Stanford Campus
Palo Alto, California

Women in Mathematics (provisional title). Special event marking the anniversary of Lawrence Summers' comments on the ability of women to do math and science. All segments are open to everyone, including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, visiting scholars, media, and local community. Free. Venue: Room 426, 4th floor, of Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460. Provisional program (as of December 2005) follows:

2:00pm Representation of women as mathematicians. Dramatic readings from the plays "Proof" by David Auburn and "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard, presented by students of the Stanford Drama Department. Panel discussion with Danica McKellar (The West Wing actress and mathematician), Mary Pols (Knight Fellow in Journalism and movie critic), Alex Kasman (math professor and writer of math fiction) and other guests. Audience participation invited.

3:00pm A Life in Mathematics: Julia Robinson. Film-maker George Csicery talks about his documentary on the Berkeley mathematician, Julia Robinson.

4:00pm Women in Mathematics Today: Panel discussion on the experiences of women mathematicians, the barriers to women in math, and math culture in general. Featuring Helen Moore (American Institute of Mathematics), Claudia A. Henrion (lately of Dartmouth College, distinguished mathematician and commentator), Danica McKellar (actress), Margot Gerritsen (Assistant Professor of Engineering, Stanford), and Jamylle Carter (Mathematical Studies Research Institute, Berkeley). Londa Schiebinger moderating. Questions and comments from the audience welcomed.

5:30pm Conclusion: Londa Schiebinger sums up and closes.

7:00pm "Proof" (2005). Screening of the movie "Proof" with Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins at the Cubberley Auditorium on the Stanford campus. To be followed by a short discussion of the film and general issues raised earlier, moderated by Jonathan Farley (Science Fellow, CISAC). Free and open to all.

9:00pm Close.

The Institute is grateful to the co-sponsors of this event from around Stanford: the Department of Mathematics, the Department of English, the Department of Drama, the Department of History, and the Feminist Studies Program.

Added by kmeelyon on December 17, 2005