Colloquia, Seminars, and Lecture Series
The Mathematics Colloquium meets on many Wednesday afternoons during the
semester to hear
invited lecturers from other universities. All graduate students are
encouraged to attend. This is preceded by the Department's large
Wednesday afternoon tea, at which there is lively informal
discussion as well as cakes for refreshment. On those Wednesdays on which
colloquia are not scheduled, there may be special lectures aimed
specifically at students. In addition, the Department sponsors the Hans
Rademacher Lectures, an endowed series of special lectures that bring
mathematicians of world renown to the Department to present important
developments in current research. There are two series of Rademacher
lectures per year, one each term. The Rademacher Lecturer is in residence
for a week, presents four one hour lectures, and is available for informal
discussions. During the week of the Rademacher lectures, there are
special teas and an especially active social calendar providing ample
informal discussion time for faculty, students, and visitors.
There are many weekly seminars at which lecturers, mostly from
other institutions, speak about current research. Advanced graduate students
are expected to regularly attend at least one of these seminars.
There are also a
number of student seminars, in which graduate students give the
lectures to groups of other students and faculty;
reading seminars, in which students and faculty in a given
area of mathematics read and discuss recent research papers; and the
Pizza Seminar, at which grad students speak to an audience just of other
students, and at which the Math Department provides pizza and drinks.
The Department publishes the "Philadelphia Area Mathematical Calendar"
weekly, in which all these activities are detailed. There is also a daily
afternoon tea at 3 P.M. which is attended by both
students and faculty. It provides a valuable informal setting for the
regular exchange of ideas.
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