The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will hold its 2018 Award Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the Lee Lecture Halls.
The ceremony will feature the department’s 2018 Case Lecturer, Sarah Greenwald, Ph.D., of Appalachian State University. She will present, “Popular Culture and Mathematics: Gender, Race, and more.”
Have you ever known anyone who asserted they cannot do mathematics because they do not have the math gene? Where do those messages come from? Popular culture can reveal, reflect, and even shape how society views mathematics and mathematicians. We’ll analyze examples from a variety of shows and films and consider the intersections of gender, race, class, and ability. We’ll also discuss ways to counter stereotypes and to contribute to research in this area.
There will be refreshments at 4 p.m., the talk at 4:30 p.m., and the presentation of awards will follow at 5:15 p.m.