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Celtic Deparment lecture

The Celtic Department will present a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Harvard Faculty Club Library, 20 Quincy St. The talk by Oliver J. Padel, lecturer in Celtic Languages and Literature, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge, is titled “Was There an Arthur of the Welsh?” This event is open to the public.

Celtic colloquium

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the Harvard Celtic Department are invited to attend the “Twentieth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium,” Oct. 20 and 21 from 9-5:30 p.m., and Oct. 22 from 9:30-1 p.m. in the Thompson Room, Barker Center,12 Quincy St. The colloquium will feature works-in-progress in Celtic languages, literatures, and cultural, historical or social science topics directly related to Celtic Studies. These events are free and open to the public.

University Mail offers new service

Harvard University Mail Services (HUMS) is offering Harvard offices a new service: metering of outgoing U.S. postal mail. With this service, business mail is picked up during regular HUMS pickups, metered, and mailed the same day. All mail is metered at first-class rates, unless labeled otherwise.

Forms for registered mail or certified mail, as well as necessary custom forms, must be attached to letters. HUMS charges the cost of postage plus a small fee for labor. The new service will save offices the expense and inconvenience of individual postal meters. If your office is interested in signing up for the service, please call David Berry at (617) 496-3267 or e-mail him at

Provost holds office hours

Provost Harvey V. Fineberg will hold office hours for students in his Massachusetts Hall office from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. Office hours are held on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lowenstein to speak at retreat

Daniel H. Lowenstein, Dean for Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine and the Carl W. Walter Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), will be the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual M.D.-Ph.D. Program Retreat at Waterville Valley Resort and Conference Center in Waterville Valley, N.H., on Oct. 20-22. The retreat is the program’s largest event devoted to student research, providing an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between students and faculty from diverse disciplines. The title of Lowenstein’s talk is “Network Changes During Epileptogenesis: Developmental Déjà Vu?”