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Introduction to Geometric Group Theory August 27, 2007 - August 31, 2007
Registration Deadline: August 31, 2007 about 12 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: May 27, 2007 over 12 years ago
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Organizers Mladen Bestvina, Jon McCammond, Michah Sageev, Karen Vogtmann
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The workshop will consist of several minicourses, 3 hours each, as well as a program of one-hour lectures. The planned mini-course speakers and their topics are as follows: Jim Cannon: Non-positive and negative curvature in group theory Ruth Charney: Coxeter and Artin groups Benson Farb: Mapping class groups Bruce Kleiner: Quasi-isometric rigidity Ian Leary: Finiteness properties and Bestvina-Brady Morse Theory The following people have agreed to give one-hour lectures: Mike Davis Daniel Groves Kim Ruane Jennifer Taback Alain Valette Henry Wilton Kevin Wortman Jon McCammond
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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Aug 27, 2007
Monday
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Geometric Group Theory by Example
James Cannon
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Coxeter and Artin groups
Ruth Charney (Brandeis University)
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM
  A crash course on mapping class groups, I: Algebra versus topology
Benson Farb (University of Chicago)
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Cohomology of Coxeter groups and buildings
Michael Davis (Ohio State University)
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM
  Homomorphisms to mapping class groups
Daniel Groves
Aug 28, 2007
Tuesday
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Quasi-isometric rigidity
Bruce Kleiner
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Finiteness properties and Bestvina-Brady Morse theory
Ian Leary (University of Southampton)
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM
  Curvature in Group Theory
James Cannon
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Automorphisms of Graph Products
Kim Ruane (Tufts University)
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM
  An introduction to Thompson's group F
Jennifer Taback
Aug 29, 2007
Wednesday
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Coxeter and Artin groups
Ruth Charney (Brandeis University)
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  A crash course in mapping class groups, II: Moduli space and the Thurston Classification
Benson Farb (University of Chicago)
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  Quasi-isometric rigidity
Bruce Kleiner
Aug 30, 2007
Thursday
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Finiteness properties and Bestvina-Brady Morse theory
Ian Leary (University of Southampton)
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Curvature and Group Algorithms
James Cannon
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM
  Coxeter and Artin groups
Ruth Charney (Brandeis University)
03:45 PM - 04:35 PM
  SL(n,Z[t]) is not FP_(n-1)
Kevin Wortman (University of Utah)
Aug 31, 2007
Friday
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Quasi-isometric rigidity
Bruce Kleiner
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  A crash course on mapping class groups, II: The Torelli group
Benson Farb (University of Chicago)
01:00 PM - 01:50 PM
  Finiteness properties and Bestvina-Brady Morse theory
Ian Leary (University of Southampton)
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Triangle, Squares and Biautomaticity
Jon McCammond (University of California, Santa Barbara)
03:45 PM - 04:35 PM
  Subgroup separability in residually free groups
Henry Wilton (Center for Mathematical Sciences)