University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 26 June 2009: Lectures


Becoming a person

This one-day conference, organised by the Centre for the History of Childhood, will be held on Saturday, 4 July, from 9.30 a.m., in the Summer Common Room, Magdalen College.

The conference will examine concepts of personhood and identity in history. Further details may be found at Enquiries may be directed to Professor Brockliss (e-mail:

Conveners: Professor Laurence Brockliss and Professor George Rousseau.

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Department of Physics

PROFESSOR ARTHUR I. MILLER, University College London, Pulitzer Prize nominated author, will deliver a public lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Monday, 29 June, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory. Admission is free, and booking is not required.

Subject: 'The strange friendship of Pauli and Jung: when physics met psychology.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages

Borges postgraduate colloquium

This colloquium will be held on Friday, 3 July (from 10.30 a.m), and Saturday, 4 July, in St Edmund Hall. The keynote address, on 'Borges in context: autobiography and fiction in "Death and the Compass" ', will be given by Professor Edwin Williamson. Workshops will be held on two collections of short stories by Borges, Dr Brodie's Report and The Book of Sand.

Further information may be obtained from Sarah Roger, St Edmund Hall (e-mail:, or Sarah Puello Alfonso, Exeter College (e-mail:

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Philosophy, Social Sciences

PROFESSOR ADAM KOLBER, Associate Professor of Law, University of California, San Diego, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 July, in the Old Indian Institute, Broad Street. Enquiries may be directed to Mr Nicholas Iles (e-mail:

Subject: 'Why retributivists must abolish prison.'

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Christ Church

Tower Poetry Annual Summer School

Tower Poetry's annual summer school, held at Christ Church, for young poets aged 18–23, takes place this year between 25 and 28 August. The residential school gives twelve young people the opportunity to develop their own writing and critical skills through a series of workshops run this year by JANE DRAYCOTT, a UK-based poet with a particular interest in sound art and collaborative and digital work, and FRANCES LEVISTON, whose first volume of poems was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow and Editorial and Managing Director of Carcanet, will discuss the publishing of poetry and give readings from his work.

The course offers its students a unique and challenging opportunity to work with other writers. At the end of the summer school, the students' work will be collected and edited for publication in a pamphlet.

Further details will be found at

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