Around the Globe
Here we will be listing selected upcoming and/or ongoing national and global events of interest to our National Math Festival audience.
Julia Robinson was a mathematics professor at the University of California, Berkeley for many years who is especially known for her work in solving Hilbert’s tenth problem. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals began in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007 to honor her legacy and encourage more students to pursue mathematics, and have since expanded to other cities around the world. Beginning in 2020, JRMF events have expanded to include a virtual webinar series and social events for teens and adults, as well as virtual and in-person volunteer training and events in an expanding number of languages.
Celebration of Mind festivals honor the legacy of Martin Gardner, who brought recreational mathematics to millions of people during his 50-year career with Scientific American magazine, as well as writing many popular books on math and logic puzzles, games, card tricks, and even Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You can find out more about Celebration of Mind events taking place around the world, or learn how to host one in your area.
The California Mathematics Festival offers school-wide events to expose K-8th grade students, teachers, and parents to key critical mathematics topics. Activities and challenges are standards-based and appropriate for ALL ability levels. For more information about how to bring one of these events to your school, visit the website.
Each year in August, MoMath hosts a free math festival in New York City, featuring many past National Math Festival presenters. To follow upcoming MoMath events, visit their website (opens new window).
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures (United Kingdom + Online)
The University of Oxford’s Oxford Mathematical Institute offers free public lectures throughout the year featuring some of the world’s most highly regarded mathematicians (including several National Math Festival presenters!). You can view a list of upcoming events (opens new window), or skip directly to view the videos of past programs (opens new window) from the comfort of your home!
Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani Film Screenings (opens new window)
Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal. Mirzakhani’s contributions are explained in the film by leading mathematicians and illustrated by animated sequences. Her mathematical colleagues from around the world, as well as former teachers, classmates, and students in Iran today, convey the deep impact of her achievements. The path of her education, success on Iran’s Math Olympiad team, and her brilliant work, make Mirzakhani an ideal role model for girls looking toward careers in science and mathematics. The film is screening worldwide at film festivals and is also available for online streaming rental and purchase as well as DVD and Blu-Ray.
Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and has proliferated across the United States. Navajo Math Circles, a one-hour documentary film about the Navajo Nation Math Circle program, has been aired on select PBS member stations (opens new window) nationwide and continues to screen at film festivals around the U.S. and the world.
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is held each year in April. Its goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. Activities include a wide variety of workshops, competitions, exhibits, festivals, lectures, and other events, which are organized by college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups.
The Global Math Project is an invitation to students, teachers, and communities everywhere to actively foster their sense of wonder and to enjoy truly uplifting mathematics. Math is a human endeavor: it’s about thinking creatively, exploring patterns, explaining structure, and solving real problems. The Global Math Project will share a unifying, joyful experience of mathematics with people all across the world. (Explore Global Math Week’s signature activity, Exploding Dots, for yourself: try it online (opens new window), or learn from Dr. Raj Shah in this video from the 2017 National Math Festival!)