Event Calendar

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

"Towards a Coarse Theory of Quantum Spin Systems" with Rufus B. Kellogg Fellow Bowen Yang '18

Bowen Yang '18 was the recipient in 2018 of the Rufus B. Kellogg University Fellowship, one of the Amherst College Fellowships for graduate study. The Kellogg is awarded for three years of study to a recent graduate "best equipped for study and research." The recipient is asked to return to campus in the third year of the fellowship to give a lecture or presentation.

Bowen is currently a graduate student in mathematical physics at Caltech. He seeks to classify topological quantum systems using mathematical tools such as topology and operator algebras.

"In this talk, we will explore two very different worlds: the world of quantum spin systems and the world of coarse geometry. Quantum spin systems are powerful mathematical models of interacting quantum many-body systems. They are widely studied in condensed matter physics, mathematical physics as well as quantum information theory. On the other hand, since its introduction by John Roe, coarse geometry has remained a beautiful and effective description of large-scale behavior of spaces. After introducing both worlds separately, I will explain an ongoing effort to connect the two through an idea called homology. I will only assume backgrounds in calculus and linear algebra."

This event is sponsored by the Office of Fellowships and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The link will be sent to the MathStat listserv the day of the event. If you are not on that list and would like to join, please email Kathy Glista at kglista@amherst.edu.

Joy Harjo holding a saxophone

Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Joy Harjo and Ilan Stavans will discuss the ways in which poetry is subversive. This event is part of the Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, which examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

Joy Harjo, an internationally known, award-winning poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate in 2019, the first Native American to hold the position. Her books include For A Girl Becoming (2009), Soul Talk, Song Language (2011), Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015) and An American Sunrise (2019).

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.

Registration Required