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Our commitment to inclusivity

Diversity and inclusivity are necessary partners. Without inclusivity, the benefits of diversity — an increase in understanding, improvement in performance, enhanced innovation, and heightened levels of satisfaction — will not be realized. We commit to investments in both, to create a community in which difference is valued, where each individual’s identity and contributions are treated with respect, and where differences lead to a strengthened identity for all. See Dartmouth College Inclusive Excellence Action Plan and Arts and Sciences Inclusive Excellence Reports.

The Reese Prosser Memorial Lectures were inaugurated in 2002 by the Department of Mathematics at Dartmouth College to honor their long time colleague Reese Prosser. This lecture series was endowed by Nancy Prosser and her family. These lectures are intended to introduce the general public to mathematical research related to their daily lives.

Reese loved mathematics and music. You can see his mathematical contributions here, his music with Nancy here, his sailing here, and some remarks about Reese himself here.

**2021:**
Easy, Hard, and Impossible: The Limits of Computation

Cristopher Moore, Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

WebM

**2021:**
Given Any Five Cards

Colm Mulcahy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Spelman College.

WebM

**2019:**
Mathematics and science: the Abel and Nobel Prizes

Björn Engquist, Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair I and Director of the ICES Center for Numerical Analysis, University of Texas at Austin.

**2018:**
Snow Business: Scientific Computing in the Movies and Beyond

Joseph Teran, Professor of Mathematics, UCLA.

**2018:**
Mathematical Insights and Intuition

Po-Shen Loh, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University; National Coach, USA International Math Olympiad team;
founder of Expii.

WebM

**2016:**
From Erdos to Algorithms

Joel Spencer, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, NYU Courant Institute
of Mathematical Sciences.

WebM,
MP4

**2015:**
Some People Have all the Luck… Or do they?

Skip Garibaldi, research mathematician at IDA.

WebM, MP4

**2014:**
Falling Paper and Insect Flight

Z. Jane Wang, Professor of Physics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

WebM, MP4

**2013:**
A Flight of Curiosity — A Mathematician's Tale

Dr. William Taber, Technical Group Supervisor for the Mission Design and Navigation Software Group at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

**2012:**
The Mathematics of Crime

Andrea Bertozzi, Director of Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles.

**2011:**
From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior

Iain Couzin, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Program in
Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University.
QuickTime,
WebM

**2010:**
From the Cosmos to the Quantum:

How Mathematical Theories of Symmetry Grew from and Gave back to
Physics

Stephanie Singer.
QuickTime,
WebM

**2009:**
Mathematical Models of Social Media and the News Cycle

Jon Kleinberg, Tisch University Professor, Cornell University.
RealMedia

**2008:**
Unearthing the Visions of a Master: The Legacy of Ramanujan’s Last Letter

Ken Ono, Hilldale Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin.
QuickTime,
WebM

**2007:**
The Riemann Hypothesis: Unsolved Mysteries of the Primes!

J. Brian Conrey, Executive Director, American Institute of Mathematics.
QuickTime,
WebM

**2006:**
Tales of the Dodecahedron: from Pythagoras through Plato to Poincaré

John Baez, University of California, Riverside
(slides)

**2005:**
The Modern Mathematics of Motion Capture — from Muybridge through Disney and Beyond

Chris Bregler, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.
QuickTime,
WebM

**2004:**
Artful Mathematics — the quantification of style

Daniel Rockmore, Dartmouth College RealMedia

**2003:**
The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order.

Steven Strogatz, Cornell University

**2002:**
Risk and Revolution: Casanova, Napoleon, and the French Lottery.

Stephen Stigler, University of Chicago