Creating Value in a Volatile World
The need for flexible management of supply chains to increase operational efficiencies could not be greater, as modern companies outsource and manufacture overseas. David Simchi-Levi observes that between 2003 and 2008 labor costs increased by 21% in Brazil, 19% in China, and 3% to 8% in other countries. Me
Reflections on the Current H1N1 Flu
John M. Barry brings unsettling news from the frontlines of H1N1 research: this novel influenza virus is very hard to pin down. In spite of international scientific scrutiny, H1N1 continues to baffle and elude, worrying health officials defending against the pandemic, and challenging some ideas about influenza in general. Says Barry, â€
The Future of Civic Engagement in a Broadband-Enabled World
The digital revolution that brought us Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could help revive participatory democracy in the U.S., says Eugene J. Huang. He unveils the FCCâ€™s plan for providing broadband access to every American, and describes how its recommendations could spur more open government and greater civic engagement.
D-Day to Berlin - The Battle for France (Part 5 of 6)
History Channel Video. 1944, Europe's future hung in the balance. Our 3-part series follows the story of Allied forces--from Normandy to the assault on Germany--and the victories that led to WWII's end in 1945. We begin on the day after D-Day, unfolding over the summer of 1944 as the initial narrow sliver of French coastline gained by the Allies is slowly extended. By the end of August, Allied victory seemed assured. Rommel had been wounded, Hitler was directing the battle, and the German army w
Richard Gombrich, first academic director for the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (OCBS), gives a talk on Buddhism, from its Indian Origins, its history and its influence on Eastern culture. He also talks about the history of the OCBS
Introduction to Studying the History and Politics of China
Dr Rana Mitter talks about his cutting edge research in China and gives an introduction to studying the history and politics of China, a new and exciting field of research within the Humanities division
A is for Autism
Dame Stephanie gives a talk about her philanthropic work in autism, looking at the condition's history, its causes, the treatments, specialist education and society's position on autism
Gutenberg and the digital revolution
Bodley's head librarian, Sarah Thomas, talks about the history of the Bodleian Library and the changes that are taking place within it, particularly the digitisation project -creating electronic digital versions of books- currently underway
Russia is Back: Jenifer Hart Memorial Lecture
Professor MacFarlane gives a talk about modern Russia; from the fall of the Berlin Wall to today; including the rise of Vladimir Putin, the conflict between Chechnya, alleged human rights violations and Russia's relationship with the rest of the world
Understanding Human Pain, suffering and relief through brain imaging
A discussion of current thinking on human pain, particularly chronic pain, and how such thinking has been informed by modern brain imagining tools.
Breast Cancer: Causes and Prevention
Dr Valerie Beral talks about her research into the causes of breast cancer, looking into the history of the cancer as well as offering ways of reducing the risk of contracting breast cancer
Gutenberg and the digital revolution
Sarah Thomas, Bodley's Librarian and Director, gives a talk the Bodleian Library, from its history and origins to future plans to develop the site to the digitisation of books currently going on in partnership with Google.
Jim Bennett, Director of the Museum of the History of Science, talks about one of the museum's prized exhibits, a blackboard Albert Einstein used in a lecture he gave to the university in 1931
Old English Then and Now
This final lecture looks briefly at how Old English has been reused by modern writers, but specifically at how the Anglo-Saxons have been portrayed on film, and what film studies can do to help us enjoy Old English poetry.
Old English Poetry
Topics include how Old English poetry works, what the major poems are and how they were performed; what links we can draw with modern poetry and music; basic metrics and devices used for effect, and more.
Old English Language
Topics include how Old English works, and what makes it different from Modern English; where Old English comes from and how it relates to other languages; pronunciation, inflection, dialects and more.
An Introduction to Old English
Topics include who the Anglo-Saxons were, where they came from, and where they settled; the rough period covered in Old English; differences and similarities between Old English and Modern English; the use of runes and more.
Anglo-Saxon Tour - British Museum
Enhanced Podcast Tour of the Anglo-Saxon exhibits on display at the British Museum by Dr S. D. Lee, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, 27th April 2007. A step-by-step guide with slides to accompany you through the Anglo-Saxon exhibits on display in the British Museum's Early Medieval Room. This is designed to be used in the room itself.
Beowulf reading, ll. 26-52
Reading from Beowulf ll. 26-52 by Stuart D Lee, University of Oxford. Recorded March 2007. Old English Reading II: Beowulf, ll. 26-52. Read by Stuart D. Lee. Extract taken from 'The Keys of Middle-earth: discovering medieval literature through the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien' by Stuart D. Lee and Elizabeth Solopova (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005).
Lecture 8: An Early Structural Engineering Problem: the Oxford Connection
Professor Guy Houlsby on "An Early Structural Engineering Problem: the Oxford Connection". The lecture followed the history of a structure often known as a "Serlio Frame" from its earliest mention (around 1270) to modern times. The structure is an intriguing "reciprocal frame" that is able to span a space with beams that are all shorter than the span required. The rare examples of construction of the frame were discussed (including one in Oxford).