After Hours Conversations

October - November   2020   ;   February - March   2021


After Hours Conversations is a program of informal meetings that are held in the Dilworth Room in the lower level of Simons Hall, from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, on Mondays and Thursdays, in October and November and again in February and March. Please note - at this time, it has not been determined whether these meetings will be held in person or virtually.

These talks are open to faculty, members, visitors, staff, spouses, and partners in an effort to encourage cross-discipline communication at IAS. Professors Piet Hut, Didier Fassin, Helmut Hofer, and Myles W. Jackson will moderate the sessions.

The format is as follows. At 5:30 pm, someone will give an informal presentation of no more than 10 minutes, intended for a general audience. The topic will be a brief description of a major open  problem in his or her field, together with suggestions for possible future progress with respect to that problem. This talk will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion, until 6:00 pm. During the remaining hour, everyone is free to mingle in more general discussions, preferably with others not from their own School.

If anyone would like to volunteer for giving a talk, please send an email to Piet Hut (piet@ias.edu), Didier Fassin (dfassin@ias.edu), Helmut Hofer (hofer@ias.edu), or Myles W. Jackson (myles@ias.edu).

To receive announcements of upcoming talks by email, contact Dawn Dunbar (ddunbar@ias.edu).

Note that all beverages including bottled water must be purchased with an IAS card. If you would like to purchase a drink, it would be best to arrive around 5:15, to allow the line at the bar to be processed before the start of the talk. Thank you for your cooperation.

Here is the list of speakers for the 10-minute presentations:

First Semester

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Presentation by: Ahmed Almheiri, School of Natural Sciences
Title: How the Inside of a Black Hole Can Secretly Be on the Outside
Host: Piet Hut

Monday, October 5, 2020
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Thursday, October 8, 2020
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Monday, October 12, 2020
Presentation by: Remy van Dobben de Bruyn, School of Mathematics
Title: Modernism and Mathematics
Host: Helmut Hofer

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Monday, October 19, 2020
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Monday, October 26, 2020
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
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Monday, November 2, 2020
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Thursday, November 5, 2020
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Monday, November 9, 2020
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Thursday, November 12, 2020
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Monday, November 16, 2020
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Monday, November 23, 2020
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Thursday, November 26, 2020
[ No meeting this day; IAS is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday ]

Second Semester

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Monday, February 8, 2021
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Monday, February 15, 2021
[No meeting this day; IAS is closed for President's Day]

Thursday, February 18, 2020
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Monday, February 22, 2021
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Monday, March 29, 2021
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