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Oxford University Gazette, 29 April 2010: Diary

Friday 30 April

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Project management,' 9.30 a.m.; and 'Welcome seminar for new research staff,' 12 noon (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

THE SORTELUNG WIND QUINTET performs Nielsen's Wind Quintet, op. 43, Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free; enquiries: john.traill@music.ox.ac.uk).

SALLY SHUTTLEWORTH: 'Childhood sexuality and the Victorian novel' (Literature and science seminar series), Room 10, St Cross Building, 3.30 p.m.

LORD (ADAIR) TURNER: 'Wellbeing and inequality in post-industrial society' (inaugural Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m. (pre-registration required: antonians@sant.ox.ac.uk).

DR O.J. PADEL: 'Governance and language in medieval Cornwall' (second of two O'Donnell lectures), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

ALAN RENWICK: 'The politics of electoral reform: changing the rules of democracy?' (Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy: Faculty workshops and seminars in comparative politics), Chester Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

LORD ADONIS: 'The best trade? Academic, journalist or politician' (Media and politics seminar), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

LECTURE: 'The results of the French regional elections and their political consequences,' Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

OXFORD MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Holywell Music Room: 'Science, music, and the arts meet in creative harmony'. Professor Russell Foster: 'Rhythms of life—the twenty-four-hour body clocks that rule our lives', 5.30 p.m.; piano recital by Piers Lane and Bengt Forsberg, 8 p.m. (ticket prices and booking at www.ticketsoxford.com).

FAITH FORUM: Oxford University Newman Society offers an opportunity to ask all four parliamentary candidates for the Oxford West and Abingdon seat questions from a faith perspective, Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, Rose Place, 8.30 p.m.

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Saturday 1 May

PITT RIVERS MUSEUM: reopening of Upper Gallery—an extensive new display will chart the development of firearms from the fifteenth century to the present day.

STEFAN DOHR (Principal Horn, Berlin Philharmoniker): masterclass on chamber music, Holywell Music Room, 1.30 p.m. (admission free and open to the public).

OXFORD MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Holywell Music Room: 'Science, music, and the arts meet in creative harmony'. Sir Jeremy Dixon: 'Music and architecture: two contrasting venues—the Royal Opera House and King's Place', 5.30 p.m.; Rainer Hersch, 'All classical music explained', 8 p.m., followed by recital with Jack Liebeck (violin) and Bengt Forsberg (piano) (ticket prices and booking at www.ticketsoxford.com).

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Sunday 2 May

PASTORIN ANNE-KATHRIN KRUSE preaches, St Mary's, 10.30 a.m.

PHILIP PULLMAN discusses his new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, with THE REVD DR JANE SHAW (New Forum), New College chapel, 4 p.m. (entry free; places may be reserved at: chapel.administrator@new.ox.ac.uk or (2)79108).

OXFORD MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Holywell Music Room: 'Science, music, and the arts meet in creative harmony'. Professor Colin Gough: 'The Stradivarius secret—myth or reality', 5.30 p.m.; recital with Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano) and Julius Drake (piano), 8 p.m. (ticket prices and booking at www.ticketsoxford.com).

SOOJIN HAN (violin), with piano accompaniment, performs works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Saint-Saëaut;ns, Balliol, 9 p.m. (Admission free to members of the University. Further at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~kch/musicsoc/)

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Monday 3 May

DR A.R. RAVISHANKARA: 'Is stratospheric ozone depletion a dead issue?' (Hinshelwood lectures: Atmospheric chemistry: the staple (or is it the masala?) in climate change, ozone layer depletion and air quality science), Main Lecture Theatre, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, 11.15 a.m.

DR GEORGIOS HALKIAS: 'Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism: texts, images and practices' (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies lecture series), Lecture Room XXIII, Balliol, 5.15 p.m.

OXFORD MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Holywell Music Room: 'Science, music, and the arts meet in creative harmony'. Clive Marks: 'Stalin, the ultimate music critic!—Music composed under oppression', followed by festival finale, 8 p.m.: Bengt Forsberg (piano), Kate Gould (cello), Matthew Jones (viola), Jack Liebeck (violin), Maximilian Martin (clarinet), and Victoria Sayles (violin) (ticket prices and booking at www.ticketsoxford.com).

T. OTTY: 'Secret justice: from the Star Chamber to the Special Advocate' (lecture), Lecture Room 1, St Cross Building, 6 p.m.

PROFESSOR MORDECHAI KREMNITZER: 'Balancing freedom of speech and incitement to hatred and violence in Israeli politics' (lecture series: 'Israel: historical, political and social aspects'), Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln, 8 p.m.

