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April 19, 2014
THE FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

FIELDS MATHED FORUM MEETING AGENDA
THEME: HUMANISTIC MATHEMATICS

November 27, 2010, 10AM – 2PM
Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

MORNING PROGRAM:

10:00AM-10:10AM Reports: OAME, OMCA, CMS, CMESG, etc.

10:10AM-11:00AM Gizem Karaali (Department of Mathematics, Pomona College, Claremont, CA)

Title: Humanistic Mathematics: A journal, a philosophy, a community?
Abstract: In January 2011, the new Journal of Humanistic Mathematics will debut with its inaugural issue. This is a culmination of the collaborative efforts of many people, and as an open-access journal, we hope that JHM will reach many more. In this talk I will describe our experience so far with the journal from its inception, through the various intermediate stages, to the current day, our conception of humanistic mathematics, and what we hope to do with the journal. Along the way I will offer (necessarily tentative) answers to the following questions: Why are we doing what we are doing? What does the current world of humanistic mathematics look like? What do we mean by humanistic mathematics anyway?

Bio: Gizem Karaali completed her undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and mathematics at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. After receiving her PhD in Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley, she taught at the University of California Santa Barbara for two years. She is currently employed as a mathematician at Pomona College where she enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses and working with many interesting people. Gizem is one of the founding editors of the new Journal of Humanistic Mathematics and is a Sepia Dot (a 2006 Project NExT fellow).

11:00AM-11:30AM George Gadanidis (Faculty of Education, UWO, London, ON)

Title: Why can't I be a mathematician?
Abstract: Kids' drawings of mathematicians at work, media images, and the human side of "who's a mathematician?"

11:30AM-12:00PM Miroslav Lovric (McMaster U, Hamilton, ON), Shirley Darlymple and Iain Brodie (Toronto DSB, Toronto, ON)

Title: Students getting a voice!
Abstract: Pictures that students from elementary school to university level, have drawn about their vision of what a mathematician does at work; videos of high school students talking about mathematicians and answering what they think humanistic mathematics might be.

12:00PM-1:00PM LUNCH BREAK (Light refreshments provided)

AFTERNOON PROGRAM:

1:00PM-1:30PM Burke Brown (UT, Toronto, ON)

Title: Branding "humanistic mathematics"
Abstract: The essential and indispensable role of logos/brands/talismans in the success of the humanistic mathematics movement.

1:30PM-2:00PM Discussion

2:00PM Adjournment

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