Category Archives: social justice

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 Bursill-Hall, together with many of their … Continue reading

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Highlights from the Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference

It is hard to know where to start when speaking about this conference, held this last weekend at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA, and organized by Federico Ardila, Ricardo Cortez, Tatiana Toro, and Mariel Vasquez. … 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

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Here, There and Back Again: Developing Pre-Service 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

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inclusion/exclusion roundup of JMM events

A little thing called the Joint Mathematics Meetings is happening in San Diego next week. How little? I got some data from the Public Awareness Office of the AMS , and they are estimating about 6000 attendees, and over 3000 presentations! … Continue reading

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Still, we sing

This, 2017, has been a rough year for many of us in the USA who care about equity, diversity, inclusion, and basic human rights. We have seen attempts (some successful, but thankfully not all) to encroach on the rights of … Continue reading

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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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Get Off The Road

Many reliable mathematical models of the environment say we are destroying this planet with $CO_2$ (carbon dioxide) or at least making it uninhabitable for human culture as we know it within a couple of generations. What responsibility do we, as … Continue reading

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Supremum/Supremacy

I’m going to say something political that some of you may not like. In the spirit of The Oatmeal, I’m going to ask you to read to the end before you decide that I cannot possibly have said what I … Continue reading

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Two Days with a Chicano Mathematician: Bill Velez visits Purdue

When I was in graduate school in mathematics at Stanford University, I was very politically active on campus.  Not only was I an officer for the Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA), but I was an officer for the Chicano Latino … Continue reading

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