Graduate seminar on category O and Soergel bimodules, Fall 2017

This is Season 8 of a joint MIT-NEU (mostly) Representation theory graduate seminar.

Running weekly on Tuesdays alternating between MIT and Northeastern:

MIT, 2-139, (4.30-7.30pm w. pizza break).

NEU, Ryder 283 -- for October 31, November 14 and 28 (5-8pm w. pizza break), note the room change. Richards is building 24 on this map.

The seminar is a part of the Northeastern RTG activities.


Organized by Roman Bezrukavnikov, Pavel Etingof, and Ivan Losev. As usual, Pavel Etingof is a Boss.

Important update: Prof. Etingof has been promoted to a Supreme Leader.


Description: The seminar roughly consists of two (related) parts. In the first part, we will cover the Bernstein-Gelfand-Gelfand category O, one of the most important and fundamental objects in Representation theory. We will start from basics and get to Soergel's theory connecting the category O to Soergel bimodules and bimodules that are a very hot current subject in Representation theory. We will then systematically study the Soergel bimodules with the ultimate goal of covering the Elias-Williamson algebraic proof of the Soergel conjecture on the K_0-classes of the indecomposable Soergel bimodules that implies the Kazhdan-Lusztig conjecture on the characters of simple modules in the BGG categories O.
List of topics (preliminary) :
1) Introduction to universal enveloping algebras and Verma modules. By Aleksei Pakharev (NEU).
2) Category O and its basic properties. By Daniil Kalinov (MIT).
3) Tensoring with finite dimensional representations. By Chris Ryba (MIT).
4) Soergel's theorems and Soergel bimodules. By Dmytro Matvieievskyi (NEU).
5) Soergel bimodules, Hecke algebras, and Kazhdan-Lusztig basis. By Boris Tsvelikhovsky (NEU).
6) Classical Hodge theory and the Decomposition theorem via Hodge theory. By Xiaolei Zhao (NEU).
7) Rouquier complexes and Khovanov homology. By Dongkwan Kim (MIT).
8) Hodge theory of Soergel bimodules. By Seth Shelley-Abrahamson (MIT).
9) Hodge Riemann bilinear relations for Soergel bimodules. By Siddharth Venkatesh (MIT).
10) Hard Lefschetz for Soergel bimodules. By Kostya Tolmachov (MIT).
Prerequisites: the structure and finite dimensional representation theory of semisimple Lie algebras. Healthy portions of intellectual curiosity and bravery.
Schedule :

Tuesday, Sept 12, MIT, 2-139, 4-7pm. Aleksei. Hand-written notes.

Tuesday, Sept 19, NEU, Richards 231, 5-8pm. Daniil. Notes.

Tuesday, Sept 26, MIT, 2-139, 4.30-7.30pm. Chris. Notes.

Tuesday, Oct 3, NEU, Richards 231, 5-8pm. Mitya. Notes.

Tuesday, Oct 10, MIT, 2-139, 4.30-7.30pm. Mitya continues. Notes.

Tuesday, Oct 17, NEU, Richards 231, 5-8pm. Boris. Notes.

Tuesday, Oct 24, MIT, 2-139, 4.30-7.30. Boris finishes (full notes) and Ivan talks about a connection between the Soergel bimodules and the category O (hand-written notes).

Tuesday, Oct 31, NEU, Ryder 283. Xiaolei, hand-written notes

Tuesday, Nov 7, MIT, 2-139. Dongkwan, notes.

Tuesday, Nov 14, NEU, Ryder 283. Seth, notes.

Tuesday, Nov 21, MIT, 2-139. Siddharth.