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Simons Lecture Series

The Department of Mathematics annually presents the Simons Lecture Series to celebrate the most exciting mathematical work by the very best mathematicians of our time. The format of this lecture series has evolved since its inception in 1999, and now includes two weeks of lectures— one in pure mathematics and the other in applied mathematics— given each spring.

We are grateful to our good friend Jim Simons for providing the financial backing of these lectures.

2022 Lectures


Registration will be required for all non-MIT attendees. To gain access to the event, you must complete and submit your attestation at least 30 minutes before the event start time:

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Cynthia Dwork

Harvard University

September 19, 20, 22 2022
4:30pm, Room 2-190
Reception: 4pm, 2-290


Mathematics and Mores: The Theoretical Underpinnings of Private Data Analysis and Algorithmic Fairness

  • Lecture 1:
    Differential Privacy and the US Census
  • Lecture 2:
    Differential Privacy: Relaxations, Amplifications, and a Surprising Application
  • Lecture 3:
    The Defining Problem of AI and the Calculus of Inclusion

Bhargav Bhatt

University of Michigan

April 27, 28, 29 2022
Room 2-190
Reception: 4pm, 2-290


$p$-adic Hodge Theory and Applications


Simons Lectures Over the Years


2022: Bhargav Bhatt, Cynthia Dwork

2020: (postponed) Bhargav Bhatt, Cynthia Dwork

2019: June Huh, Alexander Barvinok

2018: Stephen Boyd, Sylvia Serfaty

2017: Yuval Peres, Martin Hairer

2016: Michael P. Brenner, Maryam Mirzakhani (cancelled due to illness)

2015: Leslie Greengard, Laure Saint-Raymond

2014: Daniel Spielman, Ben Green

2013: Emmanuel Candès, Raphaël Rouquier

2012: Alexander Lubotzky, László Lovász

2011: Steven Strogatz, Manjul Bhargava

2010: Peter Winkler, Andrei Okounkov

2009: Étienne Ghys, Robert Shapire

2008: Peter Teichner, John Conway

2007: Terry Tao, David Donoho

2006: Akshay Venkatesh, Yves Couder

2005: Noga Alon, Nigel Hitchin

2004: Wendelin Werner

2003: Grigory Perelman

2002: Robert MacPherson

2001 Fall: Peter Shor

2001 Spring: Laurent Lafforgue