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Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University, New York, NY 
April 30 - May 2, 2004

Geometry Festival Conference Poster

The special Geometry Festival will be held at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences  of  New York University  from Friday afternoon, April 30, to Sunday noon, May 2, 2004. 

The talks will take place at the Courant Institute, which is located at 251 Mercer Street (corner of Mercer Street and West 4th Street) in Manhattan. The complete program for the Geometry Festival will be announced shortly.

The Festival will begin Friday afternoon, to allow for travel that morning, with check in and registration from 1 pm to 3pm, and the first talk at 3 pm. It will end at noon on Sunday.

Everyone is invited to the Geometry Festival, and graduate students are especially encouraged to attend. 

Registration is required

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If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at:

The following speakers will give hour talks: 
  • Jean-Michel Bismut (Universite Paris-Sud)

  • "The Hypoelliptic Laplacian on the Cotangent Bundle"
  • Yasha Eliashberg  (Standford University)

  • "Positive Loops of Contact Transformations"
  • Blaine Lawson  (SUNY - Stony Brook)

  • "Projective Hulls and the Projective Gelfand Transformation"
  • Dusa McDuff  (SUNY - Stony Brook)

  • "Applications of J-holomorphic Curves"
  • Xiaochun Rong(Rutgers University)

  • "Local splitting structures on nonpositively curved manifolds"
  • Dennis Sullivan  (CUNY & SUNY - Stony Brook)

  • "Algebraic topology in string backgrounds"
  • Gang Tian (Princeton/MIT)

  • "Extremal Metrics and Holomorphic Discs"
  • Edward Witten (Institute for Advanced Study)

  • "Gauge Theory Scattering From Curves In CP^3"
Check-in will begin at 1PM on Friday in Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer Street, just outside Room 109.  All talks will be in Room 109.  The first talk will be at 3PM on Friday, followed by refreshments. All remaining lectures will take place Saturday and Sunday. 

There will be four lectures on Saturday and two on Sunday morning. 

On Saturday morning, breakfast will be served from 8:00 - 9:30 AM, followed by two talks, and two more talks in the afternoon. There will be a banquet on Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning, breakfast will again be served from 8:00 - 9:30 AM, followed by two talks. The Festival will end at noon on Sunday . 

Participants will be on their own for dinner Friday evening.  The packet provided at check-in will contain a list of suggested restaurants.  For additional listings please check  Zagat's Online.  The Geometry Festival will provide breakfast outside room 109 on Saturday and Sunday morning as well as refreshments throughout the weekend. 
 Please check here for details on parking garages close to the Courant Institute.
Participants are asked to register in advance. For registration, please fill out the online registration form

There will be a banquet on Saturday night, at the NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place, at which wine and d'oeuvres will be served.  The charge for the event will be $35. 

Participants will be responsible for their own travel, hotel accommodations, lunches and dinners. 

A partial list of hotels can be found here.

The Geometry Festival is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation

The Geometry Festival is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Limited funds will be available for partial reimbursement of travel and hotel costs for some of the participants. Preference will be given to graduate students and younger faculty who do not have NSF or other grant or school support.

People interested in applying for travel funds should click on this link for registration.

If you have special needs that we should be aware of, please contact us via email at

If you would like to change any information on your registration form, please send email to

A banquet will be held on Saturday evening. For those who would like to attend, the cost of the banquet is $35, payable to the Courant Institute, New York University. Send to:

Geometry Festival
c/o Anne Seaton
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
251 Mercer St.
New York, NY 10012

Additional note: Please note that preceding this event, at nearby CUNY there will be a Differential Geometry Workshop on Friday morning, April 30. Information about that can be found at the website:

This web site will be updated from time to time. A list of participants will be posted approximately one week before the beginning of the conference. 

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