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.
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.
Event start date: Monday, October 28, 2024
Finite shadows of infinite groups: What do they hide?
 Lecture 1: Monday, October 28, 2024, 56PM, Wilson 402  Exploring infinite groups by finite quotients
 Lecture 2: Tuesday, October 29, 2024, 56PM, Wilson 402  What is profinite rigidity?
 Lecture 3: Wednesday, October 30, 2024, 56PM, Wilson 402  Grothendieck’s Problem and detecting finitely generated versus finitely presented
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Event start date: Monday, November 13, 2023
Kavita Ramanan (Brown University)  Tales of highdimensional distributions
Though they have a common thread, the three lectures will be selfcontained, and can mostly be followed independently of each other.
 Lecture 1: November 13  56pm  Wilson 402
 Lecture 2: November 14  56pm  Nau 101
 Lecture 3: November 15  56pm  Wilson 402
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Event start date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
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Event start date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Event start date: Monday, April 18, 2022
 Lecture 1  “Universal construction and TQFTs: from Frobenius algebras to finite state automata”. Monday, April 18, 5:006:00pm, Nau 101. Notes
 Lecture 2  “Homological algebra of link homology: categorification of the Jones polynomial and the Kuperberg bracket”. Tuesday, April 19, 5:006:00pm, Nau 101. Notes
 Lecture 3  “Foams, categorification of ReshetikhinTuraev link invariants: GL(N) link homology and the 4color theorem”. Wednesday, April 20, 5:006:00pm, Ridley G006. Notes
The lectures will be inperson, and they will be preceded by the Workshop on Categorical Methods in Representation Theory and Quantum Topology.
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Event start date: Monday, November 8, 2021
 Lecture 1  “Solving the quintic by iteration”. Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:006:00pm, Nau 101.
 Lecture 2  “Billiards and moduli spaces”. Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:006:00pm, Clark 108
 Lecture 3  “Rigidity for planes in flexible 3manifolds”. Wednesday, November 10, 5:006:00pm, Clark 108
The lectures are preceded by the Virginia Topology Conference.
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Event start date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Greg Lawler (University of Chicago)
 Lecture 1  “Random walks: Simple and Selfavoiding”. Wednesday, February 12, 2020. 5:156:15pm, Nau 101
 Lecture 2  “Conformal Invariance and the TwoDimensional Critical Phenomenon”. Thursday, February 13, 2020. 56pm, Monroe 124
 Lecture 3  “Loop Measures and the LoopErased Random Walk”. Friday, February 14, 2020. 45pm, Monroe 124
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Event start date: Monday, November 4, 2019
 Lecture 1  “Integral Quadratic Forms and Applications”. November 4, 56pm, Nau 101
 Lecture 2  “Integer points on affine cubic surfaces”. November 5, 56pm, Monroe 124
 Lecture 3  “Applications of points on subvarieties of tori”. November 6, 56pm, Nau 101
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Event start date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Van Vu (Yale University)
The (random) matrix
 Lecture 1  “Random matrices: Global distributions”. April 15, 56 pm, Monroe 124
 Lecture 2  “Random matrices: Local distributions”. April 15, 67 pm, Monroe 124
 Lecture 3  “Random matrices in Data Science”. April 16, 56 pm, Nau 101
This series of talks is devoted to modern aspects of random matrix theory.
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Event start date: Monday, October 22, 2018
New worlds for Lie theory
 Lecture 1  October 22, 56pm, Nau 101
 Lecture 2  October 23, 56pm, Nau 101
 Lecture 3  October 24, 56pm, Nau 101
Preceded by the Workshop on Representation Theory, Combinatorics, and Geometry
(October 1921)
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Event start date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University)
Variational Methods for Materials and Imaging Sciences
Abstract: Recently developed methods and a deep articulation of ideas from the Calculus of Variations, Geometric
Measure Theory, and nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), have been instrumental
in the mathematical rigorous understanding of nonlinear phenomena in a plethora of physical
and technological applications, ranging from analyzing instabilities in novel advanced materials to the denoising of medical images.
This leads to the two talks of this series: Variational Problems in Materials Science and Variational Problems in Imaging Science.
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Event start date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Lecture 1.
Hyperbolic 3manifolds, their structure and deformations

Lecture 2.
Between 2 and 3 dimensions: Teichmuller theory, pleated surfaces, and the complex of curves

Lecture 3.
Quantitative models, Thurston's skinning map, and beyond
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Event start date: Monday, March 27, 2017
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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Event start date: Monday, November 14, 2016
James Arthur (University of Toronto)
 Lecture 1: Lfunctions and Number Theory
 Lecture 2: The Trace Formula and Automorphic Forms
 Lecture 3: Beyond Endoscopy and Functoriality
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Event start date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Karen Smith (University of Michigan)
Algebra, Geometry and Analysis over Finite Fields
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Event start date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ian Agol (Berkeley)
The Virtual Haken Conjecture
 Lecture 1: An overview of 3Manifold Topology
 Lecture 2: What is Geometric Group Theory?
 Lecture 3: Geometric Group Theory and the Virtual Haken Conjecture
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Event start date: Monday, April 6, 2015
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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Event start date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Alex Lubotzky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Expanders: From OneDimensional to MultiDimensional
 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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