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<li>There's a lot of talks here, so I will need some other people to help with logistics.  In particular: I am very bad at sending reminder emails, so if you are willing to send the reminder emails for one of the books, that would be great.  (Thanks Wanlin and Michael for signing up to this for the first two booksI still need someone for the last book!)</li>
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<li> Each book will have a co-organizer: Wanlin Li for Beauville's book; Michael Brown for Atiyah's book; and Rachel Davis for Harris and Mumford's bookThanks!</li>
 
<li>I left some "Makeup" dates in the schedule with the idea that we would most likely take a week off on those dates.  But if we need to miss another date (because of a conflict with a special colloquium or some other event), then we can use those as makeup slots.</li>
 
<li>I left some "Makeup" dates in the schedule with the idea that we would most likely take a week off on those dates.  But if we need to miss another date (because of a conflict with a special colloquium or some other event), then we can use those as makeup slots.</li>
 
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We are experimenting with lots of new formats in this year's seminar.  If you aren't happy with how the reading seminar is going, please let one of the organizers (Daniel, Wanlin, Michael, or Rachel) know and we will do our best to get things back on a helpful track.
  
 
==Time and Location==
 
==Time and Location==
Talks will be from 11:00-11:50.  Also, this semester, Daniel is planning to keep a VERY HARD watch on the clock.
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Talks will be on Fridays from 11:00-11:50.  This semester, Daniel is planning to keep a VERY HARD watch on the clock.
 
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== Talk Schedule ==
 
== Talk Schedule ==
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|September 4
 
|September 4
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|Wanlin Li
|Beauville 1
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|Beauville I
 
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|September 11
 
|September 11
 
|??
 
|??
|Beauville 2
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|Beauville II
 
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|September 18
 
|September 18
 
|??
 
|??
|Beauville 3
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|Beauville II and III
 
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|September 25
 
|September 25
 
|??
 
|??
|Beauville 4
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|Beauville III
 
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|October 2
 
|October 2
|??
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|Soumya Sankar
|Beauville 5
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|Beauville IV
 
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|October 9
 
|October 9
 
|??
 
|??
|Beauville 6
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|Beauville V
 
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|Ocrober 16
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|October 16
 
|??
 
|??
|Beauville 7
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|Beauville V and VI
 
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|October 23
 
|October 23
 
|??
 
|??
|Beauville 8
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|Beauville VII and VIII
 
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|October 30
 
|October 30
 
|??
 
|??
|Makeup date
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|Makeup Beauville
 
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|November 6
 
|November 6
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|Makeup
 
|Makeup
 
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==How to plan your talk==
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One key to giving good talks in a reading seminar is to know how to refocus the material that you read.  Instead of going through the chapter lemma by lemma, you should ask:  What is the main idea in this section?  It could be a theorem, a definition, or even an example.  But after reading the section, decide what the most important idea is and be sure to highlight early on.
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You will probably need to skip the proofs--and even the statements--of many of the lemmas and other results in the chapter.  This is a good thing!  The reason someone attends a talk, as opposed to just reading the material on their own, is because they want to see the material from the perspective of someone who has thought it about carefully.
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Also, make sure to give clear examples.
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==Feedback on talks==
 
==Feedback on talks==
One of the goals for this semester is to help students learn to give better talks.  We will add more concrete plans about how to do this later.
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One of the goals for this semester is to help the speakers learn to give better talks. Here is our plan:
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<li> Feedback session:  This is like a streamlined version of what creative writing workshops do. Every week, we reserve 15 minutes (11:50-12:05) for the entire audience to critique that week’s speaker.  Comments will be friendly and constructive.  A key rule is that the speaker is not allowed to speak until the last 5 minutes.</li>
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<li>  Partner: We assign a “partner” each week (usually the previous week's speaker).  The partner will meet for 20-30 minutes with the speaker in advance to:
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<ol>  Discuss a plan for the talk. Here the speaker can outline what they see as the main ideas, and the partner can share any wisdom gleaned from their experience the previous week. </ol>
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<ol>  Ask the speaker if there are any particular things that the speaker would like feedback on (e.g. pacing, boardwork, clarity of voice, etc.). </ol>
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The partner would also take notes during the feedback session, to give the speaker a record of the conversation.
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This is very much an experiment, and while it might be intimidating at first, I actually think it could really help many of the speakers.

