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Chern-Simons and Other Topological Field Theories November 16, 2021 - November 18, 2021

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Nov 16, 2021
Tuesday
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
  Breakfast
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
  Introduction to Chern-Simons
Dan Freed (University of Texas, Austin)
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Chern-Simons and the Matter-Anti Matter Asymmetry in the Universe
Stephon Alexander (Brown University)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  (Homological) Knot Invariants from Mirror Symmetry
Mina Aganagic (University of California, Berkeley)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  Chern-Simons Theory and Fracton
Xie Chen (California Institute of Technology)
12:45 PM - 02:30 PM
  Lunch
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  The Chern-Simons Functional and Floer Homology
Simon Donaldson (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Afternoon Tea
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  How SUSY & Topology led from Chern-Simons Theory to Solving a Forty Year Old Mathematical Puzzle
Sylvester Gates (Brown University)
Nov 17, 2021
Wednesday
08:00 AM - 08:30 AM
  Bus departs Claremont Club & Spa for MSRI
08:15 AM - 09:00 AM
  Breakfast
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Quantized Nonlinear Response in Ballistic Metals
Charles Kane (University of Pennsylvania)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Chern-Simons, Differential K-Theory and Operator Theory
John Lott (University of California, Berkeley)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  Comments on Lattice vs. Continuum Quantum Field Theory
Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study)
12:45 PM - 02:30 PM
  Lunch
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Chern-Simons Theory and Non-Abelian Topological Order
Xiao-Gang Wen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Afternoon Tea
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Origins of the Chern-Simons Theory
Jim Simons (Simons Foundation)
06:00 PM - 06:30 PM
  Bus departs MSRI for Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
  Banquet at Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant
Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University)
08:30 PM - 09:00 PM
  Buses depart Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant for Claremont Club & Spa, MSRI and UC Berkeley Mining Circle
Nov 18, 2021
Thursday
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
  Breakfast
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Astrophysical Observational Signatures of Dynamical Chern-Simons Gravity
Nicolas Yunes (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Chern-Simons Theories in Dimensions Four, Five and Six
Kevin Costello (Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  Arithmetic Field Theories and Arithmetic Invariants
Minhyong Kim (International Centre for Mathematical Sciences)
12:45 PM - 02:30 PM
  Lunch
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  Categorification
Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Afternoon Tea
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  The Universe from a Single Particle
Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research Station Q)
06:00 PM - 06:30 PM
  Bus departs Claremont Club & Spa for David Brower Center
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  Public Lecture: "Jazz of the Spheres"
Stephon Alexander (Brown University)
08:15 PM - 08:45 PM
  Buses depart David Brower Center for Claremont Club & Spa, MSRI, and UC Berkeley Mining Circle