Binghamton University Graduate Conference in Algebra and Topology
    November 9, 2013

    Keynote Speaker

    Benson Farb 

    Keynote Title: The ubiquitous Euler class

    Abstract:: This talk, geared to graduate students in topology (broadly defined), might best be described by other possible titles for it.

    1. "Why do we study cohomology, anyway? An answer via a single simple example with seemingly infinite richness."

    2. "A journey from the loftiest mathematical heights to first grade (literally) math, and back."

    3. "The 2-dimensional Euler class from the point of view of the theory of 1-manifolds, 2-manifolds, 3-manifolds, 4-manifolds, algebraic geometry,
    group theory and dynamical systems: an example of how Thurston taught us what it means to `understand' a piece of mathematics. "

    Graduate students of all levels and faculty are invited to register to give a 30 minute seminar. Talks may be expository or on current research.

    Deadline for registration for speakers and participants is November 3, 2013. Abstracts for talks should be submitted by
    November 3, 2013 to Registration can be done here.