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Upcoming talks

January 22, 2014

A few months ago I gave a talk entitled “Start Your Own Netflix” talk that was part of the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series, the slides for which are available here and a short video version here.

Today I’m planning to modify that talk so I can give a longer and more technical version of it on Friday morning at the Department of Mathematical Science of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where I’ve been invited to speak by Suzy Weekes.

In about a month I’m going to Berkeley for a week to give a so-called MSRI-Evans talk on Monday, February 24th, at 4pm, thanks to the kind invitation of Lauren Williams. I still haven’t decided whether to give a “The World Is Going To Hell” talk, which would be kind of the technical version of my book (and which I gave at Harvard’s IQSS recently), or whether I should give yet another version of the Netflix talk, which is cool and technical but not as doomsday. If you’re planning to attend please voice your opinion!

Finally, I’m hoping to join in a meeting of some manifestation of the Noetherian Ring while I’m at Berkeley. This is a women in math group that was started when I was an undergrad there, back in the middle ages, in something like 1992. It’s where I gave my first and second math talks and there was always free pizza. It really was a great example of how to create a supportive environment for collaborative math.

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  1. January 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I would definitely go to a talk titled “The World Is Going To Hell.” Actually, I’ll probably go either way, but I think I prefer that one.


  2. Jason Starr
    January 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Yeah Berkeley undergrads! When I was an undergrad, I was always interested in the Noetherian Ring. But I had the idea (quite possibly wrong) that men were not allowed, so I never attended. Some of us did have an informal undergrad club where we lectured to each other about our experiences at REUs and such (both men and women). Anyway, your lectures sound awesome.


    • January 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Men were most certainly invited when I was there! Too bad you didn’t go. I’m super psyched about my trip. Definitely making time for the Cheeseboard.


      • January 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

        Ah Cheeseboard! Don’t know if it existed when my spouse and I were students there (late 70s, early 80s), or we just couldn’t afford it. But when my daughter was in grad school there, we hardly ever visited without making a stop at the Cheeseboard.


  3. January 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    While you’re on the subject of Berkeley, have you seen the At Berkeley 4 hour documentary? I TIVO’d it from PBS and we’ve watched about 2 hours so far. My wife and I both thought that if classes had been as boring as shown in the documentary we would have jumped off the Campanile. Fortunately, most of our classes, across the different schools, were quite compelling.


  4. skonate@holycross.edu
    January 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I am a postdoc in mathematics and computer science, and I really look forward to your Friday talk at WPI!


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