University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 26 November 2009: Diary

Friday 27 November

Late notice: cancellation of lecture

The lecture due to have been given by Professor C.N.R. Rao, on 'Science in India', at 5 p.m. on Friday, 27 November, in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, has been cancelled.

CONFERENCE: 'Moral and political ideas of Mahatma Gandhi—on the 140th anniversary of his birth', Wolfson and St Antony's, Friday and Saturday (for information, e-mail:

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Presentation skills' (day 1), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

DR MOHAMMAD TALIB: 'Covert operations and disclosures and the challenges of studying Islam and politics in the turbulent Afghanistan–Pakistani frontier' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Ethnicity and identity seminar: 'Keeping secrets, withholding knowledge and hidden behaviour'), 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

KAREN JUSKO: 'Partisan representation of the poor: electoral geography, strategic mobilisation, and implications for voter turnout' (Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy seminar), Seminar Room B, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m.

DR J. BARBOUR: 'Mach's principle as the universal basis of dynamics' (Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, 4.15 p.m.

SIR GUS O'DONNELL: 'The media and the public service' (Nuffield College and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminars: 'Media and politics'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

H.E. SHIN EBIHARA (Japanese Ambassador): 'Anglo-Japanese relations' (Nissan Institute seminar series 'Japan–UK 150'), Dahrendorf Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR THOMAS POGGE: 'Measuring development, poverty and gender equity' (Society for Applied Philosophy annual lecture), Auditorium, MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi, 5 p.m.

DR MANOLO GUERCI and DR JACOPO MARCELLO: ' "Living Palladio": the architectural masterpieces in the Veneto' (lecture, followed by reception), Room 2, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ALEX DANCHEV: 'Art and war and terror: Gerhard Richter and the Baader- Meinhof group' (lecture), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

DR MASOOD AHMED: 'The Middle East: beyond the international financial crisis' (lecture series: 'The Arab world in the global economic crisis'), Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road, 5 p.m.

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Sunday 29 November

THE REVD DR HELEN-ANN HARTLEY preaches the Sermon for Advent Sunday, Cathedral, 10 a.m.

ISATA KANNEH-MASON, SUSANA GÓMEZ VÁZQUEZ, and JONGSUN WOO perform piano works by Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Haydn, and Schumann, the Hall, Wolfson, 5 p.m. (Admission £5, concessions £3, children free; proceeds in aid of African Medical and Research Foundation).

JARROD HEPBURN and his trio play Shostakovitch's Piano trio, op. 67; members of the college will also perform a variety of pieces, Balliol, 9 p.m. (series of Balliol Music Society concerts).

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Monday 30 November

BERNHARD HADOLT: 'Timing parenthood: age, technicity and reproductive decision-making in the era of assisted reproductive technology' (Fertility and reproduction seminars: 'Reproduction and age'), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Sir Ludovic Kennedy, Cathedral, 1 p.m.

DR PETER KOHL: 'Models in biomedical research' (lecture), Seminar Room West, the Garden Building, Mansfield College, 1 p.m.

CONRAD KEATING: 'Richard Doll: from political to medical revolutionary' (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine seminar series: 'Disease, health and medicine since 1650'), Osler- McGovern Centre, 13 Norham Gardens, 2.15 p.m.

DR LAWRENCE MCNAMARA: 'Media freedom and the right to know: the effects of counter-terrorism laws and cultures' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: 'Interdisciplinary perspectives on communication and governance'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR DIPESH CHAKRABARTY: 'Empire and disinterestedness: the cultivation of historical objectivity in British India' (lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

MIKE BARRY: 'Building a more sustainable business model: the race to be relevant in 2020' (Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment seminar series: 'Strategising and embedding sustainability for business'), Seminar Room, Smith School, 5 p.m.

THE RT REVD DAVID STANCLIFFE: 'Imaging salvation: an imaginative commentary of the Gospels of the year' (seminar series: 'The Bible in art, music, and literature': Hussey Seminar), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.

CHRISTOPHER WILKINS: 'The last knight errant: Sir Edward Woodville and the age of chivalry' (Tyndale Lecture), Examination Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR LORD DESAI: 'Mathematics, economics and decision making' (Alan Tayler Lecture), Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, 5 p.m.

MÁIRE CROSS: 'What really happened to Gauguin's grandmother? Historic and literary traces of Flora Tristan' (St Hugh's–Maison Française seminar series), Mordan Hall, St Hugh's, 5 p.m.

MAURICE KEEN: 'Or a manche gules: arms disputed in the Court of Chivalry, 1407–10' (Oxford University Heraldry Society lecture), Taylor Institution, 5.15 p.m.

MARK ROWAN-HULL: 'Performance, visual art and the senses' (lecture, preceded by short film, {i}Acrylic Variations{/i}), Haldane Room, Wolfson College, 5.30 p.m.

