The Mathematics and Statistics Department hosts numerous lectures and events throughout the year.  These include the annual Asprey and Henry Seely White Lectures, as well as a   "Life After VAssar (LAVA)" series given by alumni and a colloquium series of research talks.  Other highlights include DataFest, and outreach events such as Math Jam (affiliated with the Julia Robinson Math Festival) and Vassar Science Scholars Program.  Student groups, including the majors committee and the Association for Women in Mathematics, also organize social activities for students and faculty.  Check below for upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events

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Notable Past Events

Asprey lecturers

  • 1991–92: Stephen Smale, Chaos and the Godel Incompleteness Theorem
  • 1992–93: William P. Thurston, An Introduction to the Geometry and Topology of Three-dimensional Manifolds
  • 1993–94: Kenneth Ribet, Fermat’s Last Theorem
  • 1994–95: John H. Conway, Shapes and Symmetries
  • 1995–96: Joan Birman, Knots, Differential Equations, and Chaos
  • 1996–97: Angus MacIntyre, What Can Logic Tell Us About the Real Exponential Function?
  • 1997–98: Charles Fefferman, Atoms, Numbers, and Stars
  • 1999–2000: Sir Michael Atiyah, Atoms, Knots, and Elementary Particles
  • 2000–01: Vaughan Jones, Noncommutative Geometry for Dummies
  • 2002–03: Peter Neumann, The Memoirs of Évariste Galois
  • 2003–04: Hendrik Lenstra, Escher and the Droste Effect
  • 2004–05: Jeff Weeks, The Shape of Space
  • 2005–06: Ken Ono, Number Theory: Partitions and the Legacy of Dyson and Ramanujan
  • 2006–07: Jon Kleinberg, Modeling the Web, Mining my E-mail, and Other Perspectives on the Information Revolution
  • 2007–08: Avi Wigderson, A world view through the computational lens
  • 2008–09: Margaret Wright, The Remarkable Saga of Linear Programming: the Problem, the Methods, the Continuing Mysteries
  • 2009–10: Günter Ziegler, Proofs for THE BOOK
  • 2010–2011: Trachette Jackson, Mathematical Biology: An Essential Part of 21st Century Science (postponed to Fall 2011)
  • 2012–13: Martin Nowak, Evolution of Cooperation
  • 2013–14: Leila Schneps, Mathematics in the Courtroom: Uncharted Territory
  • 2014–15: Erik Demaine
  • 2015–16: Don Saari,  We vote, but do we elect whom we really should?
  • 2016–17: W. Hugh Woodin, A short story of large infinities and small sets 
  • 2017–18: Maria Chudnovsky, Parties, doughnuts and coloring; some problems in graph theory
  • 2018–19: Andrea Bertozzi, Mathematics of Crime (delayed to Fall 2019)


  • 2013–14: Loki Natarajan, Biomedical Research from Cell to Community: a Statistician’s Perspective
  • 2014–15: Frank Morgan, Math Chat TV
  • 2015–16: Susan Murphy, Healing with Data: Adaptive Interventions
  • 2017–18: Megan Price, Does the Truth Matter? How data analysis can contribute to accountability