Midwest Topology/Opera Conference

Indiana University, Bloomington

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 - 22, 2006

Conference Schedule

9:30 Coffee in RH 107
10:30 Vigleik Angeltveit (University of Chicago)
Two notions of a simplicial space up to homotopy
11:30 Lunch at local restaurants
1:30 Tom Goodwillie (Brown University)
Differential operators in homotopy calculus
3:00 Ciprian Manolescu (Columbia University)
A combinatorial description of knot Floer homology
4:30 Vladimir Turaev (Indiana University)
Homotopy and cobordism of words
9:00 Coffee in RH 107
10:00 Stefan Schwede (Universität Bonn)
On the homotopy groups of symmetric spectra
11:30 Craig Westerland (University of Wisconsin)
Free loop spaces and Koszul duality
12:30 Lunch in RH 107
1:30 Marc Culler (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Mod p homology and hyperbolic volume

All talks are in room SE 140. Coffee and tea are available in RH 107 between talks except during lunch on Saturday.


The conference will be preceded by a colloquium on Friday, October 20, at 4:00pm in SE 140 by Tom Goodwillie


This conference continues the tradition of having a topology conference in conjunction with a performance of the Indiana University opera. We have reserved a block of tickets for the 8:00 show on Saturday, October 21 for the opera:

Manon, by Jules Massenet

It is now too late to reserve a ticket in this block, but you may be able to purchase tickets outside the block by following the links on Manon.

For all questions regarding opera tickets, please contact Kent Orr.

The Indiana University Events Calendar lists a number of events on Friday, including a university production of the hilarious musical Urinetown at the Wells-Metz Theatre.

Funding for Participants

Support for this conference comes from the Department of Mathematics and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University, and from a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The majority of this funding is being used to support travel and lodging expenses of junior mathematicians. Although this funding has now been allocated, it might still be possible for us to offer partial support.

For all inquiries, please contact Mike Mandell.


Bloomington lies off of Indiana State Road 37, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. Driving Directions.
For those planning to fly, the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is recommended.
Detailed travel advice and directions are available on the Travel Page.

The Department of Mathematics is in Rawles Hall on 3rd Street just west of the intersection of 3rd and Woodlawn Ave (map).
All talks are in Swain East 140 (SE140), which is just to the west of Rawles Hall.

Hotel Arrangements

We have blocked off some rooms at A Summerhouse Inn (map) (directions).
Please specify the "IU Topology Conference". The rate is $79/night + tax.
Phone (800) 371-0934.

This hotel is about 3 miles from the math department. Because of mall traffic and lack of sidewalks, driving is recommended. Please contact Mike Mandell if you need help arranging rides.

We were not able to block off rooms at any other local hotel, but rooms may be available on an individual basis. See the Travel Page for a list of the local hotels.


Parking is free 6pm Friday through 7am Monday at the Atwater Garage (map) near the math department.

For information on parking on Friday afternoon for the colloquium, please contact Mike Mandell.

Time Zone

Bloomington is on Eastern Daylight Time:
We have the same time as New York, Michigan, and Ohio, and are an hour ahead of Illinois and most of the rest of the Midwest.

For information on past meetings, please visit the Midwest Topology Seminar Home Page.
For questions, please contact
Date last modified: October 9, 2006