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 (Howard University)

Friday, May 3, 2019, Reception at 5:00pm / Lecture at 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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Featuring Dr. Talitha Washington, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University

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.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Talitha Washington is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She is currently a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is interested in the applications of differential equations to problems in biology and engineering, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems. She is the recipient of the 2019 BEYA STEM Innovator Award, MAA’s 2018 Leitzel Lecturer, and an ASI Fellow.

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

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

Focus Groups for an Updated NAEP Assessment Framework

Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 12:00 – 4:00pm

Venue: Marriott Marquis Hotel, adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Google Maps)

Come give your feedback on the updated assessment framework used to measure the nation’s progress in mathematics!

Known as the Nation’s Report Card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) measures student achievement in elementary and secondary schools.

Join a focus group hosted by WestEd, the Benjamin Banneker Association, and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, at the Marriott Marquis, adjacent to the Festival, on Saturday, May 4, from 12 noon to 4pm, running every 30 minutes. Complimentary snacks are provided. 

For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

Film Screening: Navajo Math Circles at the National Museum of the American Indian

Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 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. 

Film production was supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the Simons Foundation, and VisionMaker Media. 

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

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