Virginia Mathematics Lectures

In 2014, the IMS established the Distinguished Lecture Series "Virginia Mathematics Lectures." The inaugural speaker was Professor Alex Lubotzky from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Each semester thereafter brought us another speaker in the series, including Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt), Ian Agol (UC Berkeley), and – most recently – Benedict H. Gross (Harvard).

These lecture series were enthusiastically met by the audience which included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and guests from other departments and institutions. Given the success of the lectures, the IMS will continue to organize two such series every year.

Upcoming and past lectures


Benedict Gross - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - March 27-29, 2017

Event start date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Benedict H. Gross Poster
Benedict H. Gross (Harvard)
  • Lecture 1: The rank of elliptic curves
  • Lecture 2: The arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves
  • Lecture 3: Heegner points on modular curves

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James Arthur - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - November 14-16, 2016

Event start date: Monday, November 14, 2016
James Arthur Poster
James Arthur (University of Toronto)
  • Lecture 1: L-functions and Number Theory
  • Lecture 2: The Trace Formula and Automorphic Forms
  • Lecture 3: Beyond Endoscopy and Functoriality

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Karen Smith - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - February 29 - March 2, 2016

Event start date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Karen Smith Poster
Karen Smith (University of Michigan)
Algebra, Geometry and Analysis over Finite Fields


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Ian Agol - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - October 14-16, 2015

Event start date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ian Agol Poster
Ian Agol (Berkeley)
The Virtual Haken Conjecture
  • Lecture 1: An overview of 3-Manifold Topology
  • Lecture 2: What is Geometric Group Theory?
  • Lecture 3: Geometric Group Theory and the Virtual Haken Conjecture

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Vaughan Jones - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - April 6-8, 2015

Event start date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Vaughan Jones Poster
Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University)
  • Lecture 1: Knots and Groups
  • Lecture 2: Lecture 2: Von Neumann Algebra and Physics
  • Lecture 3: Do all Subfactors arise in Conformal Field Theory?

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Alex Lubotzky - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - November 18-20, 2014

Event start date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Alex Lubotzky Poster
Alex Lubotzky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Expanders: From One-Dimensional to Multi-Dimensional
  • Lecture 1: Expander Graphs and Geometric/Topological Expanders
  • Lecture 2: From Ramanujan Graphs to Ramanujan Complexes
  • Lecture 3: Coboundary Expanders and Property Testing

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