The goal of the Hypatian Seminar is to explore the contributions of underrepresented groups to the field of mathematics and to provide a forum to discuss the additional challenges they face in academia. Talks are open to all and should be given at an introductory level due to the breadth of fields represented by participants.

The seminar is named for Hypatia (370 - 415 AD), a Greek mathematician who lived in Alexandria. Hypatia was one of the first female mathematicians credited with making considerable contributions to the field. These accomplishments included helping her father Theon, also a mathematician, to edit the version of Euclid's Elements which became the basis for modern versions of the text. Hypatia is also credited with writing commentaries on the works of Diophantus, Apollonius, and Ptolemy.

The seminar meets weekly on Mondays at 3:30-4:30 pm in South Hall 6635. If you are interested in speaking or have a suggestion for a discussion topic, please contact Sheri Tamagawa. The aim of the seminar is to support underrepresented groups in the math department. To this end, we will give priority to talks which align with this intent. Talks given by or about female mathematicians or mathematicians from an historically underrepresented group are especially encouraged. We welcome speakers from other universities.


Click below for information about the following areas:

Seminar: The schedule for our weekly seminar

History: An archive of talks from earlier quarters

Links: Links to resources of interest