Eaves Lecture

2017-18 J.C. Eaves Lecture

Speaker: Francis Su of the Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
Time and date: 5-6 pm, Thursday, 29 March 2018.
Location: White Hall Classroom Building, Room 110

Title: Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Abstract: Why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes? How can deeply human themes motivate our students to do and study mathematics? I have been advancing the message that mathematics help people flourish, no matter what they choose to do with their lives or careers. I will explain why I believe this is an important message, especially for educators, and describe some of the reactions I've received.

The J.C. Eaves Lecture is supported by the Dr. J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund in Mathematics. 

About the J.C. Eaves Speakers Series

The J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund brings speakers to campus to participate in the undergraduate mathematics program. The Fund is supported by a generous gift from James C. Eaves, Jr. and Mary Eaves, the son and daughter-in-law of J.C. Eaves. J.C. Eaves was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky and served as Chair of the Department from 1953 to 1963. 

The previous speakers in the J.C. Eaves Speakers Series are:

  • Ken Ono, Emory University, 2016-17
  • Frank Wilczek, MIT, 2015-16
  • Mihai Stoicu, Williams College, 2015-16

The photograph of J.C. Eaves from 1965 is provided courtesy of the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. The original may be found at ExploreUK.

Picture of JC Eaves










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