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Tuesday 4 May

Late addition to today's entry:

PROFESSOR DANA SCOTT (Carnegie Mellon and Berkeley): 'Exploring mathematical universes' (Bapbsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture), Lecture Room, Philosophy Faculty Centre, 5 p.m. (abstract of lecture at www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/lectures/winchester_lectures).

PROFESSOR FRANCIS ROBINSON: 'Islamism, Mawdudi and Pakistan' (lecture series: 'The emergence of the modern Muslim world. Part II: Islamic revivalism and Western domination, c.1920–c.2000'), Centre for Islamic Studies, 10 a.m. (open to matriculated members of the University).

CAPT WILLIAM PARK: 'The mafia and the mullah: counternarcotics, counterinsurgency and realpolitik in Afghanistan' (Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC)/Programme on the Changing Character of War seminar series), Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m.

DR SUSAN E. WHYMAN: 'Letter-writing, reading and the rise of the novel: Jane Johnson of Olney and Samuel Richardson' (Friends of the Bodleian lecture), Convocation House, 1 p.m.

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Learning and teaching: using technology tools' (for academic staff), 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR LINDA ZAGZEBSKI: 'Trust in others' (Wilde Lectures: 'Epistemic authority: an investigation of trust, authority and autonomy in religious belief'), Examination Schools, 5 p.m.

DR CHARLES STEWART: 'An epidemic of dreaming: Kóronos, 1930' (Evans-Pritchard Lectures: 'Dreaming and historical consciousness in island Greece'), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR HARTMUT POGGE VON STRANDMANN: 'Germany's overseas empire: colonial politics in Berlin' (Modern European History Research Centre special lecture), Faculty of History, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR I. MACLEAN: 'The viewpoint of the publisher: the production of learned books' (Lyell Lectures), Lecture Theatre, University Museum, 5 p.m.

MENA HANNA: 'Coptic chant: transcribing the clash of East and West' (graduate colloquia), Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music, 5.15 p.m.

STEPHEN ROMER in conversation with PROFESSOR MICHAEL SHERINGHAM: ' "The hard and the soft": translation as listening' Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

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Wednesday 5 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Introduction to finance' (for new administrative, research, library, IT, clerical, technical and ancillary staff), 9.30 a.m.; and 'The history of the University' (for new administrative, research, library, IT, clerical, technical and ancillary staff), 2 p.m. (see information above).

ANTHONY WARNER: 'Levels of style and the relevance of oral characteristics in English, 1340–1710' (Language and History seminar), MacGregor Room, Oriel, 2.15 p.m.

DR A.R. RAVISHANKARA: 'Emissions—the next frontier' (Hinshelwood lectures: Atmospheric chemistry: the staple (or is it the masala?) in climate change, ozone layer depletion and air quality science), Main Lecture Theatre, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, 11.15 a.m.

MARTIN MOORE: 'The decline of international coverage in the UK and US media' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminar series), Barclay Room, Green Templeton, 12 noon.

PAUL WINTER: 'Penetrating Hitler's high command: Anglo-Polish wartime humint' (Oxford Intelligence Group lecture), Clay Room, Nuffield, 2 p.m. (enquiries: claire.bunce@nuffield.ox.ac.uk). Chatham House rule applies.

PROFESSOR NIGEL M. DE S. CAMERON and CHARLES WEBEL: 'Can there be policy on enhancement?' (NMdSC); 'A war of the world, or the end of war' Can a nonviolent strategy of conflict resolution be effective in ending the global war on terrorism?' (CW) (Advanced research seminar series), James Martin Twenty-first Century School, 3 p.m. (open to scholars and Oxford graduate students).

DR CHARLES STEWART: 'Dreaming in a time of financial crisis: emery mining and the Depression' (Evans-Pritchard Lectures: 'Dreaming and historical consciousness in island Greece'), Old Library, All Souls, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GUY STROUMSA: 'Jews and Arabs in Byzantine consciousness (fourth–eighth centuries)' (Averil Cameron Lectures in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies: 'Religion in the Byzantine world'), Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 5 p.m.

JUSTIN J.W. POWELL: 'Institutional change in special education? Comparing the United States and Germany' (Department of Education public lecture programme), Seminar Room A, 15 Norham Gardens, 5 p.m.

LOU BURNARD: 'Digital scholarly editions: from literary and linguistic computing to digital humanities' (Digital humanities seminar: 'Scholarly editions'), Maison Française, 5 p.m.

DR JONATHAN SCOURFIELD: 'Muslim childhood in Britain' (seminar series: 'Muslims in Britain: research and reflections'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ALAN DOWTY: 'The four stages of the Arab–Israeli conflict: a reinterpretation' (David Patterson Seminars), Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 6 May

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

DR A.R. RAVISHANKARA: 'Atmospheric chemistry at the intersections of climate change, ozone layer depletion and air quality' (Hinshelwood lectures: Atmospheric chemistry: the staple (or is it the masala?) in climate change, ozone layer depletion and air quality science), Main Lecture Theatre, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, 11.15 a.m.

