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Chaplaincy Activities Apr. 08

April 8 and 29
1235hrs - 1300hrs
Lunch Break Sessions on Relationships and Intimacy in Relationships for Administrative Staff led by Fr Paul Galea
Dar Manwel Magri sj

April 11-13

Silent Retreat for Young People (18-25)
Spend a weekend with God, guided by a Jesuit or lay director in silence.
Price € 42
Please send an email or phone us on 2340 2341 for an application and more details.

April 17

1915hrs - 2100hrs
PressPlay - A Cineforum for all students - In the Valley of Elah
Vodafone Common Room.

April 17, 24, May 6, 15

1235hrs - 1300hrs
Bible Study on The Psalms by Fr Pierre Grech Marguerat sj open for all staff and students
Dar Manwel Magri sj
Those interested in attending are requested send an email to inform the Chaplaincy.


Chaplaincy Programme for Apr. 08


14 February 2008

Lectures on Eighteenth Century French Literature (28, 29, 30 Apr. 08)

Within the framework of the Erasmus/Socrates Staff Mobility Exchange programme between the University of Malta and the Université de Nancy 2, the Department of French has invited Professor Catriona Seth to give the following lectures on Eighteenth century French literature:

Les enfants trouvés dans la littérature
Monday 28th April, 1600hrs – 1730hrs
Venue: Old Humanities Rm 112

Le tremblement de terre de Lisbonne, de Voltaire à Mme de Genlis
Tuesday 29th April, 1700hrs – 1830hrs
Venue: Mediterranean Institute Rm 127

Aspects de l’épistolarité dans les 'Lettres persanes'
Wednesday 30th April, 1600hrs – 1730hrs
Venue: Old Humanities Rm112

The public is cordially welcome.


18 April 2008

Joint Mathematics and Physics Seminar (30 Apr. 08)

The Departments of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Malta will be organising a joint seminar session on the 30th of April 2008.

The first speaker will be Professor Domingos Moreira Cardoso from the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Professor Moreira Cardoso will talking about 'Posets, Matching and Partial Colouring' at 1400hrs in Rm 216 at the Mathematics and Physics Building.

The second speaker will be Mr Matthew Agius from the University of Malta. Mr Agius will be discussing 'Digital Seismic Recording in Malta – 13 years on. The talk will start at 1520hrs.

Click here for abstracts and further details.


03 April 2008

Brain Control (30 Apr. 08)

At the next meeting of the Philosophy Society Dr Ludvic Zrinzo will give a lecture on Brain Control. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 April at the Francis Ebejer Hall, Lecture Centre, at 1900HRS.

The human brain is undoubtedly the most exquisitely organized know structure in the universe. It coordinates our movements, formulates our thoughts, gives life to our emotions and defines our individuality. Illness that assaults this most precious of organs can be devastating to individuals, their families and society.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a powerful surgical technique developed to treat chronic neurological disorders. Electrodes implanted deep within various structures of the human brain allow clinicians to modify abnormal brain activity providing relief from disabling symptoms.

The uninitiated may consider DBS to be a new and exotic therapy with little relevance to mainstream medicine or philosophy. The reality is that over 35 000 patients have undergone DBS for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. However, surgical modulation of human brain function can influence thought and emotion as well as movement. Thus chronic pain, Tourette syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression have all been treated with DBS. Medical technology has progressed to the point that Brain-Machine-Interface is a current discipline, and no longer science fiction. Should our society hail the therapeutic advent of Brain Control or denounce it because of potential abuse?

This presentation is an introduction to the reality and aspirations of Functional Neurosurgery. It is anticipated that the subject matter will inspire a healthy ethical and philosophical debate among the participants.

Graduating MD from the University of Malta in 1995, Ludvic Zrinzo proceeded to a surgical internship at St Luke’s Hospital and then pursued postgraduate studies in Neurological Surgery in the United Kingdom. He was awarded a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience with distinction from the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Neurological Surgery. Following research fellowships at Queen Square and at the University College of Los Angeles, he was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon and Senior Clinical Researcher at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. His research interests include refinement of surgical precision in stereotactic approaches, novel brain targets and clinical applications of deep brain stimulation.

The general public is cordially invited.


03 April 2008

Mathematics Research Seminar (28 Apr. 07)

As a continuation of the ongoing series of mathematics research seminars, on Monday 28th April 2008 Professor Domingos Moreira Cardoso (University of Aveiro, Portugal) will be giving a lecture entitled 'Spectral Properties and Applications of ( k ,t) -regular sets: an overview'.

Speaker: Professor Domingos Moreira Cardoso
Venue: Room 307, Maths and Physics Building
Time: 1100hrs

Click here for an abstract of the talk.

Professor Cardoso will also be giving a second lecture during the Joint Mathematics and Physics Seminar on Wednesday 30th April. Click here for further details.


03 April 2008

Theatre for Children (26-27 Apr. 08)

On 26 and 27 April Teatru Qroqq presents a theatre production for children based Roald Dahl’s popular story Charlie ...

Theatre: St James Cavalier
26th  April, 2008  1700hrs and 1900hrs
27th  April, 2008  1900hrs

Storyline – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on a story of Roald Dahl
TEATRU QROQQ presents a theatre production for children based Roald Dahl’s popular story of a world famous ingenious candymaker who hides five golden tickets in candy bars for five lucky children. Charlie, a young boy from a humble but loving family, has his wish come true when he finds a golden ticket to the amazing chocolate factory owned by the eccentric if ingenious and mean spirited candy maker Willie Wonka.  

