Christie Lecturers
The Christie Lecture was introduced by the Northeastern
Section in
1979 to honor Dan Christie
(19151975) 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 SimplyConnected? 
1980 
GianCarlo 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 Gouvêa,
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

