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Christie Lecturers

The Christie Lecture was introduced by the Northeastern Section in 1979 to honor Dan Christie (1915-1975) of Bowdoin College. He was one of the founding fathers of the Section, serving two terms as Chair and one as Governor. He was also quite involved in the MAA on the national level.

The following is taken from Spring 1979 Newsletter: "The Christie Lecture will be given by a distinguished member of the mathematical community and is part of the annual (Fall) meeting. The topic of the lecture will be an issue of current importance in mathematics. And, although the Section is rich in people who have made contributions to research and teaching, the choice of the Christie Lecturer is not restricted to a member of the Section."

Previous Christie Lecturers

1979 John Milnor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Is the Universe Simply-Connected?
1980 Gian-Carlo Rota, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Fall and Rise of Invarient Theory
1981 John T. Tate, Harvard University
Number Theory on Elliptic Curves – Old Theorems and Recent Conjectures 
1982 John Wermer, Brown University
The Maximum Principle and Analytic Functions
1983 Henry O. Pollak, Bell Laboratories
On the Addressing Problem in Loop Switching, or, How to Embed an Arbitrary Graph in a Squashed Cube
1984 Phillip J. Davis, Brown University
When Mathematics Says No; The Nature of Impossibilities in Mathematics
1985 Albert W. Tucker, Princeton University
The Cornerstone of Matrix Algebra
1986 Ernst Snapper, Dartmouth College
What Do We Do When We Do Mathematics?
1987 Reuben Hersch, University of New Mexico
The Social Responsibility of Mathematicians
1988 Ron Graham, AT&T Bell Laboratories
Universal Cycles for Combinatorial Structures
1989 Paul A. Schweitzer,, Boston College
Elementary Knot Theory and Computation
1990 John H. Conway, Princeton University
Mathematics and Games
1991 Rodica Simion, George Washington University
A Few gems, Old and New
1992 Peter Hilton, SUNY at Binghamton
A Further Look at Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers
1993 Jim Tattersall, Providence College
The Early History of the Lucasian Chair
1994 Robert Rosenbaum. Wesleyan University
A Balancing Act
1995 Doris Schattschneder, Moravian College
Ingenious Mathematical Amateurs – M.C. Escher (artist) and Marjorie Rice (homemaker)
1996 Roger Cooke, University of Vermont
N.N. Luzin’s Notebooks on the Mysteries of Set Theory
1997 Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin
Mathematics for Future Lawyers, Legislators, and Business Leaders
1998 Gilbert Strang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cosine Transforms and Wavelet Transforms and Applications
1999 Charles Hadlock, Bentley College
Looking at Classical Mathematics Through Smoke and Haze
2000 Edward B. Burger, Williams College
Personal Thoughts on How to Teach and What Not to Teach
2001 Richard K. Guy, University of Calgary
Math From Fun and Fun From Math
2002 Carl Pomerance, Bell Laboratories
Primal Screens
2003 Lisa Humphreys, Rhode Island College
Exploring Uncharted Territory in Forced ODE’s: Strange and Counterintuitive Periodic Solutions
2004 Ezra Brown, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Elliptic Curves: The Silver Bullets of Modern Mathematics
2005 Dusa McDuff, SUNY at Stony Brook
Symplectic Topology Today
2006 Jennifer Beineke, Western New England College
Great Moments of the Riemann Zeta Function
2007 Thomas Garrity, Williams College
Using Mathematical Maturity to Shape Our Courses, Our Curriculums and Our Careers
2008 David Bressoud, Macalester College
Calculus as a High School Course
2009
Fernando GouvÍa, Colby College
The Dedekind Move in History and in the Classroom
2010
Erik Demaine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Algorithms Meet Art, Puzzles, and Magic
2011
William Dunham, Muhlenburg College
Two (More) Morsels from Euler
2012
Clayton Dodge, University of Maine
Reflections of an Old Problems Editor
2013
Hans Kaper, Mathematics and Climate Research Network
Mathematics and Climate: A New Partnership
2014
Chris Rodger, Auburn University
Amalgamations and Hamilton Decompositions
2015
James J. Tattersall, Providence College
Two late Nineteenth Century Mathematical Enthusiasts
2016
Tim Chartier, Davidson College
Putting a Spring in Yoda's Step

Battles Lecturers

The Frank Battles Lecture Series was established by the Northeastern Section in 1998 to honor Frank Battles' ten years of service as Newsletter Editor for the Section and his many other services to the Section. The Battles Lecture is given annually at the Spring meeting of the Section by an outstanding communicator of Mathematics.

Previous Battles Lecturers

1998 James J. Tattersall, Providence College
Nichomachus Rides Again
1999 Robert L. Devaney, Boston University
Chaos, Fractals, and the Internet
2000 Joseph Gallian, University of Minnesota - Duluth
The Mathematics of Identification Numbers
2001 Thomas Banchoff, Brown University
From Providence To Portugal: Surfaces Beyond The Third Dimension On The Internet
2002 Thomas C. Hales, University of Pittsburgh
Computer and Proof in the Context of Discrete Geometry
2003 Michael Rosen, Brown University
Number Theory with Polynomials
2004 Frank Farris, Santa Clara University
Forbidden Symmetry - Relaxing the Crystallographic Restriction
2005 Frank Morgan, Williams College
Double Bubbles and Gauss Space
2006 Catherine A. Roberts, College of the Holy Cross
An Equation Runs Through It: River Running on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon - History, Current Practice, and the Role of a Mathematician
2007 Jim Henle, Smith College
Squaring the Plane
2008 Christopher Danforth, University of Vermont
Chaos and the Mathematics of Prediction: Hurricane Katrina, Harry Potter, and Happiness
2009
Guillaume Weisang, Bentley College
Risk Management Lessons from the Madoff Fraud
2010
Edward B. Burger, Williams College
How to Always Win at Limbo
2011
Joseph Silverman, Brown University
Cryptography in the Classroom ... and Beyond
2012
Phil Sadler, Harvard University
Factors Influencing College Success in Mathematics: Predicting Success in College Calculus
2013
George (Dan) Mostow, Yale University
Rigidity
2014
James Bozeman, Lyndon State College
Of Endogons, Exogons and ... Salamanders
2015
John Voight, Dartmouth College
Can you hear the shape of a pinched sphere?
2016
Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College & President of MAA
Voting in Agreeable Societies


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