Mathematics Everywhere for Everyone

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ew2021 Dr. Erica N. Walker of Columbia University

Have you ever wondered what shapes a person’s mathematical identity? Why some people excel at math while others struggle in comparison? In her lecture titled “Mathematics Everywhere for Everyone,” Dr. Erica Walker of Columbia University plans to address these questions.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m., Dr. Walker will host a public mathematics lecture in A&S Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, ENGAGE and the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the event will center around Dr. Walker’s extensive research into what shapes someone’s mathematical identity.

Drawing on 20 years of experience in teaching and researching, Dr. Walker will touch specifically on the multiple contexts for mathematics learning and socialization across a person’s lifespan, focusing primarily on the role of popular culture in shaping people’s mathematics identities.

“In this talk, I [will] share findings from studies with elementary students, high school youth…

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About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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