DR JESSICA KIRKER: 'Holding together—a psychoanalytic contribution to work with a borderline patient' (Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis), St John's College Research Centre, 45 St Giles', 8.15 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

THE RT REVD JOHN ARNOLD and DR EVAN HARRIS, MP, debate the place of Christianity in the British constitution (Oxford University Newman Society Thomas More Lectures: 'Religion in the public square'), Catholic Chaplaincy, the Old Palace, Rose Place, 8.30 p.m.

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Tuesday 1 December

DR PAUL TAYLOR: 'An international perspective on promoting the responsible conduct of research' (Research Services seminar series: 'Research integrity seminars'), Teaching Suite, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, 1 p.m.

COL. ERIC HOLDAWAY: 'Federated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance' (lunchtime discussions: Programme on the Changing Character of War), Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m.

TONY SOLOMONDES: 'Healthgrids—projects and open questions' (lecture series), Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, 2 p.m.

MICHAEL WOOLCOCK: 'The past as a foreign country: reconciling contending approaches to understanding the significance of history for development policy' (Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy lecture), Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, 4 p.m.

DR ADRIAN SMITH: 'HIV and risk to men who have sex with men in Africa' (Centre for Evidence-based Intervention seminars), Violet Butler Seminar Room, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR PAUL FIDDES: 'Sect and church: a critical dialectic' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture seminars: 'Exploring Baptist origins'), Regent's Park, 5 p.m.

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR, former US Supreme Court Justice, lectures in the 'Lessons in Government' series, Sheldonian, 5 p.m. (Admission free and open to all University members; to attend, e-mail:

PAR ENGSTROM: 'Transitional justice and the inter-American human rights system' (Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminars), Seminar Room D, Social Science Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROGER TRIGG: 'A Christian heritage and a multicultural society?' (lecture: Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life), Kellogg, 5 p.m.

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Wednesday 2 December

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Introduction to finance (for new administrative, research, library, IT, clerical, technical and ancillary staff)', 9.30 a.m., and 'Selection interviewing: practice session,' 2 p.m. (see information above).

KEVIN MARSH: 'Using the BBC College of Journalism Web site' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminar series), Barclay Room, Green Templeton, 12 noon.

PROFESSOR JOHN SIDEL: 'Islam and the politics of Southeast Asia' (seminar series: 'The Muslim world today'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

DR GARETH AUSTIN: 'Sub-Saharan Africa and global economic history' (seminar series: 'Transnational and Global History'), St Cross Room, St Cross, 5 p.m.

DR MIRIYAM AOURAGH: 'Virtual space—territorial place: the Internet, Palestinian diaspora and the construction of an imagined community' (Refugee Studies Centre public seminar series: 'The politics of refugee voices'), Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ANNA MORPURGO DAVIES: 'Hieroglyphic Luvian' (seminar series: 'Introducing ancient languages'), Room 3, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

MIREILLE DELMAS-MARTY: 'A conceptual framework for understanding the transnational legal world' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

AMY TRESS (violin) and ADAM CROWTHER (piano) perform works by Beethoven and Sarasate, Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 6.15 p.m. (admission free).

PROFESSOR ROBERT HAYWARD: 'Aramaic {i}Targum{/i} and the angelic world' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 3 December

Note: the lecture by Professor John Schellnhuber, on 'Restitution of the atmosphere: below zero emissions', due to have been given at 2.30 p.m. today in the James Martin School, has been cancelled.

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Career pathfinder for research staff,' 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

DR ROSEMARY PRESTON and DR INES SMYTH: panel, 'Development people: working in agencies' (seminar series: 'Emerging issues in gender and development'), Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR PIERETTE HONDAGNEU-SOTELO: 'There's a spirit that transcends the border: faith in the US immigrant rights movement' (COMPAS seminar series: 'Gender, migration and citizenship'), Seminar Room, Institute of Human Science, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

ROBERT RICHARDS: 'Darwin's enchanting theory' (seminar series: 'Darwin in history: contexts and issues'), Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty, 3 p.m.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHERYL AMUNDSEN: 'New academics as doctoral supervisors: learning from the tensions and contradictions' (Learning Institute public seminars), Littlegate House, St Ebbe's Street, 4 p.m.

RUTH CRUICKSHANK: 'Leftovers: the politics of food in post-War French fiction, film and thought' (Modern French seminar series), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

JACQUELINE DU PRÉ MUSIC BUILDING, St Hilda's: end-of-term all-comers musical medley, 6 p.m. (admission free).

WILLIAM FIENNES (reading and talk), the Buttery, Wolfson College, 6 p.m.

ROBERT RICHARDS: 'A defence of Darwinian moral theory' (Ian Ramsey Centre seminars), Old Dining Room, Harris Manchester, 8.30 p.m.

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