# Kieval Lecture Series

The Kieval Lecture Series is funded through a bequest of the late Dr. Harry S. Kieval ’36, a longtime professor of mathematics at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, who died in 1994. In addition to this lecture series, his estate provides funding to Cornell University for a similar lecture in physics, as well as annual prizes awarded to outstanding seniors in both mathematics and physics.

### Upcoming Lectures

**Moon Duchin**, Tufts University*Political Geometry: Mathematical Interventions in Gerrymandering* [poster]

**When:** Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.**Where:** G71 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall

The U.S. has a unique electoral system that sets up congressional contests in frequently-redrawn regions. It's a long-standing principle that the shapes of districts should be somehow reasonable, but this is very hard to formulate in a way that (a) is mathematically robust, (b) tracks together with our normative ideals about representative democracy, and (c) could persuade legislators, judges, and the public. This is only one of many places where mathematicians can make a meaningful intervention in the redistricting process. I'll discuss the problem as a geometer and from the point of view of social studies of science.

Please join us for refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in 532 Malott Hall.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Heather Peterson.

### Previous Lectures in the Series

**Frank Farris**, Santa Clara University*The Mathematics of SymmetryScapes*(September 2016)**Dror Bar-Natan**, University of Toronto*Knots in Three and Four Dimensions*(September 2015)**Arthur T. Benjamin**, Harvey Mudd College:*Secrets of Mental Math*(March 2013)**Richard Schwartz**, Brown University:*Shapes Emerging from Subdivisions of Triangles*(November 2011)**Peter Winkler**, Dartmouth College:*How Puzzles Reshape Our Intuition*(November 2010)**Keith Devlin**, Stanford University (executive director of the H-STAR Institute):*Using Mathematics to Solve Life's Mysteries*(September 2009)**Allen Knutson**, University of California at San Diego:*The Mathematics of Juggling*(October 2007)**Richard Hamilton**, Columbia University:*The Past and Future of Geometric Flows*(September 2007)**Persi Diaconis**, Stanford University:*Mathematics and Magic Tricks*(September 2005)**Jeff Weeks**, Topology and Geometry Software:*The Shape of Space*(April 2004)**Jordan Ellenberg**, Princeton University:*The Mathematics of Set -or- Everything I Know About Fourier Analysis I Learned from Playing Cards*(April 2002)

(sponsored by the Student Activities Finance Commission)**Richard Guy**, University of Calgary:*Fun from Mathematics & Mathematics from Fun*(November 2001)**Colin Adams**, Williams College:*Real Estate in Hyperbolic Space: Investment Opportunities in the Next Millenium*(September 2000)**Peter Sarnak**, Princeton University:*Hilbert's Eleventh Problem: Representing Integers by Quadratic Forms*(April 2000)

(sponsored by the Student Activities Finance Commission)**Joan Birman**, Columbia University:*Parametrizing Knots*(November 1999)**John Milnor**, SUNY Stony Brook:*Pasting Together Julia Sets*(October 1998)