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MAA Distinguished Lecture Series

The MAA sponsors a variety of public lectures, many of them held at the MAA Carriage House. Whether a Gathering 4 Gardner event or one of the federally funded Distinguished Lecture Series, the lectures feature some of the foremost experts within the field of mathematics, known for their ability to make current mathematical ideas accessible to non-specialists. The presentations provide a fabulous and fun learning opportunity for both professionals and students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about current trends in mathematics and the relationship between mathematics and broader scientific, engineering and technological endeavors.

Abstracts and speaker biographies will appear on this page as lectures are added to the events calendar.

Slidecasts and video clips of MAA public lectures are available here.

Upcoming Lectures


Dr. Scott Williams

Dr. Scott Williams
6:30 p.m. - February 26, 2019

MAA Carriage House

1781 Church St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Please click here to RSVP for the lecture.

About the Lecture and Speaker:

Dr. Scott Williams in a mathematician, poet, and artist blacksmith. He spent most of his career as a research mathematician at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. As a topologist, he often interacted with former students of Robert L. Moore. In spite of Moore’s outright racist actions, his student, John Kline, was the advisor of Dudley Woodard and William Claytor, the second and third African Americans to earn Ph.D. in mathematics. Williams often wondered about other Black mathematicians which led him to create the highly visible website “Mathematicians of the African Diaspora.” Dr. Talitha Washington of Howard University will lead a conversation with Williams who will share the intimate untold stories of African Americans who persevered through racial obstacles to become successful mathematicians.