posted Nov 13, 2008, 11:04 AM by Chandler May
updated Nov 16, 2008, 10:31 AM by Christopher Hoyt
SUMS, or Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences, is a new seminar this year organized by Professor Dagan Karp of Harvey Mudd College. Professor Karp will be leading the first meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17 with his talk, "An exploration of civil rights within mathematics". The seminar will take place in Beckman B126 ("Big Beckman") at Harvey Mudd College.
Naturally, Professor Karp describes the series best:
"The goal of SUMS is to begin a discussion and exploration of issues
surrounding gender inequity and underrepresentation in mathematics
both here in Claremont and in the larger national context. What is
underrepresentation? What is gender inequity? Why should we work
against them? What is the current state of underrepresentation in
mathematics? Are there programs that have met with any degree of
success in working toward diversity in mathematics? What is
mathematical talent and who has it?
I hope that this may be of interest not only to mathematicians and
mathematics faculty, but also to students broadly speaking, and
faculty in other scientific disciplines, and also those interested in
the relationship between science and society, in gender/race/class
issues in society, and in the history of science."