正如你可能已经听到的那样，AMS和Maa将move away from co-organizing JMMafter 2021. This week, at MAA MathFest 2019 in Cincinnati, OH, the executive directors of both the AMS (Catherine Roberts) and MAA (Michael Pearson) will host “A Conversation with AMS and MAA on the Future of Meetings”. Here is their description:
This session will allow leadership of both organizations to share their vision for the future, including annual and section meetings, and new initiatives to provide professional opportunities for members of our community. You are also invited to provide feedback directly to AMS athttp://www.ams.org/about-us/jmm-reimagined和https://www.maa.org/meetings/jmm.
I have several concerns with this change related to the mission of this blog:
- In my career, I have seen the gap between the AMS and MAA narrow. While neither the AMS nor MAA is completely focused on teaching or research, they do stand as symbolic short-hand for these dimensions of faculty. This symbolic short-hand impacts their memberships and programming. However, what had initially seemed, 15 or more years ago, like a forced choice between scholarship and teaching was becoming a false dichotomy. Honestly, I (and many others) hope that these two professional organizations will recombine to further support this change in the way we as a discipline view being a mathematician. I am worried that this progress will be undermined and regress if the MAA is no longer part of JMM.
- Within the first concern, some people in higher education seem to conceptualize equity as a concern within teaching. I worry that any separation between teaching and research will further isolate some members of our community from discussions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. I worry that this change will mean that we are less able to engage all mathematicians in important discussions of equity.
- It is my understanding that the AMS is happy to continue having MAA programming at this re-imagined JMM management. This is positive in my mind, but as anyone who has looked at systems through an equity lens knows, there can be big gaps between an action being technically possible in a system and it actually happening (not to mention happening easily). Moreover, it can matter a lot who is in the room for decisions and when in the flow of design people get access to those decision.
Fortunately, I also think that the most powerful tool for making this transition positive is already in reach: sustained engagement by people across the mathematics community, especially people asking about the implications for equity in our conferences and our community. I am concerned because I think there are possible paths through this change that lead backwards, but I also genuinely believe that we can avoid the worst paths and counterbalance many of the possible negatives together. So, in the end, I am encouraging you to attend this invited conversation with Roberts and Pearson if you are able and to give feedback through the links above.
And now that I have your attention, here is a list of other events related to the mission of this blog at MAA MathFest 2019.
FollowingAdriana’s past decision-making process for building this kind of list, I went through the web program searching for large events and sessions that explicitly center themes of equity, inclusion, diversity, or justice as well as events that were promoted by groups with missions focused on supporting underrepresented mathematicians (like theAssociation for Women in Mathematics和theNational Association of Mathematicians）。肯定还有关于这个过程未被捕获的更广泛的股权的谈判和海报，我认为这些讨论通过整个会议进行编织，而是只有被分成特别会议;此外，我认为，对于司法工作的人们来说，谈判谈论其证明和计算工作是很重要的。但是阅读每个标题和摘要超出了我可以管理这篇文章的东西，所以如果有些东西我想你认为应该得到一些关注和推广，请分享在下面的意见部分。
- AWM-MAA Etta Zuber Falconer Lecture — Dance of the Astonished Topologist … or How I Left Squares and Hexes for Math, by Tara Holm.星期五，8月2日，下午1:30。- 2:20下午2:20，杜克能源会议中心，大宴会厅
- NAM David Harold Blackwell Lecture and National Association of Mathematicians Celebration — Dudeney’s No Three-In-Line Problem: Problem, Solutions, Conditions, Progress, and Conjectures, by Johnny L. Houston.周五,8月2日下午4点——下午5:45,杜克释放埃拉gy Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A
- Maa James R.C.雷尔讲座 - 由RochelleGutiérrez的Rohumanizing Mathematics的股份是什么星期六,8月3日, 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A
- Equity and Justice in the Context of Inquiry,Thursday, August 1, 1:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 200[Disclosure: I’m running this session!]
- Ethics in the Mathematics Classroom,星期四，8月1日，上午1:30。– 4:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 260, 261 & 262
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mathematics,Part A: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 260, 261 & 262;B部分：星期五，8月2日，下午1:30。- 下午4:30，杜克能源会议中心，260岁，261＆262室;Part C: Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center Room 237 & 238
- A Centennial Celebration of David Harold Blackwell,星期四，8月1日，上午1:30。. – 3:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 232
- Living Proof: Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey,星期四，8月1日，上午1:30。- 2:50下午2:50，杜克能源会议中心，263室
- Quantitative Literacy and Social Justice,Friday, August 2, 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201
- 创造和重新创造：庆祝休闲数学的庆祝活动，Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201
- The Mathematics of Gerrymandering: Engaging and Authentic Tasks with Civic Significance,Friday. August 2, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201
- IBL SIGMAA Receptionwith invited presentation “Why Inclusivity Matters for IBL” by Victor Piercey,Thursday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 200
- SPECTRA Meet-up,Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.,Birdcage
- A Conversation with the AMS and MAA about the Future of Meetings,Friday, August 2, 11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Junior Ballroom C
- Maa Mathfest女性的讲习班（MMWW），星期六,8月3日, 8:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201