Speaker Series

Once a semester we invite and host a female mathematician form another university to give a techniqual research talk and a more general talk about their journey in mathematics.
The aim of these series is to give students the chance to interact with female mathematicians and motivate them on their own way.

As part of the RTG: Algebra, Geometry and Topology funded by the NSF award #1246989, we have funds to invite one more speaker in pure math every semester.

Previous Speaker

Semester Description
February 19, 2019 Adriane Salerno from Bates College
We commonly think of mathematicians primarily as researchers and teachers. This is natural, as these have historically been the aspects of our job that are most prominent. However, previously reclusive mathematicians are starting to develop public personae with recent widespread use of social media (tweets, blogs, facebook posts, op-eds, etc.) and gaining both notoriety and admiration. In this talk, I will highlight some of the social benefits of making public the scholarship of mathematicians, the boundaries that some have pushed, the conversations that have been sparked by controversy, my own journey into a life aspublic mathematician, and some of the backlash that some people have had to endure. In particular, we will explore the question: What are the rights and responsibilities of mathematicians as public intellectuals?
December 4, 2018 Becca Thomases from UC Davis
March 27, 2018 Candice Price from the University of San Diego
In February 2017, Erica Graham, Raegan Higgins, Shelby Wilson and myself created the website “Mathematically Gifted and Black” to highlight the contributions and service of Black Mathematicians to academia, education, government, industry and society. This website hit on the importance of representation, knowing our history and knowing our impact. In this presentation, I will tell you about my mathematical journey through the reflective lens of my participation in the creation of the website www.mathematicallygiftedandblack.com.
August 31, 2017 Moon Duchin from Tufts University
Moon Duchin has recently lead a summer conference on gerrymandering.