Northeastern University
Mathematics Department

Maurice Auslander Distinguished Lectures*

October 3 - 4, 2002

Toby Stafford
(University of Michigan)

Event Title Time Place
Lecture 1

Noncommutative Projective Geometry

Thursday, October 3, 4:30 -5:30 PM 325 Shillman Hall
Lecture 2

Noncommutative Projective Geometry: Strange Surfaces

Friday, October 4, 10:30 - 11:30 AM 511 Lake Hall

Abstracts of the Lectures

Noncommutative Projective Geometry. In recent years a surprising number of significant insights and results in noncommutative algebra have been obtained by using the global techniques of projective algebraic geometry. This talk will provide an introduction to these ideas and results.

Noncommutative Projective Geometry: Strange Surfaces. I will report on recent work with Dennis Keeler and Daniel Rogalski which produces some weird and wonderful ``noncommutative surfaces'' (or positively graded rings with the dimension of the graded pieces growing quadratically). As we will show, if you are careless with the idea of noncommutative ``blowing-up'' you get much more interesting results than if you do it properly.

Social Program:   

Date and Time
Thursday, October 3, 5:45-7:00 PM Reception
440 Egan Center
Thursday, October 3, 7:15 PM
Museum of Fine Arts
Friday, October 4, noon - 1:30 PM
Churchill Cafeteria

Graduate students attending the dinner will be subsidized. If you plan to attend, we kindly ask you to let us know in advance. If you arrive by car, please park in the Renaissance Garage at the end of Columbus Ave. When you arrive in the department please ask for a parking pass.

Those wishing to attend the Special Session of the AMS on Quivers and Their Generalizations, to be held at Northeastern University on October 5 - 6, 2002, may want to arrive earlier to attend both the lectures and the special session.

A small amount of money will be available to help defray travel expenses of qualifying Lectures' attendees. The preference will be given to mathematicians from countries with developing economies. To apply, and for all other inquiries, please contact  Alex Martsinkovsky  <>.

    * Sponsored by Bernice Auslander

Last updated: October 3, 2002