Author Archives: Brian Katz

Queering Mathematics

First: Trans people are people who deserve to have their identities respected and validated and to live without fear. On this Trans Day of Remembrance #TDoR2020, we mourn those who have died from transphobic violence. As a broader queer community, … Continue reading

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Building Gender and Sexuality Allyship in the Mathematics Community

Guest Authors: Student Authors: Alexander Asemota, Kevin Harris, Quiyana Murphy Organizer Authors: Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Pamela E. Harris, Vanessa Rivera Quiñones, Luis Sordo Vieira, Bianca Thompson, Shelby Wilson, Aris Winger, Michael Young This summer, we participated in Math SWAGGER, a virtual … Continue reading

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Hopes for a new Editor-in-Chief

In June, as part of #ShutDownSTEM, I challenged the AMS to replace me as Editor-in-Chief of this blog. In particular, I challenged them to replace me with a Black mathematician by reconsidering how this position is valued. It is clear … Continue reading

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Get ready for LGBTQ+Math Day

Guest post by Anthony Bonato Representation matters. Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice. As a gay man and as a mathematician, those words resonate with me. Speaking from my experience and those of colleagues and students, LGBTQ+ mathematicians … Continue reading

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Building equity-minded online programs

Guest post by Justin Lanier and Marissa Kawehi Loving This article was written for the Early Career Section of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. It will appear there in the January 2021 issue. We are sharing the article … Continue reading

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Todxs cuentan: building community and welcoming humanity from the first day of class

Guest post by Federico Ardila–Mantilla (Note: This paper was written for the upcoming book “Proceedings from a Workshop on Professional Norms in Mathematics” edited by Mathilde Gerbelli-Gauthier, Pamela Harris, Mike Hill, Dagan Karp, and Emily Riehl.) Abstract. Everyone can have … Continue reading

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Remembering John Lewis, by Karen Saxe

With this post, we are amplifying a tribute to Congressman John Lewis by Karen Saxe of the AMS. https://blogs.ams.org/capitalcurrents/2020/07/23/remembering-john-lewis-african-americans-in-congress/ From Karen Saxe: Karen Saxe is Associate Executive Director at the AMS and heads the Office of Government Relations in Washington, … Continue reading

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A report on a gathering of mathematicians for social justice at JMM 2020

Guest Post by Paige Helms, Ryan Moruzzi, Andrea Arauza Rivera, and Robin Wilson As the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Denver, CO approached, there was an unusual amount of tension in the mathematics community. The divisive stance taken by … Continue reading

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Everything* is fine

Post by Piper H One of the first significant losses for me during this pandemic was the loss of my laptop in a work from home incident featuring a six year old who “DIDN’T DO IT ON PURPOSE!!!” In the … Continue reading

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Grading as an issue of justice in this time of transition

by Brian Katz and Kate Owens BK: There are multiple, foundational justice and ethics questions involved in HigherEd responses to COVID-19. Personally, I’m pleased how central these issues have been in the discussions I’ve witnessed recently, including questions at faculty … Continue reading

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