This production is a theatre treat for children as they join Charlie, Veruca Salt, a little rich girl who is spoilt rotten; Augustus Gloop, a gluttonous kid who stuffs his face with sweets; Violet Beauregarde, a champion trophy gum chewer and Mike Teavee, a TV and video games addict on this extraordinary visit to the factory.

The TEATRU QROQQ Project is run by Dr Isabelle Gatt lecturer within the Faculty of Education in the Expressive Arts. Teatru Qroqq is made up of a group of B.Ed. students and theatre studies students working with a team theatre practitioners. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Marcelle Teuma and produced by Isabelle Gatt.

The play is in English and aimed at a young audience aged 6-12 years.
Bookings  through St James Cavalier on 21223216  or Box Office


10 April 2008

Hebrew Multi-word Expressions (25 Apr. 08)

Hebrew Multi-word Expressions: Characterisation, Representation, Processing and Acquisition
Dr Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa
Friday 25 April, Engineering Building Room 1, 1300hrs - 1400hrs

Multi-word expressions (MWEs) are lexical words consisting of more than a single orthographic word. Semantically, their meaning is usually non-compositional (i.e., cannot be established from the meanings of their components); syntactically, they may function as words or as phrases; morphologically, their behavior is many times idiosyncratic; and orthographically, they are written with intervening spaces. The identification of MWEs is an important task for a variety of NLP applications, ranging from information retrieval and building ontologies to text alignment and machine translation. MWEs are a challenge for computational processing of natural languages because they combine properties of words and phrases, and because phonological, morphological and orthographic processes apply to them differently than to ordinary phrases. They are even more challenging in languages with complex morphology, because of the unique interaction of morphological and orthographical processes with the lexical specification of MWEs.

Dr Wintner will describe ongoing work whose goal is to develop theories and techniques for representing, processing and acquiring Hebrew MWEs. Specifically, Dr Wintner will describe:

  • an architecture for lexical specification of MWEs in Hebrew, extending an existing lexicon of the language with capabilities to store MWEs
  • techniques for morphological processing of MWEs in Hebrew, extending an existing morphological processor (analyzer/generator) with capabilities to process MWEs
  • techniques to extract MWEs from monolingual and bilingual corpora, and populate the lexicon with MWEs acquired automatically
  • evaluation measures for MWE extraction, and their applicability to languages with complex morphology and orthography.
As this is still very much work in progress, Dr Wintner will focus on an extensive characterisation of the phenomenon and some preliminary work addressing the first two items above. This is joint work with Hassan Al-Haj and Alon Itai.

Dr Shuly Wintner is a visiting Erasmus Mundus Scholar who contributing to the teaching programme of
the European M.Sc. in Human Language Science and Techonology. The seminar is organised jointly by the
Department of Artificial Intelligence and the Institute of Linguistics.

For further information contact Mike Rosner.


18 April 2008

Workers' Participation in Malta (19 Nov. 08)

A Public Debate under the auspices of the Centre for Labour Studies at the University of Malta on 'Workers' Participation in Malta' will be held on Wednesday 19th November 2008 from 1700hrs to 1930hrs in Lecture Theatre 1 also known as Erin Serracino Inglott Hall (situated behind the University Library).

Rev Prof. Peter Serracino Inglott will chair the debate.

The public is cordially invited to attend.


14 November 2008

The Rhodian Background to the Hospitallers on Malta (19 Nov.)

There is hardly anybody in Malta (or indeed anywhere), involved somehow in the study of the history of the Order of St John, who has not 'profited greatly from Anthony Luttrell’s expertise and generous friendship.' 'One may well wonder,' writes Michael Gervers, Professor of History at the University of Toronto, 'where the history of the Hospitallers would have been without the dedicated research and publishing of Anthony Luttrell.'

The Department of History of the University of Malta has invited Dr Anthony T. Luttrell to deliver a public lecture on 'Hospitaller Rhodes: The Background to the Maltese Order State'. This will be held on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 at 1900 hrs at Sala Isouard, Manoel Theatre in Valletta.

The general public is invited to attend.


17 November 2008

Erasmus (19 Nov.)

Erasmus: 16th Century Pioneer of Peace Education and a Culture of Peace

Professor Peter van den Dungen of the University of Bradford, UK, will give a lecture on Wednesday 19 November 2008, from 0900hrs to 1100hrs at Old Humanities Building Room 113, University of Malta. The title of his lecture is 'Erasmus: 16th Century Pioneer of Peace Education and a Culture of Peace'. All EDRC students are encouraged to attend. The lecture is open to all students who are interested in the topic

Erasmus was born in Rotterdam in 1466 and later studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. After finishing his studies there, he traveled throughout Europe, teaching at various universities, including Cambridge, Paris, Louvain and Basle. He was a friend of Thomas More, author of Utopia. Erasmus wrote extensively on an array of subjects. He is best remembered for his polemic with Martin Luther, for his humanism, his work on the New Testament but above for his contributions to peace studies. It was due to his fame as a wandering European scholar who felt at home in all centres of learning of his time, that the EU named one of its student mobility programmes after him. The works of Erasmus are also to be found in the UoM Library.

Professor Peter van den Dungen is a peace historian at the Department of Peace Studies of the University of Bradford. He is also general coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace.


13 November 2008


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