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The NS guide to what's going on in politics, current affairs and culture

Change is possible

Thursday 31 January to Friday 1 February. A two-day conference about how we can transform public services through dialogue, participation and emotional literacy. With Margaret Hodge (DfES), Greg Dyke (BBC), Paul Corrigan (DH), Yve Buckland (HDA), David Cracknell (Cheshire CC), Victor Gallant (North Tyneside Council), Lin Homer (Suffolk CC) and Sue Page (Northumbria NHS Trust). Church House, Westminster, London SW1. Details from: 020 7588 5151 or e-mail:


Women's organisations and Algeria

5.30pm, Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, London WC1. Refreshments at 5pm. All welcome

The Society for Algerian Studies. Cathie Lloyd, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, discusses the role of Algerian women's groups inside and outside the country in relation to Algerian politics.

Russian music concert

The programme will include: piano music by Sergei Rachmaninov, played by Dmitry Alexeev; Sonata for Two Cellos by Vladimir Blok, played by Professor Alexander lvashkin and Mikhail Utkin; Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Op 114(1891)by Johannes Brahms, played by Professor Colin Lawson, Professor Alexander lvashkin and Tatyana Sarkissova. Tickets (available on the door) [pounds string]8 ([pounds string]5 concessions). Oueries: please call the Music Department office on 020 7919 7640.

Goldsmiths College is in New Cross, south-east London. Bus routes: 21, 36,53, 136,171,172,177. Nearest Tube and train stations: New Cross or New Cross Gate (East London Line and mainline BR to London Bridge)


Political corruption in the European Union: a social anthropological perspective

4.30pm, Room M236, Tower Building, University of North London, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N78DB. For further information tel: 020 7753 5794 or e-mail:

Dr Cris Shore (Goldsmiths College, London).

Seven Ages of Life

5.30pm-7pm, National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1. To obtain a free ticket, please contact the Centre for Reform on: 020 72225121 ore-mail:

Birth. Prof Sheila McLean will discuss the ethical, jurisdiction and public policy issues surrounding the use of genetics in birth and contraception. Chair: Rabbi Julia Neuberger.


Justice and revenge: international law after Tuesday, 11 September

Lecture by Geoffrey Robertson QC at: 6pm, Mary Sumner House, Tufton Street, London SW1. Tickets [pounds string]12.50, to include reception. For further details contact Judy Keep on: 01252 612 527 or

A world divided: globalisation games

First of the 2001 Royal Economic Society public lectures, delivered by Professor John Sutton, London School of Economics.

1.30pm, George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh. Admission is free, but by ticket only. For tickets, please fax: 0131 650 4514 or e-mail:


"Green" technology for industry

Scientists for Labour open meeting. Speakers include Lord Sainsbury.

3pm, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1. For further information contact:


A world divided: globalisation games

Second of the 2001 Royal Economic Society public lectures, delivered by Professor John Sutton, London School of Economics. …