Don’t miss this opportunity to spend three hours with Francis Su, a nationally known mathematician, author, and speaker with a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. This seminar is the seventeenth in the series of CPAM Leadership Seminars and is made possible by a grant from Texas Instruments. CPAM gratefully acknowledges the support of TI.
This event will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Check-in begins at 1:30 PM Eastern Standard Time with the program starting promptly at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Visit CPAM’s website at http://www.cpam.org/ for the latest information on this session and for additional copies of the registration form. Registrations must be received by January 19, 2022.
Dr. Su has planned a two-part seminar focusing on Building Human Themes and Spotlighting Mathematical Motifs.
Part 1: Building Human Themes . . . I’ve been speaking much recently about broadening the purposes of mathematics to include human flourishing. We can be more effective teachers when we help our students see how mathematics connects to their basic human desires and how it builds virtues that serve them well no matter what they do in life. In this session, we’ll explore practical ways to build human themes into your teaching of mathematics.
Part 2: Spotlighting Mathematical Motifs . . . A motif in music, art, or literature is a recurring idea that pops up over and over again. There are mathematical motifs too and these pop up repeatedly throughout mathematics at all levels, from kindergarten through research-level mathematics. We’ll discuss five of them. Sometimes teaching math can feel like a bunch of disconnected facts or standards that one must plough through. Highlighting these motifs as you teach is an important way to make the math curriculum feel more coherent.
Dr. Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and a former president of the Mathematical Association of America. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences. On a popular level, he writes about the dignity of human beings and the wonder of mathematical teaching. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award. His work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and the New York Times. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and is the creator of “MathFeed”, the math news app. His book, Mathematics for Human Flourishing, winner of the 2021 Euler Book Prize, is an inclusive vision of what math is, who it is for, and why anyone should learn it.
Online Registration can be made via PayPal by first completing the form by using the link to CPAM’s registration form.
Registration by mail can be done by completing the form below and sending a check made out to CPAM to Denise I. Griffiths, CPAM Leadership Seminar Coordinator.
Registration must be received by January 19, 2022
$15 CPAM member registration fee
$45 Nonmember registration fee for Awardees (includes membership for this school year)
$45 Guest registration fee