian cannibal in the sixteenth century: Martin Waldsemüller, Pierre Desceliers, and Jean de Léry.'

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Bodleian Library and the Oxford University Research Archive

Scholarship, publishing, and dissemination of research

PROFESSOR ROBERT DARNTON, Director, Harvard University Library, will lecture in the first of this planned series at 11 a.m. on Friday, 3 April, in the EPA Lecture Room, Lincoln EPA Science Centre, Museum Road. The lecture will end with a discussion. Enquiries may be directed to Sally Rumsey (e-mail: sally.rumsey@ouls.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Open access and other openings.'

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Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

Ruskin Contemporary Art and Theory Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Mondays in the Old Masters' Studio, the Ruskin School, High Street.

Convener: Dr Katerina Reed-Tsocha.

PROFESSOR MARGARET IVERSEN, Essex
2 Mar.: 'Chance.'

ELISA SCHAAR
9 Mar.: 'Pulling Warhol's silkscreens: Sturtevant's original repetitions.'

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Refugee Studies Centre

Astor Lecture

PROFESSOR AUDREY SINGER, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, will deliver the Astor Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 March, in Rewley House. Enquiries may be directed to Katherine Salahi (e-mail: katherine.salahi@qeh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Obama's policy challenges and the future of US immigration.'

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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.'

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Keble College

Keble College Archaeology Lectures

PROFESSOR LORD (COLIN) RENFREW will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 March, in the O'Reilly Lecture Theatre, Keble College. The lecture is open to all members of the University. The Keble College Archaeology Lectures are sponsored by Oxford University Press.

Subject: 'Becoming human: changing perspectives in human evolution 150 years after Darwin.'

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Lady Margaret Hall

Heron-Allen Lecture

PROFESSOR E.J. MILNER-GULLAND, Professor in Conservation Science, Imperial College, London, will deliver the Heron-Allen Lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 6 March, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. Enquiries may be directed to the Development Office (telephone: Oxford (2)74362, e-mail: development@lmh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Conserving the saiga antelope: science in a changing world.'

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Magdalen College

Lenten sermons: George Herbert

THE REVD DR MICHAEL PIRET, Dean of Divinity, Magdalen College, will preach the following Lenten sermons on George Herbert, at Sung Eucharist in the college chapel (11 a.m).

Sun. 1 Mar.: ' "Dialogue" and "The Holdfast": having nothing, and yet possessing all things.'

Sun. 8 Mar.: ' "Church-monuments" and "Vertue": intimations of mortality.'

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St Antony's College

Asian Studies Centre

DR WANG DAN will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 13 March, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. Enquiries may be directed to asian@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Convener: Dr Tseve Tsang.

Subject: 'Rethinking Tiananmen 1989.'


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.

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St Hugh's College

D.F. McKenzie Lecture

PROFESSOR J. MCGANN, Virginia, will deliver the fourteenth D.F. McKenzie Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 March, in Lecture Theatre 2, the English Faculty, the St Cross Building. The lecture is sponsored by the McKenzie Trust in association with the Centre for the Study of the Book, the Bodleian Library.

Professor McGann will give a follow-up seminar at noon on Friday, 6 March, in the History of the Book Room, the St Cross Building.

Subject: 'Philology in a new key: information technology and the transmission of culture.'

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St John's College Research Centre

Workshop: Psychoanalysis and the work of Melanie Klein

This workshop, organised jointly with the Melanie Klein Trust, will be held on Saturday, 25 April, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., in the St John's College Research Centre. The workshop will provide an opportunity for an academic audience to hear from leading practitioners about Kleinian psychoanalytic theory and its importance for the way clinical psychoanalysis is practised.

Speakers: RONALD BRITTON, BETTY JOSEPH, and PRISCILLA ROTH (British Psychoanalytical Society).

Admission is free to members of the University and other academics (some places are available for mental health professionals). Registration may be made by sending name and affiliation (college or department) to Mary Block at KleinTrust@aol.com.

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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

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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Friends of the Bodleian

RITA RICKETTS, Blackwell's Historian and Bodleian Visiting Scholar, will lecture at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 4 March, in Convocation House. 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 Administrator, Friends of the Bodleian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG (telephone: Oxford (2)77234, e-mail: fob@bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Inside the Blackwell Collections in the Bodleian Library and Merton College: a new Decameron.'

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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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Oxford Intelligence Group

The following meetings will be held as shown in the Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College. Enquiries may be directed to Claire Bunce (e-mail: claire.bunce@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

DR KEVIN O'BRIEN, Director, Alesia PSI Consultants Ltd
Mon. 2 Mar., 5.30 p.m.: 'Terrorist intelligence activities: detecting, deterring, and disrupting hostile reconaissance.'

KEN KOTANI, Visiting Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
Fri. 13 Mar., 2.30 p.m.: 'Current Japanese intelligence reform; past and present.' (Workshop)

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