CSHPM Online Colloquium: Jemma Lorenat (May 21st)

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Nicolas Fillion

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***CSHPM Online Colloquium: Jemma Lorenat (May 21st)***

The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (http://www.cshpm.org/) invites members as well as the broader scholarly community to the next talk in our online colloquium series via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to become members (for as little as $10-$30/year, depending on your employment status), but it is not required. Non-members can get regular updates on our activities by liking us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cshpmschpm). The talk will last 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

JEMMA LORENAT, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Pitzer College, will deliver the thirteenth talk of the CSHPM Online Colloquium series.

DATE: May 21th
TIME: UTC 18:00; Vancouver 11:00; Edmonton 12:00; Winnipeg 13:00; Montreal/Toronto 14:00; Halifax 15:00; St. John's 15:30

TITLE: “To advance mathematics”: evidence for women’s intellectual ambition in the Bryn Mawr graduate program and abroad
ABSTRACT: Why would a woman pursue mathematical research in the late-nineteenth century? For women in the United States, the best case scenario was employment at a woman’s college, in which one might find time for scholarship in between heavy teaching loads.  Charlotte Angas Scott at Bryn Mawr College held the unique position in which a woman mathematician was expected and encouraged to pursue research.  The economic situation was compounded by social expectations — at the time, many doubted that women were physically capable of original scientific research. Yet, Scott did not view her mathematical proclivities as an aberration, asserting that women were both capable and compelled to advance mathematics. A small, consistent stream of graduate students at Bryn Mawr would take up Scott’s challenge. Their professional aims, shrouded in personal modesty, require some historical digging. This talk will consider the evidence for women’s intellectual ambition in the context of efforts to open graduate opportunities in Germany documented in the intimate public space of letters, student newspapers, and fellowship opportunities.s

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Topic: CSHPM Talk by Jemma Lorenat
Time: May 21, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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