FEDERICA FRANCESCONI: ' "This passage can also be read differently ...": Jewish–Christian confrontation in seventeenth-century Modena' (European Seminar on Advanced Jewish Studies: 'The reading of Hebrew and Jewish texts in the early modern period'), Exeter, 1 p.m.

ELLEN DAVIES and STEFAN TAIT perform music for harp and piano by Pierné ;, Mathias, Rachmaninov, and Ravel, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free; further details at www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp/).

ENSEMBLE ISIS (director John Traill): workshop on compositions by Music students, with Robert Saxton and Martyn Harry, Faculty of Music, 1.30 p.m. (admission free and open to the public).

DR CATHRINE BRUN: 'Rehoused but homeless. Forced migration and resettlement on Sri Lanka's east coast' (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) seminar series: 'Anthropological approaches to migration and mobility'), Seminar Room, Institute of Human Sciences, 2 p.m.

SARA SANDERS: 'Myth and experience in Mexico's 1968 student movement' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: 'Political and reciprocal aspects of cross-cultural research'), Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

ELIZABETHANNE BORAN: ' "Live and speake unto the Church, when you are dead": the correspondence of James Ussher (1581–1656) and Samuel Ward (1572–1643)' (seminar series: 'Cultures of knowledge in early modern Europe'), Colin Matthew Room, Faculty of History, 3 p.m.

DR EVELYN GOH, PROFESSOR IAN CLARK, and DR JOCHEN PRANTL (Special seminar: 'Rethinking US hegemony'), Seminar Room 2, Rothermere American Institute, 3 p.m.

DR CELIA WHITCHURCH: 'Some implications of "third space" for professional identities in higher education' (Oxford Learning Institute public seminars), Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's Street, 4 p.m. (to attend, contact: research@learning.ox.ac.uk or (2)86811).

PROFESSOR LINDA ZAGZEBSKI: 'Trust in exemplars' (Wilde Lectures: 'Epistemic authority: an investigation of trust, authority and autonomy in religious belief'), Examination Schools, 5 p.m.

DR YAHYA ABDUL RAHMAN: 'The art of Islamic banking' (lecture), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 5 p.m.

DR ADAM LEDGWAY: 'Lingua toscana in bocca calabra: Italian in Calabria' (Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture), the Hall, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR I. MACLEAN: 'The viewpoint of interested parties: legal protection, controls and censorship' (Lyell Lectures), Lecture Theatre, University Museum, 5 p.m.

JUSTICE K. O'REGAN: 'Equality, culture and religion' (lecture), Gulbenkian Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

DOMINIQUE COMBE: 'La "sombre et cruelle épopée": poésie et identité "nationale" au Québec' (Modern French seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

GEOFFREY HILL: 'War and poetry' (lecture series: 'War and civilisation'), the Hall, Wolfson, 6 p.m.

JULIAN SCOTT (oboe) and JOSHUAL POOLE (saxophone) perform works by Mozart, Britten, Barry Cockcroft, Robert Muczynski, and Nigel Wood, Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 6.15 p.m. (admission free; enquiries: john.traill@music.ox.ac.uk).

RUTH LANDE AND AVIV WASSERMAN: 'Jewish–Muslim–Christian partnership in the making: the Lod Community Foundation' (lecture series: 'Israel: historical, political and social aspects'), Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln, 8 p.m.

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Friday 7 May

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Listening skills' (day 1), 9.30 a.m.; and 'Coping with complexity' (for academic staff), 2 p.m. (see information above).

THE RT HON. DR JOHN REDWOOD: 'The credit crunch—causes and phases: the alternative view' (first of two lectures), Old Library, All Souls, 11 a.m.

CONFERENCE: 'Vichy in concepts' (day 1), Maison Française, 2 p.m.

WILKINSON EYRE ARCHITECTS and RICHARD OVENDEN: 'New library for the twenty-first century' (Friends of the Bodleian event), Sheldonian, 3 p.m. (Please book in advance: fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk; (2)77234. Members £12, non-members £15).

FILM: Delicatessen, followed by a meeting with French actor, Jean-Claude Dreyfus (in French) (part of 'Le cinéma et la culture française en fête'), Main Hall, Taylor Institution, 4.10 p.m.

CRISTOBAL ROVIRA KALTWASSER and WOLFGANG MERKEL: 'Populism and democracy' (Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy: Faculty workshops and seminars in comparative politics), Clay Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

THE RT REVD LORD RICHARD HARRIES: 'The end of the permissive society' Towards a Christian understanding of the common good' (Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture), Keble College chapel, 5.30 p.m.

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