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Index: Events

· Event: Germany and the euro-debt crisis. In Berlin, 9 May.

The German Bundestag has long recognised the explosiveness of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and is insisting on its own budgetary powers. More and more members of parliament are declaring their unwillingness to carry the additional liability risks. Legislation on the introduction of the ESM will be brought before the Bundestag this summer.

· Event: ‘Who and what are universities for?’ NYU Friday from 11:30 am.

NYRB and NYU’s Humanities Initiative are sponsoring a free “half-day” conference on higher education starting at 11:30 am at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, in New York City. The event is free and a reception will be held at the conclusion.

· Event: Fawzi Karim’s ‘Plague Lands’ launch, 14 April, London.

Karim is an Iraqi poet, writer, and painter, born in Baghdad in 1945. He was educated at Baghdad University before embarking on a career as a freelance writer. He lived in Lebanon from 1969-1972 and has lived in London since 1978.

· Event: How the light gets in Hay.

Among the 2011 guests will be Susan Greenfield, Colin Blakemore, Zygmunt Bauman, Bonnie Greer, Ted Honderich, Gideon Rachman, Rana Mitter, Mary Ann Sieghart, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Angie Hobbs, Polly Toynbee, Simon Armitage, Lauren Booth, Leela Ghandi, Tessa Jowell, Mary Midgley, Mary Warnock, Bryan Appleyard, David Aaronovitch and many more.

· Event: A week of Shakespeare in France.

Chavagnes Shakespeare Week will include a series of lectures, performances and presentations featuring Peter Bassano, the new Music Director of City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra.

· The Trollope Prize. Deadline: 1 June 2011.

THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW is partnering with The Trollope Prize at the University of Kansas to to publish the winner of the 2011 graduate essay competition.

· Events: Last of the 2010-2011 London Lecture Series.

The last two lectures in the 2010-2011 London Lecture Series take place this evening and next Friday evening in the J Z Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London.  The lectures begin at 17.45 last an hour, followed by half an hour of questions. The  Institute’s lectures are free and open to the public. Please arrive early to be sure of a seat.

Events: Robert Grant, John Hyman, Anthony O’Hear, Kendall Walton conclude the London Lecture Series.

The remaining four events in the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s London Lectures Series have been scheduled. All lectures start at 17.45 in the J Z Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London.  The talks last an hour, followed by half an hour of questions. The Institute’s lectures are free and open to the public, who are advised to arrive early to be sure of a seat.

Event: ‘Does prison work?’ Editor’s Choice debate in London.

DOES PRISON WORK comes off a bit better as a question than as a placard held by a man on the street. The answer to the question, which is older than Bentham, but like Bentham still nicely preserved, will be debated at Wilton’s on Tuesday evening 8 February 2011, at 7pm.

Lithuanian Jews: Difficult questions for University College, simple answers from history.

The history of the Shoah in Lithuania is depressingly simple. While the guilt of the German and Austrian Nazis in launching the Final Solution all over Europe and creating the circumstances in which it was carried out in the Baltics is absolutely unequivocal, it was the extensive and zealous involvement of all strata of Lithuanian society in the mass murders that spawned the near-totality of the destruction.

Derek Walcott: The TS Eliot (and not a consolation) prize.

Michelene Wandor: And while I’m on the subject, I do wonder how some of the short-listed books got onto the short list in the first place. No names, no lawyers.

Events: ‘Cinematic Genius’ and ‘Artistic Truth’ in the London Series.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy’s series of lectures on philosophy and the arts continues Friday evening, 21 January 2011,  at 5:45 pm with Paisley Livingston at the JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street. His talk is called “Cinematic Genius”.

Event: The TS Eliot Prize Readings, London.

Simon Armitage, Annie Freud, John Haynes, Seamus Heaney, Pascale Petit, Robin Robertson, Fiona Sampson, Brian Turner, Derek Walcott and Sam Willetts are the shortlisted poets for this year’s prize.

Event: Memorial reading for poet David Franks. Still not a great painter.

I am not a great painter. I am not dead. There are significant differences between Oskar Kokoschka and myself, yet I must understand him if I am to understand myself.