October 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Keller Hall 401
Title: Symmetries of Surfaces
Abstract: There are many ways to study surfaces: topologically, geometrically, dynamically, algebraically, and combinatorially, just to name a few. We will touch on some of the motivation for studying surfaces and their associated mapping class groups, which is the collection of symmetries of a surface. We will also describe a few of the ways that these different perspectives for studying surfaces come together in beautiful and sometimes unexpected ways.