Events - October 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011 — 12:00 PM EDT

Alison Kemper (York University) lead a discussion about LGBTQQ* issues as they relate to the University in a changing society.

An initiative of the Status of Women and Equity Committee (SWEC), with the support of the Faculty Association (FAUW), Staff Association (UWSA), the Staff Excellence Fund (SEF), and GLOW (student 'Queer and Questioning Community Centre'), this was the second of a series of informal get-togethers for LGBTQQ faculty, staff, students, and their allies.

Monday, October 3, 2011 — 8:00 PM EDT
Poster for 2011 Hagey Lecture. The title "how did mathematics become possible?" is in white on a blue background on the top half of the poster. Event details and a jumble of green letters are on a white background in the bottom half.

How come human beings can do mathematics? The question involves, among so many other things, capacities that have, presumably, arisen through natural selection, and discoveries of how to use those capacities, discoveries made at particular times and places in human history. We should see both as part of a broader series of questions about how this organism, on a planet like Earth, was able to become a mathematical animal, probably the only one in the universe.