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Converging on a Solution: A Playwright’s Path
Guest Post by Corrine Yap Uniform Convergence is a onewoman play, written and performed by mathematics graduate student Corrine Yap. It juxtaposes the stories of two women trying to find their place in a whitemaledominated academic world. The first is of … Continue reading
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Girls Talk Math: Not Your Ordinary Math Camp
Guest Post by Francesca Bernardi & Katrina Morgan girlstalkmath@unc.edu http://girlstalkmath.web.unc.edu/ Programs supporting girls in STEM are becoming more and more common. But we believe there is a gap in these offerings: General STEM programs tend to leave out the M, … Continue reading
Identity & Illusion
[Spoiler alert: This post is, in part, a reflection on the show “In & Of Itself“, written and performed by Derek DelGaudio. If you are near New York City, I strongly encourage you to see this show before it ends … Continue reading
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Reflections on Autism, Ethnicity, and Equity
Guest Post by Michael Ortiz Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College I’m an associate professor of mathematics at Rio Grande College, a branch campus of Sul Ross State University consisting of three geographically separated units in the middle Rio … Continue reading
What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening: A conference on ethics in mathematics.
Guest Post by Catherine Buell In a time before Cambridge Analytica but after Snowden, there was a buzz in the maths hall at the University of Cambridge. Two Cambridge academics, Maurice Chiodo and Piers BursillHall, together with many of their … Continue reading
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Workshop on Increasing Minority Participation in Mathematics: Reflections on A Park City Mathematics Institute program
[Applications for PCMI “Shape of the River: Workshop on Equity in Mathematics Education” are open until March 7, 2018.] Guest Post by Martha Shott Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Sonoma State University Question: What are you hoping to get … Continue reading
Here, There and Back Again: Developing PreService Teachers’ Racial Consciousness Abroad
Guest post by Dr. Mike Egan of Augustana College. Here “If the streets shackled my right leg, the schools shackled my left. Fail to comprehend the streets and you gave up your body now. But fail to comprehend the schools … Continue reading
We can be better
As many of us look forward to the sense of community at the Joint Meetings this week, we should remember that conferences include many situations that are fraught with the danger of harassment and alienation, especially for people in our … Continue reading
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Complicit Function Theorem
This week, I was separated by small degrees from two separate acts of terrorism motivated by hate. (1) Students and faculty/staff on my campus had set up a local version of The Clothesline Project, in which survivors of sexual violence … Continue reading
Discussing Justice on the First Day of Class
I have written in other public fora that math is not apolitical, that the implicit messages in our silence on these issues is damaging to students, and that mathematics has particular bigoted elements in its history and present framing that … Continue reading
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