Latest revision as of 13:32, 6 August 2018

Overview

My (Daniel's) experience has been that reading seminars have diminishing returns: they run out of steam after about 8 lectures on a certain book, as everyone starts falling behind, etc. I was thinking aim broader (rather than deeper), covering 3 books, but with fewer lectures. My idea is to partly cover: Beauville's "Complex Algebraic Surfaces"; Atiyah's "K-theory"; and Harris and Morrison's "Moduli of Curves". We would do about 6-8 lectures on each. This allows us to reboot every two months, which I hope will be mentally refreshing and will allow people who have lost the thread of the book to rejoin. Anyways, it's an experiment!

Some notes:

  • Each book will have a co-organizer: Wanlin Li for Beauville's book; Michael Brown for Atiyah's book; and Rachel Davis for Harris and Mumford's book. Thanks!
  • I left some "Makeup" dates in the schedule with the idea that we would most likely take a week off on those dates. But if we need to miss another date (because of a conflict with a special colloquium or some other event), then we can use those as makeup slots.

We are experimenting with lots of new formats in this year's seminar. If you aren't happy with how the reading seminar is going, please let one of the organizers (Daniel, Wanlin, Michael, or Rachel) know and we will do our best to get things back on a helpful track.

Time and Location

Talks will be on Fridays from 11:00-11:50. This semester, Daniel is planning to keep a VERY HARD watch on the clock.

Talk Schedule

date speaker sections
September 4 Wanlin Li Beauville I
September 11 ?? Beauville II
September 18 ?? Beauville II and III
September 25 ?? Beauville III
October 2 Soumya Sankar Beauville IV
October 9 ?? Beauville V
October 16 ?? Beauville V and VI
October 23 ?? Beauville VII and VIII
October 30 ?? Makeup Beauville
November 6 ?? Atiyah 1
November 13 ?? Atiyah 2
November 20 ?? Atiyah 3
November 27 ?? Makeup
SEMESETER BREAK No meetings
January 29 ?? Atiyah 4
February 5 ?? Atiyah 5
February 12 ?? Atiyah 6
February 19 ?? Makeup
February 26 ?? Moduli 1
February 26 ?? Moduli 1
March 5 ?? Moduli 2
March 12 ?? Moduli 3
March 19 ?? Moduli 4
March 26 ?? Moduli 5
March 26 ?? Moduli 6
April 2 ?? Moduli 7
April 9 ?? Moduli 8
April 16 ?? Makeup

How to plan your talk

One key to giving good talks in a reading seminar is to know how to refocus the material that you read. Instead of going through the chapter lemma by lemma, you should ask: What is the main idea in this section? It could be a theorem, a definition, or even an example. But after reading the section, decide what the most important idea is and be sure to highlight early on.

You will probably need to skip the proofs--and even the statements--of many of the lemmas and other results in the chapter. This is a good thing! The reason someone attends a talk, as opposed to just reading the material on their own, is because they want to see the material from the perspective of someone who has thought it about carefully.

Also, make sure to give clear examples.


Feedback on talks

One of the goals for this semester is to help the speakers learn to give better talks. Here is our plan:

  • Feedback session: This is like a streamlined version of what creative writing workshops do. Every week, we reserve 15 minutes (11:50-12:05) for the entire audience to critique that week’s speaker. Comments will be friendly and constructive. A key rule is that the speaker is not allowed to speak until the last 5 minutes.
  • Partner: We assign a “partner” each week (usually the previous week's speaker). The partner will meet for 20-30 minutes with the speaker in advance to:
      Discuss a plan for the talk. Here the speaker can outline what they see as the main ideas, and the partner can share any wisdom gleaned from their experience the previous week.
      Ask the speaker if there are any particular things that the speaker would like feedback on (e.g. pacing, boardwork, clarity of voice, etc.).

    The partner would also take notes during the feedback session, to give the speaker a record of the conversation.

  • This is very much an experiment, and while it might be intimidating at first, I actually think it could really help many of the speakers.