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Highlights of seventh week

The penultimate week is upon us, and so are many groovy events to pre-emptively celebrate the conclusion of Hilary term.  

Monday, 2 March

Informative: Prof Alastair Buchan: Talk and Discussion, 5:30 pm, Sutro Room, Trinity College

German Society hosts Alastair Buchan, head of Brexit Strategy of the University of Oxford and Pro-Vice Chancellor, to discuss the implications of Brexit on students.

Chill: Trinity College Orchestra Hilary Concert 2020, 8:30 pm, Trinity College dining hall

Listen to the calming music of Beethoven and Vaughan Williams followed with wine and refreshments following the concert. £2 at the door.

Night out: Cake. 10:30 pm, Plush

Plush’s famous club night for queer women and non-binary people is back to ring in week 7. £4 here.

Tuesday, 3 March

Informative: She Deserves Chocolate- Pulling on the Threads of Liberation, 7:00 pm, Lady Margaret Hall

The Oxford Fair Trade Coalition hosts a panel to discuss the chocolate market- from the cocoa beans to the store shelves. The ethics of the market will be discussed by Fairtrade ambassadors and TV chefs Melissa Helmsley and Allegra McEvedy, Ethical Trade Manager at Oxfam Rachel Wilshaw and others. Register here.

Chill: Meet the Poet Reading with Galina Rymbu and Helena Kernan, 5:30 pm, St Edmund’s Hall Chapel

This poetry reading features the work of Russian poet Galina Rymbu and the translator Helena Kernan. This unique event will also discuss translation in literature. Register here.

Night out: Tuesday Boozeday- 90s, 00s & Cheese, 10:00 pm, Fever

Jam to the best music the club scene has to offer from the past thirty years- Madonna, Beyonce, Oasis, and Backstreet Boys among other iconic bands. £2-5 here.

Wednesday, 4 March

Informative: Lucid Dreaming, 5:30 pm, Rainolds Corpus Christi College

Learn more about the strange phenomenon of lucid dreaming, where one can control certain parts of a dream. Dr Josie Malinowski of the University of East London will also discuss her research on sleep and dreaming. Free for members of Oxford University Psychology Society, £2 at the door for non-members.

Chill: Film Screening- Dreams (Kurosawa), 7:00 pm, Amersi Lecture Theatre Brasenose College

Oxford University Japan Society and the Brasenose Film Society present Dreams by Akira Kurosawa, inspired by the director’s actual dreams to make for a surreal experience. Free for OUJS members, £2 for non-members at the door.

Night out: Park End Week 7: Unplugged, 10:00 pm, Park End

Liven up with some live music. The usual rooms of Park End plus live acoustic in the live lounge. Tickets £5 here.

Thursday, 5 March

Informative: Can a Person be Engineered? 5:15 pm, Lincoln College

Professors from the biophysics department will discuss the advancements and limits in genetic engineering, in addition to its ethical implications. Register here.

Chill: History: Remixed! 8:00 pm, St Mary Magdalen’s Church

The Oxford Imps, a local improv comedy troupe, will perform a historical musical on the spot. It may not help you study for a history exam, but it surely will be entertaining. Tickets £8 here.

Night out: So Fetch- 2000s Party, 11:00 pm, The Bullingdon

Mean Girls inspired dress is encouraged at this 2000s night featuring everything from Britney Spears to Avril Lavine. Tickets £7 here

Friday, 6 March

Informative: Exiled: The Plight of Rohingya Muslims Screening and Discussion, 5:00 pm, Refugee Studies Centre

A screening of a documentary about the military dictatorship, propaganda, and violence against Rohingya Muslims will be followed by a discussion with Shahida Tulaganova, a former news and current affairs reporter for the BBC.

Chill: OUMSSA at the Movies + Free Pizza! 7:00 pm, Christ Church JCR TV Room

A screening of the critically-acclaimed and Best Picture winner at the Oscars, Parasite, will be accompanied by free pizza. Free for Oxford University Malaysian and Singaporean Students Association members, £3 for non-members.

Night out: Fuzzy Ducks // Shots Fired, 10:00 pm, Fever

How do you make Fever more of a chaotic, fun time? The DJ throws free drink vouchers into the crowd throughout the night! Tickets £3-5 here

Saturday, 7 March

Informative: National Careers Week: Creative Careers, 1:00 pm, Modern Art Oxford

Interested in working in an art gallery or museum? This event will have creative professionals that will give workshops, tours, and advice on working in the industry. Register here.

Chill: The 113th Varsity Fencing Match, 9:15 am, Examination Schools

Watch one of the most intriguing sports (and watch out for the swinging swords). Doors open at 9:15 am with matches beginning at 10 am and another at 1:15 pm.

Night out: Bollywood Bop, 10:00 pm, The Bridge

The irresisable beat of Bollywood music will make for a great night at Bridge. £5 here or £10 cash at the door.

Sunday, 8 March

Informative: Centuries of Silence in Music: International Women’s Day Lecture with Debbie Wiseman

Debbie Wiseman, composer and conductor, will confront important questions about why there have been so few women composers throughout history. Register here.

Chill: Wine and Watercolour, 1:00 pm, Christ Church art room in the Old Library

The perfect way to spend a peaceful Sunday afternoon: watercolouring and wine.

Night out: Reclaim the Night, 5:45 pm, Bonn Square

March to protest against violence against women. An unconventional night out, but one to raise awareness for safer nights out for women in the future.