Monthly Archives: December 2014

ELGA @ IMPA, 1–12 June 2015

rio-catThe Second Latin American School of Algebraic Geometry and Applications (II ELGA) will take place from June 1st to 12th, 2015, at Hotel La Plage, Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro.

The goal of this CIMPA research school is to train young mathematicians working in Latin America in some of the most active areas of research in algebraic geometry, as well as to promote greater interaction among researchers and students, and to build a network of collaborations. The first week of the school will consist of four mini-courses covering different aspects of algebraic geometry, all taught in English. (I will be giving a course about the integral Hodge conjecture.) There will also be poster presentations by young researchers and students. The second week will consist of research talks by leading specialists, as well as presentations by young researchers.

Registration is open, with a deadline of January 18th, 2015, for participants from outside Brazil.

Photo: A cat dressed in a fancy costume with its owner at the animal carnival parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP photo/Christophe Simon, via Hindustan Times.


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Algebraic Geometry 2015

craig-armstrong-climbing-adopted-cat-millie-6-600x799Algebraic geometry is fortunate to have the established tradition of a major discipline-spanning meeting every decade. The next such meeting will be held in Utah from July 12th to August 1st, 2015, with a preceding graduate student bootcamp from July 6th to 10th.

Registration is now open, with a deadline of January 15th, 2015.

I am organizing a seminar in the third week, with the following speakers:
Aravind Asok, Joseph Ayoub, Nicolas Bergeron, Patrick Brosnan, Aise Johan de Jong, Moritz Kerz, Bruno Klingler, Max Lieblich, Alena Pirutka, Shuji Saito, Christian Schnell, Zhiyu Tian

Photo from pechanga on instagram, via Millie, the Brave Rock Climbing Cat.

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IAS Workshop 9-13 March 2015: Chow Groups, Motives, and Derived Categories

wain-catsRegistration is now open. The Institute does not offer funding for visitors to this workshop; however, registration is free.

This workshop is part of the topical program “The Topology of Algebraic Varieties” taking place during the 2014-15 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study. One theme of the workshop is the Chow group of algebraic cycles on an algebraic variety, and the related concept of motives. A recent advance is the application of Chow groups to birational geometry, for example showing that very general quartic 3-folds are not stably rational. The workshop also covers derived categories of algebraic varieties, which also have exciting interactions with birational geometry.

François Charles
Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène
Annette Huber-Klawitter
Daniel Huybrechts
Bruno Kahn
Moritz Kerz
John Lesieutre
Marc Levine
Emanuele Macrì
Fabian Morel
Dmitry Orlov
Sam Payne
Alena Pirutka
Carlos Simpson
Vasudevan Srinivas
Zhiyu Tian
Gabrielle Vezzosi
Charles Vial

Drawing by Louis Wain

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Favorite Christmas movies

Nora and Nick Charles in The Thin Man

This week Town Topics asked Princetonians on the street to name their favorite Christmas movies. The results were infuriatingly dull. As a public service, here is a list of the favorite Christmas movies in my household.

The Thin Man
Remember the Night
Christmas in July
Enemy of the State
The Royal Tenenbaums
Auntie Mame
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
My Night at Maud’s

Nick Smith in Metropolitan


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