SUMS: A BLACK, GAY MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT CHAIR? OR HOW I GOT HERE FROM THERE

04/02/2010 - 4:00pm
04/02/2010 - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ron Buckmire Occidental College
Abstract: 

*SUMS Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences. The current chair of the mathematics department of Occidental College, Barack Obama’s first alma mater, will discuss his career path from growing up in the Caribbean to college in upstate New York to teaching at the most multiculturally diverse liberal arts college in the country. Ron Buckmire has been active in different areas of multiple-issue activism since the early 1990s. He is interested in the imbrications of issues such as immigration and LGBT rights, criminal justice and HIV/AIDS and race and sexuality. Professor Buckmire will explore how combining multiple interests in activism and education and equity and excellence is possible (and perhaps even helpful!) in ones life journey.

Where: 
4:00 PM, Friday, Harvey Mudd College, Sprague 3rd Floor
Misc. Information: 

The goal of SUMS is to begin a discussion and exploration of issues surrounding gender inequity and underrepresentation both here at HMC and in the larger national context. What is underrepresentation? What is gender inequity? Why should we work against them? What is the current state of underrepresentation in mathematics? Are there programs that have met with any degree of success in working toward diversity in mathematics?

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