Midwest Topology Seminar
Spring 2017

University of Chicago
May 13-14


Here is a PDF of the schedule and abstracts for the talks.

Note: This meeting of the Midwest Topology Seminar is being run in conjunction with the University of Chicago's annual Namboodiri Lectures, which will be given by Mike Hill on May 12, 15, and 16. See here for more information.

Saturday, May 13

9:30am Coffee
10:00am Angélica Osorno Comparing equivariant infinite loop space machines
11:30am Eric Zaslow Fukaya Moduli
12:30pm Lunch
2:30pm Benson Farb Algebraic topology and Hilbert's 13th Problem
4:00pm Andrew Salch Special values of L-functions and the height-shifting spectral sequence
5:30pm Reception

Sunday, May 14

9:00am Coffee
9:30am Nicolas Ricka Motivic modular forms
11:00am Jeremiah Heller A filtration of the equivariant motivic sphere
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Agnès Beaudry Gross-Hopkins duals of higher real K-theory spectra
2:45pm Mark Behrens The telescope conjecture from the motivic point of view


All of the talks will take place in Room 112 of the Stevanovich Center for Financial Mathematics, which is located at 5727 S University Avenue (right across the street from the math department).

Map of selected restaurants close to campus and to the hotels.

Directions to the University of Chicago by car.

Directions to the University of Chicago by public transportation from the airport.

A map of parking around campus. There is also some street parking on campus.


The Midwest Topology Seminar is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Chicago. We have limited funding available from the NSF for graduate students and postdocs from US institutions; if you are requesting funding, you should indicate this when you register. As a rough rule of thumb, funding will have to be limited to at most $500 per person (an upper bound, not necessarily an expected amount).



For hotels, we have two options now - the Hyatt and the Laquinta. They are in 20 and 30 minutes walking distance from campus. There are many restaurants near the Hyatt. The Laquinta has its own restaurant, which Peter May likes. Public transportation (the 171 and 172 CTA buses, $2.25 per person) is available from the hotels in the day. University free shuttles (the ones marked as East) to the hotels are available during the night.

We have reserved a block of rooms in the Hyatt in Hyde Park (5225 S Harper Ave, Chicago, IL 60615). You can book online, or call Hyatt's reservation phone number (888) 591-1234. Be sure to use our group rate code G-MTS1, or mention the Midwest Topology Seminar. The group rate is $215 per night, and valet parking is available for $37 per night. Rooms at the Hyatt will be offered at the group rate until April 14.

We have reserved another block of rooms in the Laquinta in Hyde Park (4900 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60615). To apply the group rate, you need to call the Laquinta's reservation phone number (773) 324-3000, and mention "MW topology" to be identified. The price is $169 + tax, and the parking is free.

At either hotel, we encourage people to pair up, and we will help find roommates on request (indicate you would like help finding a roommate when you register).


Another option besides hotels is to use the AirBnB service (or any equivalent) to get local accommodation.


Please register here by April 24 if you are planning to attend. Although registration is not required, it will greatly aid us in planning to have accurate attendance numbers, so please register even if you are not requesting funding.