Around DC

The National Math Festival takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Attendees may be interested in celebrating math and science through other events in the area on the same weekend!

Please check the links associated with each event for the most up-to-date event information.

For those outside the Washington metro area, you can look for a National Math Festival event taking place near you at science museums around the country.

Math, Politics, and “The Negro Genius”: The Story of J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.

Featuring Dr. Talitha Washington, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University

Friday, May 3, 2019

Time: Reception 5:00pm, Lecture 6:00pm

Venue: Founder’s Library Browsing Room, Howard University, 500 Howard Place NW, Washington, DC 20059 (Google Maps)

Cost: Free and open to the public

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In 1945, the Cold War was in full swing. The United States, having just dropped two atomic bombs, was perfecting this weapon through the Manhattan Project. One of the scientists involved was a 21-year-old African-American from Chicago, who had a doctorate in mathematics, named J Ernest Wilkins. This presentation will tell the story of J. Ernest Wilkins and how he became the “Negro Genius” in the racially segregated Jim Crow era.

Sponsored by the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) and the Howard University Department of Mathematics.

For more info, contact Dr. Edray Goins ([email protected]).

Film Screening: Navajo Math Circles (2016)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm

Venue: National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater (Google Maps)

Cost: Free

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

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Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo (Diné) students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The students stay after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz., using a “math circles” model that allows the youth to take charge of their own education. Director George Csicsery, Natanii Yazzie (Navajo) and Dr. Tatiana Shubin will be in attendance.

(2016, 58 min.) United States.
Director: George Csicsery
In English and Navajo with English subtitles


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