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Talk, Keynote Speaker – OAME Virtual Conference

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Inclusion-exclusion in mathematics: who stays in, who falls out, why it happens, and what we could do about it.

The question of why women and minorities are under-represented in mathematics is complex and there are no simple answers, only many contributing factors. I will focus on character traits, and argue that if we focus on this rather than gender we can have a more productive and less divisive conversation. To try and focus on characters rather than genders I will introduce gender-neutral character adjectives, “ingressive” and “congressive”, as a new dimension to shift our focus away from masculine and feminine. I will share my experience of teaching congressive abstract mathematics to art students, in a congressive way, and the possible effects this could have for everyone in mathematics, not just women.


May 21
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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