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April 2020 Events  ·

NMF Roundtable #1: Stories of Math and Play, Change and Courage


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 12-1pm Eastern Time

Register for this free online event: We will send you the video link and password, as well as instructions for those who are new to Zoom. Audience members will not appear on video, but will be able to participate in Q&A and discussion.
Register for the April 15th Roundtable

We need each other more than ever right now. How are some National Math Festival presenters coping with change? Is it all right to play during a pandemic? How can math help us stay connected and whole during challenging times?

Join hosts David Eisenbud and Kirsten Bohl from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) for a free online event where mathematicians and math educators share their stories about adapting to the current global moment.

In this informal roundtable session we will invite 2021 Festival presenters to share stories of change, encouragement, and exploration. While we don't know yet exactly which presenters can join us on April 15th, we do know they've all been busy adapting to life in these new times!

We've been hearing how the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) has reinvented itself overnight from a face-to-face museum to an online museum. We've been watching as the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival brings out Spanish- and English-language programs online. We've been watching as Natural Math gathers parents and early childhood educators online to explore new math and play routines for young ones.

Meanwhile we will invite our 2021 Festival lecturers to share a piece of math that has moved or inspired them—to uplift our spirits—or to share whatever else they wish that speaks best to the current moment.

Reflections on math & current events by some of the following:

A favorite piece of math by some of the following:


Register for the Roundtable #1 (April 15, 2020)

Upcoming Events


NMF Roundtable #2: Focus on Mathical Books

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern Time

Registration begins April 15, 2020

NMF Roundtable #3: Performing New Steps Together

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 12-1pm Eastern Time

Registration begins April 15, 2020
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Add the 2021 National Math Festival to your calendar

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18, 2021

Festival Organizers: MSRI · IAS · MoMath
The National Math Festival is a program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

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