First Chicago Summer School in Geometry and Topology

June 22-26, 2015

This is the first in a series of NSF funded summer schools in geometry and topology at the University of Chicago. Over several years it intends to introduce advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students to a broad range of topics that are important to topology. This year the focus is on surfaces and should be accessible to undergraduate and graduate students with a solid background in covering spaces and basic differential topology.

Organizers: Danny Calegari, Alex Eskin, Benson Farb, Howard Masur, Peter May, Alden Walker, Amie Wilkinson.

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Registration for this summer school is now closed. Registered students will be contacted by email shortly. Financial support will be available for some qualified applicants. Because of funding restrictions, priority must be given to US citizens and permanent residents.

List of courses

Minicourse by Howard Masur.
Introduction to the dynamics and geometry of flat surfaces. description

Minicourse by Alden Walker.
Finding surface subgroups. description

Minicourse by Amie Wilkinson.
Entropy and surface diffeomorphisms. description

Minicourse by Benson Farb.
A crash course on mapping class groups. description

Minicourse by Alex Eskin.
Surfaces description


All lectures take place in Eckhart 133 (campus map)

These activities are financed by the University of Chicago RTG grant (DMS-1344997).

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).