Seminar on Topics in Arithmetic, Geometry, Etc.

STAGE is a seminar in algebraic geometry and number theory, featuring speakers talking about work that is not their own. Talks will be at a level suitable for graduate students. Everyone is welcome.
Meetings are held on Fridays, 11:00am-12 in MIT room 4-145.
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For titles and abstracts, please see the mathematics department calendar.

Fall 2011 schedule
September 9: Organizational meeting
September 16: Gregory Minton, "Topology and quadratic forms".
September 23: Florian Sprung, "Iwasawa theory for elliptic curves".
September 30: Thomas Hulse, "Shifted sums for subconvexity".
October 7: Eric Riedl, "Elliptic curves of high rank and elliptic surfaces".
October 14: Ruthi Hortsch, "An introduction to K3 surfaces".
October 21: Mario DeFranco, "Spherical Functions and Hall-Littlewood Polynomials".
October 28: John Binder, "The Weil Conjectures".
November 4: Jennifer Park, "Statistics of Function Field Extensions".
November 11: NO SEMINAR (Veteran's Day)
November 18: Jim Stankewicz, "Elliptic curves and quaternion algebras".
November 25: NO SEMINAR (Thanksgiving holiday)
December 2: Bjorn Poonen, "Average ranks of elliptic curves".
December 9: Kestutis Cesnavicius, "Obstructions to Rational Points via Étale Homotopy".

Past semesters: Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011. For semesters up to and including Spring 2009, see the old STAGE webpage on Kiran Kedlaya's website.

Organizers: Abhinav Kumar, Gregory Minton, Bjorn Poonen